The 2017 edition of the EGU general assembly was a great success overall and for the cryospheric division in particular. We were for instance thrilled to see that two of the three winning photos of the EGU Photo contest featured ice! To mark the occasion we are delighted to use as our image of this week, one of these pictures, which shows an impressive rapid in the Pite River in northern Sweden. Congratulations to Michael Grund for capturing this stunning shot. You can find all photos entered in the contest on imaggeo — the EGU’s open access geosciences image repository.
But being the most photogenic division (at least the ice itself is…not sure about the division team itself!) was not our only cryo-achievement during the conference. Read on to get the most of (cryo)EGU 2017!
EGU 2017 in figures
- 17,399 abstracts in the programme (including 1179 to cryo-related sessions)
- 14,496 scientists from 107 countries attending the conference
- 11,312 poster, 4,849 oral and 1,238 PICO presentations
- 649 scientific sessions and 88 short courses
- 53% of early-career scientists
Polar Science Career Panel
During the week we teamed up with APECS to put on a Polar Science Career Panel. Our five panellists, from different backgrounds and job fields, engaged in a lively discussion with over 50 session attendees. With many key topics being frankly and honesty discussed by our panelists, who had some great comments and advice to offer. Highlights of the discussion can be found on the @EGU_CR twitter feed with #CareerPanel.
At the end we asked each panellist to come up with some final words of advice for early-career scientists, which were:
- There is no right and wrong, ask other people and see what you like
- Remember you can shape your own job
- Take chances! Even if you are likely to fail and think outside the box
- Remember that you are a whole human being… not only a scientist and use all your skills
- And last but not least… come and work at Carbon Brief (thanks Robert McSweeney!!)
However, the most memorable quotation of the entire panel is arguably from Kerim Nisancioglu :
One of the things the EGU Cryosphere team has been recognised for is its great social media presence. We tweeted away pre-EGU with plenty of advice, tips and information about events during the week and also made sure to keep our followers up-to-date during the week.
If it is not yet the case, please consider following us on twitter and/or facebook to keep updated with the latest news about the cryosphere division, the EGU or any other interesting cryo-related news!
We need YOU for the EGU cryosphere division
Conferences are usually a great way to meet new people but did you know that getting involved with the outreach activities of the division is another way?
Each division has an ECS (early-career scientist) representative and a team to go with that and the Cryosphere division is one of the most active. Our new team of early-career scientists for 2017/18 includes some well known faces and some who are new to the division this year:
We also have many more people (who aren’t named above) involved in the blog and social media team AND the good news is that we are looking for new people to either run our social media accounts and/or contribute regularly to this “award winning” cryoblog. Please get in touch with Emma Smith (ECS Representative and former blog editor) or Sophie Berger (Chief Blog Editor and Outreach Officer) if you would like to get involved in any aspect of the EGU Cryosphere team. No experience is necessary just enthusiasm and a love of bad puns!
And here is your “Save the Date” for EGU 2018 – which will be held between 8th – 13th April 2018.
Co-authored by Emma Smith and Sophie Berger