Do you enjoy the EGU’s annual General Assembly but wish you could play a more active role in shaping the scientific programme? Now is your chance! But hurry, the session submission deadline is fast approaching. You’ve got until 5 September to propose changes.
As well as the standard scientific sessions, subdivided by Programme Groups, EGU coordinates Inter- and Transdisciplinary Sessions (ITS) at the conference.
Now, you may be asking yourself: what exactly are ITS?
- Interdisciplinarity looks for links between disciplines in a coordinated and coherent effort, with the aim of creating new approaches that would not be possible if handled separately.
- Transdisciplinarity transcends traditional boundaries of disciplines by reaching out to, for example, social, economic, and political sciences.
The Earth, oceans, space and society are interconnected in many different ways; rarely can one system be perturbed without others being affected too.
The aim of ITS is to foster and facilitate exchange of knowledge both across scientific divisions. These sessions should either link disciplines within the geosciences in a novel way to address specific (and often new) problems (interdisciplinary sessions) or link the geosciences to other disciplines, in particular from the humanities, to address societal challenges (transdisciplinary sessions).
If inter- and transdisciplinarity is important to you and your work, know that you too can co-organise your session as an Inter- and Transdisciplinary Session. Read on to discover how!
The skeleton programme for the 2020 General Assembly currently features four ITS themes and a general open call for ITS sessions:
- ITS1 – Role of Geosciences in the age of renewables
- ITS2 – The Anthropocene
- ITS3 – Tipping points, thresholds and resonance
- ITS4 – Big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence in the Geosciences
- ITS – Open call for Inter- and Transdisciplinary Sessions
To propose a session in one of the planned inter- and transdisciplinary themes, follow these simple steps:
- Visit the ITS pages on the EGU 2020 website
- Suggest a new session (within one of the five ITS options)
- Choose a Programme Group that will be the scientific leader. For example, if you choose Biogeosciences (BG), your session will be listed in the programme as ITS/BG
- Suggest more Programme Groups for co-organisation in the comment box
Wondering whether your session would fit as an ITS? Just ask ITS Programme Group Chair, Peter van der Beek (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The EGU programme committee is looking forward to a strong inter- and transdisciplinary programme at the 2020 General Assembly. But they need your help to achieve this!
You can also find more information about the call for sessions (and the organisation of the scientific programme in general) on the EGU 2020 website.
The EGU’s 2020 General Assembly, takes place in Vienna from 3 to 8 May, 2020. For more news about the upcoming General Assembly, you can also follow the official hashtag, #EGU20, on our social media channels.