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EGU has a new Science Communication Officer!

6 Aug

Meet the newest member of EGU’s communications team, Laura Roberts Artal! Laura will manage GeoLog and the EGU blog network, run our social media channels, and continue developing EGU’s networking activities for young scientists.

It is a warm and relatively sunny day in Munich and I’ve just started as the new Communications Officer at the EGU! Some of you may recognise me, as I’ve been blogging as part of the EGU blog network over on Geology Jenga for approximately a year.


I completed an undergraduate Masters in Geology at the University of Liverpool, where I investigated how and why magma/water interactions lead to typically explosive eruptions. Once I graduated, I spent three years in industry as an environmental consultant working on land contamination issues, before returning to Liverpool University to undertake a PhD researching whether the Earth had a magnetic field during the Archean, 3.5 billion years ago.

During my PhD I have become an advocate for science outreach and communication. This has led me to regularly volunteer for the STEM Ambassador Network and Science Grrl, at outreach and public engagement events across the UK; designing and developing interactive activates for children and adults alike to raise the profile of Earth Sciences amongst the general public.

Up until a few days ago Sara Mynott was the science communication guru here at EGU and I’ve got some very big shoes to fill! However, I am extremely excited by this new challenge and looking forward to spreading the word about all things Earth Science via the EGU blog and the wide variety of social media platforms that EGU has a presence in. To do so, I’ll be working closely with the EGU’s Media and Communications Manager, Bárbara Ferreira.

Feel free to get in touch with me at if you have any questions about the EGU or any of its publications – it would be great to hear from you!

Laura Roberts

Announcing the winners of the EGU Photo Contest 2014!

2 May

The selection committee received over 200 photos for this year’s EGU Photo Contest, covering fields across the geosciences. Participants have been voting for their favourites throughout the week  and there are three clear winners. Congratulations to Trent Marwick, Velio Coviello and John Clemens – 2014’s fantastic photographers!

Star Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park by Trent Marwick (via

Stands of Time by Trent Marwick (via

Eventually water by Velio Coviello (via

Eventually water by Velio Coviello (via

Erosion Spider

Erosion Spider by John Clemens (via

Imaggeo is the EGU’s open access geosciences image repository. Photos uploaded to Imaggeo can be used by scientists, the press and the public provided the original author is credited. Photographers also retain full rights of use, as Imaggeo images are licensed and distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons licence. You can submit your photos here.

At the Assembly: Friday highlights

2 May

The conference is coming to a close and there’s still an abundance of great sessions to attend! Here’s our guide to getting the most out of the conference on its final day. Boost this information with features from EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly – pick up a paper copy at the ACV entrance or download it here.

Be sure to attend today’s Alexander von Humboldt Medal Lecture by Pradeep Mujumdar, who will be discussing the hydrologic impacts of climate change and how we can quantify its uncertainties (ML4, 12:15 in R1).

Fri a

It’s your last chance to make the most of the networking opportunities at the General Assembly, so get on down to the poster halls and strike up a conversation. If you’re in the queue for coffee, find out what the person ahead is investigating – you never know when you might start building the next exciting collaboration! Here are some of today’s scientific highlights:

Our final Keynote Lecture in the Face of the Earth series will be on Space and the Earth. Join James Head in a journey from the Earth to outer space in R1 at 13:30. Shortly before you can find out the results of the EGU Photo Contest and Communicate Your Science Video Competition – they’ll be announced at the EGU Booth at 12:15.

Fri 2

Following the success of this year’s theme, EGU 2015 will also have a theme: A Voyage Through Scales. This is an invitation to contem­plate the Earth’s extraordinary variability extending from milliseconds to its age and from microns to the size of the planet. The range of scales in space, in time – in space-time – is truly mindboggling. Join us on this adventure in Vienna next year!

What have you thought of the Assembly this week? Let us know at and help make EGU 2015 even better.

We hope you’ve had a wonderful week and look forward to seeing you in 2015!

Measuring the aurora (Credit: Cyril Simon Wedlund via

Measuring the aurora (Credit: Cyril Simon Wedlund via

The 2015 EGU General Assembly is taking place on 12–17 April 2015 in Vienna. Mark the dates on your calendar, and check in the next few months for updates.

Explore the Exhibition at EGU 2014!

1 May

Today is the last full day to visit the Exhibition at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly!

The Exhibition at EGU 2013 (Credit: Sue Voice)

The Exhibition at EGU 2013 (Credit: Sue Voice)

Exhibition booths for companies, publishers, scientific societies and many more are scattered throughout the Blue (basement), Yellow (ground floor), and Green (first floor) Levels of the Austria Center Vienna. See the General Assembly website for a full list of who’s attending and where to find them.

Make sure you don’t miss EGU and Friends in Hall X on the Blue Level, where you can find out more about the EGU and its partners!

More from the EGU 2013 Exhibition (Credit: Sue Voice)

More from the EGU 2013 Exhibition (Credit: Sue Voice)


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