This year there are more short courses than ever to choose from at the General Assembly. You can supercharge your scientific skills, broaden your base in science communication and pick up tips on how to boost your career – be it in academia or outside. There are also a range of courses aimed at making your time at the conference easier, be sure to take part, especially if it is your first time! And, if you do attend the short courses, don’t forget to share your experience with other conference participants on social media using the dedicated hashtag: #EGU16SC. Read on for a small selection of what’s in store at EGU 2016:
Supercharge your science – new techniques and dealing with data
- Digital Terrain Analysis of Anthropogenic Landscapes (1/SC10/SSS12.25)
- Seismology for non-seismologists (SC55)
- Climate/Geomorphology workshop for early career scientists: Using Bayesian modelling for integrating geochronologies (SC50)
- Hydroinformatics for hydrology: introduction to data science including data assimilation (SC38)
Tips and tricks to boost your career
Being able to secure your own funding for research is key to a successful academic career and will give you important skills applicable to industry jobs too, so why not check out these three grant writing courses?
- Finding funding: how to apply for a research grant (SC46)
- How to write a successful ERC Starting or Consolidator Grant proposal (SC2/TS9)
- Practical tips for applying to the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships program (SC30)
Additionally, you can also improve the chances of landing your dream job by attending these career development sessions.
- Working at the science policy interface (SC52)
- Supervising and tutoring students (SC11/GM13.2)
- The ins and outs of open access publishing (SC3)
You can also gain very useful insight from those who have done it before, so why not take part in your Division’s ‘Meet the masters’ session? Here you’ll be able to meet experts in the field who can give you tips on how to get the most out of your career.
- Meet the masters (in Geomorphology) (SC12/GM13.3)
- Meet the Experts – The Future of Solar-Terrestrial Research (SC61)
Science communication skills
With a growing emphasis on engaging the public with science and research why not take part in one of the many workshops designed to develop your science communication skills?
- Scientists must film! (A film making workshop) (SC47)
- The communicating geoscientist (SC44)
- How to pitch your research to a journalist or editor (SC45)
- Going back to school – a helping hand (SC62)
- Rhyme-your-research I & 2: Composition/Performance (SC27/SC28)
Make the most of the conference
Attending the conference for the first time can be daunting, as can be taking the step from presenting to convening a session. Here is a selection of short courses which can help you make the most of the conference, no matter what capacity you attend the conference in!
- How to navigate EGU: tips & tricks (SC36)
- How to convene a session at the EGU 2017 (SC13/SSS0.1)
- Presentation feedback round (SC54)
The EGU General Assembly is taking place in Vienna, Austria from 17 to 22 April. Check out the full session programme, for a complete list of short courses available, on the General Assembly website.