Archive | April, 2010

GeoCinema at EGU GA 2010

30 Apr

This year, for the first time, we will have a GeoCinema at the EGU General Assembly.

The schedule day by day is shown in the individual programme group schedules and below.

Monday
10:00–10:30 Eric Sanderson pictures New York – before the City (duration: 17 minutes)
10:30–12:00 O. Borderie: Careers in Astronomy & Space (duration: 52 minutes
12:15–13:15 Roland Schlich: 365 days under Antarctic Ice (duration: 60 minutes)
13:30–14:00 Jyrki Puupponen and Jaako Järvinen: Triangulation – The Base of Mapping in Finland (duration: 30 minutes)
14:15–14:45 PEAT News Network 1-5 (duration: 30 minutes)
15:00–15:30 James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss (duration: 22 minutes
15:30–16:00 ESA: A Breath of Venus (duration: 20 minutes)
16:00–16:15 IODP Expedition 1 (duration: 10 minutes)

Tuesday
10:00–10:30 ICE, The historian of the Earth (duration: 27 minutes)
10:30–11:00 Lilli Freda and Piergiorgio Scarlato – The 2002-2003 Stromboli eruption (duration: 18 minutes)
11:00–10:30 PEAT News Network 1-5 (duration: 30 minutes)
12:15–12:45 20 Thousand Years – The history of the Earth’s last great natural climate 13:00–13:15 IODP Expedition 2 (duration: 10 minutes)
13:30–14:00 Science@ESA, Episode 8: The Sun, our Local Star (duration: 25 minutes)
15:00–15:30 Lilli Freda and Piergiorgio Scarlato – The 2007 Stromboli eruption (duration: 15 minutes)
15:30–17:00 Pasi Toiviainen: The Venus Theory (duration: 52 minutes)
change (duration: 29 minutes)

Wednesday
10:00–10:30 ESA: Huygens Probe – Landing on an Earth-like world: the View from Huygens on January, 14, 2005 and Decent Science (duration: 10 minutes)
10:30–12:00 James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss (duration: 22 minutes)
13:30–14:00 Eric Sanderson pictures New York – before the City (duration: 17 minutes)
15:00–15:30 ESA: A Breath of Venus (duration: 20 minutes)
15:30–16:30 Jyrki Puupponen and Jaako Järvinen:Triangulation – The Base of Mapping in Finland (duration: 30 minutes)

Thursday
10:00–10:30 Lilli Freda and Piergiorgio Scarlato – The 2007 Stromboli eruption (duration: 15 minutes)
10:30–11:00 PEAT News Network 1-5 (duration: 30 minutes)
12:15–12:45 Science@ESA, Episode 8: The Sun, our Local Star (duration: 25 minutes)
13:30–14:00 Lilli Freda and Piergiorgio Scarlato – The 2002-2003 Stromboli eruption (duration: 18 minutes)
14:00–14:15 IODP Expedition 4 (duration: 10 minutes)
15:00–15:30 ICE, The historian of the Earth (duration: 27 minutes)
15:30–17:00 Roland Schlich: 365 days under Antarctic Ice (duration: 60 minutes)

Friday
08:30–10:00 O. Borderie: Careers in Astronomy & Space (duration: 52 minutes)
10:30–10:15 20 Thousand Years – The history of the Earth’s last great natural climate change (duration: 29 minutes)
12:15–13:15 Pasi Toiviainen: The Venus Theory (duration: 52 minutes)
13:30–13:45 IODP Expedition 5 (duration: 10 minutes)
14:15–14:45 PEAT News Network 1-5 (duration: 30 minutes)
15:00–15:30 ESA: Huygens Probe – Landing on an Earth-like world: the View from Huygens on January, 14, 2005 and Decent Science (duration: 10 minutes)

By Jennifer Holden

Meet the EGU at GA 2010

30 Apr

A new introduction at this year’s European Geosciences Union General Assembly is the chance to meet with Division and other Major EGU Officials. This will take place at the EGU Booth, in the main entrance hall. Please come by to see your division leader, and discuss anything you want with them. Details can be found in the EGU meeting programme and below.

Monday

11:00–12:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Magnetism, Palaeomagnetism, Rock Physics & Geomaterials (MPRG): Mioara Mandea

14:00–15:00 EGU Division President of Atmospheric Sciences (AS): Charlotte Bay Hasager

15:00–16:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Planetary and Solar System Sciences (PS): Athena Coustenis

16:00–17:00 EGU Division President of Solar-Terrestrial Sciences (ST): Iannis Dandouras

Tuesday

12:00–13:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Geodesy (G): Markku Poutanen

12:00–13:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE): Michael Kühn

Wednesday

10:00–11:00 Meet the EGU Publications Committee Chair: Ulrich Pöschl

11:00–12:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Geodynamics (GD): J. Huw Davies

14:00–15:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Natural Hazards (NH): Bruce D. Malamud

Thursday

10:00–11:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Soil System Sciences (SSS): Teodoro Miano

10:00–11:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Hydrological Sciences (HS): Alberto Montanari

11:00–12:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS): Fabrizio Storti

12:00–13:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Cryospheric Sciences (CR): G. Hilmar Gudmundsson

14:00–15:00 EGU Division President of Stratigraphy, Sedimentology & Palaeontology (SSP): Darren Grocke

15:00–16:00 Meet the EGU Programme Group Chair of Isotopes in Geosciences: Instrumentation and Applications (IS) Pier De Groot

16:00–17:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI): Ari-Matti Harri

Friday

12:00–13:00 Meet the EGU Division President of Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI): Stefano Nativi

By Jennifer Holden

Columns in EGU Today

30 Apr

From Dick van der Wateren and the editors of EGU Today

We have recently seen the worst attack on science in ages. The hacking incident at the University of East Anglia set off a worldwide scandal, with climate scientists being accused of fraud and sceptics having a field day. Despite the complete and explicit rehabilitation of Phil Jones et al., the impression remains that scientists are dilly-dallying frauds. Clearly, scientists are vulnerable to attacks by laymen oblivious to scientific truth.
The aftermath is worrying. If we are sceptical about the causes and extent of global warming – “Science is simply organised scepticism.” (the Observer’s Robin McKie) – tampering with the atmosphere is risky business. These worries have led us to invite five people to write a daily column for EGU Today “Science under Fire”. We invite you to join the discussion on the blog and Twitter pages @DickEGUPress and @egu2010.
Hope to meet you in blogosphere.
The editors of EGU Today
Anne Martens, Andrew Gilman, Armand van Wijck and Dick van der Wateren

Webstreaming at EGU GA 2010

30 Apr

Several events at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly are being webstreamed this year. There is a dedicated Webstream Site. The full list of events being streamed is available at the EGU 2010 website.

All press conferences will be streamed. Please visit the EGU Media Portal for further schedule information. Both Great Debates in Geosciences are being webstreamed along with the Union Award Presentations and Medal Lectures.

By Jennifer Holden

Major Events at EGU GA 2010: Great Debates and Townhall Meetings

29 Apr

Continuing the theme of major events at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010:

Two Great Debates
Tuesday [Room D, 12:15–13:15]: GDG2 To what extent do humans impact the Earth’s climate?
Thursday [Room D, 15:30–17:15]: GDG1 Getting real about energy

Seven Townhall Meetings (everyone welcome!):

Monday [Room D, 15:30-17:10]: TM0 Women in Geosciences and ‘What can EGU do for Women Geoscientists?’
Monday [Room 1, 19:00–20:00] TM7 Joint ERICON -SIOS – EMSO Townhall Meeting

Tuesday [Room D, 17:30-19:00] TM1 An International Geoscience Initiative
Tuesday [Room 6, 19:00–20:00] TM2 Implementing the INSPIRE European Directive: a geoscience perspective
Tuesday [Room 1, 19:00–20:00] TM5 Joint IODP ICDP Townhall Meeting

Wednesday [Rm 34, 19:00-20:00] TM4 Hydrology Education in a Changing World

Thursday [Rm 1, 17:30–19:00] TM6 Interactive Open Access Publishing
Thursday [Rm 15, 19:00–20:00] TM3 The European Network for Earth System Modelling (ENES) Strategy and Resource Centre

By Jennifer Holden

Major Events at EGU 2010: Union Sessions

29 Apr

There are six union sessions at this year’s General Assembly:

Monday [Room D, 13:30–15:00]: US2 Large Infrastructures in the Geosciences

Tuesday [Room D, 13:15–15:00]: US5 Early Earth and early biosphere

Wednesday [Room D, 13:30–20:00]: US1 Union Award Presentations and Medal Lectures

Thursday [Room D, 13:30–15:15]: US4 History, culture, art and religion in the geosciences

Friday [Room D, 17:30–18:30]: US6 EGU Keynote Closing Lecture given by Jan Smit on Chicxulub impact

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: US7 Eyjafjallajökull – eruption, plume, and consequences Oral Presentations: Tuesday and Thursday: Room 36, 18:30–20:00; Posters: Wednesday 17:30-19:00.

By Jennifer Holden

EGU 2010 Blog Roll

29 Apr

The European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 Blog Roll can be found as a new page on this blog.

You can still submit your blog at the Blog Roll submission form.

The Blog Roll will be updated throughout the General Assembly.

By Jennifer Holden

Presenting at EGU 2010

28 Apr

Quite a few of the search engine terms that result in people coming to this blog involve presenting at EGU. This post will outline what’s available in the presentation rooms, pointing you to the appropriate pages on the EGU GA 2010 website.

Oral Presentations
The guidelines for oral presentations online. The link includes the equipment available in each room (laptop, beamer, microphone, laser pointer, ability to hook up your own laptop etc.). Oral presentations this year are only in time blocks 1 to 4 and in most cases are 12 minutes long with 3 minutes for questions. Please be in the presentation room in the half hour before the time block starts so your presentation can be uploaded onto the provided laptop or so you can connect your laptop up to the system.

Poster Presentations
There are guidelines available for poster presentations. Posters should be put up between 08:00 and 08:30 in the morning. Tape is available from the student assistants in the halls. You will have been sent your poster location (e.g. XY0439) in an email from EGU and it is listed online in the Session Programme details. You can locate the exact location of your poster using the online floor plans. At the end of each day, the student assistants carefully remove posters and put them in storage bins in the poster halls. These are labelled by day so you can retrieve your poster if you wish. If your poster is participating in the YSOPP, please print and display the YSOPP label and put it up with your poster.

The author in attendance time will have been sent to you. In some divisions this will be time block 5 for all posters, in other divisions it may any of the five time blocks. This year at the General Assembly time block 5 (17:30-19:00) has been reserved solely for posters (except on Friday).

Some sessions may have a poster walk through (in some cases this will be noted in the session details). This is where poster authors have a short amount of time to summarise their poster and find out more about other posters in their session. Other sessions will have a scheduled Poster Summary and Discussion session (a list of them can be found here). These may involve poster summaries and/or discussion points dependent on the session.

Chairpersons and Convenors
Guidelines for Chairpersons and Convernors are available at the EGU website.

Time Blocks
Timetabling at the General Assembly is in five time blocks as follows:
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

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

By Jennifer Holden

Navigating your way around the General Assembly

26 Apr

Floorplans of the Austria Center Vienna are included in the information & schedules book that you receive during on-site registration. If you want to acquaint yourself with the layout of rooms and exhibits at EGU 2010 in advance, the Floor Plans are available online. On this page you can also find detailed plans, including numerical locations for Poster Areas Hall X, Hall XL, Hall Y, Hall Z, Area BG and Hall A. On -site registration takes place in Hall Z.

New areas this year include Poster Hall XL on the Blue Level – Basement and the Jobs & Education Market in Hall X, also on the Blue Level – Basement. More information about the Jobs & Education Market, including how to post jobs or CVs online and at EGU 2010 can be found at the EGU website Jobs & Education Market section.

By Jennifer Holden

Creating your Personal Meeting Programme

23 Apr

Looking forward to the General Assembly starting on 2 May in Vienna, you can create a personal meeting programme at the EGU 2010 website. You need your Copernicus ID to login (its a numerical user name), then you can print, store to later modify or email yourself sessions and presentations of particular interest to you. The search facility will bring up your search term in session titles, abstract titles and the body of abstracts.

Something to note is that the order of items in the list of Programme Groups has changed a little. Information about new events such as Geocinema and Meet EGU are online, and will be highlighted on this blog in the coming days.

By Jennifer Holden