Thursday at the 2012 General Assembly

Welcome to the fourth day of the 2012 General Assembly! Today is yet another busy day, full of events open to all Union members. Be sure to complement the information below with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly, available both in paper and for download here.

1 year after L'Aquila earthquake, by Riccardo Civico via Imaggeo, the EGU Open Access image repository. The event spurred the debate on the role and responsibilities of geoscientists for warning and mitigation of natural disasters.

Today features the Assembly’s second Great Debate, where big contemporary issues relevant to the EGU are broken down by expert panelists in front of a live audience. Today’s topic of discussion is The role and responsibilities of geoscientists for warning and mitigation of natural disasters (Room 15, 12:15-13:15) [Webstreaming].

The Union Symposium entitled Ice Cores and Climate – legacy of a pioneer Willi Dansgaard (Room D, 17:30-19:00) promises to be a fitting tribute to one of the most decorated paleoclimatologists of the past century.

Once again, today’s comprises a busy schedule of Medal Lectures as well as Townhall Meetings entitled Coupling the Earth’s surface with the atmosphere – Research in Germany (Room 4, 18:30-20:00)Climate Services – Think Forward (Room 5, 19:00-20:00), Women in Geosciences (Room 2, 10:30-12:30), and Update on the U.S. EarthCube efforts (Room 2, 19:00-20:00).

A number of Educational and Outreach Symposia are scheduled for today, including what promises to be a most useful session entitled Communicate your science (Room 25, 15:30-17:00). For those of you interested in policy, don’t forget to come along to the Geoethics and natural hazards: communication, education and the science-policy-practice interface oral and poster sessions lasting throughout the afternoon.

Finally, as always, some Division representatives will be on parade to chat in the day’s Meet EGU sessions and, to take your mind off things, GeoCinema (10:30-18:45 daily in the GeoCinema Room) remains open for business.

Have a great day!

Bárbara Ferreira was the Media and Communications Manager of the European Geosciences Union from 2011 to 2019. Bárbara has also worked as a science writer specialising in astrophysics and space sciences, producing articles for the European Space Agency and others on a freelance basis. She has a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge.

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