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‘International Innovation’ meets EGU

13 Jun

International Innovation is a global dissemination publication that provides access to interviews, content and presentations for the wider scientific, technology and research communities. The magazine has, on various occasions, interviewed EGU personalities such as Ulrich Pöschl (Publications Committee Chair), a few division presidents and, most recently, EGU’s Executive Secretary, Philippe Courtial. Some of these EGU-related interviews are now available online.

  • Interview with Gert-Jan Reichard: “Biogeology has emerged over the past decade as one of the most important fields within the geosciences. Dr Gert-Jan Reichart, Division President of Biogeosciences at the European Geosciences Union offers his insight into the environmental challenges we face and how this research area is striving to address them”
  • Interview with Philippe Courtial: “Executive Secretary of the EGU, Dr Philippe Courtial, details the work of the Union in assisting scientists and improving the availability of accurate scientific data”
  • Interview with Michael Kühn: “Boldly trying to push science for solutions to solve the energy problems of tomorrow, Michael Kühn [EGU Division President of Energy, Resources and the Environment] is studying new approaches where renewables play a vital role”
  • Interview with Ulrich Pöschl: “The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is the world leader in interactive open access publishing and public peer review. We speak exclusively to Dr Ulrich Pöschl, the EGU Chair of Publication Committee, about the important work being done in the pursuit of knowledge sharing in the geosciences”
  • Interview with Denis-Didier Rousseau: “President of the European Geosciences Union, Division on Climate: Past, Present and Future, provides an insight into the ever expanding remit of this branch of the EGU”

(A few of these texts have also been reproduced with permission in GeoQ, the quarterly newsletter of the European Geosciences Union.)

Publications by the EGU

10 May

The EGU is responsible for 14 Open Access journals, all freely available online

Since 2001, the EGU and Open Access publishing house Copernicus Publications has published a growing number of successful geoscientific journals. These include 14 peer-reviewed Open Access journals, of which 11 have a Thomson Reuters Impact Factor, placing them in the top echelon of their respective discipline. EGU also publishes a host of other materials available in paper and online. As a signatory of the Berlin Open Access Declaration (2003), the EGU is committed to making all their publications freely available.

The EGU’s Open Access scientific journals are:

Uploading 2012 General Assembly presentations

7 May

This year it is once again possible to upload your General Assembly oral presentations and posters for online publication alongside your abstract, giving all participants a chance to revisit your contribution. Files can be in either PowerPoint or PDF format. Note that presentations will be distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Licence. The upload of your presentation is free of charge and is not followed by a review process. All legal and technical information as well as the upload form are available here. You will need to log in using your Copernicus Office User ID [using the ID of the Corresponding Author].

Share your presentation with the world by uploading it to the 2012 General Assembly website.

EGU2012 photo competition results

30 Apr

The three 2012 General Assembly photo competition winners are:

1st Prize (214 votes): Melt Stream, Greenland by Ian Joughin, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

2nd Prize (142 votes): Burst by Melissa Bukovsky, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

3rd Prize (135 votes): Icy Landscape by Lucien von Gunten, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Friday at the 2012 General Assembly

27 Apr

We’ve made it – welcome to the final day of the 2012 General Assembly! Although so close to the end, today offers plenty of Union-wide events. Be sure to complement the information below with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly, available both in paper and for download here.

Don't miss next year's General Assembly!

One of the highlights of the day is the co-organised session entitled Advances in understanding of the multi-disciplinary dynamics of the Southern European Seas (Mediterranean and Black Sea) (oral programme Room 5, 13:30-17:00; poster presentations Hall X/Y, 10:30-12:00). In addition, today features two Medal Lectures by Robin T. Clarke (Room D, 12:15-13:15) [Webstreaming] and Aikaterini Radioti (Room 18, 10:45-11:15) as well as the Educational and outreach symposium on Teaching Soil Science or how to teach that dirt is fascinating (Room 35, 10:30-11:15).

Meet EGU continues today, so please step up to meet your Division leaders. If you haven’t already seen all the films, GeoCinema (10:30-18:45 daily in the GeoCinema Room) remains open. Also, the winner of the photography competition will be announced at 12:15 in the Crystal Lounge.

Have a great day, and see you in 2013! For more information on next year’s meeting, please check the 2013 General Assembly page soon online at

Exhibition at the General Assembly

26 Apr

Last day today to visit the Exhibition at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012!

Exhibition booths for companies, publishers, research facilities, scientific societies, among others, are scattered throughout the blue (basement), yellow (ground floor), and green (first floor) levels of the Austria Center Vienna. Make sure you don’t miss the EGU Booth in the blue level.

EGU Booth at the 2011 General Assembly (detail).

Thursday at EGU2012: Women in Geosciences

26 Apr

Are you interested in EGU’s activities for Women in Geosciences? At the Townhall meeting on Thursday from 1030-1230 in Room 2 (Blue level, Basement) you can find out about current activities and give your views for future initiatives.

This meeting will present information about the EGU Women in Geosciences Mentoring scheme first cohort, including participants’ experiences and feedback. The EGU profiles of women in geosciences will be launched and we’ll move onto discussing what possible future initiatives are.

The EGU Women in Geosciences Mentoring Scheme

In response to EGU members’ individual requests and at Townhall Meetings at the General Assemblies 2010-11, the European Geosciences Union is trialing a mentoring scheme for females (with mentors of both genders), which began in December 2011. Following on successes and positive feedback, the scheme will run again from Autumn 2012. Sign-ups for those seeking mentors will be open from the start of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012 until 31 July 2012. Mentor sign-up is open continuously throughout the year. 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.

For more information, contact Jennifer Holden (

Thursday at the 2012 General Assembly

26 Apr

Welcome to the fourth day of the 2012 General Assembly! Today is yet another busy day, full of events open to all Union members. Be sure to complement the information below with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly, available both in paper and for download here.

1 year after L'Aquila earthquake, by Riccardo Civico via Imaggeo, the EGU Open Access image repository. The event spurred the debate on the role and responsibilities of geoscientists for warning and mitigation of natural disasters.

Today features the Assembly’s second Great Debate, where big contemporary issues relevant to the EGU are broken down by expert panelists in front of a live audience. Today’s topic of discussion is The role and responsibilities of geoscientists for warning and mitigation of natural disasters (Room 15, 12:15-13:15) [Webstreaming].

The Union Symposium entitled Ice Cores and Climate – legacy of a pioneer Willi Dansgaard (Room D, 17:30-19:00) promises to be a fitting tribute to one of the most decorated paleoclimatologists of the past century.

Once again, today’s comprises a busy schedule of Medal Lectures as well as Townhall Meetings entitled Coupling the Earth’s surface with the atmosphere – Research in Germany (Room 4, 18:30-20:00)Climate Services – Think Forward (Room 5, 19:00-20:00), Women in Geosciences (Room 2, 10:30-12:30), and Update on the U.S. EarthCube efforts (Room 2, 19:00-20:00).

A number of Educational and Outreach Symposia are scheduled for today, including what promises to be a most useful session entitled Communicate your science (Room 25, 15:30-17:00). For those of you interested in policy, don’t forget to come along to the Geoethics and natural hazards: communication, education and the science-policy-practice interface oral and poster sessions lasting throughout the afternoon.

Finally, as always, some Division representatives will be on parade to chat in the day’s Meet EGU sessions and, to take your mind off things, GeoCinema (10:30-18:45 daily in the GeoCinema Room) remains open for business.

Have a great day!

Wednesday at the 2012 General Assembly

25 Apr

Welcome to the third  and middle day of the 2012 General Assembly! There are yet again plenty of events open to all Union members today, some of them highlighted below. Be sure to complement this information with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly, available both in paper and for download here.

How will Open Access journals influence the future of scientific publishing?

Today features the first of two Great Debates, where big contemporary issues relevant to the EGU are broken down by expert panelists in front of a live audience. Today’s debate is entitled Open science and the future of publishing (Room 20, 13:30-15:00) and will critically examine Open Access publishing [Webstreaming].

Another special session today is the Union Symposium photo exhibition dedicated to last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Entitled A Catfish Sleeps – Tohoku, photographs in Japan 2009-2011: before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake (Room 11, 17:30-19:00), this promises to be a moving tribute to the devastating force by which natural hazards can devastate human communities.

Today also features a busy schedule of Medal Lectures (including one by Michael Ghil, which is being webstreamed) as well as Townhall Meetings on the International Venus Exploration Focus Group (VEXAG) (Room 2, 19:00-20:00), the Deep Sea Frontier (Room 6, 19:00-20:00), the Future Internet: Opportunities and Challenges for the Geo-sciences community (Room 7, 19:00-20:00), and The Kuafu mission: exploring the Sun-Earth connection (Room 4, 19:00-20:00).

Finally, remember to take the opportunity to meet your Division’s representatives in the day’s Meet EGU sessions and, as always, GeoCinema (10:30-18:45 daily in the GeoCinema Room) welcomes you with open arms.

Have a great day!

The EGU Booth: new location!

24 Apr

This year, the EGU Booth at the General Assembly has moved: you’ll find it in Hall X (basement, Blue Level).

The booth is the place to come if you’d like to meet members of EGU boards (Meet EGU), discover EGU open-access journals and find out more about EGU outreach activities, sign up for the EGU Women in Geosciences Mentoring Programme, learn how to connect with us on social media, and more! We will also be giving away beautiful geosciences postcards, which the EGU will post for you free of charge.

EGU Booth at the 2011 AOGS (Asia Oceania Geosciences Society) meeting.