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Registration for the EGU 2015 General Assembly is open!

The EGU General Assembly brings together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting that covers all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. Following from last year’s success, the EGU General Assembly will have a theme: A Voyage Through Scales. The theme is an invitation to contemplate Earth’s extraordinary variability extending from milliseconds to its age and from microns to the size of the planet. The theme does not constrain the topics to be presented at the Assembly; rather, it will add to the conference experience.

 EGU2015: A Voyage Through Scales

EGU2015: A Voyage Through Scales

EGU 2015 will be held in Vienna from 12- 17 April 2015, where established scientists and early career researchers alike will be able to present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of the geosciences.

Early registration for the conference is open until 12 March 2015 – you can register online on the General Assembly website. Note that EGU members benefit from reduced member rates; to become a member, go to www.egu.eu/membership/, where you can both become a new member, or renew your EGU membership.

You can get a feel for the great geoscience that will be discussed at the meeting by browsing through the EGU 2015 sessions. Clicking on ‘please select’ will allow you to search for sessions by Programme Group, where you will be able to view the sessions in more detail and submit an abstract to its relevant session.

For more information about the General Assembly, please see the EGU 2015 website.

Townhall and Splinter Meetings at EGU 2015

In addition to the wealth of scientific sessions at the General Assembly (12–17 April 2015), there is also the option to attend other meetings during EGU 2015. These include Townhall and Splinter Meetings, which are organised by conference participants. 

Townhall Meetings

Townhall Meetings are meetings open for all participants in the conference. During these meetings new initiatives or decisions are announced to a larger audience following an open discussion on the matter.

Anyone may organise a Townhall Meeting, subject to approval by the Programme Committee chair. Townhall Meetings will be scheduled from Monday to Friday from 19:00 to 20:00 in the conference centre’s lecture rooms. Applications should be sent to the Programme Committee chair using the Townhall Meeting Request Form. Upon acceptance, the respective meeting will appear in the Townhall Meetings Programme as a regular session.

Further information on Townhall Meetings is available on the EGU 2015 website.

Opening night at EGU 2014. (Credit: EGU/Tim Middleton)

Opening night at EGU 2014. (Credit: EGU/Tim Middleton)

Splinter Meetings

Splinter Meetings can also be organised by participants during the course of the conference and they can be public or by invitation only. To request a Splinter meeting, please complete the online Splinter Meeting Request Form. Splinter Meeting rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please see the Splinter Meeting Overview to determine room availability before submitting your request.

Note, that these splinter meeting rooms are not available for booking as an extension of a session or a Poster Summary Discussion (PSD). Such requests will automatically be withdrawn. Instead, conveners can request a PSD room in their Session Organising Tool SOII from 17 – 20 January 2015.

Additional information on Splinter Meetings is available on the EGU 2015 website.

Launching the new EGU Blogs!

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Screenshot of the new EGU Blogs webpage.

Welcome to the new home of the EGU Blogs! Today we are proudly launching a new webpage which now houses all the EGU blogs in one place. We have redesigned the website to give the blogs a more modern layout and have implemented a fully responsive page design. This means the new blogs website adapts to the visitor’s screen size and looks good on any device (smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktops). In addition to the their new look, the Blogs have also been expanded to include news from some of the EGU scientific Divisions. In their new webpage you will continue to find your old favourites, including the Union’s official blog, GeoLog, as well as our established blog network.

As well as sharing information about the latest updates, events, and activities within the scientific Divisions of the EGU, the new Division blogs inform readers about the latest research being undertaken in each field. Currently six Divisions are represented in the EGU Blogs but expect more to join in the future. For now, look forward to reading about climate and cryospheric sciences, in addition to news from the Geodesy and Geomorphology Division. The former blog of the Seismology Division, Seismoblog, has been incorporated in to the Division Blogs. G-Soil, which previously had its home over with the network blogs is now known as Soil System Sciences Blog and now also forms part of the Division Blogs.

The network blogs put complex scientific research into context, sharing findings to a much wider audience. The research fields covered by the network bloggers span almost all aspects of the Earth Sciences from mineralogy, geochemistry, palaeontology, geoscience in global development, environmental geoscience, volcanology as well as atmospheric and Quaternary science.

From GeoLog you can continue to expect frequent information about the Union and its activities, particularly its General Assembly. The regular features include Imaggeo on Mondays, a weekly highlight of a photo from the EGU’s open-access image repository, Imaggeo; the Geosciences Column, which covers recent research in the Earth, planetary and space sciences, GeoTalk, a short Q&A with a geoscientist, and GeoEd, a series dedicated to education in the geosciences.

Despite extensive testing, as with any newly launched website, the new EGU Blogs page is bound to have some bugs and glitches. If you find any problems, please report them to the Science Communication Officer Laura Roberts. We thank  Robert Barsch for implementing the new website.

EGU Awards and Medals 2015

x81a0617_egu_foto_pfluegl_140430.jpg__1280x99999_q85_subsampling-2Yesterday, the EGU announced the 35 recipients of next year’s Union Medals and Awards, Division Medals, and Division Outstanding Young Scientists Awards. The aim of the awards is to recognise the efforts of the awardees in furthering our understanding of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The prizes will be handed out during the EGU 2015 General Assembly in Vienna on 12-17 April. Head over to the EGU website for the list of awardees.

Twelve out of the total 35 awards went to young scientists who are recognised for the excellence of their work in the early stages of their career. Eight of the awards were given at Division level but four young scientists were recognised at Union level, highlighting the quality of the research being carried out by the early career researcher community within the EGU.

As a student (be it at undergraduate, masters, or PhD level), at the EGU 2014 General Assembly, you might have entered the Outstanding Student Poster (OSP). A total of 49 poster contributions by young researchers were bestowed with a OSP award this year recognising the valuable and important work carried out by bugging geoscientists. Judges took into account not only the quality of the research presented in the posters, but also how the findings were communicated both on paper and by the presenters. Follow this link for a full list of awardees.

Further information regarding how to nominate a candidate for a medal and details on the selection of candidates can be found on the EGU webpages. For details of how to enter the OSP Award see the procedure for application, all of which takes place during the General Assembly, so it really couldn’t be easier to put yourself forward!

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