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Head on over to the EGU Booth!

30 Apr

You can find the EGU Booth in Hall X on the Blue Level. This is the place to come if you’d like to meet members of EGU Council and Committees (Meet EGU) and find out more about EGU outreach activities.

Here you can discover the EGU’s 16 open access journals, including SOIL, the latest addition to the EGU family, browse the EGU blogs (GeoLog and the EGU Blog Network), catch up on the conference Twitter feed, and more! We will also be giving away beautiful geosciences postcards, which the EGU will post for you free of charge.

GA Matt

Beside the booth you’ll also find the finalists in the EGU Photo Contest, make sure you vote for your favourite images!  You’ll also find the Assembly Job Spot – be sure to check it out if you’re looking for a job in the geosciences, or someone to fill as spot in your research group.

If you have any questions about the EGU, or want to be more involved in the Union, come and ask us, we’re happy to help!

At the Assembly: Wednesday highlights

30 Apr

We’re halfway through the General Assembly already! Once again there is lots on offer at EGU 2014 and this is just a taster – be sure to complement this information with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly, available both in paper and for download here.

Today features the first of the Assembly’s Great Debates – Metals in our backyard: to mine or not to mine (GDB1). Experts in mining, sustainable resources and economics will set the scene and explore whether the benefits of mining outweigh the costs. Join in the debate from 15:30-17:00 in Y1. You can follow the session on Twitter with #EGU14geng, and, if you’re not attending, tune in with the conference live stream.

We also have an incredible Union-wide session lined up: IPCC Climate Change 2013/2014: Findings and lessons learned (US4, 15:30-17:00 in R6). A little over two weeks ago governments approved and adopted the last of three contributions to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Here, each of the three IPCC Working Groups will provide concise overviews of the most relevant findings from the report – it’s not one to miss! You can also follow the session on Twitter (#EGU14IPCC) and catch up with the EGU 2014 webstream.

GA Flags

Another excellent event set for today is the EGU Award Ceremony, where the achievements of many outstanding scientists will be recognised in an excellent evening event from 18:00-19:30 in Room R1. Here are some of the lectures being given by these award-winning scientists:

Continuing with the EGU 2014 theme, today’s Keynote Lecture (KL5) will be on the Life of the Earth and is taking place from 13:30–14:30 in G11.

Life Of The Earth

Short Courses! Today offers the opportunity to learn how to write the perfect paper in hydrology (SC3,  08:30–10:00 in R3), pick up some practical skills in delivering outreach to schools (SC8, 17:30–19:00 in G13, Twitter: #EGUschools) and take top tips from leaders in the field of geomorphology (SC17, 17:30–19:00 in G2).

And check out some of today’s scintillating scientific sessions:

Finally, remember to take the opportunity to meet your division’s representatives in the day’s Meet EGU sessions and, if you’ve had enough of the formalities, head on over to GeoCinema, where you’ll find some great Earth science films and can vote on your favourite entries to the Communicate Your Science Video Competition.

Have an excellent day!

Life in the Italian Alps. (Credit: Christian Massari via imaggeo.egu.eu)

Life in the Italian Alps. (Credit: Christian Massari via imaggeo.egu.eu)

On Twitter? Join us for the EGU Tweet up this evening!

At the Assembly: Tuesday highlights

29 Apr

Welcome back to the second day of the 2014 General Assembly! Today is packed full of excellent sessions, and this list of highlights is by no means comprehensive! Make sure you complement this information with EGU Today, the General Assembly newsletter, to get the most out of the conference – grab a copy on your way in or download it here.

Today’s Europe in Geosciences event on The Role of Geoscientists in Public Policy (EG1, 10:30-12:00 in R1) puts the spotlight on the ways in which geoscientists can bring their research to the policy domain. This round-table features speakers from both science and policy, who will debate the role of geoscientists in the policy realm and take questions from the audience, following a short address. You can also follow the session on Twitter with #EGU14EG.

Another Union-wide session, the Face of the Earth Union Symposium, features three fantastic speakers who will explore the facets of this year’s theme – join them in Y1 from 15:30-17:00 (or, if you’re watching remotely, watch the live stream and follow the discussion on Twitter with #EGU14face).

Today’s Keynote Lectures will be on the Waters of the Earth (KL4, 13:30-14:30 in Y1) and on the seismic constraints on the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (KL1, 19:00–20:00 in B1).

Waters Of The Earth

The day is full of fantastic scientific sessions, from explorations of how aerosols influence cloud production and precipitation (AS3.5), and the way climate change is changing seasonal patterns in ecology and development (CL3.11/AS4.24/BG5.6) to looking at biochar and organic waste in soils (SSS6.5), and the formation, dynamics and habitability of exoplanets (PS6.1)

If you’re a young scientist, join the EGU Young Scientists Forum (12:15–13:15 in R13) to find out more about the Union and how to get involved. It’s over lunch, so you’ll find a buffet of sandwiches and soft drinks when you arrive! You can also hone your skills during a number of Short Courses on throughout the day:

GA Building

There is also a treat of Townhall Meetings on this evening.These meetings allow for a lot more open discussion than many of the Assembly’s other sessions and take place outside the usual time blocks. Here are some of the highlights:

And there’s a suite of smaller Splinter Meetings organised by conference participants too. They cover topics such as how to make marine data more accessible (SPM1.7), understand more about poor air quality (SPM1.20) and improve methods of Earth observation (SPM1.28).

Finally, remember to take the opportunity to meet your Division’s representatives at the EGU Booth in today’s Meet EGU sessions and, if you’re in need of a break, head on over to GeoCinema, where you can kick back and relax with a geological film (10:30-19:00 daily in B12).

Have a lovely day!

Pacific coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in winter. (Credit: Dmitry Savelyev via imaggeoegu.eu)

Pacific coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in winter. (Credit: Dmitry Savelyev via imaggeoegu.eu)

Photo Contest finalists – who will you vote for?

28 Apr

The selection committee received over 200 photos for this year’s EGU Photo Contest, covering fields across the geosciences. The fantastic finalist photos are below and they are being exhibited in Hall X (basement, Blue Level) of the Austria Center Vienna – see for yourself!

Do you have a favourite? Vote for it! There are terminals in Hall X, just next to the exhibit. The results will be announced on Friday 2 May during the lunch break (at 12:15).

Erosion Spider

Erosion Spider by John Clemens (via imaggeo.egu.eu).

Icebergs at Night in the Antarctic by Eva Nowatzki (via imaggeo.egu.eu)

Icebergs at Night in the Antarctic by Eva Nowatzki (via imaggeo.egu.eu).

Inside the Iceberg by Daniele Penna (via imaggeo.egu.eu)

Inside the Iceberg by Daniele Penna (via imaggeo.egu.eu).

MicROCKScopica - Symplectite in Granulite by Bernardo Cesare (via imaggeo.egu.eu)

MicROCKScopica – Symplectite in Granulite by Bernardo Cesare (via imaggeo.egu.eu).

Nature's Fireworks by Derya Gürer (via imaggeo.egu.eu).

Nature’s Fireworks by Derya Gürer (via imaggeo.egu.eu).

Sculpted Ice by Ruth Hindshaw (via imaggeo.egu.eu)

Sculpted Ice by Ruth Hindshaw (via imaggeo.egu.eu).

Star Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park by Trent Marwick (via imaggeo.egu.eu).

Stands of Time by Trent Marwick (via imaggeo.egu.eu).

Star Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park by Martin Snow (via imaggeo.egu.eu)

Star Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park by Martin Snow (via imaggeo.egu.eu)

Eventually water by Velio Coviello (via imaggeo.egu.eu)

Eventually water by Velio Coviello (via imaggeo.egu.eu)

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