Solar-Terrestrial Sciences

EGU for Early Career Scientists

EGU for Early Career Scientists

Theresa Rexer

This months post is written by the ST Divisions Early Career Scientist representative, Theresa Rexer.

Are you ready for the EGU general assembly 2019? Got your abstract ready and submitted? No, what? Too early you say? No funds? As your Early Career Scientist Representative, let me tell you why now is the perfect time to start planning your trip to Vienna in April next year. Especially if you are an Early Career Scientist!

EGU2019 aka the best meeting for Early Career Scientist in geosciences
At the general assembly (GA) more than half the participants are actually early career scientist  which is defined as students at all stages or scientist who have finished their MSc or PhD within the past 7 years. Because of this, a large effort is made every year to make the meeting especially relevant for ECSs. There are numerous Short Courses that are specifically organised for ECSs. Want to know how others find their way around the huge conference site? Or how you can get the most out of you next poster or PICO presentations? The short courses are sessions or workshops that are complementary to the scientific talks at the GA , ranging from a host of general topics like visualising your research, how to navigate the GA or How to get your next job or research grant in academia that are relevant to all ECSs, to division specific topics where you can get an introduction to topics and technics specific to a field of research. 
In the Short course of the Solar-Terrestrial division, SC3.7/ST4.11: Meet the experts: The future of Solar terrestrial Research, you will get a unique chance to discuss the future challenges and opportunities with experienced and renown scientists in our field. You have heard of them. You might have read their papers. Now is your chance to talk to them and ask: What’s next for us
You can also meet your fellow ECSs, your future friends and colleagues, at one of the many social events like the Early career Scientists reception, the ECS forum meeting or in the ECS Lounge area, where free coffee and soft drinks are served and a series of pop-events for ECSs are held during the week. 
Still unsure and none of your colleagues are going? Consider signing up for the mentoring programme where ECSs are matched with a senior scientist to help you navigate the conference, network with other conference attendees, and exchange feedback and ideas on professional activities and your career development.
“So why plan now? The deadline isn’t until January…”
Did you know that, as an ECS, you can apply for travel support? If you submit your abstract by December 1st 2018, you registration fee and travel expenses for up to 300 Euro could be covered for you. All you have to do is write and submit your abstract before December 1st and apply for the Early Career Scientist Travel Support. This is a great opportunity and December is closer than you think, so don’t wait. Submit your abstract, apply for support and get ready for next years best early career scientist conference. 
Not an ECS? The early bird still catches the bird….or the medal! The Vienna City Marathon (also includes a half-marathon and 10k runs) is held the weekend just before the GA and tickets are sold fast. You are correct in thinking that a number of your fellow ST division scientists and ECSs are participating, so join us!
If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas or if you wish to join the Solar-Terresrial ECS Team, do not hesitate to contact me at
See you in April!
– Theresa
This guest post was contributed by a scientist, student or a professional in the Earth, planetary or space sciences. The EGU blogs welcome guest contributions, so if you've got a great idea for a post or fancy trying your hand at science communication, please contact the blog editor or the EGU Communications Officer to pitch your idea.

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