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Short courses at EGU 2014

1 Apr

This year there is a suite of super short courses to choose from at the General Assembly. You can supercharge your scientific skills, broaden your base in science communication and pick up tips on how to boost your career – be it in academia or outside. Here’s what’s in store at EGU 2014:

Supercharge your science – new techniques and dealing with data

Dealing with data. (Credit: OpenLearn LabSpace)

Dealing with data. (Credit: OpenLearn LabSpace)

Tips and tricks to boost your career

Looking for your next position? Pick up some skills at the EGU 2014 careers courses. (Source)

Looking for your next position? Pick up some skills at the EGU 2014 careers courses. (Source)

Science communication skills

Science communication short course at EGU 2013. (Credit: Sue Voice)

A science communication short course at EGU 2013. (Credit: Sue Voice)

The EGU General Assembly is taking place in Vienna, Austria from 27 April to 2 May. Check out the full session programme on the General  Assembly website. 

Presenting at the Assembly: A quick ‘how to’ from the EGU

27 Mar

The schedule is out, presentation slots have been assigned and it’s time to start thinking about putting yours together. Whether you have an oral, poster or PICO slot, we have a suite of simple guidelines to get you ready for the conference!

Orals

The guidelines for oral presentations are online. All oral presentations should have the dimensions 4:3 and last about 12 minutes, with 3 minutes for questions. Oral presentations take place over four 90-minute time blocks. Make sure you’re in the presentation room approximately 30 minutes before your time block starts, so your presentation can be uploaded or so you can connect your laptop to the system. There will be a lecture room assistant to help you get everything ready.

Future Earth presentation at EGU 2013. (Credit: Sue Voice)

Future Earth presentation at EGU 2013. (Credit: Sue Voice)

Posters

Guidelines for poster presentations are also online. Importantly, the poster boards landscape and are 197 cm by 100 cm. Posters should be hung between 08:00 and 09:00 on the day of your scheduled poster presentation using tape available from roaming student assistants.  Please retrieve your poster at the end of the day (between 19:00 and 19:30). Those that are not collected will be disposed of. By the start of the Assembly, EGU will have sent your  Authors in Attendance Time – during this time, you must be present at your display.

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An outstanding poster from EGU 2013. (Credit: Müller, A. and Nèvir, P., 2013)

PICOs

Last year we introduced a new kind of presentation: Presenting Interactive COntent (PICO). The guidelines for PICO presentations are available online. PICO sessions combine the best of oral and poster presentations. Every PICO author presents their slides in a “2 minutes madness”. After these short presentations, all attendees have enough time to watch the presentation again on interactive screens and hold discussions with the author and other attendees. These presentations are shown on widescreens, so your presentation will need to have the dimensions 16:9.

Time Blocks

Timetabling at the General Assembly is organised into the following time blocks:

  • TB1 08:30–10:00
  • TB2 10:30–12:00
  • TB3 13:30–15:00
  • TB4 15:30–17:00
  • TB5 17:30–19:00 (not on Friday)

There is free tea and coffee available in the poster halls in the breaks between TB1 & TB2 and TB3 & TB4, and wine available during TB5.

No-shows

If you already know that your abstract will not be presented, you are kindly requested to withdraw your corresponding abstract as soon as possible.

EGU 2014: Getting here, getting to sleep and getting to know the city

25 Mar

How to get to Vienna and what to do when you’re there – a brief, and by no means comprehensive, introduction!

Getting here

Vienna’s International Airport is served by many of the major European airlines. If you would like to consider overland transport or benefit from our 20% discount on Star Alliance flights, take a look at the General Assembly website. And, if you haven’t seen it already, make sure you check out the General Assembly guide, which is full of even more hints and tips on how to get to Vienna and get ready for the conference.

Early morning tram travel in the city. (Credit: Julian Turner)

Early morning tram travel in the city. (Credit: Julian Turner)

Getting to sleep

An abundance of accommodation options can be found on the EGU 2014 website. But if you’re not a fan of hotels, there are a variety of alternatives in Vienna. Here are a few examples!

If you’re looking for a low cost option, there are a host of hostels in Vienna, just check these sites:

And, if you’d like to feel more at home, or stay in a flat with fellow geoscientists, you can consider the apartments available in Vienna:

Getting to know Vienna

The Vienna tourist board has all you need to know about sightseeing, shows, shopping, dining and other information about Vienna and you can top this information up with this list of the city’s museums.

Tourist information offices can be found in the Arrivals Hall of Vienna International Airport or at the Tourist Information Centre, which sits behind the Vienna State Opera (the Tourist Information Centre is open daily 09:00-19:00 and you can access it from the U-bahn stop Albertinaplatz/Maysedergasse).

Vienna at sunsest. (Credit: Flickr user cadoc)

Vienna at sunsest. (Credit: Flickr user cadoc)

If you’ve been before and can recommend a good spot for dinner, or something to do when you have a little down time, feel free to make suggestions in the comments!

A first-timer’s guide to the 2014 General Assembly

21 Mar

Will this be your first time at an EGU General Assembly? With over 11,000 participants in a massive venue, the conference can be a confusing and, at times, overwhelming place.

To help you find your way, we have compiled an introductory handbook filled with history, presentation pointers, travel tips and a few facts about Vienna and its surroundings. Download your copy of the EGU General Assembly guide here!

GA Montage

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