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Young Scientist Events at the EGU General Assembly

Are you going to the EGU General Assembly in Vienna next week? Check out these events for young scientists (YS).

Short courses

The idea behind the young scientist short courses is to give an insight into a certain area and/or the applications/uses/pitfalls in and around the topic. There are a lot of very interesting courses at this year’s meeting. I would like to highlight two short courses in particular since I will be chairing them! Please consider dropping by and meet the experts who have kindly agreed to participate and share their knowledge.

Meet the editors
An open discussion with the chief editor of the EGU journals Climate of the Past, Professor Carlo Barbante, and Earth System Dynamics, Professor Axel Kleidon. This workshop will discuss topics including: open access publishing; the review process, from submission to publication; how to review a paper; top tips for paper writing and submission, as well as an open question and answer session. Scientists from all divisions and at all stages of their career are encouraged to attend.
Time and date: Tuesday the 14th of April, 15:30 – 17:00
Place: Room B7

Introduction to climate modelling
Climate modelling is an extremely powerful tool for the quantification of earth system dynamics, allowing the reconstruction of past environments and projections of future change. In this workshop, an introduction to and discussion of the development and application of models at different spatial and temporal scales will be discussed and illustrated. Christoph Raible is a senior scientist of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. In this workshop, he will share his broad experience of the field of climate modelling and its application to climates of the past, present and future.
Time and date: Wednesday the 15th of April, 19:00 – 20:00
Place: Room B12

After the short course we will head to Café Einstein to join the Ice Core Young Scientists social event.

Young Scientists Lounge

This year the young scientist lounge is located on the red level of the conference centre. The lounge has free tea and coffee and is a place to hang out and refuel before emerging yourself in the hectic experience that is the EGU General Assembly. It is also a good place for networking and meeting other young scientists in your field (or indeed in another field). Throughout the week, YS representatives from the different divisions will be present in the lounge. Do approach them with your ideas, concerns and questions, or just for a friendly chat! I will be there Wednesday and Thursday during the late afternoon session. Please drop by and say hello!


Young Scientists Forum

The YS forum is to place to meet your young scientist representatives, find out what the EGU does for young scientists and take the chance to become more involved in the Union. This forum is a great opportunity to let us know what you would like from the EGU, find out how you can get involved in the Assembly and meet other scientists in the EGU young scientist community.

Time and date: Tuesday 14th of April 12:15 – 13:15

Place: Room G8


Am I a young scientist?

If you have made it this far into my post, you probably are. Officially the EGU defines a Young Scientist as (1) age 35* or younger and (2) be an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or have received her/his highest degree qualification (e.g., BSc, MSc, PhD) within the last seven years (where appropriate, up to one year of parental leave time may be added per child).

However, everyone is of course more than welcome to attend the short courses and contribute to the discussion!


What else?

The General Assembly can be an overwhelming experience. Here are my tips for surviving a week of full on science

  • Take advantage of the lunch breaks and go for a walk! When you exit the main conference building turn left and head for the river, or turn right and you will find that behind the concrete buildings there is a very nice park.
  • Go to a session outside your field or area of interest. Even in completely different research topics, I often find similarities in methods or applications that inspire me to think differently about my own research.
  • Explore Vienna. Treat yourself to a bit of time off to recover during the week. If your programme is completely packed, then hurry to the U-Bahn in a lunch break (the ticket is after all included in the registration fee) and go to the centre of town. Half an hour’s stroll will give you at least an impression of the city and you will not leave Vienna with the feeling that you have really only seen the conference centre.

If you want to know more, you can also check out this link.
I hope to see you there!

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