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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.)

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

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 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

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.

Job Vacancy at the EGU Office, Munich

4 May

The European Geosciences Union (EGU)
is seeking to appoint a

The EGU is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the geosciences and the planetary and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. The EGU has a General Assembly which attracts over 10,000 scientists each year, a diverse portfolio of 15 scientific journals which use an innovative “open access” format, a number of thematic meetings, and education and outreach activities.

The Media and Communications officer will coordinate media-related and science information communications between the EGU and its membership, the working media, and the public at large. Responsibilities include the set up and operation of a press office, development of a progressive communications plan for relevant scientific information display and dissemination, editorship of the EGU newsletter, and onward development and management of the EGU website and social media tools. Activities can involve the use of classic as well as new methods of disseminating media and interacting with the various stakeholders.

The successful applicant will have the following: an academic degree (e.g., MA, MSc, PhD), preferably in communication science, journalism, or the geosciences; professional experience in science journalism; evidence of ability to build a dynamic network of contacts within the EGU scientific community as well as in the working media; expert command of English.

The Media and Communications Officer will work under direction of the EGU Executive Secretary and the EGU Council. Work will take place in the EGU Office in Munich, Germany, with support of a computer programmer and a web developer. The position will be for three years initially, with a probation period of one year, and will be renewable for consecutive periods of three years. Remuneration is according to the German public service pay scale and can be up to E13 TV-L, depending on expertise and experience.

Applications should include

  • CV including a summary of relevant experience and expertise.
  • Letter of motivation and statement of vision for EGU Media and Communications (maximum two pages).
  • Contact details of three referees.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Philippe Courtial (email:

Applications should be submitted by email in a single file to Dr Philippe Courtial.

Review of applications will begin 1 June 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

A start date will be negotiated with the successful candidate and the position will preferably start within 3 months after interview.

Dr Philippe Courtial
EGU Executive Office
Luisenstr. 37
80333 Munich (Germany)
Phone: +49 (0)89 2180-6549

A pdf of the vacancy details (as above) is also available.