Welcome to the fourth day of General Assembly excitement! Once again the day is packed with great events for you to attend and here are just some of the sessions on offer. You can find out more about what’s on in EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly – grab a copy on your way in or download it here.
The Union-wide session of the day focuses on making facts greats again: how can scientists stand up for science (US3)? The session aims to identify strategies to counter recent attacks on science and brainstorm ways in which scientists can stand-up for science. With a selection of high profile panellists: Christiana Figueres, Sir David King, Heike Langenberg, Christine McEntee and the EGU’s President, Jonathan Bamber as chair person, the session promises to be one of the conference highlights. Join the discussion from 10:30 to 12:00 in room E2.
Thursday also sees two interesting Great Debates taking place: Arctic environmental change: global opportunities and threats (GDB1, from 08:30–10:00 in E2, jointly organised with American Geophysical Union – AGU). While many scientist support open access publishing, is support for open access to the underlying research data as easy to achieve? Join the discussion in GDB4, from 15:30 to 17:00 in room E1. At the same time, in room D1, conference participants can take part in the third Great Debate of the day. The two-way, complex interactions between urban and geophysical systems has been recently recognised as the key question for the fate our planet and the issue of the Anthropocene. How can we transition to next generation cities and planet Earth future? Tune into to the sessions on Twitter using the #EGU17GDB hashtag or online at http://www.egu2017.eu/webstreaming.html.
Today’s interdisciplinary highlights include sessions on…
- Natural Hazards Education, Communications and Science-Policy-Practice Interface (IE4.1/NH9.3/EOS16: 08:30–10:00 / PICO spot 5a)
- Atmosphere – Cryosphere interaction in the Arctic, high latitudes and mountains: Transport and deposition of aerosols, eScience and ensemble methods (IE1.1/CR1.14/AS4.21/BG9.66: Orals: 08:30–12:00 / Room L2; Posters: 17:30–19:00 / Hall X5
- The GEO Geohazards Supersite initiative: improving science uptake in Disaster Risk Reduction (IE4.2/NH9.11/GI1.5/GMPV5.7/SM5.11/TS5.8: Orals: 13:30–15:00 / Room L2; Posters: 17:30–19:00 / Hall X3)
- Methods and Tools for Risk Management and Communications – Innovative ways of delivering information to end users and sharing data among the scientific community (IE4.3/NH9.12: Orals 15:30–17:00 / Room L2; Posters:17:30–19:00 / Hall X3)
Take the opportunity to expand your skills in one of today’s short courses and splinter meetings. Be sure to share what you learn on social media using the hashtag #EGU17SC:
- Science communication in the age of Brexit and Trump: how to reach the hard to reach (SC4: 12:15–13:15 / Room N2
- Practical tips for applying to the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships program (SC25: 13:30–15:00 / Room -2.16)
- A picture is worth a thousand words: communicate science with data visualisation (SC30: 17:30–19:00 / Room -2.91)
- Working with big, multi-dimensional geoscientific datasets in Python: a tutorial introduction to xarray (SC57: 15:30–17:00 / Room -2.91)
There’s also a number of Medal Lectures on throughout the day – here’s a sample of what’s on offer:
- Multi-GNSS real-time precise positioning service and Initial assessment of BDS-3 (ML36: G Division Outstanding ECS Award Lecture by Xingxing Li, 08:30–08:45 / Room D1)
- Wildfires effects on soils: water repellency, NIR models and post-fire treatments. My personal view (ML45: SSS Division Outstanding ECS Award Lecture by Victoria Arcenegui, , 08:30–08:45 / Room K2)
- Risk assessments: Validation, gut feeling and cognitive biases (ML24: Plinius Medal Lecture by Bruno Merz, 11:00–12:00 / Room L6)
- Earth’s magnetic field, preservation of the hydrosphere and planetary habitability (ML22: Petrus Peregrinus Medal Lecture by John Tarduno, 19:00–20:00 / Room D3)
What have you thought of the Assembly so far? Let us know at www.egu2017.eu/feedback, and share your views on what future EGU meetings should be like!
If you need a change of pace, stop by the Imaggeo Photo Exhibition beside the EGU Booth (Hall X2, basement, Brown Level). You can vote for your favourite finalists there and – while you’re in the area – take the opportunity to meet your Division’s representatives in today’s Meet EGU appointments. While on the subject of competitions, make sure to ‘like’ your favourite Communicate Your Science Video Competition film on the EGU YouTube channel.
Have a lovely day!