Job opportunity at the EGU General Assembly: photography press assistant

Job opportunity at the EGU General Assembly: photography press assistant

We have one vacancy for a photographer with an interest in science communication to work at the press centre of the EGU22 General Assembly which will be held in Vienna, Austria and online, from 23–27 May. The successful candidate will be required to attend the General Assembly in-person in Vienna. Applications from geoscience students with experience in science communication are also very welcome.

This is a paid opportunity for a budding science communicator to gain experience in the workings of a press office at a major scientific conference, and to interact with journalists. The successful applicant will join the team assisting the EGU communications staff and the journalists at the press centre and are expected to help run press conferences. Other tasks include reporting on the events at the General Assembly through photographs and possibly also writing blog posts.

The position is targeted towards university students (postgraduates or final-year undergraduates) or those recently graduated in the fields of science communication/journalism, or Earth, planetary or space sciences with some background in science outreach. Applicants must have experience in photo journalism or visual science communication specifically, have an expert command of English, and possess good computer skills.

Further information

  • People who are presenting an abstract at the EGU General Assembly are not eligible to apply.
  • Tax regulations in your home country could obligate you to pay income taxes on the amount earned at the EGU General Assembly (including travel money). The respective taxation is your responsibility.
  • We have a preference for applicants who are working and living in, or resident of, an European country, but this is not a strict criteria.

Work hours and payment

Press assistants will need to be in Vienna from early in the morning Monday 23 May until late on Friday 27 May. You should expect to work around 40 hours and will receive a wage of €680 for the week. Press assistants also receive additional support towards travel expenses and complimentary breakfast and lunch at the press centre from Monday through Friday.

Applications must include

  • Cover letter and CV (one page each) summarising relevant experience
  • Two samples of recent science communication work, such as photo features with or without associated written articles (published or unpublished, aimed at a general audience; links to an online portfolio are welcome).

Application documents (in English) should be submitted by email in a single file to Hazel Gibson at Hazel can also be contacted for informal enquiries by email. We particularly encourage applications from people who are under-represented in the sciences to get in touch, please contact us if you have any additional questions. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2022.

If your application is successful, you will be asked to submit some additional information about yourself (including a copy of your passport), but all data submitted follows EGU’s adherence to GDPR regulations.

The European Geosciences Union (EGU, is Europe’s premier geosciences organisation, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. The EGU organises a General Assembly that attracts more than 12,000 scientists each year, as well as dozens of reporters. The meeting’s sessions cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure, atmosphere and climate, as well as energy and resources.

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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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