Welcome to the 2016 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 2016 here on GeoLog and you can complement this information with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly. And you can always follow the going-ons at the conference online, through the #EGU16 hashtag or the EGU on Twitter (@EuroGeosciences).
Of particular importance today is the Union’s Plenary Meeting (FAN0) at 12:15 in Room E1 – 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.
We also have the NASA-ESA-EGU joint Union-wide session lined up (US5, 13:30–16:55 in E1). In this session, the ongoing and future satellite mission of ESA & NASA and their role for geoscience, planetary and space science communities will be addressed. It’s not one to miss! You can also follow the session on Twitter (#EGU16SSE) and catch up with the EGU 2016 webstream.
The conference can be daunting, especially for first time attendees. For tips and tricks on how to navigate the General Assembly and to learn more about the EGU, why not attend a short course on this (SC36) at 12:15 – 13:15 / Room -2.85? Remember you can also consult the first timer’s guide for more information.
There are several other short courses kicking off a week of exciting workshops. Practice your presentation skills in a friendly environment and get useful tips for improving your presenting style at the Presentation feedback round (SC54: 08:30 – 12:00 / Room -2.61). After lunch, hone your grant writing skills with two short courses: Practical tips for applying to EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (SC30: 13:30-15:00 / Room -2.61) and How to write a successful ERC Starting or Consolidator Grant proposal (SC2/TS9.1: 15:30 – 17:00 / Room -2.61).
There are also scintillating scientific sessions throughout the day. Here’s just a sample of what’s on offer:
- Geoethics: theoretical and practical aspects from research integrity to relationships between geosciences and society (EOS5: Orals / 08:30 – 12:00 / Room 2.83; Posters / 13:30 – 15:00 / Hall D)
- Geomagnetic field variations in ancient times: new paleo/archeomagnetic data and models (EMRP3.3, Orals / 15:30–17:00 / Room -2.50; Posters / 17:30–19:00 / Hall X2)
- Mars Science and Exploration (PS2.3: Orals / Mon, 18 Apr, 08:30–12:00 / Room E1 / Tue, 19 Apr, 08:30–12:00 / Room K2; Posters / Attendance Mon, 18 Apr, 17:30–19:00 / Hall X4)
Today also features a number of super Medal Lectures, which are sure to be a great source of inspiration, including:
- The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission development and initial results (ML14: Hannes Alfvén Medal Lecture by Stephen A. Fuselier, 11:00-12:00 / Room K2)
- Who to Blame: Irrational Decision-Makers or Stupid Modelers? (ML6: Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists Lecture by Kaveh Madani, 15:30–16:00 / Room C)
Please note that, unfortunately, the Sustainable development of the Arctic Great Debate (GDB2: 15:30 – 17:00 / Room B) planned for today has been CANCELLED.
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 the GeoCinema Room, 0.90 on the Yellow Level).
Have an excellent day!