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General Assembly 2016 – Highlights

General Assembly 2016 – Highlights

It’s been a month and a half since the EGU General Assembly 2016 in Vienna. The conference this year was a great success with 863 oral, 10,320 poster, and 947 PICO presentations. A further 619 unique scientific sessions were complimented by an impressive 321 side events, creating an interesting and diverse programme.The conference brought together 13,650 scientists from 109 countries, 25% were students and 53% early career scientists (under the age of 35 years).

Keeping abreast of everything that was going on throughout the week was made easier due to the distribution of 15,000 copies of EGU Today, and as a result of a keen media presence and their reporting of the scientific sessions. Thousands of visits to the webstreams, as well as GeoLog, meant those at the conference and those who couldn’t make it stayed tuned to the best of the conference! We thank all of you very much for your attendance and active contribution to the conference.

Help us make the General Assembly next year (23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria) even better by filling out the feedback questionnaire. It only takes a few minutes, but hurry, it closes on Friday the 11th June!

To reminisce about a productive week, why not watch this video of the best bits of the conference?

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!

EGU 2016: Get the Assembly mobile app!

Spot the difference! The dashboard on the iPhone and Android app.

Spot the difference! The dashboard on the iPhone and Android app.

The EGU 2016 mobile app is now available for iPhones and Android smartphones. To download it, you can scan the QR code available at the General Assembly website or go directly to http://app.egu2016.eu/ on your mobile device. You will be directed to the version of the EGU 2016 app for your particular smartphone, which you can download for free.

Once you open the app, the dashboard will show you five possibilities: you can browse and search the meeting programme, select presentations to be added to your own personal programme, and find out more about the General Assembly on Twitter. From here you can also access EGU Today: the daily newsletter at the General Assembly, highlighting interesting conference papers, medal lectures, workshops, GeoCinema events among many others! Just click on the button on the bottom right to download the electronic PDF version of each edition of the newsletter.

The icon in the top left takes you to the main menu, where you can read more about the Assembly, and if you find yourself lost in the conference centre, there are floor plans to show you the way:

The Android (left) and iPhone (right) app main menu. Click on the image to enlarge.

The Android (left) and iPhone (right) app main menu. Click on the image to enlarge.

You can browse the meeting programme by selecting “Browse” (also accessible from the dashboard), and choose a session or group of sessions (example, Short Courses, SC) for a list of talks including title, date, time and location. The coloured square indicates in what level the room is located (Brown Level – Basement, Yellow Level – Ground Floor, etc.).

Browsing Short Courses on the Android (left) and iPhone (right) app. Click on the image to enlarge.

Browsing Short Courses on the Android (left) and iPhone (right) app. Click on the image to enlarge.

By clicking on a listed talk, you can find more information about the presentation in question. To add an oral or poster presentation to your personal programme (accessible from the dashboard or side menu), simply click on the star on the top right corner of the description. You can also add it to your phone calendar by turning the “In Calendar” button on.

Session details listed in the Android (left) and iPhone (right) app. Click on the image to enlarge.

Session details listed in the Android (left) and iPhone (right) app. Click on the image to enlarge.

Presentations already added to your personal programme will be listed with a yellow star. Simply click on the yellow star again to remove it. You can synchronise this information with your online personal programme by selecting the icon in the top right corner of your programme. This will let you access the same information from the EGU 2016 website.

Create your own personal programme using the mobile app. Click on the image to enlarge.

Create your own personal programme using the mobile app. Click on the image to enlarge.

For what’s going on during – and in the lead up to – the Assembly, select the Twitter icon from the dashboard. If you are unfamiliar with Twitter, this is essentially a news feed for the General Assembly, where you can follow what’s going on in real-time, see what sessions other people recommend and ask questions of Assembly participants. To ask a question or highlight a great session, simply click on the bird (iPhone) or share icon (Android). All tweets are automatically tagged with #EGU16 so they will be added to the conference Twitter feed.

We hope you enjoy the app and the conference, see you in Vienna!

The EGU General Assembly is taking place in Vienna, Austria from 17 to 22 April. Check out the full session programme on the General Assembly website.