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New EGU Media and Communications Officer

Bárbara Ferreira, the newest staff member of the EGU office in Munich, has recently started working as the Union’s Media and Communications Officer. She will coordinate media-related and science information communications between the EGU and its membership, the working media, and the public at large.

Before joining EGU, Bárbara worked as a science writer at the European Southern Observatory, based in Garching near Munich, and at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in London. Her studies include an undergraduate degree from the University of Porto (Portugal) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK), which she completed in 2010. On her free time, Bárbara keeps a Nature Network blog, Dinner Party Science.

Bárbara can be reached at +49 (0)89 2180-6703 or media@egu.eu.

GIFT workshop on Ocean Acidification

A Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop was held in Penang, Malaysia on the 23rd and 24th June 2011 on theme of ocean acidification. Over 40 teachers took part, participating in 8 lectures and a viewing of Tipping Point. The brochure, presentations and a video are available online on the GIFT pages on the EGU website.

Keeping connected with the EGU

There are various ways to keep connected with the European Geosciences Union, more are being developed but the current ones are below.

The EGU General Assembly 2011 Survey is open until 30 June, it can be completed online. The results of these GA Surveys are examined carefully and helped when making important decisions for future General Assemblies.

Within the social media realm (alongside this blog) the EGU is on Twitter. There is an EGU group on LinkedIn, this is not an open group in that your membership has to be confirmed. There is a static page on Facebook which is not updated that much, but directs people to other online information about the EGU. The web streamed events from General Assemblies since 2008 are available online at EGU TV.




Geosciences and Web 2.0 at EGU GA 2010

The Educational and Outreach Symposia at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 cover a variety of topics. Several include examples of best practice. Virtual conferences and observatories are covered in ST6/EOS9 as described in the below guest blog from Sini Merikallio of the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Thursday in Room 29, 10:30-12:00 in ST6/EOS9 Best practices in Education and Outreach contains a talk from a distinguished journalist who will be sharing his experience with scientists. Other talks include virtual conferences and online data repositories.

Tähdet ja Avaruus (‘Stars and Space’) is the most popular astro-magazine in the Nordic countries as measured by the number of subscribers. The Editor in Chief of the magazine, Marko Pekkola, has revolutionized the magazine and during his era the relative amount of astronomy hobbyists in the general public in Finland has increased to
become one of the world’s highest. Mr. Pekkola is invited to the session to reveal how this has been accomplished. The magazine has also witnessed numerous cases of both good and bad science popularizing, and Mr. Pekkola will also be sharing his educative
summary of these experiences.

Virtual conferences and remote accessing and representation of data are currently becoming crucial in the scientific community as well as among the general public. Dr. Victoria Pearson will talk about virtual conferencing techniques in enhancing remote public engagement. A special talk about building of a virtual observatory is also arranged: Dr. Mikko Syrjäsuo will present GAIA: an open access online virtual
observatory for accessing auroral data. Thanks to GAIA, anyone will be able to easily access high-quality data in order to work from their offices, home couches or from the classroom.