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General Assembly

Navigating Vienna

Getting to the EGU General Assembly Venue
The Austria Center Vienna (ACV), the venue for the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011, is located next to the station “Kaisermühlen/Vienna Int. Centre” on subway line U1 running from the city centre (Stephansplatz) to Leopoldau. A Vienna metro plan (in pdf) can be found here and a travel planner for Vienna on Wiener Linien’s site (including how to get to and from the airport). A google maps of the Austria Centre Vienna is here and below. The Austria Center Vienna  is also reachable via the Airport Bus (Timetable, PDF) running to the station “Wien Kaisermühlen/VIC” close to the ACV.

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Getting from Vienna Airport to Vienna City
Vienna’s international airport is at Schwechat, 19 kilometers from the city centre. To get to Vienna city, you can take the City Airport Train (CAT), Suburban railway, buses or a taxi cab. Details are summarised below and available on the airport’s website.

The City Airport Train (CAT) takes 16 minutes from the Airport to Wien Mitte station. Fares are from €10 single (cheaper if brought online). Trains leave every 30 minutes from 06:05 until 23:35.

The S-bahn (S7) takes 24 minutes from the Airport to various stations in Vienna centre (Rennweg (change for Sudbahnhof), Mitte, Praterstern, Traisengasse, Handelskai and Floridsdorf), a timetable is available online with trains leaving approximately every 30 minutes. Trains leave from 04:54 until 00:18. Fares are from €3.60.

There are various bus connections from the airport to the city, taking between 20 and 45 minutes. Buses go through the night and cost from €7 for a single.

Taxis are also available at the airport.

EGU General Assembly 2011 At a glance

This post highlights some events at the General Assembly that will of interest to the whole community. Room D is on the Blue level (Basement) of the Austria Center Vienna.

Monday, 04 April
12:15–13:15 Union Plenary Room D. All attendants are invited to this annual event where the past and future development of EGU is discussed. The Plenary is open to all EGU members and all EGU2011 General Assembly participants.
13:30–15:00 Union Symposia 1: A Planet Under Pressure, Room D.

Tuesday, 05 April
12:15–13:15 Alfred Wegener Medal Lecture by Gerold Wefer, Room D.
13:30–15:10 Union Symposia 2: The Future of Water Cycle Earth Observing Systems, Room D.
15:30–17:00 GDG1: How will Europe face the raw materials crisis?, Room D.
16:30–17:00 Medal Lecture: Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists by Boris J.P. Kaus, Room 22 (Green Level, 1st Floor).

Wednesday, 06 April
09:30–10:00 Medal Lecture: Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists by Yuri Y. Shprits, Room 31 (Green Level, 1st Floor).
12:15–13:15 Jean Dominique Cassini Medal Lecture by Jean-Pierre Lebreton, Room D.
13:30–15:00 UMC1: What are the unresolved questions and future perspectives for palaeoclimate research? An EGU Masterclass by André Berger and Wolfgang H. Berger, Room D.
17:30–20:00 EGU Award Ceremony Room D, this session honours the EGU 2011 award recipients at division and union level in this gala ceremony.

Thursday, 07 April
08:30–10:20 Union Symposia 4: The 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, Room D.
12:15–13:15 Arthur Holmes Medal Lecture by William E. Dietrich, Room D.
13:30–15:10 Union Symposia 3:How Science Can Aid Society in Tackling Emerging Risks, Room D.
16:30–17:00 Medal Lecture: Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists by Florian Pappenberger, Room 33 (Red Level, 2nd Floor).

Friday, 08 April
08:30–10.20 Union Symposia 5: The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami, Room D. There is a townhall meeting (TM10) associated with this session:
13:30–15:00 TM 10: Panel Discussion on the 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami, Room D.

Throughout the Week
There are 32 Medal Lectures throughout the week, including division medalists and the winners of the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists.

The Geocinema runs everyday from 10:30–19:00, the schedule is online, descriptions of the films can be found in this pdf.

The European Geosciences Union will be in Booth 01 at the front of the exhibition area as you walk in the entrance (Yellow Level, Ground Floor). Please feel free to come and say hello. Philippe Courtial (Executive Secretary) and Jennifer Holden (EGU Science Communications Postdoctoral Fellow) will generally be around the booth. The booth is the location for Meet EGU an opportunity to meet with programme division presidents.

This blog will have summaries of main events and guest posts throughout the week, along with @egu2011 on Twitter. If you post images, slideshows, or tweet about the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011, please use the hashtag #egu2011.

Further details on events at the EGU GA 2011 related to recent Natural Hazard Events

Further details are available about the recently added session at the EGU General Assembly 2011.

US4: The 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, Conveners:Mary Fowler, Charlotte Krawczyk and Ramon Carbonell, in Room D on Thursday, 07 April, 08:30–10:15 will have three speakers on various aspects of the earthquake plus time for discussion.

US5: The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami, Conveners: Stefano Tinti and Bruce D. Malamud in Room D on Friday, 08 April, 08:30–10:00 will have speakers covering various aspects of the the earthquake, tsunami, and economic impacts. There is an associated townhall meeting TM10: Panel Discussion on The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami, Conveners: Stefano Tinti , Euan Nisbet and Bruce D. Malamud, which will be in Room D on Friday, 08 Apr, 13:30–15:00.

If people have posters they would like to put up related to both the New Zealand EQ event and the Japan EQ and Tsunami event, this will be during FRIDAY 10:30-12:00. You are welcome to bring any posters and put them up related to this event. Information and submission details for these posters are now available for the 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake and the Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake & Tsunami. These poster titles will not be available in the online-programme during the EGU GA 2011, but will be available afterwards.

Union Wide Events at the EGU General Assembly 2011 (Part I)

At the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011 there are a variety of union wide sessions. Some of these are summarised below, with the others (such as Short Courses, GeoCinema) following in a Part II post.

Union Meetings
These are meetings that are open to members of the union, some are invitation only (noted). A key Union Meeting to which all are encouraged to attend is UM1: Plenary in Room D on Monday 4 April from 12:15 to 13:15. This is an annual event where the past and future development of EGU is discussed. The Plenary is open to all EGU members and all EGU General Assembly 2011 participants. The whole council will attend and is the main meeting for bringing forward new ideas to the organization. A free lunch buffet (sandwiches & soft drinks) will be served.

Union Symposia
Union Symposia include US0:EGU Award Ceremony in Room D, on Wednesday, 06 Apr from 17:30 to 20:00. Details on Awards and Medals of the European Geosciences Union can be found on the EGU homepage.

Other Union Symposia consider A Planet Under Pressure, The Future of Water Cycle Earth Observing Systems, How Science Can Aid Society in Tackling Emerging Risks along with the sessions on The 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake and The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami.

Union Masterclass
A new addition this year is a Union Masterclass UMC1: “What are the unresolved questions and future perspectives for palaeoclimate research? An EGU Masterclass by André Berger and Wolfgang H. Berger”. During this masterclass, two pioneers with together nearly 100 years of experience in Palaeo-climate research, Prof. Dr. André Berger and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Berger will exchange their thoughts and ideas to the question: What are the unknowns of the natural variability of past climates? The masterclass be will be in
Room D on Wednesday 06 April from 13:30 to 15:00.

Great Debate
There is one Great Debate this year: GDG1:How will Europe face the raw materials crisis?. This is in Room D on Tuesday 5 April from 15:30–17:00. In this debate, experts from academia and industry will discuss the current state of the minerals industry, in Europe and on a global sale; they will explore which metals may be in short supply and what can done in universities, government agencies and industry to mitigate the problem. There are variety of speakers from different institutions ranging from academia to industry.

Medal and Keynote Lectures
There are 32 medal lectures and six Keynote Lectures during the General Assembly.

Short Courses
Short courses have been previously discussed on this blog, the programme is available here.