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At the Assembly: Tuesday highlights

At the Assembly: Tuesday highlights

Welcome back to the second day of the 2015 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.

This year, the General Assembly has a theme – A Voyage through Scales – and to celebrate it there will be Lectures for a general geoscience audience (GL) exploring the Earth’s extraordinary variability extending from milliseconds to its age, from microns to the size of the planet. Today’s lecture (GL1) features water in terrestrial systems and takes place from 13:30–14:30 in Y1. There’s more to the theme than lectures though, and you’ll find a host of exhibits throughout the conference centre! For example, you can experience the evolution of the conference in space, time and volume, during the week, at the scales of the General Assembly exhibit in the Entrance Hall – EGU 2015 in numbers!

We also have an incredible Union-wide session lined up: Celebrating 200 years of modelling of geological processes (US2, 08:30–12:00 in B9). Two hundred years ago Sir James Hall laterally pushed together cloth pieces and clay boxes, thus providing an explanation for folds on the east coast of Scotland. Today’s Union Symposium highlights the many achievements in numerical and analogue modelling since Hall’s pioneering steps – it’s not one to miss! You can also follow the session on Twitter (#EGU15US) and catch up with the EGU 2015 webstream.

The second of four Great Debates take place today too and discusses one of the great challenges facing humanity: water security. Co-organised by the EGU and the AGU (American Geophysical Union), this discussion will seek to addressed questions such as: What can we do to make sure that people have the water they need? And what legacy do we want future generations to inherit in terms of water security? Join in the debate from 15:30–17:00 in Y1. You can follow the session on Twitter with #EGU15GDB, and, if you’re not attending, tune in with the conference live stream.

The day is full of fantastic scientific sessions, from how ground penetrating radar may be applied to civil engineering (GI3.1, orals: 08:30–12:00 in B11, posters: 17:30–19:00 / Red Posters), through to mountains across the oceans: Caledonian, Variscan and Appalachian orogenies through time (TS6.2/GD5.6, orals: 10:30–12:00 in B8, posters: 17:30–19:00 / Blue Posters) and the role of vegetation in soil conservation and hydrological hazards management (SS2.12/BG4.2/GM4.5/HS12.5, orals: 15:30–17:15 in B5, posters: 17:30–19:00 / Blue Posters).

There are also eight Medal Lectures today, in various areas of the geosciences, so make sure to check the programme so that you don’t miss then. The Alexander von Humboldt Medal Lecture by Hubert H. G. Savenije is being streamed live.

The YS Lounge at the 2014 General Assembly.

The YS Lounge at the 2014 General Assembly.

If you’re a young scientist (YS), this year’s conference has more than ever on offer for the YS community, and today is a bumper day, packed full of YS related activities. Join the EGU Young Scientists Forum (12:15–13:15 in G8) to find out more about the Union and how to get involved. It’s over lunch, so you’ll find a buffet of sandwiches and soft drinks when you arrive! You can also hone your skills during a number of Short Courses on throughout the day:

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 have a glass of wine with the top shots of Swiss and Austrian mountain research at the Swiss-Austrian Mountain Mixer (SPM1.5, 17:30–20:00 in R2)? Otherwise, learn about The Marine Ice Sheet-Ocean Model Intercomparison Project (SPM1.15, 17:30–19:00 in Y7) or join a discussion on nitrogen ion tracing from planets (SPM1.22, 15:30–17:00 in R10).

Finally, remember to take the opportunity to meet your Division’s representatives at the EGU Booth in today’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 geological film (10:30–19:00 daily in the GeoCinema Room on the Blue Level).

Have a lovely day!

Mya lake in the French Alps. Credit: Sandrine Tacon (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu).

Mya lake in the French Alps. Credit: Sandrine Tacon (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu).

At the Assembly: Monday highlights

At the Assembly: Monday highlights

Welcome to the 2015 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 2015 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 (UM17) at 12:15 in Room Y1 – 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.

The audience during a Great Debate at the General Assembly in 2014.

The audience during a Great Debate at the General Assembly in 2014.

Today also features the first of the Assembly’s Great Debates – Impact on global geoscience of accelerating Asian research (GDB2). This Great Debate is co-organised by the EGU and AOGS (the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society) and will discuss how accelerating scientific and technological research in Asia impacts the geosciences on a global scale. Join in the debate from 15:30–17:00 in Y1. You can follow the session on Twitter with #EGU15GDB, and, if you’re not attending, tune in with the conference live stream.

Several short courses are starting up to including workshops on how to make your own plate tectonic reconstructions on GPlates (SC20/TS10.2, 18:00–20:30 / Room B13), how to write and publish a paper in soil science journals (SC5/SSS0.17, 19:00–20:15 / Room B2) and why you should bother with open science, public engagement and outreach (SC22: 17:30–19:00 / Room B1). There are also scintillating scientific sessions throughout the day. Here’s just a sample of what’s on offer:

Today also features two 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 on the Blue Level).

Have an excellent day!

Hyytiäla, Credit: Jean-Daniel Paris (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)

Hyytiäla, Credit: Jean-Daniel Paris (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)

GeoCinema at the 2015 General Assembly

GeoCinema at the 2015 General Assembly

GeoCinema is the home of geoscience films at the EGU General Assembly. This year features 36 fantastic films from across the geosciences, so you can step into some soil science, dive into deep ocean investigations, catch a glimpse of climate change research and more!

GeoCinema runs almost continuously throughout the conference, with short films, documentaries and feature length productions playing throughout the week in the GeoCinema Room (Blue Level) from 10:30 until 19:00 every day of the Assembly.

Dirt! The Movie poster

Dirt! The Movie poster

You can view and download the GeoCinema schedule, together with brief film descriptions, here.

This year’s young scientist video competition adds another dimension to the event, as finalist films from the EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition will also be screened during the GeoCinema breaks. You can vote for your favourite by giving it a thumbs up on YouTube – on your laptop, smartphone or voting station outside B12. The winning video will be announced at the EGU Booth at the General Assembly, on Friday the 17th April at 12:15!

The EGU General Assembly is taking place in Vienna, Austria from 12 to 17 April. Check out the full session programme on the General Assembly website.

Showcase your film at GeoCinema at the General Assembly!

Every year, we showcase a great selection of geoscience films at the EGU General Assembly and after five successful years we will again be running GeoCinema in 2015. If you’ve shadowed a scientist in the lab, filmed fantastic spectacles in the field, or have produced an educational feature on the Earth, planetary or space sciences, we want to hear from you.

GeoCinema features short clips and longer films related to the geosciences, and from animations to interviews, all films are welcome. If you would like to contribute to this popular event, please fill out the submission form by 31 December 2014.

To get a feel for what we have screened in previous years, take a look at the online archive, with films that explore all facets of geoscience – from ocean depths to outer space.

Suitable films will be screened at the GeoCinema room during the EGU 2015 General Assembly in Vienna (12–17 April 2014). Note that you must be able to provide us with the film on DVD and you must have appropriate permission to show the feature in a public venue. Films must be in English or have subtitles in English, since it is the language of the conference. Multiple submissions from the same person are welcome.

For more information, please send us an email or get in touch with our Communications Officer Laura Roberts.

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