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General Assembly 2015 – Highlights

It’s been just over a month since the EGU General Assembly 2015 in Vienna. The conference this year was a great success with 4,870 oral, 8,489 poster, and 705 PICO presentations. There were 577 unique scientific sessions, complimented by an impressive 310 side events, making for an interesting and diverse programme.

The conference brought together 11,837 scientists from 108 countries, 23% of which were students. Keeping abreast of everything that was going on throughout the week was made easier due to the distribution of 15,000 copies of EGU Today, and as a result of a keen media presence and their reporting of the scientific sessions. Thousands of visits to the webstreams, as well as GeoLog, meant  those at the conference and those who couldn’t make it stayed tuned to the best of the conference! We thank all of you very much for your attendance and active contribution to the conference.

Why not watch this video of the best bits of the conference and highlights of a productive week?

The conference this year, as showcased in the highlights video, celebrate a theme: A voyage through scales. The theme was an invitation to contemplate the Earth’s extraordinary variability extending from milliseconds to its age, from microns to the size of the planet. The range of scales in space, in time – in space-time – is truly mindboggling. Their complexity challenges our ability to measure, to model, to comprehend. The range of scales were explored across four exhibition spots throughout the conference centre.

One of the exhibitions, ‘The scales in art‘, invited conference participants to participate in the dialogue between science and art. At the space, attendees watched the artistic interpretation of the theme developing over the week, with artist Eva Petrič.

We hope to see many of you at next year’s EGU General Assembly 2016 which takes place on: 17 – 22 April 2016, in Vienna, Austria.

In Vienna for the weekend? Here’s a taste of what’s on offer…

In Vienna for the weekend? Here’s a taste of what’s on offer…

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!

Electric Spring Festival 2015

A fantastic, free, open-air music festival is taking place in Vienna’s Museumsquartier tonight (Thursday and Friday). Come and enjoy a vibrant mix of electronic music and dance away your end of EGU blues. http://www.wien.info/de/musik-buehne/rock-pop-jazz/electronic-music/electric-spring

Rear of the opera house, showing the stage wings. (Credit: Markus Leupold-Löwenthal, distributed by Wikimedia Commons).

Rear of the opera house, showing the stage wings. (Credit: Markus Leupold-Löwenthal, distributed by Wikimedia Commons).

Opera for All

This event takes great performances out of the opera house and into the open square. This Saturday, you can experience L’Italiana in Algeri for free. The performance starts at 19:00, make sure you’re at the Staatsoper early to get a seat!

http://www.wien.info/en/music-stage-shows/opera-operetta/open-air-opera

Chocolate Emporium

After your busy week at EGU, treat yourselves to something sweet at chocolate emporium Xocolat, a boutique and workshop where you can watch chocolatiers at work and even try your hand at making chocolate yourself! Situated in the 9th district, beneath the stone arches of the Ferstel passage, Xocolat offers the creations of Catalan chocolatier Enric Rovira, Californian Scharffen Berger and Austrian brand Zotter. http://www.xocolat.at/de/

Vienna Residence Orchestra

Spend an evening in Vienna’s most beautiful palaces this week to unwind after your week at EGU. Wiener Residenzorchester, or the Vienna Residence Orchestra, are a chamber orchestra with a long

tradition of playing Viennese classics in Vienna’s most beautiful palaces. The enchanting sounds of the orchestra, accompanied by opera singers and ballet dances will take you on a  journey through Imperial Vienna. http://www.wro.at/vienna-classics/

Eclectic flea market

From buckets of tulips to pickles, wines and plump, and purple-flushed figs, you can find it all at the Naschmarkt. Saturday can be busy, so a early start it best!

http://www.wien-konkret.at/einkaufen/naschmarkt/

Location: 4, Linke und Rechte Wienzeile. U1, U2, U4 Karlsplatz.

Get a view of Vienna

It may be cliche, but no trip to Vienna is complete without a ride on the 19th-century Riesenrad or giant ferris wheel. It’s the only remaining work of British engineer Walter Basset who also built wheels for Blackpool, London and Paris.

http://www.wienerriesenrad.com/de

We hope you enjoy what is left of the conference and that you have a fabulous time in Vienna!

Riesenrad  ferris wheel. Credit: Maatex, distributed via Wikimediacommons)

Riesenrad ferris wheel. (Credit: Maatex, distributed via Wikimediacommons)

 

By the  EGU Press Team  (Nikita Marwaha, Sara Mynott and Stephanie McClellan)

GIFT at the Assembly: Mineral Resources

GIFT at the Assembly: Mineral Resources

The EGU’s Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) programme offers teachers attending the conference the opportunity to hone their Earth science skills. The General Assembly workshop is one of GIFT’s most important activities of the year, combining talks on current research with hands-on activities presented by educators. What’s more, scientists can also come to the sessions – here’s what’s in store…

The theme of this year’s GIFT workshop (EOS1) is Mineral Resources – the event will explore one of the most important challenges faced by modern society: access to raw materials, including base and strategic minerals, in a rapidly developing and growing world. Featuring talks by leading scientists in the field, the workshop will kick off with a discussion on raw materials and their sustainability in the 21st century (at 8:45 in Room G10). This is followed by two great talks on where do minerals come from and how they get there, by Laurence Robb of the University of Oxford, after which you can learn about the role of inorganic chemistry in the formation of ore deposits at the hands of Kliti Grice from Curtin University, Australia. This is just a taster, though – you can find out more about the workshop here.

Where is the EGU General Assembly?

The General Assembly is almost here. Presentations are (hopefully!) complete, posters are printed, bags are packed and all you need to do is get to the conference…

The Austria Center Vienna (ACV), the Assembly venue, is not far from the city centre and can easily be reached from the airport and central train station. You can get there via the U1, the red line in the underground map below:

The ACV is located next to the Kaisermühlen/Vienna Int. Centre metro station (click for larger).

The ACV is located next to the Kaisermühlen/Vienna Int. Centre metro station (click for larger).

The ACV is located next to the Kaisermühlen/Vienna Int. Centre (VIC) U-Bahn station (take the U1 towards Leopoldau if you’re coming from the city centre). Wiener Linien, Vienna’s public transport agency, provides a journey planner on their website, including information about getting to the city centre from the airport by train.

regular bus service connects the airport with the conference centre too. Bus 1183 stops just outside the ACV (Wien Kaisermühlen VIC – Wagramer Straße). Further travel information – including about where to find taxis at the airport – can also be found on the airport’s website.

Once you’re in, you can navigate your way to your first session of the day using these maps of the Austria Center!

The ground floor of the Austria Center Vienna.

The ground floor of the Austria Center Vienna.

 

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. 

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