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New initiative from the EGU

19 Oct

In response to EGU members’ requests individually and at Town Hall meetings at the General Assemblies 2010 and 2011, the European Geosciences Union is trialling a mentoring scheme for members. Initially this will be for female mentees (mentors can be of either gender).

The mentoring scheme is designed so that face-to-face contact is not vital and is meant to be an enriching experience for both the mentor and mentee. Guidelines will be issued to both parties before the start of the mentoring process. You can be both a mentor and mentee in the same cycle of partnerships. Mentees can be from undergraduate level and above, mentors can be masters students and above. We encourage applications from mentors from all sectors of the Geosciences e.g. industry, government, academia.

To ensure your inclusion in this exciting initiative, please submit your details before the 31 October. The sign up forms for Mentors and Mentees are online. Information on the scheme is online via the EGU webpage. Mentoring partnerships will be provided with guidelines and agree a partnership contract concerning types and frequency of meetings and the topics to be covered.

We will try to consider all of your requests when assigning mentoring partnerships. If you have further questions, please email Jennifer Holden.

Job Opportunity at the EGU Executive Office

27 Sep

The EGU is seeking to appoint a Science Communications Fellow to start in January 2012. The successful candidate will work on the EGU Newsletter and assist the Media and Communications Officer in developing media-related and science information communications. The post is initially for six months and can be extended for a further six months.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Media and Communications Officer, Dr Barbara T. Ferreira (via email or on +49-89-2180-6703). Further information about EGU Fellowships can be found on the EGU website .

Applications should be submitted by email in a single file to Dr Barbara T. Ferreira.

Review of applications will begin on 15 October 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

Women in Geosciences Townhall Meeting at EGU GA 2011

8 Apr

At EGU2010 we held the first townhall meeting on this subject of women in the geosciences, and what EGU can do for women geoscientists. At EGU2011 we will hold the second townhall meeting, including short presentations and discussions of how the EGU as a professional association can continue taking a more active role in influencing and promoting equal opportunities for women in the geosciences. The discussion will be followed by a reception which is a networking opportunity for Women in Geoscience.

We will hear two case study examples of a womens’ network (Earth Science Womens’ Network) and of a mentoring scheme. We will then move into focussed discussion on the next steps that can be taken. The event will be followed by a networking lunch (12:00 to 13:15).

Have you visited the Job and Education Market at EGU GA 2011?

5 Apr

The Job and Education Market is Hall X [map (pdf)]. As part of the Job and Education Market there are presentations. The upcoming presentations are below:

Wed, 06 Apr, 13:30–14:00 JEM3: Borderless careers with Schlumberger

Wed, 06 Apr, 14:15–14:45 JEM6: Opportunity of a Lifetime with Saudi Aramco

Wed, 06 Apr, 15:00–15:30 GIS and the future job market

Please remember that the Job and Education Market is not just for young scientists, but for experienced professionals too. Some companies exhibiting are actively looking for mid-career scientists.

Tuesday at EGU GA 2011

5 Apr

We hope you had a good first day at the European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2011, whether you’re here in person or following online via the webstream.

Some union wide events happening at the EGU GA 2011 on Tuesday 5 April.

13:30–15:10 Union Symposium. The Future of Water Cycle Earth Observing Systems, Room D [Webstream]
This Union Session will explore visions on new water cycle observing systems. Major space agencies are planning new satellites that will provide new and additional space-based observations of the water and energy cycles components. It is expected that these observations will lead to improved applications (e.g. in agriculture, water and energy management) and scientific understanding the Earth’s climate. Overall the level of innovation presented in the future missions is limited, whether in sensor design, the synergistic use of the data with other data or the delivery of the information to users. For more information see the Session Details

15:30–17:00 Great Debate. How will Europe face the raw materials crisis? Room D [Webstream]
Recent publicity of China’s control of the rare earth element market and the growing crisis of supply of metals essential for new technologies is a reminder of Europe’s near-total dependence on imported metals. The European Union spends 55 billion Euros per year, half of its total budget, to assure a supply of agricultural products but seems satisfied that >97% of all metals are imported. 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. For more information see the Session Details

Townhall Meetings
10:30–12:00 A roadmap for European Geoscience Infrastructure (sponsored by EU RD infrastructures) and ESFRI, Room 1.

19:00–20:00 Joint IODP ICDP Townhall Meeting. (Room 4)

19:00–20:00 Career Development: how can we integrate graduate and employer needs, Room 5. More details about the speakers can be found on the YES Network site. This is being webstreamed independently see their webstream page for details.

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.

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.