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Happy Carnival from the EGU Executive Office in Munich!

21 Feb

With everyone at the office busy with General Assembly preparations and other activities, a typical Bavarian breakfast on Carnival day is a most welcome break. Germany loves Carnival and Munich, while lagging behind Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Mainz in Fasching parties, is no exception. At the office, we decided to celebrate the date with a Weißwurst Frühstückaccompanied by… Bavarian beer, of course! Good thing we, as other German workers, have the afternoon free to watch the Carnival parades.

EGU staff ready for a Weißwurst Frühstück. From left to right: Edvard Glücksman (Science Communications Fellow), Karen Resenberger (Secretary), Philippe Courtial (Executive Secretary), Robert Barsch (Webmaster & System Admin), and Bárbara Ferreira (Media and Communications Officer).

Our next door neighbours

7 Feb

The EGU Executive Office is housed in one of the buildings of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. The building also hosts the Palaeontological Museum Munich, the public part of the Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology, which is dedicated to the history of life and the Earth, and displays fossils from all eras of the planet’s history.

Edvard Glücksman, the new EGU Science Communications Fellow, likes to access the building using the entry on Richard-Wagner-Straße, which gives direct access to the Museum. Yesterday, he decided to photograph what he sees every morning:

Dinosaurs at the Palaeontological Museum, Munich

Edvard took this picture using the Photosynth app on his iPhone, which allows you to stitch together various photos into a panorama. Check out the 3D interactive version on the app’s website!

New Science Communications Fellow at the EGU Office

10 Jan

Hello everyone!

I am a new Science Communications Fellow at the Union, where I will be working on the EGU Newsletter and assisting Bárbara Ferreira in developing media-related and science information communications.

I am currently in the final stages of my doctorate (DPhil) at the University of Oxford, where my molecular biology project explores the diversity and ecology of Apusozoa, a phylum of free-living protozoan flagellates. I also take an active interest in science policy and communications and spent three months on a NERC-funded Secondment to the UK Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST), where I researched and wrote a parliamentary briefing on biodiversity offsetting market-based conservation strategies. Having also recently served as a Trans-Atlantic Junior Fellow at the Colorado-based El Pomar Foundation, I maintain a keen interest in large-scale transatlantic policy issues and have recently been chosen to participate in the Emerging Leaders in Environment and Energy Policy (ELEEP) network, a project hosted by the Atlantic Council of the United States.

My studies include an MSc degree from the University of Oxford as well as undergraduate degrees in Environmental Biology from the University of St Andrews and Sociology/Psychology from McGill University.

If you have any questions about the EGU or any of its publications, I can be reached at +49(0)892180-6717 or at

All the best,
Edvard Glücksman

Meet EGU at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

5 Dec

Are you attending the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco 5th-9th December? If so come and visit the EGU booth in the Exhibition Hall Tuesday, 6 December – Thursday, 8 December 0930h – 1800h and Friday, 9 December 0930h – 1330h in Booth 1428, near the AGU Marketplace. You can search a map of the exhibition hall online.

In attendance will be the Executive Secretary, the current Science Communications Postdoctoral Fellow and the Media and Communications Officer of the European Geosciences Union.

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.

New official twitter account for the EGU: @EuroGeosciences

23 Sep

The European Geosciences Union has a new official twitter account: @EuroGeosciences.

This account will be a constant account throughout the year, replacing @egu2011 (which replaced @egu2010). It will have news from the EGU year round, along with General Assembly items for the EGU GA 2012 and beyond.

This is the first of several developments concerning media and social media activities of the European Geosciences Union following the appointment of our new Media and Communications Officer: Bárbara Ferreira.

New EGU Media and Communications Officer

22 Sep

Bárbara Ferreira, the newest staff member of the EGU office in Munich, has recently started working as the Union’s Media and Communications Officer. She will coordinate media-related and science information communications between the EGU and its membership, the working media, and the public at large.

Before joining EGU, Bárbara worked as a science writer at the European Southern Observatory, based in Garching near Munich, and at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in London. Her studies include an undergraduate degree from the University of Porto (Portugal) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK), which she completed in 2010. On her free time, Bárbara keeps a Nature Network blog, Dinner Party Science.

Bárbara can be reached at +49 (0)89 2180-6703 or

Come and meet EGU at AOGS

3 Aug

Are you going to be at the AOGS 2011 8th Annual Meeting and Geosciences World Community Exhibition? If so, come and meet the European Geosciences Union at Booth B4 of the Exhibition Area in Room 101 on Level 1 of the Taipei International Convention Center. The exhibits will be open Monday 8th to Thursday 11th August between 08:30 and 18:00 each day. The Executive Secretary Philippe Courtial and the EGU Science Communications Postdoctoral Fellow Jennifer Holden will be in attendance.

Keeping connected with the EGU

24 Jun

There are various ways to keep connected with the European Geosciences Union, more are being developed but the current ones are below.

The EGU General Assembly 2011 Survey is open until 30 June, it can be completed online. The results of these GA Surveys are examined carefully and helped when making important decisions for future General Assemblies.

Within the social media realm (alongside this blog) the EGU is on Twitter. There is an EGU group on LinkedIn, this is not an open group in that your membership has to be confirmed. There is a static page on Facebook which is not updated that much, but directs people to other online information about the EGU. The web streamed events from General Assemblies since 2008 are available online at EGU TV.

Meet the EGU at EAGE in Vienna

18 May

Are you going to European Assoication of Geoscientists and Engineers 73rd Conference23-26th May 2011? If so please visit the EGU at Booth 2450 in Hall B, Reed Messe Wien and meet the executive secretary, Philippe Courtial.