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Apply now to take part in the 2015 GIFT workshop!

24 Sep

The General Assembly is not only for researchers but for teachers and educators with an interest in the geosciences also. Every year the Geosciences Information For Teachers (GIFT) is organised by the EGU Committee on Education to bring first class science closer to primary and high school teachers. The topic of the 2015 edition of GIFT is mineral resources and will be taking place on April 13–15 at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna, Austria.

The workshop will explore one of the most important challenges faced by modern society: access to raw materials, including base and strategic minerals, in a rapidly developing and growing world.

Mineral resources, the theme for this years GIFT workshop at the General Assembly

Mineral resources, the theme for this year’s GIFT workshop at the General Assembly

Teachers from Europe and around the world can apply to participate in the 2015 edition of GIFT, and to receive a travel and accommodation stipend to attend the workshop, by November 28. Application information is available for download in PDF format, a document which also includes the preliminary programme of the workshop.

Not sure what to expect? More information about GIFT workshops can be found in the GIFT section of the EGU website. You can also take a look at the post about the 2014 workshop at the GA and at some videos of the workshop videos from 2013.

EGU2014: Applying for financial support to attend the General Assembly

12 Nov

A limited amount of the overall budget of the EGU General Assembly is reserved to assist young scientists and established scientists from low and lower middle income countries who wish to present their work at the meeting. From 2005 to 2013, the total amount awarded grew from about €50k to €90k. For the 2014 General Assembly, the EGU has allocated €110k for financial support for scientists to attend.

Financial support may include a waiver of the registration fee and a refund of the Abstract Processing Charge (relating to the abstract for which support was requested). Additionally, the grant may include support for travel expenditures. The EGU currently runs two different financial support schemes; you will be able to find more details about each of these awards on the Support & Distinction section on the EGU 2014 website.

Scientists who wish to apply for financial support should submit an abstract, on which they are first authors, by 29 November 2013. Late applications, or applications where the scientist is not the main author, will not be considered.

To submit the abstract of your oral or poster presentation, please enter the Call-For Abstracts page on the EGU2014 website, select the part of the programme you would like to submit an abstract to, and study the respective session list. Each session shows the link to Abstract Submission that you should use. More information on how to submit an abstract is available from the EGU 2014 website.

To apply for financial support, make sure you click the appropriate box when submitting your abstract. Bear in mind that, even if you are applying for support, you will still need to pay the Abstract Processing Charge. A screenshot of the first screen of the abstract submission process is shown below; the support application section is just above the Abstract Title box.

The abstract submission page. If you wish to apply for financial support, please select one of the support boxes highlighted here.

The abstract submission page (click for larger). If you wish to apply for financial support, please select one of the support boxes highlighted here.

The selection process follows the following steps:

  1. The first and most important step, after the submission deadline, corresponds to the evaluation made by the session convener and/or co-conveners. The ranking is based on the scientific quality of the contribution and the quality of the abstract. The conveners are also able to add comments highlighting special circumstances.
  2. The second step corresponds to the decision made by the EGU programme groups which is based, on a first instance, on the convener’s evaluation and favourable comments. The role of the Programme Groups is to ensure continuity between their respective sessions.
  3. In the third and final step, the Treasurer/Finance Committee grants travel support within the overall annual budget allocation, taking into account the evaluations and comments of conveners and programme groups, the number of abstracts submitted by each session, and the number of registered participants by country (estimated based on previous-year numbers). Between 40 and 55% of the travel grants will go to participants of low income countries.

Next year’s financial-support awardees will be notified in early January 2014. If you have any questions about applying for financial support, please contact EGU communications Officer, Sara Mynott.

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


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