What’s on for young scientists at the Assembly?

18 Apr

This year, there’s a great line-up of young scientist sessions at the General Assembly. Not only that, but there are opportunities to meet those that represent you in the Union, get to know other young scientists in your field, and make the most of both the scientific and social sides of the conference…

First up for young scientists is the icebreaker event on the Sunday before the meeting, while this is open to everyone attending the Assembly, there’ll be a spot especially for young scientists – the “Young Scientists Meeting Corner” (Rooms Y1/Y4). So, if you’re coming alone, or if it’s your first time, you’re sure to find a few like-minded fellows! At EGU 2014 we’ll also be introducing a young scientists’ lounge – somewhere that you can take a break, grab a coffee and gather your thoughts away from the buzz of the conference. The lounge (on the Red Level of the conference centre) is also a great place to catch up with colleagues you haven’t seen in a while, or start up a conversation with someone new, and it provides a great meeting point to launch your evening’s activities.

Young Scientists at the EGU 2013 opening reception.

Young scientists at the EGU 2013 opening reception.

It’s not all about the social stuff though, there’s a veritable feast of courses where you can fine-tune your skills and grab those all-important nuggets of information to help you forge a career in academia. From Union-wide sessions to workshops and short courses, there’s a lot to choose from, including division-specific sessions to hone your geomorphological data skills and see what young scientists in the soil sciences are working on. You can learn how to write the perfect hydrology paper, enhance your career prospects and share your science with school students – but this is just a snapshot! Take a look at our young scientist’s shortlist to see what’s on offer for young scientists this year.

Like last year, we’ll be hosting a lunchtime session to let young scientists know how they can get involved in the Union and gather feedback to make what we’re doing even better. Since the last General Assembly, young scientist representation in the Union has grown leaps and bounds, with several divisions appointing young scientist officers whose role is to feedback from the young scientist community and make sure we do our best to act on your suggestions. What better way to tell us what you want than over a lovely lunch where you can meet your representatives? You can also let us know what you think via the young scientists survey.

More food and drinks during the EGU 2013 opening reception!

More food, drinks and chatter during the opening reception at EGU 2013!

Keep your eyes peeled for posters that are part of the Outstanding Student Poster competition and make sure you save a space for a few talks from outstanding young scientists. The winners of the Arne Richter and division awards will be giving talks throughout the week and are well worth a listen. Finally, the finalist films in EGU’s Communicate Your Science Video Competition are being showcased at GeoCinema, the home of geoscience films at EGU 2014. We’ve had some excellent entries – you can take a look and vote for your favourite using the EGU YouTube channel.

See you at the conference!

An earlier version of this post was published in the EGU Newsletter

GeoCinema at the 2014 General Assembly

17 Apr

(Credit: Thin Ice)

Just a taste of the scenes being showcased in GeoCinema. (Credit: Thin Ice)

GeoCinema is the home of geoscience films at the EGU General Assembly. This year features 38 fantastic films from across the geosciences, so you can step into some soil science, dive into deep ocean investigations, catch a glimpse of climate change research and more!

GeoCinema runs almost continuously throughout the conference, with short films, documentaries and feature length productions playing throughout the week in B12 (Blue Level) from 10:30 until 19:00 every day of the Assembly.

You can view and download the GeoCinema schedule, together with brief film descriptions, here.

(Credit: NASA/LANDSAT)

(Credit: NASA/LANDSAT)

This year’s young scientist video competition adds another dimension to the event, as finalist films from the EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition will also be screened during the GeoCinema breaks. You can vote for your favourite by giving it a thumbs up on YouTube – on your laptop, smartphone or voting station outside B12. The winning video will be announced at the EGU Booth at 12:15!

EGU 2014: Get the Assembly mobile app!

16 Apr

The EGU 2014 mobile app is now available for iPhones and Android smartphones. To download it, you can scan the QR code available at the General Assembly website or go directly to http://app.egu2014.eu on your mobile device. You will be directed to the version of the EGU 2014 app for your particular smartphone, which you can download for free.

Once you open the app, the dashboard will show you four possibilities: you can browse and search the meeting programme, select presentations to be added to your own personal programme, and find out more about the General Assembly on Twitter.

Spot the difference! The dashboard on the iPhone and Android app.

Spot the difference! The dashboard on the iPhone and Android app.

The icon in the top left takes you to the main menu, where you can read more about the Assembly, and if you find yourself lost in the conference centre, there are floor plans to show you the way:

The main menu on the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

The main menu on the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

You can browse the meeting programme by selecting “Browse” (also accessible from the dashboard), and choose a session or group of sessions (example, Short Courses, SC) for a list of talks including title, date, time and location. The coloured square indicates in what level the room is located (Blue Level – Basement, Green Level – First Floor, etc.).

Sessions

Browsing Short Courses on the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

By clicking on a listed talk, you can find more information about the presentation in question. To add an oral or poster presentation to your personal programme (accessible from the dashboard or side menu), simply click on the star on the top right corner of the description. You can also add it to your phone calendar by turning the “In Calendar” button on.

Session details listed in the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

Session details listed in the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

Presentations already added to your personal programme will be listed with a yellow star. Simply click on the yellow star again to remove it. You can synchronise this information with your online personal programme by selecting the icon in the top right corner of your programme. This will let you access the same information from the EGU 2014 website.

Create your own personal programme using the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

Create your own personal programme using the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

For what’s going on during – and in the lead up to – the Assembly, select the Twitter icon from the dashboard. If you are unfamiliar with Twitter, this is essentially a news feed for the General Assembly, where you can follow what’s going on in real-time, see what sessions other people recommend and ask questions of Assembly participants. To ask a question or highlight a great session, simply click on the bird (iPhone) or share icon (Android). All tweets are automatically tagged with #EGU2014 so they will be added to the conference Twitter feed.

We hope you enjoy the app and the conference, see you in Vienna!

Video Competition finalists – time to get voting!

15 Apr

This year we’re running the first ever EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition – the aim being for young scientists to communicate their research in a short, sweet and public-friendly video. Our judges have now selected 4 fantastic finalists from the excellent entries we received this year and it’s time to find the best geoscience communication clip!

The shortlisted videos will be open to a public vote from now until midnight on 1 May – just ‘like’ the video on YouTube to give it your seal of approval. The video with the most likes when voting closes will be awarded a free registration to the EGU General Assembly 2015.

The finalists are shown below, but you can also catch them in this finalist playlist and even take a seat in GeoCinema – the home of geoscience films at the General Assembly – to see the shortlist and select your favourite.

Please note that only positive votes will be taken into account.

The finalists:

Into the Iron Zone by Carolina Reyes. Like this video to vote for it!

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Understanding Ice-Sheet Stability Using Rocks by Richard Jones. Like this video to vote for it!

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Hydrological Drought Predictions for Reservoir Management: What’s the Use? by Louise Crochemore. Like this video to vote for it!

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SLOMOVE by Giulia Chinellato. Like this video to vote for it!

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The winning entry will be announced during the lunch break on the last day of the General Assembly (Friday 2 May).

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