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EGU General Assembly 2011 Call for Sessions

27 Jul

The public call for sessions for the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011 has been issued. THE EGU GA 2011 will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) from 3 April 2011 to 8 April 2011. An email has been sent by Bruce D. Malamud (King’s College London) as Chair, EGU General Assembly 2011 Programme Committee Chair along with Martin Rasmussen & Katja Gaenger of Copernicus Meetings. The details are below,

You are invited to take an active part in organizing the scientific programme of the conference. You can do this by visiting the Provisional Programme section of the EGU 2011 website.

Please suggest (i) new sessions with conveners and description and (ii) modifications to the skeleton programme sessions. The latter were compiled by the respective EGU Programme Group Chair and Officers based on community input at the last business meetings or later.

When making suggested changes/additions to the programme, as a general guideline the following are encouraged: (i) a minimum of three active conveners from multiple countries and institutes, (ii) the inclusion of young scientists, (iii) gender diversity. Please check with all of the suggested conveners that they agree to take part in the proposed session.

When making suggestions, explore the Programme Groups (PGs) and after studying those sessions that already exist, put your proposal into the PG that is most closely aligned with the proposed session’s subject area. If the subject area of your proposal is strongly aligned with two or more PGs, co-organization is possible and encouraged between PGs. Only put your session proposal into ONE PG, and you will be able to indicate PGs that you believe should be approached for co-organization.

If you have questions about the appropriateness of a specific session topic, please contact the Programme Group Chair and/or the Officers for the specific EGU2011 Programme Group.

The EGU2011 Programme Committee will take into account all suggested new sessions and modifications to existing sessions, and use these to compile the final Session Programme as the basis for the Call-for-Papers. Then, from 20 Oct 2010 to 10 Jan 2011, conveners of approved sessions will be asked to actively promote their sessions and the public will be invited to submit their Abstracts. This will be announced by separate email.

Please inform your colleagues about these opportunities. We look forward to receiving your suggestions. Thank you very much in advance!

In case any questions arise, please contact EGU2011 at Copernicus.

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EGU General Assembly 2010 Questionnaire

21 Jun

Participants of the EGU GA 2010 should have received an email including a link to the EGU GA 2010 Feedback Questionnaire.

Last year (2009), the GA feedback form asked 19 questions. 1,549 responses were received which helped make many important decisions for the EGU GA 2010 and general EGU council decisions. This year, EGU GA participants are being asked to take 5-10 minutes of time to complete the short questionnaire as your input is important in shaping of the EGU GA 2011, to be held 03–08 April 2011, Vienna, Austria.

Shortly a very short questionnaire will be available regarding Social Media activities specifically.

EGU General Assembly Twitter Account

16 Jun

As the skeleton programme is being put together and in advance of the Public Call-for-Session Proposals (20 July – 10 September 2010) the EGU GA Twitter Account has been changed to @egu2011.

The tweets about the EGU GA 2010 are there as we’ve just changed the name. If you followed the account you will automatically be subscribed to the new account.

JAH

Videos on the EGU2010 homepage

25 May

There are two videos up on the homepage.

One is a message from Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for regional policy, the other is asummary of images from the EGU GA 2010, it’s called a trailer, and could be for the EGU GA 2011.

EGU GA Attendees

11 May

The break down of the countries that EGU GA 2010 attendees come from is on the frontpage of the EGU GA 2010 website.

Just under 80% attendees come from Europe, followed by around 10% from North America and 7% from Asia.

EGU GA 2010 in the Media

10 May

The EGU Press Office has a round-up of European Geosciences Union General Assembly items in the news media from around Europe on their webpage.

EGU GA 2010 Around the Blogosphere

7 May

Here’s a quick round-up of coverage of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 from around the blogosphere (the usual disclaimer that these are not views of the EGU, more letting people know what’s out there).

From the EGU GA 2010 Blog Roll, Dave Pettley blogged about several landslide related sessions, including the Sergei Soloviev Medal lecture by Dave Keefer. Musing’s of a Life Long Scholar covers talks and has a comparison of the EGU GA and AGU Fall Meeting. Felipe Rosas covered sessions along with some points of interest around Vienna. The YES Network Blog (YES=Young Earth Scientist) contains reflections that the YES Network were involved in. The Environmental Research Web Blog picked up on newsworthy items such as the Iceland eruption and monitoring Artic Sea Ice.

From those not on the Blog Roll, Alistair McKinstry’s Aon Scéal blog talked about sessions of interest to him. James Annan of James’ Empty Blog mentions how although he’s not at the EGU GA 2010, he can access more of it online than before.

Do you know of a mention of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 on a blog that isn’t included above? If so let Jennifer Holden know, or post it in the comments.

JAH

EGU GA 2010 Closing Lecture

7 May

New this year at EGU GA 2010 is the closing session by Jan Smits on The 30th anniversary of the discovery of the iridium anomaly at the Cretaceous Paleogene boundary: The state of the Chicxulub impact-extinction theory in Room D from 17:30 to 18:30.

Some brief stats on EGU GA 2010: 4,431 oral and 9,370 poster presentations in 594 sessions with more than 10,000 scientists in attendance.

US7 Eyjafjallajökull – eruption, plume, and consequences

5 May

In the context of recent airspace closures the poster session for US7 Eyjafjallajökull – eruption, plume, and consequences was held on Wednesday 5th May at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly. Poster topics included effects of the ash cloud (including impact on air quality of the airspace closure), monitoring information, whether Spain could be a transport hub for Europe (based on paleo-ash records) and investigating ash particles that fell to the ground.

There are still oral sessions and splinter meetings associated with the special Union Session on Thursday at the EGU GA 2010.

Geosciences and Web 2.0 at EGU GA 2010

5 May

The Educational and Outreach Symposia at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 cover a variety of topics. Several include examples of best practice. Virtual conferences and observatories are covered in ST6/EOS9 as described in the below guest blog from Sini Merikallio of the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Thursday in Room 29, 10:30-12:00 in ST6/EOS9 Best practices in Education and Outreach contains a talk from a distinguished journalist who will be sharing his experience with scientists. Other talks include virtual conferences and online data repositories.

Tähdet ja Avaruus (‘Stars and Space’) is the most popular astro-magazine in the Nordic countries as measured by the number of subscribers. The Editor in Chief of the magazine, Marko Pekkola, has revolutionized the magazine and during his era the relative amount of astronomy hobbyists in the general public in Finland has increased to
become one of the world’s highest. Mr. Pekkola is invited to the session to reveal how this has been accomplished. The magazine has also witnessed numerous cases of both good and bad science popularizing, and Mr. Pekkola will also be sharing his educative
summary of these experiences.

Virtual conferences and remote accessing and representation of data are currently becoming crucial in the scientific community as well as among the general public. Dr. Victoria Pearson will talk about virtual conferencing techniques in enhancing remote public engagement. A special talk about building of a virtual observatory is also arranged: Dr. Mikko Syrjäsuo will present GAIA: an open access online virtual
observatory for accessing auroral data. Thanks to GAIA, anyone will be able to easily access high-quality data in order to work from their offices, home couches or from the classroom.