Hydrological Sciences

Heads Up: Early Career Hydrologists Highlights at EGU 2024

Heads Up: Early Career Hydrologists Highlights at EGU 2024

The upcoming annual EGU General assembly in Vienna is a fantastic opportunity for early career scientists (ECS) to engage with the international hydrological community, present their work, and build their networks. 

But with the multitude of sessions, events, and lectures, it can be tricky to assemble your personal program – especially if it’s your first time attending EGU.

We’ve got your back. 

In the schedule below, we’ve collected the ECS Highlights for members of the Hydrological Sciences (HS) division. 

While many of these highlights aren’t part of the scientific programme, they are amazing ways to meet other ECS, form connections, and get to know the people who represent you within EGU, like your ECS representatives and the head of the division, Alberto Viglione!  


The highlights are grouped into: 

  • Social and networking events (green)
  • Awards and medal lectures by outstanding (ECS) scientists (red)
  • Great debates, in which panellists discuss issues related to science and society (orange)
  • Short courses, which offer you the opportunity to acquire skills that will come in handy throughout your academic career (blue)

Check out these highlights and see how you can integrate them into your personal programme! There are a couple of events, though that ECS in the hydrological sciences shouldn’t miss: the big networking events on Monday lunch and Tuesday evening, as well as the Division meeting on Tuesday at lunch!

The Networking Event and Division Meeting: Dive Into the Hydrology Community 

First, the HS ECS Networking Event on Monday, April 24, 12:30-13:30 on Terrace G, Purple Level is where all the early career scientists of the Hydrological Division meet up – plus our colleagues from the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) and Young Hydrologic Society! Bring your lunch and be prepared to mingle. You’ll be able to chat with other young hydrologists about your research and the challenges you face in the academic community at this early stage in your scientific career. Who knows – a handy scientific collaboration could come out of it. Or simply a wonderful personal friendship. 

The HS networking event on Monday at noon at EGU23.

Second, the Division Meeting for Hydrological Sciences on Tuesday, April 24, 12:45-13:45, Room B lets you check in with all the members in your division. You’ll get to see the people who represent you at the level of the EGU, and stay up to date with news, initiatives, and other exciting developments. 

You can also meet the Hydrological Sciences Division team on Tuesday – from 15:30 to 16:00 at the EGU booth in Hall X2.  Finally, the ECS Reception on the Rooftop Terrace on Tuesday from 18:00 to 19:30 gives you an opportunity to have a drink, kick back, and meet ECS from other divisions as well.

Medal Lectures: Award-Winning Hydrologists Share Their Passion

Looking for truly outstanding presentations? Then the medal lectures are for you. Every year, the EGU awards multiple medals for exceptional work by scientists at different career stages. Medal winners are asked to give lectures on the inspiring highlights of their work. 

This year, these lectures are by: 

Andrea Cominola, who will be giving the HS Division Outstanding ECS Award Lecture in Room 3.16/17 on Monday, 15 April, 14:00-14:45

Alberto Guadagnini, who will be giving the Henry Darcy Medal Lecture in Room B on Tuesday, April 16, 19:00-20:00

Hayley J. Fowler, who will be giving the Sergey Soloviev Medal Lecture in Room C on Wednesday, April 17, 10:50-11:20

Jacopo Selva, who will be giving the Plinius Medal Lecture in Room C on Wednesday, April 27, 10:50-11:20

Paul D. Bates, who will be giving the John Dalton Medal Lecture in Room B on Thursday, April 27, 19:00-20:00

Pro-Tips: Check Out the EGU23 App and Stay Updated on Twitter and Instagram! 

Is it starting to get hard to keep track of your conference schedule? Then check out the EGU24 App. 

Available for free on both iOS and Android, this is the EGU’s official app for the 2024 General Assembly. You can sync it up to your Copernicus account and use it to assemble your personal programme and browse sessions by programme group or date. 

Plus, it offers handy functionalities such as displaying floor plans, giving an overview of exhibitors, and helping you find the venue. You’ll have all the information you’ll need to successfully navigate EGU right there in your pocket. 

The EGU24 App and its various capabilities!

Plus, you can follow the Hydrological Sciences Division on Twitter/X, LinkedIn, and Instagram for any updates during the conference!

A Final Note

One final thing before you head out and assemble your personal programme: Factor in some time for yourself. 

While attending EGU is a great way to extend your network and grow as a hydrologist, it can also be stressful, even if you enjoy every minute of it. Make sure to take some time to relax, clear your head, and enjoy beautiful Vienna while you’re there. 

Got Feedback? Come to the ECS Forum!

Finally, you’ve got the opportunity to give feedback to the EGU’s ECS team on Thursday at 12:45-13:45 in Room 3.29/30. Did we manage to support you during the conference? Which ECS events did you like in particular? And what could we do better next year? Plus, if you want to become involved in EGU yourself, this is a fantastic place to get in touch with your Division team and get started!


Christina is a hydrologist at the University of Montpellier in the South of France. She specialises in integrating remote sensing data into regional and local hydrological models. She's also the incoming ECS rep of the EGU's Hydrological Sciences division.

Florentine is the EGU HS ECS Rep and post-doctoral fellow at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Bonn, Germany. In cooperation with Deutscher Wetterdienst, her research focuses on surface processes in (semi)-urbanised regions. Considering land use change and water management, she aims to predict our weather more realistically on a high resolution. Florentine obtained her PhD at The University of Sheffield on drying signals in the atmosphere. As a physicist, Florentine is experienced in working on interdisciplinary projects, including acoustic monitoring of the Indian Ocean and remote sensing on grassland ecosystems in Portugal. Being active as an ambassador and project coordinator in the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and the German Physical Society (DPG), Florentine accepted the challenge of building a sustainable world for future generations by establishing ties between science, politics, industry, and communities. She tweets from @kmfweb.

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