Welcome to the fourth day of General Assembly excitement! Once again the day is packed with great events for you to attend and here are just some of the sessions on offer. You can find out more about what’s on in EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly – download it here.
The Union-wide session of the day focuses on Promoting and supporting equality of opportunities in geosciences (US4). Under-representation of different groups (cultural, national and gender) remains a reality across the world in the geosciences. This Union Symposium will touch on the remaining obstacles that contribute to these imbalances, with the goal of identifying best practices and innovative ideas to overcome obstacles. Join the discussion from 14:00–18:00 in Room E1 or follow online through webstreaming.
Thursday will feature two Great Debates, the first discussing climate thresholds and turning points for fossil fuel emissions: The safe operating space for the planet and how to ensure it is not passed (GDB1) at 10:45–12:30 in Room E1. The following great debate is particularly geared towards early career scientists (ECS). Head to Room E1 from 19:00 to 20:30 to discuss, in a series of small group debates, how early career scientists can prioritise their mental wellbeing. Seating is limited for both debates so make sure to arrive early to guarantee a spot!
You can tune into both sessions on Twitter using the #EGU19GDB hashtag and follow the first debate via webstreaming.
Some of today’s inter- and transdisciplinary highlights include sessions on…
- How can Earth, Planetary and Space Scientists contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals? (ITS3.5) PICOs: 16:15–18:00 / PICO spot 4
- The 2018 European drought – scientific observations and societal implications (ITS3.8) Orals: 8:30–10:15 / Room N1; Posters: 14:00–15:45 / Hall A
- Geodiversity and Geoheritage (co-sponsored by JpGU) (ITS3.9) Orals: 14:00–18:00 / Room N1; Posters: Fri, 12 Apr, 8:30–10:15 / Hall X2
And be sure check out some of today’s stimulating scientific sessions:
- Operational forecasting and warning systems for natural hazards: challenges and innovation (HS4.3.1) PICOs: 14:00–18:00 / PICO spot 5b
- InSight – Initial results after four months on Mars (PS1.4) Orals: 14:00–18:00 / Room L3, Fri, 12 Apr, 8:30–10:15 / Room L3; Posters: Fri, 12 Apr, 10:45–12:30 / Hall X4
Take the opportunity to expand your skills in one of today’s short courses and splinter meetings. Be sure to share what you learn on social media using the hashtag #EGU19SC:
- Writing and maintaining R packages (SC1.47) 08:30–10:15 / Room -2.62
- Grain size analysis – 2D, 3D and fractal (SC1.37) 10:45–12:30 / Room -2.31
- Academia is not the only route: exploring career options for Earth scientists (SC3.12) 10:45–12:30 / Room -2.16
- Ideas and Resources for Teaching Climate Change (SC2.2) 14:00–15:45 / Room -2.16
There are also many great pop-up events planned for today at the Networking and Early Career Scientist Zone (Red Level), here’s just a few planned for today:
- Earth Science preprints: the What’s, the Why’s and the How’s: 13:00
- Young Water Professionals Booth: 14:00
- Academia is not the only route: exploring career options for Earth scientists Q&A: 15:00
There’s also a number of Medal Lectures on throughout the day – here’s a sample of what’s on offer:
- The watery past of Mars unveiled through remote sensing of clay minerals (MAL40/PS) PS Division Outstanding ECS Lecture by John Carter, 10:45–11:15 / Room L3
- Periodicities in planetary magnetospheres (MAL3/PS/ST) Jean Dominique Cassini Medal Lecture by Margaret G. Kivelson, 12:45–13:45 / Room E1
- Thermal convection in a « soft » planetary mantle : plates, plumes, subduction and accretion, and their interactions (MAL8/GD) Augustus Love Medal Lecture by Anne Davaille, 14:45–15:45 / Room D1
- Meteorological tsunamis – generation mechanisms, propagation, coastal impact and warning systems (MAL38/NH) NH Division Outstanding ECS Lecture by Jadranka Šepić, 15:15–15:45 / Room 1.61
- Understanding and communicating the global freshwater system (MAL14/HS) Henry Darcy Medal Lecture by Petra Döll, 19:00–20:00 / Room B
Science, art and society at EGU 2019
Tonight from 19:00 to 20:30 in Room L4/5 you can join an OpenStreetMap Mapathon to help put some of the world’s most vulnerable places on the map. A mapathon is a mapping marathon, where volunteers get together to contribute to OpenStreetMap – the world’s free map. No experience is necessary to take part in the event, just bring your laptop and the conveners will provide the training. In this session you will also learn more about crowdsourcing, open data and humanitarian response, as well as get tips for how to host a mapathon at your home institution.
EGU’s illustrator (Morgane Merlin) and sculptor (Giorgo Skretis) in residence have been circulating the Assembly to share their conference experiences and communicate science. You can see their work posted daily on the EGU blog here or on social media through the hashtag #EGUart. Today Giorgo will also be hosting a short course on sculpting your research, (SC2.14) at 19:00-20:00 in Room -2.32.
EGU committees: public meetings
In addition to organising an annual General Assembly, the EGU publishes a number of open-access journals, organises topical meetings, honours scientists with awards and medals, and has a range of education and outreach activities. Want to find out more? Some of the EGU’s committees are having public meetings at this year’s General Assembly, to tell EGU members more about what we do and get feedback.
Additionally, the EGU President and Programme Committee Chair are convening a townhall on the carbon footprint of EGU’s General Assembly (TM4: 19:00–20:00 / Room -2.47). This townhall will provide information on measures taken so far by the EGU to reduce the environmental footprint of its General Assembly, as well as solicit suggestions for ways forward to further reduce the carbon footprint of the conference.
If you need a change of pace, stop by the Imaggeo Photo Exhibition beside the EGU Booth (Hall X2, basement, Brown Level). You can vote for your favourite finalists there, but be quick because the voting deadline is today at midnight! While you’re in the area, you can also take the opportunity to meet your division and Union-wide representatives in today’s Meet EGU appointments.
Have a lovely day!
The EGU General Assembly is taking place in Vienna, Austria from 7 to 12 April. Check out the full session programme on the General Assembly website and follow the Assembly’s online conversation on Twitter at #EGU19.