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Announcing the winners of the EGU Photo Contest 2016!

Announcing the winners of the EGU Photo Contest 2016!

The selection committee received over 200 photos for this year’s EGU Photo Contest, covering fields across the geosciences. Participants at the 2016 General Assembly have been voting for their favourites throughout the week  of the conference and there are three clear winners. Congratulations to 2016’s fantastic photographers!

 Glowing_Ice. Credit:  Vytas Huth (distributed via  imaggeo.egu.eu). Ice on Jokulsarlon beach in Iceland. Ice calving off the Breidamerkurjokull, one of the glaciers comprising the Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Iceland. The is retreating rapidly, and in the process has created a large glacial lagoon known for its spectacular icebergs.

Glowing_Ice. Credit: Katharine Cashman (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). Ice on Jokulsarlon beach in Iceland. Ice calving off the Breidamerkurjokull, one of the glaciers comprising the Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Iceland. The is retreating rapidly, and in the process has created a large glacial lagoon known for its spectacular icebergs.

 'Living flows'. Credit:  Marc Girons Lopez (distributed via  imaggeo.egu.eu). River branches and lagoons in the Rapa river delta, Sarek National Park, northern Sweden. The lush vegetation creates a stark contrast with the glacial sediments transported by the river creating a range of tonalities.

Living flows’. Credit: Marc Girons Lopez (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). River branches and lagoons in the Rapa river delta, Sarek National Park, northern Sweden. The lush vegetation creates a stark contrast with the glacial sediments transported by the river creating a range of tonalities.

 'There is never enough time to count all the stars that you want.' . Credit:  Vytas Huth (distributed via  imaggeo.egu.eu). The centre of the Milky Way taken near Krakow am See, Germany. Some of the least light-polluted atmosphere of the northern german lowlands.

‘There is never enough time to count all the stars that you want.’ . Credit: Vytas Huth (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). The centre of the Milky Way taken near Krakow am See, Germany. Some of the least light-polluted atmosphere of the northern german lowlands.

In addition, this year, to celebrate the theme of the EGU 2016 General Assembly, Active Planet, the photo that best captured the theme of the conference was selected by the judges. The winner is the stunning ‘Mirror Mirror in the sea’, by Mario Hopmann! Congratulations! Scroll to the top of this post to view Mario’s image.

Imaggeo is the EGU’s online open access geosciences image repository. All geoscientists (and others) can submit their photographs and videos to this repository and, since it is open access, these images can be used for free by scientists for their presentations or publications, by educators and the general public, and some images can even be used freely for commercial purposes. Photographers also retain full rights of use, as Imaggeo images are licensed and distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons licence. Submit your photos at http://imaggeo.egu.eu/upload/.

What’s on in Vienna this weekend

What’s on in Vienna this weekend

The General Assembly is coming to an end, with only one full day left to go. Many of the participants will make their way home over the weekend, but if you’ve chosen to stay on for a little longer, then this list of cultural activities and things to do in Vienna might just be the ticket!

Vienna Blues Spring Festival What’s on this weekend

What better way to relax after a long week of exciting science than with a beer and some blues. Tap your feet to the beat with Vienna’s blues festival this weekend. Find out more about what’s on offer and get yourself some tickets here.

The Long Night of Research

From science in the conference centre to science in the city. Bridge the gap between science and society with Vienna’s long night of research this evening. The Long Night of Research is a free event where science will be shared all over the city in innovative and entertaining ways! Check out what’s on the event website.

Wine tasting in Vienna’s vineyards

One of the best ways to see Vienna is by bike – and there’s no shortage of tours on offer. One of our favourites combines the beauty of the city with the region’s famous vineyards. Take a tour along the Danube to a delicious destination and unwind after the week’s excitement. Here’s where to get your guide.

One of Austria’s many vineyards. Credit: Verita, Wikimedia Commons.

One of Austria’s many vineyards. Credit: Verita, Wikimedia Commons.

Walk in the woods

Take a breath of fresh air and stretch your legs outside the city in a wonderful woodland. Wienerwald is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve. Rolling hills, lush vegetation and incredible biodiversity, what’s not to like?

Meet me at the Prater!

If you don’t feel like visiting the Prater Park this weekend, why not find out more about this history of this funfair in the middle of the capital at the Wein Museum. From its days as the hunting grounds of the Imperial Hapsburg Court, to a sporting arena and festival ground, this exhibition has objects from over 250 years of socialising at the Prater.

The Apple Strudel Show

If you have enjoyed a delicious strudel this week at the conference, you might want to find out how they’re made – so head over to the Cafe Reidenz to watch, every hour, as a pâtissier hand draws and bakes from scratch a true Viennese strudel.

Scrumptious apple strudel. Credit: Arnold Gatilao, Wikimedia Commons.

Scrumptious apple strudel. Credit: Arnold Gatilao, Wikimedia Commons.

Vienna Imperial Court Music Ensemble at the Hofburg Chapel

If you are interested in a traditional mass, accompanied by a musical ensemble that has been in existence since 1498, you might want to attend the Sunday mass at the chapel in the Hofburg Palace. Experience this beautiful little chapel filled with the music of the internationally renowned Vienna Boys Choir. Find out more here.

Visit Slovakia

You might not realise it, but the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, is approximately an hour’s journey away from Vienna, by bus, train or boat. If you fancy a visit to this intriguing city with its 18th century, pedestrianised old town, it is easily achieved in a day trip from Vienna.

 

By Sara Mynott & Hazel Gibson, Press Assistants at the EGU General Assembly

At the Assembly: Friday highlights

At the Assembly: Friday highlights

The conference is coming to a close and there’s still an abundance of great sessions to attend! Here’s our guide to getting the most out of the conference on its final day. Boost this information with features from EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly – pick up a paper copy at the ACV entrance or download it here.

The final day of the conference kicks off with the last Union Session (US3) dedicated to discuss possible avenues of progress towards a commonly applicable framework for model building and application. Talks begin at 08:30 in Room B.

If you’ve been inspired to take a more active role in the organisation of the conference, why not head to the short course: How to convene a session at EGU 2017, starting at 10:30 in Room -2.85

Be sure to attend today’s Alexander von Humboldt Medal Lecture by Jean W.A. Poesen, who will be questioning whether research on soil erosion hazard and mitigation in the Global South is still needed (ML1: 12:15–13:15 / Room E1).

The final Great Debate of the week will address on of the biggest questions in the geosciences: Did plate tectonics start in the PaleoArchean? With conflicting schools of thought, it promises to be a lively and informative debate. Be sure to go along and share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #EGU16GDB! (GDB5: 13:30 -15:00 /Room G1)

It’s your last chance to make the most of the networking opportunities at the General Assembly, so get on down to the poster halls and strike up a conversation. If you’re in the queue for coffee, find out what the person ahead is investigating – you never know when you might start building the next exciting collaboration! Here are some of today’s scientific highlights:

 'Mirror Mirror in the sea...' . Credit: Mario Hoppmann (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). A polar bear is testing the strength of thin sea ice. Polar bears and their interaction with the cryosphere are a prime example of how the biosphere is able to adapt to an "Active Planet". They are also a prime example of how the anthropogenic influence on Earth's climate system endangers other lifeforms.

‘Mirror Mirror in the sea…’ . Credit: Mario Hoppmann (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). A polar bear is testing the strength of thin sea ice. Polar bears and their interaction with the cryosphere are a prime example of how the biosphere is able to adapt to an “Active Planet”. They are also a prime example of how the anthropogenic influence on Earth’s climate system endangers other lifeforms.

Today we also announce the results of the EGU Photo Contest and the Communicate Your Science Video Competition. Head over to the EGU Booth at 12:15 to find out who the winners are.

What have you thought of the Assembly this week? Let us know at www.egu2016.eu/feedback and help make EGU 2017 even better.

We hope you’ve had a wonderful week and look forward to seeing you in 2017! Join us on this adventure in Vienna next year, 23-28 April 2017!

At the Assembly: Thursday highlights

At the Assembly: Thursday highlights

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 deep geofluids as the bringers of change (US2). The physics, chemistry and biology of subsurface fluids will de addresses in a series of talks. Discover more from 15:30­–19:00 in l6.

Thursday sees the final two lectures in the series celebrating this year’s conference theme: Active Planet.  From 13:30, François Forget (Institut Pierre Simon Laplace) will talk about other active worlds in the solar system. (TL5: 13:30 – 15:00 / Room 0.93). Immediately after you can enjoy a talk about The Active Liquid Earth (TL:3: 15:30 – 17:00 / Room 0.93) highlighting the importance of considering temporal and spatial variability of the liquid Earth.

Thursday also sees another interesting Great Debate take place: Public peer review in open access publications, pros and cons (GDB, from 15:30–17:00 in E1). In public peer review, papers submitted to a peer-review journal are first published in a public discussion forum. The aim is to foster scientific discussion by making public review more transparent. But the system has its critics.  Join the debate! Tune into to the session on Twitter using the #EGU16GDB hashtag or online at http://www.egu2016.eu/webstreaming.html.

Today’s interdisciplinary highlights include sessions on…

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 #EGU16SC:

A few of last year's awardees with the EGU President and Vice-President at the EGU 2015 Awards Ceremony. (Credit: EGU/Foto Pfluegl)

A few of last year’s awardees with the EGU President and Vice-President at the EGU 2015 Awards Ceremony. (Credit: EGU/Foto Pfluegl)

There’s also a number of Medal Lectures on throughout the day – here’s a sample of what’s on offer:

What have you thought of the Assembly so far? Let us know at www.egu2016.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!

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