Archive | March, 2011

Petrified Wood Exhibit at EGU GA 2011

31 Mar

This year at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly there will be an exhibit of petrified wood. It is located in Poster Hall Y of area XY near to the entrances to rooms 10 and 11 on the Blue (Basement) level, a pdf plan can be found here. The exhibition organiser Peter Huber will be at the exhibit each day from 17:30 to 19:00. Preview images can be found on Peter Huber’s Facebook Album or Foto Community pages. He writes about the exhibit:

Petrified wood is not really a rare fossil. Even the small country Austria has about 170 reference points where petrified wood occurs. And yet “good” pieces, such as completely preserved branches or rare species, are rare. The often perfect preservation of anatomical structures in petrified wood is another special feature of fossil wood. Unfortunately, scientific work with petrified wood is extensive. In order to make identifications, thin sections have to be made and evaluated comprehensively. Most research in paleobotany is now focusing on palynology.

The interest in palynology as the primary focus of today‘s paleobotany is due to several factors. Petrified wood in the fossil record is heavily biased by riparian species because stream valleys are the most usual sites for conditions promoting wood petrification. Palynology, on the other hand can give a credible statistical sample of pollen grains – thousands in a single shovelful in some cases. These statistical samples do not have the built-in bias of riparian species and have the added attraction of providing an indication of annual plants as well as perennial plants for a more accurate view of paleoclimate and paleogeographic conditions. This has made the study of petrified wood a rare branch all over the world.

This exhibit – and the book documenting the exhibit – shows the story of nearly 400 million years of wood and the development of trees, As the pictures show, it is a very aesthetic topic! Wood, as a “mineral collector” has as a fossil all the colors of the rainbow, agates fill cavities, and even feeding tunnels are preserved in detail. The pieces presented here are all from my own collection. I started collecting petrified wood as a child, meanwhile I have been collecting over 45 years! The collection includes many pieces I found myself. Here a trained eye helped a lot for the good success in collecting, but for the most part the pieces are from purchases. The internet has greatly contributed to expand the collection with sites from all over the world.

I hope you enjoy my selection. And maybe I can still infect the one or the other with the “Virus Xyloxylon”!

Mag. Peter C. Huber

The abstract for the exhibit is:
400 million years ago plants started their conquest of the land masses. At the beginning, the stems grew more horizontally and just small segments grew vertically. But in the quest of following light, the idea „tree“ was born. It did take several million more years for real wooden trunks to evolve, but sometime around the Carbon Period true forests had developed. And starting with the Carbon Period structural fossils of trees have been preserved, often showing cell for cell the wood anatomy of the former tree. The special exhibition for the EGU 2011 shows the development of trees starting sometime around the Carbon Period to the most recent geological time. A part of the exhibition will present special finds from Austria and Hungary.

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Union Wide Events at the EGU General Assembly 2011 (Part II)

30 Mar

This post is the partner of Union Wide Events at the EGU General Assembly 2011 (Part I).

Townhall Meetings (TM)
Townhall meetings are on a variety of topics this year including careers, research and women in Geosciences (TM9). They’re an opportunity to discuss topics in a bit more depth than the oral session question times allow. TM10 is associated with the late breaking session on the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (US05).

Splinter Meetings (SPM)
There are two sorts of Splinter meetings at EGU General Assemblies:public and private. SPM1.X are the public splinter meetings that anyone can attend. This year they include presentations on research projects, networking events for young researchers and the Earth Science Women’s Network, sub-division meetings, an outreach panel and more. Some splinter meetings complement specific sessions, these are listed

Europe in Geosciences (EG)
Are a variety of sessions that have a pan-Europe outlook.

Educational and Outreach Symposia (EOS)
These are sessions focussed on Education and Outreach, some related specifically to programme groups (e.g. NH, OS etc.) and includes EOS01 “Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) workshop” which is a long-running event for high-school teachers and has an exciting oral programme, open to anyone who would like to attend the oral talks Monday to Wednesday in Room 29. There are also poster sessions for theses EOS sessions.

GeoCinema
Now in it’s second year the GeoCinema (in the GeoCinema room on the Ground Floor) runs Monday to Friday 10:30 to 19:00. There are over 30 films in this year’s programme, ranging from less than five minutes to 90 minutes long. The schedule is online here. This includes Home, A Film by Yann Athus-Bertrand, which is showing twice, including on Friday afternoon from 17:30 to 19:00. A pdf with details of the films, including links to view them online (where possible) is available.

Webstreaming at EGU General Assembly 2011

29 Mar

As with previous years, selected sessions along with all press conferences (see EGU Media Portal) will be live-streamed during the General Assembly 2011 and are will also be available on demand after the conference. Please enter the general EGU Webstreaming site. The webstream portal contains events from General Assemblies in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The 2011 programme includes:
Monday, 4 April 2011
13:30–15:00 US1 A Planet Under Pressure

Tuesday, 5 April 2011
12:15–13:15 ML1 Alfred Wegener Medal Lecture – Understanding the drivers of environmental changes in West Africa from sedimentary deep-sea records by Gerold Wefer
13:30–15:10 US2 The Future of Water Cycle Earth Observing Systems
15:30–17:00 GDG1 How will Europe face the raw materials crisis?

Wednesday, 6 April 2011
12:15–13:15 ML3 Jean Dominique Cassini Medal Lecture – Highlights of ESA’s Planetary Sciences Programme Achievements and a Glimpse into the Future by Jean-Pierre Lebreton
13:30–15:00 UMC1
What are the unresolved questions and future perspectives for palaeoclimate research? An EGU Masterclass by André Berger and Wolfgang H. Berger
17:30–20:00 US0 EGU Award Ceremony

Thursday, 7 April 2011
08:30–10:15 US4 The 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake
11:00–12:00 Press Conference 1:The 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake
12:15–13:15 ML2 Arthur Holmes Medal Lecture – Three grand challenges in geomorphology: rock, climate, and life by William E. Dietrich
12:30–13:30 Press Conference 2: sunami impact and Tsunami Early Warning Systems
13:30–15:10 US3 How Science Can Aid Society in Tackling Emerging Risks

Friday, 8 April 2011
08:30–10:00 US5 The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami

Navigating Vienna

29 Mar

Getting to the EGU General Assembly Venue
The Austria Center Vienna (ACV), the venue for the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011, is located next to the station “Kaisermühlen/Vienna Int. Centre” on subway line U1 running from the city centre (Stephansplatz) to Leopoldau. A Vienna metro plan (in pdf) can be found here and a travel planner for Vienna on Wiener Linien’s site (including how to get to and from the airport). A google maps of the Austria Centre Vienna is here and below. The Austria Center Vienna  is also reachable via the Airport Bus (Timetable, PDF) running to the station “Wien Kaisermühlen/VIC” close to the ACV.

Getting from Vienna Airport to Vienna City
Vienna’s international airport is at Schwechat, 19 kilometers from the city centre. To get to Vienna city, you can take the City Airport Train (CAT), Suburban railway, buses or a taxi cab. Details are summarised below and available on the airport’s website.

The City Airport Train (CAT) takes 16 minutes from the Airport to Wien Mitte station. Fares are from €10 single (cheaper if brought online). Trains leave every 30 minutes from 06:05 until 23:35.

The S-bahn (S7) takes 24 minutes from the Airport to various stations in Vienna centre (Rennweg (change for Sudbahnhof), Mitte, Praterstern, Traisengasse, Handelskai and Floridsdorf), a timetable is available online with trains leaving approximately every 30 minutes. Trains leave from 04:54 until 00:18. Fares are from €3.60.

There are various bus connections from the airport to the city, taking between 20 and 45 minutes. Buses go through the night and cost from €7 for a single.

Taxis are also available at the airport.

EGU General Assembly 2011 At a glance

28 Mar

This post highlights some events at the General Assembly that will of interest to the whole community. Room D is on the Blue level (Basement) of the Austria Center Vienna.

Monday, 04 April
12:15–13:15 Union Plenary Room D. All attendants are invited to this annual event where the past and future development of EGU is discussed. The Plenary is open to all EGU members and all EGU2011 General Assembly participants.
13:30–15:00 Union Symposia 1: A Planet Under Pressure, Room D.

Tuesday, 05 April
12:15–13:15 Alfred Wegener Medal Lecture by Gerold Wefer, Room D.
13:30–15:10 Union Symposia 2: The Future of Water Cycle Earth Observing Systems, Room D.
15:30–17:00 GDG1: How will Europe face the raw materials crisis?, Room D.
16:30–17:00 Medal Lecture: Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists by Boris J.P. Kaus, Room 22 (Green Level, 1st Floor).

Wednesday, 06 April
09:30–10:00 Medal Lecture: Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists by Yuri Y. Shprits, Room 31 (Green Level, 1st Floor).
12:15–13:15 Jean Dominique Cassini Medal Lecture by Jean-Pierre Lebreton, Room D.
13:30–15:00 UMC1: What are the unresolved questions and future perspectives for palaeoclimate research? An EGU Masterclass by André Berger and Wolfgang H. Berger, Room D.
17:30–20:00 EGU Award Ceremony Room D, this session honours the EGU 2011 award recipients at division and union level in this gala ceremony.

Thursday, 07 April
08:30–10:20 Union Symposia 4: The 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, Room D.
12:15–13:15 Arthur Holmes Medal Lecture by William E. Dietrich, Room D.
13:30–15:10 Union Symposia 3:How Science Can Aid Society in Tackling Emerging Risks, Room D.
16:30–17:00 Medal Lecture: Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists by Florian Pappenberger, Room 33 (Red Level, 2nd Floor).

Friday, 08 April
08:30–10.20 Union Symposia 5: The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami, Room D. There is a townhall meeting (TM10) associated with this session:
13:30–15:00 TM 10: Panel Discussion on the 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami, Room D.

Throughout the Week
There are 32 Medal Lectures throughout the week, including division medalists and the winners of the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists.

The Geocinema runs everyday from 10:30–19:00, the schedule is online, descriptions of the films can be found in this pdf.

The European Geosciences Union will be in Booth 01 at the front of the exhibition area as you walk in the entrance (Yellow Level, Ground Floor). Please feel free to come and say hello. Philippe Courtial (Executive Secretary) and Jennifer Holden (EGU Science Communications Postdoctoral Fellow) will generally be around the booth. The booth is the location for Meet EGU an opportunity to meet with programme division presidents.

This blog will have summaries of main events and guest posts throughout the week, along with @egu2011 on Twitter. If you post images, slideshows, or tweet about the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011, please use the hashtag #egu2011.

Further details on events at the EGU GA 2011 related to recent Natural Hazard Events

24 Mar

Further details are available about the recently added session at the EGU General Assembly 2011.

US4: The 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, Conveners:Mary Fowler, Charlotte Krawczyk and Ramon Carbonell, in Room D on Thursday, 07 April, 08:30–10:15 will have three speakers on various aspects of the earthquake plus time for discussion.

US5: The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami, Conveners: Stefano Tinti and Bruce D. Malamud in Room D on Friday, 08 April, 08:30–10:00 will have speakers covering various aspects of the the earthquake, tsunami, and economic impacts. There is an associated townhall meeting TM10: Panel Discussion on The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami, Conveners: Stefano Tinti , Euan Nisbet and Bruce D. Malamud, which will be in Room D on Friday, 08 Apr, 13:30–15:00.

If people have posters they would like to put up related to both the New Zealand EQ event and the Japan EQ and Tsunami event, this will be during FRIDAY 10:30-12:00. You are welcome to bring any posters and put them up related to this event. Information and submission details for these posters are now available for the 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake and the Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake & Tsunami. These poster titles will not be available in the online-programme during the EGU GA 2011, but will be available afterwards.

Union Wide Events at the EGU General Assembly 2011 (Part I)

23 Mar

At the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011 there are a variety of union wide sessions. Some of these are summarised below, with the others (such as Short Courses, GeoCinema) following in a Part II post.

Union Meetings
These are meetings that are open to members of the union, some are invitation only (noted). A key Union Meeting to which all are encouraged to attend is UM1: Plenary in Room D on Monday 4 April from 12:15 to 13:15. This is an annual event where the past and future development of EGU is discussed. The Plenary is open to all EGU members and all EGU General Assembly 2011 participants. The whole council will attend and is the main meeting for bringing forward new ideas to the organization. A free lunch buffet (sandwiches & soft drinks) will be served.

Union Symposia
Union Symposia include US0:EGU Award Ceremony in Room D, on Wednesday, 06 Apr from 17:30 to 20:00. Details on Awards and Medals of the European Geosciences Union can be found on the EGU homepage.

Other Union Symposia consider A Planet Under Pressure, The Future of Water Cycle Earth Observing Systems, How Science Can Aid Society in Tackling Emerging Risks along with the sessions on The 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake and The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami.

Union Masterclass
A new addition this year is a Union Masterclass UMC1: “What are the unresolved questions and future perspectives for palaeoclimate research? An EGU Masterclass by André Berger and Wolfgang H. Berger”. During this masterclass, two pioneers with together nearly 100 years of experience in Palaeo-climate research, Prof. Dr. André Berger and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Berger will exchange their thoughts and ideas to the question: What are the unknowns of the natural variability of past climates? The masterclass be will be in
Room D on Wednesday 06 April from 13:30 to 15:00.

Great Debate
There is one Great Debate this year: GDG1:How will Europe face the raw materials crisis?. This is in Room D on Tuesday 5 April from 15:30–17:00. In this debate, experts from academia and industry will discuss the current state of the minerals industry, in Europe and on a global sale; they will explore which metals may be in short supply and what can done in universities, government agencies and industry to mitigate the problem. There are variety of speakers from different institutions ranging from academia to industry.

Medal and Keynote Lectures
There are 32 medal lectures and six Keynote Lectures during the General Assembly.

Short Courses
Short courses have been previously discussed on this blog, the programme is available here.

Jobs (and Education) at EGU GA 2011

22 Mar

There are several items at the General Assembly related to Jobs and Education this year. These are the Job and Education market, online job and CV postings and physical poster boards at the Austria Center Vienna itself.

Job and Education market
At the General Assembly there will again be a Job and Education market. This will be situated on the Blue level (basement) (Stage, M1–M9), a list of exhibitors can be found here. Some exhibitors are also making presentations during the General Assembly.

Online Job Posting
Job offers and CVs can be posted on the meeting In addition, job offers can also be posted on the General Assembly website. For this purpose, please see the Jobs and Education market page for details (and jobs already posted).

Poster Boards at the General Assembly
Regarding job applications and copies of CVs, poster boards will be available for postings. Please prepare your application also in A4 format. Details are available on the Jobs and Education market page.

EGGS Job listings
There is a Job Positions page on the EGGS (EGU Newsletter) website.

Other related events at the General Assembly
There is a Townhall Meeting related to careers TM4: Career Development: how can we integrate graduate and employer needs on Tuesday 05 April from 19:00 to 20:00 convened by Joanne Venus.

There are also Education and Outreach Symposia Sessions which relate to outreach and education at a variety of educational levels.


Image: renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Imaggeo Mondays: Time to Leaf

21 Mar

Time to LeafPhoto by Albin Hammerle, distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons Licence.

Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Sessions at the General Assembly Related to Recent Natural Hazard Events

21 Mar

There are two additional Union Symposia (US) that have been added to the EGU General Assembly 2011 Programme.

Union Symposia 4 (US4) The 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake will be in Room D, on Thursday 7 April from 08:30–10:15.

Union Symposia (US5) The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami will be in Room D, on Friday 8 April from 08:30–10:00.

For both sessions further details will be available soon.