How to EGU22: top 10 tips for participants to get the most out of EGU22!

How to EGU22: top 10 tips for participants to get the most out of EGU22!

EGU’s General Assembly continues to adapt and evolve to make our annual conference accessible to all. This year, EGU22 will for the very first time be a hybrid conference, which means new ways of learning and networking for us all! Many Networking and Session conveners will be learning right along with you, and our conference organiser Copernicus has been busy preparing as much as possible to make sure that all our participants have the best experience during the conference week (23 – 27 May).

To help you plan for your General Assembly, we have selected the following ‘Top 10 tips’ for getting the most out of your on-site and virtual interactions during EGU22. If you have any additional tips or advice, please add them in the comments below!


Top 10 tips for participants to get the most out of EGU22:

  1. Share your science! If you submitted an abstract, make sure to upload Display materials to your abstract to stimulate interactions with your colleagues. There are lots of choices of format so pick the one you think works best for you.
  2. Plan your week. The week of the EGU General Assembly is always a marathon, so it’s best to use the personal programme function on the website to help you plan out your favourite talks, courses and sessions so you don’t miss anything.
  3. Know what to expect. There are many ways to engage during EGU22, from commenting on Display materials and participating in the live scientific sessions, to the EGU22 Union Symposia and Great Debates. We recommend this blog to discover what awaits you at a hybrid General Assembly this year.
  4. Read the Display material before the session! If you decide to participate in any of the scientific sessions, it’s a great idea to check out the session materials ahead of time, and prepare a few questions for the author. This will REALLY help the session organizers and conveners who have been hard at work for the last few months to bring you some exciting science!
  5. Find your people! Community is one of the key things that makes EGU really special. This year promises even more connectivity because of EGU22’s hybrid model – giving participants the chance to spend time with colleagues and friends from around the world. Use Division specific networking events and social media to find each other online, and strengthen your scientific community!
  6. Good behaviour is expected. We know that within a community as diverse as ours, everyone needs to work together to make sure EGU22 is a safe space for all who want to participate. So if you become concerned about any behaviour that violates the EGU Code of Conduct, please let us know.
  7. Ask for help. The conference week will include a lot of new experiences, for EGU and for all our members and event participants. There may well be some things that don’t work the way we expect them to, or challenges that we don’t yet know exist, so if you need help during the week, please reach out to us, Copernicus or your convener.
  8. Take a break. Juggling multiple sessions AND engaging with others (whether on-site or online) can be exhausting! One of the big benefits of EGU22 is that a large amount of the material shared, either live events or display materials will be available on-demand to registered attendees during the week of the meeting – so be gentle with yourself and take breaks as you need them. Perhaps check out our EGU Quiet Room, if you need to.
  9. Constructive commenting is key. We all know that the best science comes from the sharing and rigorous testing of ideas, but it can be easier to misinterpret people’s intentions online. So when commenting, please try to make sure that you are constructive, supportive and, most importantly, kind!
  10. Have fun! We want every person who participates in EGU22 to get something positive out of it. The last two years have certainly been challenging for most of us due to the pandemic, so we want to encourage you to try and have some fun together as we gather together for this great adventure!


Worried about abusive behaviour?

Abusive behaviour (trolling, harassment and, in general, not following the EGU’s Code of Conduct) WILL NOT BE TOLERATED on our platforms. You can find more information on the EGU General Assembly rules of conduct, which highlight respectful behaviour that is expected throughout the conference – both on-site and online, including best practices to follow for social media.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you at EGU22, so get ready for a week of mentally stimulating interactions, new learnings, and fresh insights, all to be shared in an open and constructive way.

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Gillian D’Souza was Media and Communications Officer of the European Geosciences Union between 2022 and 2024. She oversaw the Union's blog writing, press interactions and external communication. She has been a science writer on various subjects including health and the environment for close to a decade, and has an M.Sc. in Food Microbiology and Biochemistry from Mumbai, India.

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