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Laura Roberts-Artal

Laura Roberts Artal is the Communications Officer at the European Geosciences Union. She is responsible for the management of the Union's social media presence and the EGU blogs, where she writes regularly for the EGU's official blog, GeoLog. She is also the point of contact for early career scientists (ECS) at the EGU Office. Laura has a PhD in palaeomagnetism from the University of Liverpool. Laura tweets at @LauRob85.

Explore the Exhibition at EGU 2017!

Explore the Exhibition at EGU 2017!

Don’t forget to visit the Exhibition at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly!

Exhibition booths for companies, publishers, scientific societies and many more are scattered throughout the Brown (basement), Yellow (ground floor), and Green (first floor) Levels of the Austria Center Vienna. See the General Assembly website for a full list of who’s attending and where to find them.

Make sure you don’t miss EGU and Friends in Hall X2 on the Brown Level, where you can find out more about the EGU and its partners! Plus, for the first time this year, the EGU Booth will be flanked by large booths housing NASA, ESA, Google and a bigger mineral shop. Liven up your visit to the basement levels by stopping by.

With more space for presentations, low-budget catering options and a Biergarten, there is plenty to explore at the conference this year! Take a look at this blog post which has all the details.

At the Assembly 2017: Tuesday Highlights

At the Assembly 2017: Tuesday Highlights

Welcome back to the second day of the 2017 General Assembly! Today is packed full of excellent sessions, and this list of highlights is by no means comprehensive! Make sure you complement this information with EGU Today, the General Assembly newsletter, to get the most out of the conference – grab a copy on your way in or download it here.

Today, the General Assembly programme features two Interdisciplinary events, which tackle a common theme through an interdisciplinary combination of approaches. The aim of the sessions is to foster cross-division links and collaborations.  The first session starts at 08:30 presentations from seven different divisions explore R’s deliberate role in the Earth science. Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals with the huge remote sensing archives is the focus of the second Interdisciplinary event, which kicks off at 10:30. Both events take place at PICO spot A (second floor, red level, in Poster Hall A).

The first of this year’s Great Debates takes place today too and discusses one of the most contended topics in the Earth sciences: what really caused the demise of the dinosaurs? Although popular belief is that the Chicxulub meteorite was the sole cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs, many geoscientists are not so sure. The causes of all mass extinctions will be debated by a panel of experts. Join in the debate from 15:30–17:00 in E1. You can follow the session on Twitter with #EGU17GDB, and, if you’re not attending, tune in with the conference live stream.

Don’t forget that when you need to kick back and relax, you can head on over to GeoCinema, and enjoy a geologically themed film (10:30–19:00 daily in the GeoCinema Room, 0.90 on the yellow level). Today’s pick is Ichiro and the wave, a fisherman’s first-hand account of his boat being struck by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It is showing from 14:30.

The day is full of fantastic scientific sessions, from understanding earthquake source processes (SM2.1/EMRP4.12: Orals 08:30 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 15:00 in Room M1 / Posters from 17:30 in Hall X3), through to getting beyond the case study: Concepts in Earth Sciences (GM1.1/EOS20/CL5.18/SSS13.1: Orals from 10:30 to 12:00 in Room L1 / Posters from 17:30 in Hall X2) and studying the climate of the last two millennia (CL1.03: Orals from 13:30 in Room F2 / Posters from 17:30 in Hall X5).

Today is also a bumper day for  Medal Lectures, there are eighteen taking place throughout the day covering various areas of the geosciences. Make sure you check the programme so that you don’t miss them. The Jean Dominque Cassini Medal Lecture by Luciano Iess (ML4: 12:15 – 13:15 / Room E1) is being streamed live.

If you’re an early career scientist (ECS), this year’s conference has more than ever on offer for the ECS community, and today is a bumper day, packed full of ECS-related activities. Meet the EGU Union-level ECS Representatives (Laura Roberts, Lena Noack and Roelof Rietbroek) at the EGU Booth from 11:15 to 12:45, to find out more about the Union and how to get involved. Throughout the day, a number of the ECS Representatives will also be available at the Booth, as will various division presidents. Check the programme for full details. If you want an opportunity to network and meet established scientists who can offer advice on anything from how to prepare a research grant to how to balance your research and personal life, why not come along to the EGU’s Early Career Scientists Networking & Careers Reception – now open to all ECS – from 19:00 in room F2. Light snacks and drinks will be served when you arrive!

The ECS lounge at EGU 2014. Credit: Stephanie McClellan/EGU

If you want to hone your transferable skills and dedicate a bit of time to developing your career, then today’s short courses are for you:

There is also a treat of Townhall Meetings on this evening. These meetings allow for a lot more open discussion than many of the Assembly’s other sessions and take place outside the usual time blocks. Here are some of the highlights:

And there’s a suite of smaller Splinter Meetings organised by conference participants too. Why not join the discussion on how to improve the data format/structure of preliminary EUSTACE-products (give publicly available daily estimates of surface air temperature since 1850 across the globe) (SMP21: 08:30 – 12:00 / Room 0.51)? Otherwise, learn about measuring ambient ammonia (SMP29: 12:15 – 13:15 in 2.61) or join the  subdivision meeting for SSS4: Soil Biology, Microbiology and Biodiversity (SMP40, 10:30–12:00 / Room 2.83).

Have a lovely day!

Photo Contest finalists 2017 – who will you vote for?

The selection committee received over 300 photos for this year’s EGU Photo Contest, covering fields across the geosciences. The fantastic finalist photos are below and they are being exhibited in Hall X2 (basement, Brown Level) of the Austria Center Vienna – see for yourself!

Do you have a favourite? Vote for it! There is a voting terminal (also in Hall X2), just next to the exhibit. The results will be announced on Friday 28 April during the lunch break (at 12:15).

At the Assembly 2017: Monday highlights

At the Assembly 2017: Monday highlights

Welcome to the 2017 General Assembly! This is the first full day of sessions and there’s a feast of them to choose from. Every day we’ll be sharing some super sessions and events at EGU 2017 here on GeoLog and you can complement this information with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly.

Of particular importance today is the Union’s Plenary Meeting (UMI0) at 12:15 in Room E1 – it’s a forum for all Assembly attendees to discuss the development of the Union with the Union Council. Seeing as it’s over lunch, a buffet of scrumptious sandwiches and soft drinks will be served at the event.

We also have the NASA-ESA-EGU joint Union-wide session lined up (US2, 13:30–17:15 in E2). In this session, the planetary and space sciences programmes of ESA & NASA and their Earth observation missions, will be discussed. It’s not one to miss! You can also follow the session on Twitter (#EGU17SSE) and catch up with the EGU 2017 webstream.

The conference can be daunting, especially for first time attendees. For tips and tricks on how to navigate the General Assembly and to learn more about the EGU, why not attend SC44: 08:30–10:00/ Room -2.31. Remember you can also consult the first timer’s guide for more information.

There are several short courses kicking off a week of exciting workshops. Kick of your General Assembly week by supercharging your data analysis skills in this hands-on workshop (bring your laptop!) introducing the data science capabilities of Python and Jupyter (SC67: 08:30–10:00 / Room -2.85). Writing papers is a challenge, no matter what career stage you are at. Pick up some tips in the How to get your hydrology paper published – dealing with editors, reviews and revisions course (SC24/HS12.2: 13:30–15:00 / Room -2.61). Instead, if the solid Earth is the focus of research then don’t miss the opportunity to meet the editors of the EGU journal: Solid Earth and Earth Surface Dynamics (SC48) at 13:30–15:00 in Room -2.91.

There are also scintillating scientific sessions throughout the day. Here’s just a sample of what’s on offer:

The Division Medallists from EGU 2016 (Credit: EGU/CNTV)

Today also features four super Medal Lectures, which are sure to be a great source of inspiration:

Finally, remember to take the opportunity to meet your Division’s representatives in the day’s Meet EGU sessions and, if you’re in need of a break, head on over to GeoCinema, where you can kick back and relax with a geoscientific film (10:30–19:00 daily in the GeoCinema Room, 0.90 on the Yellow Level).

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