To: Valerie.Masson@cea.fr,Eystein.Jansen@geo.uib.no, "Eric W Wolff" <EWWO@bas.ac.uk>
Subject: Urgent request for reference letter
Date: Fri Jan 13 15:38:01 2006
Dear Valerie, Eystein and Eric,
We (that is Phil and myself - and of course also Bo) are hoping that you can help us
greatly with an application Bo Vinther is submitting to the EU for a Marie Curie
Intra-European Fellowship (EIF) , specifically to spend time with Phil and I at CRU working
on the dating and interpretation of seasonally-resolved ice core data and tree-ring data.
We are allowed to submit up to 3 reviews or testimonials (though these must be submitted
directly through the We would be really grateful if each of you would agree to provide
one of these. Unfortunately, if you can make the time to help, these must in submitted by
Please accept our apologies for the lateness of this request - but you can probably
understand that , as usual things have had to be cut fine.
The first stage of evaluation is based only on the quality of the applicant (70%) and the
quality of the proposed research plan (30%). If the proposal gets through to the second
evaluation stage , then other factors such as the quality of the hosts and host institution
become relevant .
At this stage we would ask that you read the attached Science Plan and details of the
Quality of the Candidate, and write an assessment based primarily on these. We will send
precise details of how to submit them early next week. You probably also know just how
strong the competition is these days for such awards , so reviews have to be particularly
glowing, but it is only because Phil and I are so keen to work with Bo that we are taking
the liberty of asking for your support. I am sure you know , and certainly Valerie has
indicated to me, how impressive Bo's work is. I am sure he is the sort of person for whom
these awards are meant, as he is someone who will be doing important work to advance the
field one day.
I am attaching (virtually final ) drafts of the relevant sections , which are all that you
need to be able to write these testimonials. We will send the full applications when they
are complete. It would also help if you stressed your own distinguished qualifications ,
that make you so well qualified to offer this review. Please let me know whether you are
able to do this for us.
Thank you lots
Keith and Phil
Professor Keith Briffa,
Climatic Research Unit
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, U.K.