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At the Assembly 2018: Monday highlights

At the Assembly 2018: Monday highlights

Welcome to the 2018 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 2018 here on GeoLog and you can complement this information with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly.

Union-wide Events

Of particular importance today is the Union’s Plenary Meeting (PCN2) 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 (US2, 13:30–17:15 in E1). This session will feature the space agencies’ view on current and future planetary exploration and highlight observation missions for Earth and other planetary bodies. It’s not one to miss! You can also follow the session on Twitter (#EGU18US) and catch up with the EGU 2018 webstream.

Short Courses

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 SC2.1: 08:30–10:00/ Room -2.91. Remember you can also consult the first timer’s guide for more information.

There are several short courses kicking off a week of exciting workshops. You can supercharge your data analysis skills in Age Models and geochronology: An introductory course to different age-depth modelling approaches (SC1.10/CL6.06/GM12.4/SSP2.20: 15:30–17:00 / Room -2.85). Or if your research focuses on natural hazards, you can share ideas and build connections in a quick-fire and sociable way at Speed-dating: Research-match making (SC3.19/NH10.3: 15:30–17:00 / Room -2.31). Presenting at a scientific conference can be daunting for both early career and established scientists. Fortunately, Help! I’m presenting at a scientific conference! (SC2.2: 13:30–15:00 / Room -2.16) will have hands-on tips and tricks in order to make your talk memorable and enjoyable for both speaker and audience.

Scientific Sessions

Today’s General Assembly programme features a number of interdisciplinary events, which tackle a common theme through an interdisciplinary combination of approaches. The aim of the sessions is to foster cross-division links and collaborations. Learn how to work with big data sets with two session focusing on Big data and machine learning in geosciences (IE4.1: Orals / 10:30–12:00 / 13:30–17:00 / Room N2; Posters / 17:30–19:00 / Hall X3) and information extraction from satellite observations (IE4.5: Orals / 08:30–10:00 / Room N2; Posters / 17:30–19:00 / Hall X5). Another session will highlight imaging techniques for modelling geological processes (IE3.4: 15:30–17:00 / PICO spot 4).

There are of course many other scintillating scientific sessions throughout the day. Here’s just a sample of what’s on offer:

Julius Bartels Medal Lecture at last year’s General Assembly (Credit: EGU/Foto Pfluegl)

Medal Lectures

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

Meet EGU

Also remember to take the opportunity to meet your division’s representatives, members of the Union Council, and journal editors throughout the Meet EGU sessions. Today you can visit:

  • EGU Executive Secretary (Philippe Courtial) from 9:15-10:00
  • Executive Editor of Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics (Olivier Talagrand) at 10:00-10:30 and 15:00-15:30
  • Atmospheric Sciences Division President (Annica Ekman) from 13:30-14:15
  • Chief Executive Editor of Solid Earth (Charlotte Krawczyk), 14:15–15:00

Early Career Scientists

Finally, If you’re an early career scientist (ECS) looking to network and meet established scientists who can offer career advice, why not come along to the EGU’s Early Career Scientists Networking & Careers Reception – we still have a few places available – from 19:00-20:30 in room F2. Light snacks and drinks will be served when you arrive!

Have an excellent day!

The EGU General Assembly is taking place in Vienna, Austria from 8 to 13 April. Check out the full session programme on the General Assembly website and follow the Assembly’s online conversation on Twitter at #EGU18.

Olivia Trani
Olivia Trani is the Communications Officer at the European Geosciences Union. She is responsible for the management of the Union's social media presence and the EGU blogs, where she writes regularly for the EGU's official blog, GeoLog. She is also the point of contact for early career scientists (ECS) at the EGU Office. Olivia has a MS in Science Journalism from Boston University and her work has appeared on WBUR-FM, Inside Science News Service, and the American Geophysical Union. Olivia tweets at @oliviatrani.

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