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GIFT at EGU GA 2011

GIFT at EGU GA 2011 elebrates 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years after publication of “The Origin of Species” with a GIFT workshop on “Evolution and Biodiversity”. The programme can be found online at the EGU GA 2011 site. The EGU Geosciences Information For Teachers (GIFT) Programme offers teachers of elementary to high school the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge in geophysical themes and to shorten the time between new discoveries and textbook information. More information about the GIFT programme can be found on it’s webpages at the EGU homepage. GIFT is one session of Educational and Outreach Symposia at the EGU GA 2011, for other sessions visit the EOS Programme on the EGU GA 2011 homepage.

In the “Evolution” portion of the workshop, historical aspects of the theory of evolution will be addressed as well as modern views provided by molecular genetics studies that have been developed in the last 10-15 years. These studies provide confirmation of the theory of evolution and allow major aspects of it to be much better understood. Relationships to major geological events, such as the Snowball Earth and its deglaciation will be explored along with climatic influences on the critical intervals in Late Pleistocene human evolution. Special attention will be paid to human evolution. A number of hands-on activities that allow for introduction of critical concepts into the classroom will also be demonstrated.

Another major aspect of the GIFT-2011 workshop will be devoted to “Biodiversity” – the biological richness of an ecosystem – that is the product of nearly 3.5 billion years of evolution. On Dec. 20, 2006 the General Assembly of the UN declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. In the present Anthopocene, species are being lost at rates far higher than natural extinction rates, to the point that some ecologists believe that we are witnessing the sixth great extinction wave of our planet. Some of the vast resources made available during this year will be accessed for developing with the teachers educational aspects of biodiversity and its conservation.

On-Site Registration at EGU GA 2011

Participants are welcome to register on-site at the counters located in Hall Z of the congress centre. The counters are open:

Sunday, 03 April 2011                                 12:00–20:00
Monday– Thursday, 04 – 07 April 2011         08:00–19:00
Friday, 08 April 2011                                   08:00–13:00

The pre-registration using lower pre-registration rates has expired on 28 Feb. However, you are still able to register in advance of the conference using higher on-site registration rates. Then, you only have to pick up your name badge once you arrive at the conference. Visit the meeting webpages to find out more.

GeoCinema@EGU General Assembly 2011

The GeoCinema is running for a second year at the General Assembly with over 40 films being shown. The GeoCinema programme is online at the meeting site and a pdf with details of the films is available.

The GeoCinema is held in the GeoCinema room on the Yellow (Ground Floor) level (pdf floorplan), which is on your left as you enter the main entrance.

 

Monday, 04 Apr 2011
10:30–10:45 Inspection Exercise in Jordan & Listening for Nuclear Noise
11:00–11:45 HIAPER
12:00–12:45 Faces of Earth: Building the Planet
13:00–13:45 Faces of Earth: Shaping the Planet
14:00–15:00 Tipping Point
15:15–16:45 Home
17:00–18:00 Ice Bound in Antarctica
18:15–18:30 Stefano Mancuso: The roots of plant intelligence
18:45–19:00 Greg Stone: Saving the ocean one island at a time

Tuesday, 05 Apr 2011
10:30–10:50 Drill Bits: Drilling into Lake Peten Itza (Guatemala) for paleoclimate studies on drill core, Scientific drilling into Lake Malawi (Malawi) for paleoclimate studies, Drilling through the San Andreas Fault at seismogenic depths and Scientific Drilling at Hawaii to investigate Hot Spot volcanism
11:00–11:45 Models and Reality, Alfred Wegener Medal Lecture by Prof. Pierre Morel
12:00–12:45 Faces of Earth: Assembling America
13:00–13:45 Faces of Earth: Human World
14:00–15:00 365 Days under Antarctic Ice
15:15–15:30 Ice Crystal, A Scientific Expedition Into the Heart of the Waterfall
15:45–16:15 The perfect eruption – Etna 2002-03
16:30–17:00 Where dinosaurs lived? Documenting Cretaceous Palaeoclimate
17:15–18:15 The Mystery of the Giant Crystals
18:30–19:00 Don’t call me earthquake

Wednesday, 06 Apr 2011
10:30–10:35 River Trip with family
10:38–10:58 Where dinosaurs lived? Documenting Cretaceous Palaeoclimate
11:01–11:06 Signs of Life on Mars
11:09–11:18 Deep Sea Observatories: Internet in the Ocean
11:18–11:27 Ocean Under Observation
11:30–11:45 EISCAT_3D, our window to geospace
12:00–12:30 Hidden Corals
12:45–13:00 The international charter on space and major disasters
13:15–13:30 Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine
13:45–14:00 Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice
14:15–14:30 Michael Specter: The danger of science denial
14:45–15:15 IODP 318 Wilkes Land Expedition
15:30–15:45 Royal NIOZ, Fathoning the Sea
16:00–16:15 Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice
16:30–17:15 HIAPER
17:30–17:45 Future of Integrated Ocean Drilling
18:00–19:00 1755 The Lisbon Earthquake

Thursday, 07 Apr 2011
10:30–10:35 Drill Bits Drilling into Lake Peten Itza (Guatemala) for paleoclimate studies on drill core
10:35–10:40 Drill bits Scientific drilling into Lake Malawi (Malawi) for paleoclimate studies
10:40–10:45 Drill Bits Drilling through the San Andreas Fault at seismogenic depths
10:45–10:50 Drill Bits Scientific Drilling at Hawaii to investigate Hot Spot volcanism
11:00–11:45 Faces of Earth: Building the Planet
12:00–12:55 Science@ESA: Solar System, Siblings of Earth and the Moon and Titan
13:15–13:20 Huygens Probe: Landing on an Earth-like world
13:45–14:45 Tipping Point
15:00–15:10 Deep Sea Observatories: Internet in the Ocean
15:10–15:20 Ocean Under Observation
15:30–16:30 The Mystery of the Giant Crystals
16:45–17:15 Hidden Corals
17:30–17:35 River Trip with family
17:37–17:57 Where dinosaurs lived? Documenting Cretaceous Palaeoclimate
18:00–18:10 The international charter on space and major disasters
18:15–18:30 SNORTEX – Snow reflectance transition experiment
18:45–19:00 Earth System Trailer

Friday, 08 Apr 2011
10:30–11:30 365 Days under Antarctic Ice
11:45–12:15 IODP 318 Wilkes Land Expedition
12:30–13:30 Ice Bound in Antarctica
13:45–14:00 Ice Crystal, A Scientific Expedition Into the Heart of the Waterfall
14:15–14:30 We are prepared – Tsunami Early Warning System – Trailer 2008
14:45–15:15 The perfect eruption – Etna 2002-03
15:30–16:00 Don’t call me earthquake
16:15–17:15 1755 The Lisbon Earthquake
17:30–19:00 Home