Congratulations to the winners of the best EGU blogs of 2023!

Congratulations to the winners of the best EGU blogs of 2023!

If you’re a regular reader of the EGU blogs, you may notice a certain annual tradition of ours: we like to celebrate the contribution of our science writers and bloggers over the year gone by. And 2023 was no exception of course; we had a number of inspiring and thought-provoking blog posts published across the EGU’s official blog GeoLog and division blogs. Thank you to each one of you for your time and commitment in supporting our science communication efforts!

To continue our annual appreciation for the impressive display of science writing across the blogs, we launched the annual EGU Blogs competition in December 2021. From a shortlist of posts selected by our blog editors, we invited you, the EGU Blogs readers, to vote for your favourite post of 2023. We also invited EGU division blog editors and office staff to take part in a panel vote. After a month of voting by over 1000 people, we’re happy to announce the results below.


The winning blogs and what they tell us

Congratulations to the Natural Hazards (NH) Division Blog, winner of the public vote, and the Geodesy Division Blog, winner of the panel vote!

The Natural Hazards (NH) Division blog was crowned winner of this year’s public vote for their post on “Is culture the missing link to disaster risk reduction?” The blog is written by Asimina Voskaki whose recent visit to Kobe in Osaka (Japan) prompted her to revisit the sites of the 1995 earthquake. Asimina asks some crucial questions in this blog, such as what would have happened if an event like the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake had occurred in another country with different cultural characteristics and fewer economic resources? And what factors make a recovery from an event as powerful as this one possible? Find out in this winning blog now!

As for the panel vote, the Geodesy Division Blog ranked first with their blog: “Women in the history of Geodesy.” Written by Öykü Koç, we’re taken back to the history of science, which for the longest time was dominated by male researchers. With the involvement of women in education, science eventually started to establish its full potential. This blog honours the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, highlighting some of the most extraordinary women in geodesy. Read on for guaranteed inspiration.

But wait…. we’re not done yet! We would also like to add that all the posts that entered the competition are worthy of a read too. You can click here to find the blog contest announcement, and then scroll down to the list of shortlisted entries to read them individually.


We welcome regular and guest writers

If you find yourself inspired by the range and breadth of posts across the EGU Blogs and would like 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 Media Relations Manager, Gillian D’Souza at

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Gillian D’Souza is Media and Communications Officer of the European Geosciences Union. She oversees 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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