What’s new for the 2017 EGU General Assembly?

Following a record number of participants at last year’s General Assembly and feedback received, the EGU and its conference organiser Copernicus will be introducing a number of changes at the EGU 2017 General Assembly. In this post, we highlight a few of the changes that returning participants will notice at next year’s conference.

More participants means making way for more presentations, posters and PICOs! So, in 2017, when you come to register, you’ll be directed to the expanded Yellow Level, which will encompass a brand new space at the front of the conference centre. Not only will you be able to register there, it’ll also accommodate extra space for posters and two PICO spots.

The extended Yellow Level is seen in this picture from a previous conference.

The extended Yellow Level is seen in this picture from a previous conference.

With booming numbers, not only is more space needed for those presenting, but also for those who want to listen. For the 2017 General Assembly, the total seating capacity in the lecture rooms will be increase from 7998 seats (in 2016) to 9001. That represents an increase of 12.5%.

After 3 years without changes in the registration rates to the conference, this year we had to slightly adjust the weekly registration rates to partially compensate for inflation. If you register before 16 March and you are an EGU member, your weekly ticket will cost €385, an increase of 3.5% from last year’s €370. Early registration for EGU student members will cost €220, €10 more than last year. The abstract processing charge remains at €40 (€80 for late abstracts). This charge will be levied on all abstracts, with the exception of abstracts submitted by GIFT teachers to EOS sessions.

Because conferences are as much about networking and making new contacts as they are about sharing and discussing scientific advances, the ECS Lounge will also see some updates. The space will be redesigned to encourage more mingling and used to host more events and activities. Keep tuned to upcoming blog posts about ECS-specific activities at the conference for further updates.

When you make your way down to the Brown Level, you’ll also notice some changes. As well as the large EGU & Friends area, there will be three to four new, larger booths close by too. They’ll be home to some exciting exhibitors, who will no doubt liven up your visit to the basement levels.

To keep up with all the science at the conference you need to be well fueled. We’ve taken on board feedback from past conference attendees and introduced some low-budget catering options. There will also be a Biergarten outside the main entrance. Cheers!

So, now that you’ve heard about what’s new for EGU 2017, don’t miss the deadline (11 January 2017) to submit your abstract. Especially if you intend to apply for travel support, the closing date for applications is right around the corner: 1 December.

Also, don’t forget that April 23rd to 28th 2017 is a busy time in Vienna. Not only are we expecting 12000+ Earth, space and planetary scientists to descend on the city for EGU 2017, the Vienna Marathon takes place on 22 April (don’t forget your running shoes), and another 10000 participant conference is taking place the same week in a different location. Therefore, we strongly recommend booking accommodation as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you in Vienna!

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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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