EGU has a new Science Communication Officer!

Meet the newest member of EGU’s communications team, Laura Roberts Artal! Laura will manage GeoLog and the EGU blog network, run our social media channels, and continue developing EGU’s networking activities for young scientists.

It is a warm and relatively sunny day in Munich and I’ve just started as the new Communications Officer at the EGU! Some of you may recognise me, as I’ve been blogging as part of the EGU blog network over on Geology Jenga for approximately a year.


I completed an undergraduate Masters in Geology at the University of Liverpool, where I investigated how and why magma/water interactions lead to typically explosive eruptions. Once I graduated, I spent three years in industry as an environmental consultant working on land contamination issues, before returning to Liverpool University to undertake a PhD researching whether the Earth had a magnetic field during the Archean, 3.5 billion years ago.

During my PhD I have become an advocate for science outreach and communication. This has led me to regularly volunteer for the STEM Ambassador Network and Science Grrl, at outreach and public engagement events across the UK; designing and developing interactive activates for children and adults alike to raise the profile of Earth Sciences amongst the general public.

Up until a few days ago Sara Mynott was the science communication guru here at EGU and I’ve got some very big shoes to fill! However, I am extremely excited by this new challenge and looking forward to spreading the word about all things Earth Science via the EGU blog and the wide variety of social media platforms that EGU has a presence in. To do so, I’ll be working closely with the EGU’s Media and Communications Manager, Bárbara Ferreira.

Feel free to get in touch with me at if you have any questions about the EGU or any of its publications – it would be great to hear from you!

Laura Roberts

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Laura Roberts Artal is the Outreach and Dissemination Manager at The Water Innovation Hub (University of Sheffield). Laura also volunteers as the Associate Director of Communications for Geology for Global Development. She has also held a role in industry as Marketing Manager for PDS Ava (part of PDS Group). Laura was the Communications Officer at the European Geosciences Union from the summer of 2014 to the end of 2017. Laura is a geologist by training and holds a PhD in palaeomagnetism from the University of Liverpool. She tweets at @LauRob85.

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