Natural Hazards

Ready for EGU24?

Ready for EGU24?
Hey there, fellow earth enthusiasts! Are you ready to dive into EGU24? If so, grab your virtual or physical backpacks because we’re about to embark on a journey that’s bound to be as enlightening as it is exhilarating. With its diverse program offering discussions and networking opportunities, EGU24 promises to be an enriching experience. Whether you’re a seasoned participant or a newcomer, preparation is key to maximising your involvement and enjoyment. 
As a PhD candidate from the Asian continent, I have had the opportunity to participate in several conferences, both local and international. From my personal experience, it is always daunting and challenging, especially if it involves travelling abroad. I find preparing for the conferences beforehand makes a huge difference. For those registered, please use this opportunity to explore your personal programs and abstract information
In this blog post, we will delve into how you can gear up for EGU24 and make the most out of it. 


1. A rollercoaster of geoscience delight 😀

Imagine a bustling conference hall filled with passionate scientists discussing everything from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space. That’s EGU24 in a nutshell! From riveting keynote speeches to interactive poster sessions and oral presentations. Every moment at EGU24 is a chance to broaden your horizons and connect with fellow geoscience enthusiasts. So, buckle up and get ready for Vienna. 

EGU2017 – The session on Arctic Great Debate (image credit: Kai Boggild, distributed via imaggeo.egu.edu)

As a reminder, please create a personalised schedule to ensure you don’t miss out on sessions relevant to your research or professional goals.

2. Showcasing Your Research 📖

Whether you’re giving a talk, presenting a poster, or participating in a panel discussion, EGU24 is your time to shine. Practise your presentation to ensure clarity, coherence, and adherence to the allocated time. Be prepared to engage with attendees during Q&A sessions following your presentation. That brings me to my next point-Networking!!

3. Networking – you never know who you might meet along the way! 🤝

They say it’s not just what you know but who you know. Whether you’re chatting over coffee or mingling on a virtual platform, take advantage of the conference’s myriad networking opportunities to forge new connections, brainstorm ideas, and maybe even find your next collaborator or PhD advisor. For first-time attendees, consider joining the specially organised session for first-timers, convened by Christina Anna Orieschnig, Jenny Turton, Solmaz Mohadjer, and Simona Gabrielli on 15th April, 18:00-19:00 (CEST), PICO Spot 1. Additionally, the ECS Networking reception is scheduled on 16th April, from 18:00-19:30 (CEST), Rooftop Foyer and convened by Simon Clark, David Fernández-Blanco and Daniel Evans. For more information on other networking activities, please use the search box available on the website

4. Natural Hazards sessions 🌍

With so much to see and do at EGU24, the natural hazards sessions cover everything from science to policy, mastering the art of data visualisation, and delving into the world of remote sensing and communication skills. The Division Meeting for Natural Hazards is on 18th April from 12:45 – 13:45 (CEST) in Room B, convened by Heidi Kribich. The keynote kickoff promises to be a highlight you won’t want to miss! More information is available on the website

5. Meet the blog editors 📏

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the conference to meet the Natural Hazards blog editors. You can find our ECS rep, Silvia De Angeli, at the session on “Multi-hazard risk assessments: Innovative approaches for disaster risk reduction, management, and climate change adaptation”. The session will focus on multi-risk assessments and exploring applications to disaster risk reduction, adaptation, and management. You can also attend our on-site presentation by Soheil Mohammadi on the topic of “ A participatory planning approach for identifying crucial urban functions and their interdependencies for disaster recovery ”, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about recovery planning. 

6. Fun and Games –  Mixing Science with a Dash of Whimsy 🎮

Don’t forget to take a moment to unwind and enjoy some lighthearted fun. The Games for Geoscience session explores the captivating games available to play. For those who have developed geoscience-based games, this will be your time to shine, bring along friends, and have fun. So kick back, relax, and get ready to geek out with your fellow earth science enthusiasts!

7. Rest, Recharge and Reconnect 🛏️

Make self-care a priority by nourishing your body with healthy meals, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of restorative sleep each night. Remember, taking care of yourself is an essential part of maintaining your well-being and sustaining your productivity throughout the conference. Use these moments to reconnect with yourself, gather your thoughts, and replenish your energy for the adventures ahead.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Vienna!!!


Post edited by Hedieh Soltanpour and Shreya Arora



I have had a passion for geology since I was a kid. I used to collect rocks, minerals, and even fossils. This led me to pursue an academic life, and my path took a turn when I enrolled in a PhD Program at the Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative, National University of Malaysia. My research focuses on the impact of vertical land motion on the coastal region of Malaysia. I use remote sensing techniques to perform time-series analysis on the susceptible coastlines across the main economic hubs. Before my current research, I was working on mapping seismogenic faults in NW Borneo and simultaneously engaged with local communities. The interaction with various stakeholders led me to believe in the importance of disaster preparedness. It is essential as increasing hazard patterns indicate more damage and loss of life is expected. Thus, I want to make a difference by educating others on emerging disasters and their cascading impacts.

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