EGU 2017: Registration open & townhall and splinter meeting requests

EGU 2017: Registration open & townhall and splinter meeting requests

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. The conference is taking place in Vienna on 23–28 April 2017, providing an opportunity for both established scientists and early career researchers to present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of the geosciences.

Registration and abstract submission

Early registration for the conference is open until 31 March 2017. You can register online on the Registration section of the General Assembly website. Note that EGU members benefit from reduced member rates; to become a member, or renew your EGU membership, go to

You can get a feel for the great geoscience that will be discussed at the meeting by browsing through the EGU 2017 sessions. Clicking on ‘please select’ allows you to search for sessions by Programme Group. You’ll then be able to view the sessions in more detail and submit an abstract to its relevant session. The deadline for abstract submission is 11 January 2017, 13:00 CET. The full meeting programme will be made available on 2 March 2017.

Submit your townhall and splinter meeting requests

Also available on the conference website are the request forms for townhall and splinter meetings.

Townhall meetings are meetings open to all conference participants. At townhall meetings, new initiatives or decisions are announced to a larger audience, followed by an open discussion on the matter raised. If you’d like to organise a townhall, be sure to submit your request before 20 January 2017.

During the conference, side meetings on non-commercial matters organized by participants can be reserved for two successive time blocks free of charge in the rooms mentioned below. Commercial meetings are subject to a charge dependent on the meeting size – for details check the website.

More details about the short courses, splinter and townhall meetings at the conference will be given in an upcoming blog post.

For more information about the General Assembly, please see the EGU 2017 website.

Note on hotel reservations
Please note that the congress ECCIMD2017 (10,000 participants) will take place in Vienna at the same time as the EGU2017. In addition, the Vienna City Marathon (40,000 participants) will take place on Sunday, resulting in many hotels being fully booked the night before. Therefore, we strongly recommend booking accommodation as soon as possible.

AGU Fall Meeting 2016: Come meet the EGU!

AGU Fall Meeting 2016: Come meet the EGU!

Are you attending the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco next week (12th-16th December?) If so come and visit the EGU booth! You’ll find us in the Exhibition Hall in Booth 1231, just opposite the Recharge Lounge (top right of the exhibition hall). You can find us on the map of the exhibition hall online.

In attendance will be the EGU’s Executive Secretary (Philippe) and the Communications Officer (Laura).  Stop by and speak to them about becoming a member of the Union, the upcoming General Assembly in Vienna and all our other initiatives.  Right next door to us, in booth number 1229, you’ll find our publishers and conference organisers, They’ll be able to answer your questions about publishing in our open access journals and much more!

As well as being at the booth, Laura will be taking part in a number of sessions during the Fall Meeting. If you are interested in learning more about how to use social media as an academic, or have questions about how to divulge the work of your research group or institute using social media platforms, come along to the  Communicating Your Science: Ask the Experts round-table discussion. From 10:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday, Laura will be taking questions on all things social media.

If blogging if more your thing, then the Blogging and Social Media Forums on Wednesday afternoon (101: 2:00 to 3:00 pm / 202: 3:00 to 4:00 pm) are for you. In the first part of the forum Laura will be talking about the nuts & bolts of blogging (particularly with WordPress). From 3pm onwards a panel of bloggers, including Laura, will discuss the future trends in science blogging & social media.

Don’t forget that many of the EGU Division presidents, officers and early career scientists (ECS) representatives will be in attendance at the Fall Meeting; feel free to reach out to them to discuss Division specific initiatives. Laura is also the ECS point of contact at the EGU Office, so drop by the booth if you have questions about ECS activates at EGU.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco next week!

Try something different – choose a PICO session at EGU 2017!

Try something different – choose a PICO session at EGU 2017!

Some of the sessions scheduled for the upcoming EGU General Assembly are PICO only sessions. This means that, rather than being oral or poster format, they involve Presenting Interactive COntent (PICO). The aim of these presentations is to highlight the essence of a particular research area – just enough to get the audience excited about a topic without overloading them with information.

What’s great about this format is that it combines the best of oral and poster presentations.  It allows researchers to stand up and be recognised for great research while giving an oral contribution as well as discussing their work in detail and networking with other participants.

PICO sessions start with a series of 2 minute long presentations – one from each author. They can be a Power Point, a movie, an animation, or simply a PDF showing your research on a display. After the 2 minute talks, the audience can explore each presentation on touch screens, where authors are also available to answer questions and discuss their research in more detail.

Presenting a PICO for the first time can be daunting, so we’ve prepared a guide which talks you through the format step-by-step. It’s packed with practical tips on the best layout for your PICO, how to capture the audience’s attention in just two minutes and how to get the most out of the discussion at the interactive screen.

And don’t forget, as of the 2016 General Assembly, PICO presentations are part of the Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards. To be considered for the OSPP award, you must be the first author and personally present the PICO at the conference:

  • being a current undergraduate (e.g., BSc) or postgraduate (e.g., MSc, PhD) student;
  • being a recent undergraduate or postgraduate student (conferral of degree after 1 January of the year preceding the conference) who are presenting their thesis work.

Entering couldn’t be easier! Make sure you nominate yourself when you submit your abstract on-line. You’ll receive a letter, known as ‘Letter of Schedule’, confirming your presentation has been accepted, which will also include a link by which to register for the award. Before the conference, make sure you include the OSPP label (which you can find here) to your PICO presentation header so that the judges of the OSPP award now to evaluate your presentation.

To learn more about PICO presentations see the General Assembly website or download the How to make a PICO guide. For a first-hand account of what it’s like to take part in a PICO session, take a look at this post by early career scientists in the Seismology Division too.  Finally, you can also check out the short introductory video below:


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