What’s on at vEGU21: the keynote sessions

What’s on at vEGU21: the keynote sessions

Each year EGU presents several keynote sessions called the Union Symposia and Great Debates. These Union-wide events are carefully selected each year to cover topics that are of broad interest to our members, regardless of which Division or field of Geoscience they most closely associate with.


With the exception of GDB1, all the Great Debates and Union Symposia will take place in week one of vEGU21, between Monday 19 April and Friday 23 April, so you will be able to set aside plenty of time to join them live, or watch them on-demand after they have streamed. All keynote sessions will be hosted using Zoom and you will have a choice as to whether you watch them streamed directly to the Virtual Conference Centre, or directly through the Zoom platform.


You will also be able to access the Union Symposia or Great Debates via either the Virtual Conference Centre, or the vEGU21 Programme, whichever is easiest for you. To make things easier for you though we have collected all the direct programme links to all our keynote sessions here in this post, so sit back, grab a cuppa and pick which keynote events YOU want to tune into, to get you started gathering with us online in 2021!


Live-streamed session schedule:


Monday 19 April

US4 Towards evolvable physics-based plants and landscape processes in terrestrial biosphere models 15:00–17:00 (CEST)


Tuesday 20 April

GDB4 Slow science vs fast science 09:00–10:30 (CEST)

US3 A Climate and Ecological Emergency: Can a pandemic help save us…? 15:00–17:00 (CEST)


Wednesday 21 April

GDB2 The role of scientific information in an emerging environmental crisis 09:00–10:30 (CEST)

US5 Faults, Rivers and Topography: in memory of Patience A. Cowie 15:00–17:00 (CEST)


Thursday 22 April

GDB5 Bullying in Academia: towards creating a healthy and safe working environment 09:00–10:30 (CEST)

GDB3 Improving Research Software in the Geosciences (Co-sponsored by EGU and AGU) 15:00–16:30 (CEST)


Friday 23 April

US1 Integrating geoscience into the European Green Deal 09:00–11:00 (CEST)

US2 Post-Covid Geosciences 15:00–17:00 (CEST)


Monday 26 April

GDB1 Challenging discrimination in the geosciences: amplifying unheard voices 15:00–16:30 (CEST)

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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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