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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.

Young scientists – meet your representative!

16 Oct

Hello, my name is Sam Illingworth and as well as being a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Manchester, I will be taking over from Jennifer Holden as the Young Scientist representative for the EGU’s Programme Committee, which coordinates the annual General Assembly.

I studied for my PhD at the University of Leicester between 2007 and 2010, investigating the capability of the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI), on board the MetOp-A satellite, for making measurements of carbon monoxide from space. During my time at Leicester I was fortunate enough to be involved in outreach work with a number of different primary and secondary schools, and also to have a supervisor who encouraged me to channel my love of acting into these outreach activities.

On the back of these successful ventures into theatrical scientific expression, I spent the next two years living and working in Japan, on a scholarship awarded to me by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese foundation. During this time I was able to further develop my methodology of using theatrical technique to improve effective scientific communication. I went on to develop and lecture a course at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, which used these methods to improve the communicative skills of young researchers.

Sam Illingworth – the new young scientist representative on the Programme Committee!

Sam Illingworth – the new young scientist representative on the Programme Committee. (Credit: Sam Illingworth)

My time in Japan lead to a similar posting at Tsinghua University in Beijing, before I headed back to the UK, where I began my current position at the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences in 2012. Since then I have been busy developing a technique for making remote sensing measurements of greenhouse gases from an airborne device, which has essentially involved porting the work that I did for the IASI instrument down to a similar piece of kit on board the UK’s Atmospheric Research Aircraft. A lot of my work is centred on trying to better understand the significance of wetlands as a source of methane, and I have been lucky enough to travel up to the Arctic Circle in order to do this!

As well as my scientific research I am also involved with a lot of outreach work at the University, including helping to co-host the Barometer, a fun and informative podcast about atmospheric science. I was also asked to develop a communications lecture course for the University, which I have started teaching this term, together with numerous other workshops and seminars that I give to students and young researchers on behalf of the University’s careers centre and Learning Commons.

I am extremely excited to be beginning my new role as the young scientist representative for EGU, and I hope that I can build on the excellent work that Jennifer has already done in developing an articulate and personable voice for this important group of researchers. I would like to begin by saying that I intend on operating a (virtual) door-open policy, and that if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions then I would love to hear them.

I look forward to meeting you all over the course of the next year, whether that be via email (, Twitter (@samillingworth),  or even better in person in Vienna at EGU 2014.

EGU elections – propose a candidate!

30 Aug

EGU members will be able to vote for the next president/vice-president and general secretary during the autumn election, which takes place from 1 November to 1 December. But first, you need to choose your candidates!

You can propose a candidate for either vacancy by filling in the proposal form up until 30 September. You are welcome and encouraged to nominate yourself. If you are nominating someone else, please ensure you get the candidate’s consent.

More information about the election is available from the elections page on the EGU website.

Flags at the EGU 2013 General Assembly (Credit: Sue Voice)

Flags at the EGU 2013 General Assembly (Credit: Sue Voice)

An earlier version of this post was published on the EGU website.

Friday at the General Assembly

12 Apr

Welcome to the final day of EGU 2013! As ever, there are many many great sessions on today – here’s our final selection of highlights. Be sure to complement this information with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly, available both in paper and for download here.

After you’ve settled into the day and had your morning coffee, why not pick up some skills to show off your talents to a potential employer, make the most of your CV and beat the competition (in academia and industry) in the “How to apply for a job” Short Course? Join career training experts Helen Goulding and Sarah Blackford in Room G10 at 10:30.

Today’s Medal Lectures:

…and a taste of the interdisciplinary sessions that are on:

 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!

We hope you’ve had a wonderful week, we certainly have!


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