EGU Video Competition: Communicate Your Science

Try something different this EGU General Assembly. Take the challenge and communicate your research to a wider audience and through video! Young scientists pre-registered for the EGU General Assembly are invited to take part in the EGU’s first ever Communicate Your Science Video Competition. The aim is to produce a video up-to-three-minutes long to share your research with the general public. The winning entry will receive a free registration to the General Assembly in 2015. Your video can include scenes of you out in the field and explaining an outcrop, or at the lab bench showing how to work out water chemistry; entries can also include cartoons, animations, or music videos – you name it! As long as you’re explaining concepts in the Earth, planetary and space sciences in a language suitable for a general audience, you can be as creative as you like.

The aim is to produce a short and sweet (under 3 minutes) video to communicate your research with the general public. See this example video by Sam Illingworth, who represents young scientists on the Programme Committee of the General Assembly

For more information and guidelines for how to enter can be found on the EGU young scientists’ website

Send your video to Deadline is 21 March 2014. Good luck.

The unexpected seismic hazard

Public places such as airports are often designed to withstand strong earthquakes particularly in modern cities that are prone to earthquakes. When the ground shakes people have to be careful from objects falling off walls … or eagles falling from the roof!


The giant eagle has fallen from the roof of Wellington airport after an earthquake shake

Two large eagles each having a wingspan of 15 meters and weighing 2 tonnes were suspended from the roof of Wellington Airport to promote the Hobbit trilogy. Clearly these birds cannot fly – one of the eagles fell down as a result of the shaking from a 6.2-magnitude earthquake last month. Thankfully no one was injured when it came down.

Read the full story here.

The EGU photo contest

Are you out and about taking photos during fieldwork? Or, simply good at taking interesting photos? The EGU runs a photo contest for all the participant pre-registered for the EGU General Assembly. Submissions are open up until 1 March. All finalists will receive a book of their choice from the EGU library, and the winners get to win a free registration to next year’s General Assembly.

Check out awesome photos already available on the open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union:

Share your talent by taking part !
For more information, and competition guidelines, please check the EGU Photo Contest page:

Painted Hills after a storm

Painted Hills after a storm by Daniele Penna, Universita di Padova, Italy. A storm is leaving the Painted Hills, geological wonders in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monuments, Oregon, USA.

Earthquake lights

A very interesting article about earthquake lights has been published in this month Seismological Research Letters. Earthquake lights are an aerial phenomenon when unusual light is seen just above the ground or high up in the sky before and/or during an earthquak. Mysterious lights in the sky have been a sensation ever since but their appearance has long had baseless explanations suggesting either mythical beliefs and  fictional theories such as visiting aliens. This new publication catalogues a list of reported earthquake lights and finds that glows happen most often in geological rift environments, where the ground is pulling apart. As expected  this article has attracted strong interest of various media worldwide including: NatureNational GeographicSci-NewsiScienceTimes, and many others.

Here are some interesting footage of earthquake lights on YouTube:

Japan 7.4 M Earthquake:


30 mins before the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China


Peru earthquake