GeoLog

EGU conference 2016

What’s on in Vienna this weekend

What’s on in Vienna this weekend

The General Assembly is coming to an end, with only one full day left to go. Many of the participants will make their way home over the weekend, but if you’ve chosen to stay on for a little longer, then this list of cultural activities and things to do in Vienna might just be the ticket!

Vienna Blues Spring Festival What’s on this weekend

What better way to relax after a long week of exciting science than with a beer and some blues. Tap your feet to the beat with Vienna’s blues festival this weekend. Find out more about what’s on offer and get yourself some tickets here.

The Long Night of Research

From science in the conference centre to science in the city. Bridge the gap between science and society with Vienna’s long night of research this evening. The Long Night of Research is a free event where science will be shared all over the city in innovative and entertaining ways! Check out what’s on the event website.

Wine tasting in Vienna’s vineyards

One of the best ways to see Vienna is by bike – and there’s no shortage of tours on offer. One of our favourites combines the beauty of the city with the region’s famous vineyards. Take a tour along the Danube to a delicious destination and unwind after the week’s excitement. Here’s where to get your guide.

One of Austria’s many vineyards. Credit: Verita, Wikimedia Commons.

One of Austria’s many vineyards. Credit: Verita, Wikimedia Commons.

Walk in the woods

Take a breath of fresh air and stretch your legs outside the city in a wonderful woodland. Wienerwald is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve. Rolling hills, lush vegetation and incredible biodiversity, what’s not to like?

Meet me at the Prater!

If you don’t feel like visiting the Prater Park this weekend, why not find out more about this history of this funfair in the middle of the capital at the Wein Museum. From its days as the hunting grounds of the Imperial Hapsburg Court, to a sporting arena and festival ground, this exhibition has objects from over 250 years of socialising at the Prater.

The Apple Strudel Show

If you have enjoyed a delicious strudel this week at the conference, you might want to find out how they’re made – so head over to the Cafe Reidenz to watch, every hour, as a pâtissier hand draws and bakes from scratch a true Viennese strudel.

Scrumptious apple strudel. Credit: Arnold Gatilao, Wikimedia Commons.

Scrumptious apple strudel. Credit: Arnold Gatilao, Wikimedia Commons.

Vienna Imperial Court Music Ensemble at the Hofburg Chapel

If you are interested in a traditional mass, accompanied by a musical ensemble that has been in existence since 1498, you might want to attend the Sunday mass at the chapel in the Hofburg Palace. Experience this beautiful little chapel filled with the music of the internationally renowned Vienna Boys Choir. Find out more here.

Visit Slovakia

You might not realise it, but the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, is approximately an hour’s journey away from Vienna, by bus, train or boat. If you fancy a visit to this intriguing city with its 18th century, pedestrianised old town, it is easily achieved in a day trip from Vienna.

 

By Sara Mynott & Hazel Gibson, Press Assistants at the EGU General Assembly

At the Assembly: Friday highlights

At the Assembly: Friday highlights

The conference is coming to a close and there’s still an abundance of great sessions to attend! Here’s our guide to getting the most out of the conference on its final day. Boost this information with features from EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly – pick up a paper copy at the ACV entrance or download it here.

The final day of the conference kicks off with the last Union Session (US3) dedicated to discuss possible avenues of progress towards a commonly applicable framework for model building and application. Talks begin at 08:30 in Room B.

If you’ve been inspired to take a more active role in the organisation of the conference, why not head to the short course: How to convene a session at EGU 2017, starting at 10:30 in Room -2.85

Be sure to attend today’s Alexander von Humboldt Medal Lecture by Jean W.A. Poesen, who will be questioning whether research on soil erosion hazard and mitigation in the Global South is still needed (ML1: 12:15–13:15 / Room E1).

The final Great Debate of the week will address on of the biggest questions in the geosciences: Did plate tectonics start in the PaleoArchean? With conflicting schools of thought, it promises to be a lively and informative debate. Be sure to go along and share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #EGU16GDB! (GDB5: 13:30 -15:00 /Room G1)

It’s your last chance to make the most of the networking opportunities at the General Assembly, so get on down to the poster halls and strike up a conversation. If you’re in the queue for coffee, find out what the person ahead is investigating – you never know when you might start building the next exciting collaboration! Here are some of today’s scientific highlights:

 'Mirror Mirror in the sea...' . Credit: Mario Hoppmann (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). A polar bear is testing the strength of thin sea ice. Polar bears and their interaction with the cryosphere are a prime example of how the biosphere is able to adapt to an "Active Planet". They are also a prime example of how the anthropogenic influence on Earth's climate system endangers other lifeforms.

‘Mirror Mirror in the sea…’ . Credit: Mario Hoppmann (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). A polar bear is testing the strength of thin sea ice. Polar bears and their interaction with the cryosphere are a prime example of how the biosphere is able to adapt to an “Active Planet”. They are also a prime example of how the anthropogenic influence on Earth’s climate system endangers other lifeforms.

Today we also announce the results of the EGU Photo Contest and the Communicate Your Science Video Competition. Head over to the EGU Booth at 12:15 to find out who the winners are.

What have you thought of the Assembly this week? Let us know at www.egu2016.eu/feedback and help make EGU 2017 even better.

We hope you’ve had a wonderful week and look forward to seeing you in 2017! Join us on this adventure in Vienna next year, 23-28 April 2017!

Head on over to the EGU Booth!

Head on over to the EGU Booth!

You can find the EGU Booth in Hall X2 on the Brown Level. This is the place to come if you’d like to meet members of EGU Council and Committees (Meet EGU) and find out more about EGU activities.

Here you can discover the EGU’s 17 open access journals, browse the EGU blogs (GeoLog, the EGU Blog Network and the EGU Division Blogs), catch up on the conference Twitter feed, and more! We will also be giving away beautiful geosciences postcards, which the EGU will post for you free of charge.

Beside the booth you’ll also find the finalists in the EGU Photo Contest, make sure you vote for your favourite images!  You’ll also find the Assembly Job Spot – be sure to check it out if you’re looking for a job in the geosciences, or someone to fill as spot in your research group.

If you have any questions about the EGU, or want to be more involved in the Union, come and ask us, we’re happy to help!

Explore the Exhibition at EGU 2016!

Explore the Exhibition at EGU 2016!

Don’t forget to visit the Exhibition at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly!

Exhibition booths for companies, publishers, scientific societies and many more are scattered throughout the Brown (basement), Yellow (ground floor), and Green (first floor) Levels of the Austria Center Vienna. See the General Assembly website for a full list of who’s attending and where to find them.

Make sure you don’t miss EGU and Friends in Hall X2 on the Brown Level, where you can find out more about the EGU and its partners!