At the Assembly: Monday highlights

Welcome to the 2014 General Assembly! This is the first full day of sessions and there’s a feast of them to choose from. Every day we’ll be sharing some super sessions and events at EGU 2014 here on GeoLog and you can complement this information with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly.

This year, the General Assembly has a theme – The Face of the Earth – and to celebrate it there will be Keynote Lectures throughout the week, each exploring one of the planet’s faces (water, rocks, space, life and the atmosphere). Today’s lecture (KL3) features the Rocks of the Earth and takes place from 13:30-14:30 in Y1. There’s more to the theme than lectures though, and you’ll find a host of exhibits throughout the conference centre! Remember that odd request to bring a rock this year? Add it to the Rocks of the Earth exhibit in the Entrance Hall – a piece of art created by all the attendees!

Rocks Of The Earth

Of particular importance today is the Union’s Plenary Meeting (UM17) at 12:15 in Room R1 – it’s a forum for all Assembly attendees to discuss the development of the Union with the Union Council. Seeing as it’s over lunch, a buffet of scrumptious sandwiches and soft drinks will be served at the event.

Several short courses are setting up this evening including workshops on the ways to study permafrost (SC19, 10:30–12:15 in B5), how to improve natural hazards forecasting (SC14, 17:30–19:00 in G6) and improve your career prospects (SC11, 17:30–20:00 in B1, Twitter: #EGUjobs) and there are scintillating scientific sessions throughout the day. Here’s just a sample of what’s on offer:

Welcome to the EGU 2014 General Assembly! (Credit:Sue Voice)

Welcome to the EGU 2014 General Assembly! (Credit:Sue Voice)

Today also features six super Medal Lectures, which are sure to be a great source of inspiration:

Finally, remember to take the opportunity to meet your Division’s representatives in the day’s Meet EGU sessions and, if you’re in need of a break, head on over to GeoCinema, where you can kick back and relax with a geoscientific film (10:30-19:00 daily in B12).

Have an excellent day!

Mount Etna (Credit: Iuliia Blinova via

Mount Etna (Credit: Iuliia Blinova via

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