Winners of the EGU Best Blog Posts of 2020 Competition

Winners of the EGU Best Blog Posts of 2020 Competition

2020 was a brilliant year for our blogging network here at EGU. Across the EGU’s official blog, GeoLog, as well as the network and division blogs there were so many interesting, educational and just downright entertaining posts this year it was hard to get the blog editors to choose their favourites!

Nevertheless at the beginning of January, to celebrate the excellent display of science writing across the network and division blogs, we launched the annual EGU Blogs competition. From a shortlist of posts selected by our blog editors, we invited you, the EGU Blogs readers, to vote for your favourite post of 2020. We also invited EGU division blog editors and office staff to take part in a panel vote. After a month of voting, the winners are finally in!


So a huge congratulations to the Climate: Past, Present and Future (CL) Division Blog, winner of the public vote, and the Hydrological Sciences (HS) Division Blog, winner of the panel vote!


The CL division blog was crowned winner of this year’s public vote for their post on Climate models and Bach’s unfinished fugue written by Faranak Tootoonchi. This blog describes computer based climate models as incomplete works of art, very similar in many ways to that of the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Faranak describes the way that climate researchers all contribute to improving these ongoing constructions of climate models, either by adding data or analysing the model itself to continue to understand our Earth system better.

The HS blog secured first place in the panel vote with their post: Hydrological modelling and pizza making: why doesn’t mine look like the one in the picture? written by Andres Peñuela, Valentina Noacco and Francesca Pianosi. This blog explores reproducibility, one of the biggest challenges in scientific research. However to make it more accessible, it uses a familiar analogy: pizza making!! Ever wondered why your model doesn’t come out looking like the one that you are following, despite having duplicated the results exactly? This blog will help you understand why.


All the posts entered into the competition are worthy of a read too, so head over to the poll and click on the post titles to learn about a variety of topics: from Professor Chris Jackson sharing his experiences of being black in academia, to how climate science can help understand COVID-19 modelling, to a look back at 100 years since the birth of Marie Tharp!

If the start of a new year, with its inevitable resolutions, along with the range and breadth of posts across the EGU Blogs have inspired you to try your hand at a little science writing, then remember all the EGU Blogs welcome (and encourage!) guest posts. We particularly encourage a wide diversity of writers to send us their ideas, as it is the variety of guest posts, in addition to regular features, which makes the blogs such a great read.

If you would like to contribute to any of the division blogs or GeoLog, please send a short paragraph detailing your idea to the EGU Communications Officer, Hazel Gibson at

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Hazel Gibson is Head of Communications 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 has a PhD in Geoscience Communication and Cognition from the University of Plymouth in the UK. Hazel tweets @iamhazelgibson.

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