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New Educational Fellow at the EGU Office

13 Sep

Jane Robb

Hello, I am Jane, the new Education Officer at the EGU. My role here is to help develop and implement the EGU’s educational strategy and initiatives for formal and informal education as well as working on exciting new education-related collaborations for the EGU.

I earned my BSc (Hons) Geology from the University of Edinburgh then went on to gain an MRes in Heritage Science from University College London. In my MRes research I used social science techniques to understand the perceived value (i.e., educational, historical, uniqueness…) of geological collections in museums. These insights were used to improve collections care in museums, but also to enhance my understanding of how people relate to science – knowledge useful when engaging audiences in science education.

In the past five years I have also worked as a science communication and outreach officer for Our Dynamic Earth science centre, the Scottish Earth Science Education Forum and Exscitec as well as volunteering for Rockwatch (a club for young geologists) and holding the communications officer post on the national committee for Geology for Global Development. Before I moved to the EGU I worked at University College London as a research assistant in pedagogy and student experience, a role that was incredibly useful in developing my knowledge of teaching and learning research and engagement.

I believe there is lots of scope for exciting new education initiatives across the EGU and look forward to getting stuck in. If you would like to know more about what we have to offer regarding our education strategy, or maybe have an interesting education-related collaboration in mind, get in touch with me at

Jane Robb, EGU Educational Fellow

New Science Communicator at the EGU Office

23 Jan

Meet the newest member of EGU’s communications team, Sara Mynott! Sara will manage GeoLog and the EGU blog network, run our social media channels, and develop EGU’s networking activities for young scientists.

Hello from the EGU office!

I have just taken on the task of being the EGU’s new social media bod or – if we’re being official – their new Communications Officer.

Sara Mynott is the new Communications Officer at the EGU

After completing a Masters in Environmental Geoscience at the University of Bristol, and a second in Marine Ecology, from Queen Mary University of London I’ve investigated areas such as: the use of microphones to monitor volcanoes; how crustacean fisheries can be managed effectively, and how warming climates may impact the fitness of cold-blooded animals. I can’t wait to spread the wonders of new research further afield.

I also have a keen interest in informal education, having volunteered at many a science festival, school and exhibition centre. Most recently this entailed demonstrating the principles of Newtonian physics using simple toys in a festive invention workshop! Before joining the EGU, I had the pleasure of working for PLoS, which gave me a good grounding in the essentials of open access publishing and the merits of alternative ways to share and discuss research online.

Working with the EGU’s Media and Communications Manager, Bárbara Ferreira, I’ll be sharing all things Geoscience, while contributing to the EGU blog and developing communications with young scientists. With all the tools we have for sharing science, I couldn’t be more excited about the task at hand!

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


Sara Mynott

Job opportunity at the EGU Executive Office: Communications Assistant

24 Oct

The EGU is seeking to appoint a Communications Assistant to work with the EGU Media and Communications Officer in maintaining and further developing media-related and science information communications between the EGU and its membership, the working media, and the public at large. The position will be based at the EGU Executive Office in Munich, Germany.

More information about this vacancy, including main tasks, requirements, application materials, and salary and starting date, is available in PDF format or on the EGU website.

Informal enquiries about this position can be made to the Media and Communications Officer, Dr Bárbara Ferreira (, +49-89-2180-6703). Applications should be submitted by e-mail in a single file to Dr Bárbara Ferreira by 15 November.

Do you know anyone who might be interested in this position? The EGU would be grateful if you shared this opportunity widely.

EGU Outreach Committee meets in Tuscany, Italy

10 Oct

A Tuscan sunset to end the first day of proceedings at the 2012 EGU outreach retreat. (photo: Edvard Glücksman)

Members of the Munich-based Executive Office recently met with other members of the EGU Outreach Committee just outside Pisa, Italy, to brainstorm about the Union’s various outreach activities. The two-day meeting, led by Chairman of the EGU Outreach Committee Niels Hovius, was held primarily to establish a coherent long- and short-term outreach plan for the Union, some of which will be covered in more depth at the upcoming EGU Council Meeting on 18-19 November in Munich.  Topics discussed include the EGU’s commitment to education and the GIFT Programme, the Union’s media communications products, meetings support, and more general outreach developments that may be implemented in light of next year’s General Assembly.

Hard work in a beautiful setting!

Powering through to cover as much material as possible in two days. (Photo: Edvard Glücksman)

Members of the EGU Outreach Committee (Photo: Kostas Kourtidis)



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