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At the Assembly 2017: Wednesday Highlights

At the Assembly 2017: Wednesday Highlights

We’re halfway through the General Assembly already! Once again there is lots on offer at EGU 2017 and this is just a taster – be sure to complement this information with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly, available both in paper and for download here.

The day kicks off with an interdisciplinary Union-wide session: Vegetation-climate interactions across time scales (US1, 08:30–12:00 in E2, followed by posters from 13:30 to 15:00 in Hall X4). It will bring together palaeocologists, ecophysiologists, geoscientists and climate scientists to explore the different processes through which plants interact with the climate system across timescales. You can also follow the session on Twitter (#EGU17SSE) and catch up with the EGU 2017 webstream.

The second of our Great Debates is also on today. It is particularly gear towards Early Career Scientists (ECS). Head to room G1 from 19:00 to 20:30 to discuss, in a series of small group debates, whether ECS should be judged by their publication record? There will be free drinks provided to help lubricate the conversation. You can follow the discussion on Twitter with #EGU17GDB, and, #EGUecs.

Another highlight of today’s events is the EGU Award Ceremony (US0). Come and celebrate the recipients of the 2017 awards and medals from 17:00 in room E1.

Another promising event set for today is the EGU Award Ceremony, where the achievements of many outstanding scientists will be recognised in an excellent evening event from 17:30–19:00 in Room E1. Here are some of the lectures being given by these award-winning scientists:

The EGU Early Career Scientists’ Forum (12:15–13:15 in L2) is the best place to find out more about the Union and how to get involved. Because the EGU is a bottom up organisation, we are keen to hear your suggestions on how to make ECS related activities even better. There will be plenty of opportunities during the Forum for you to provide feedback.  It’s over lunch, so you’ll find a buffet of sandwiches and soft drinks when you arrive too!

There are a host of interdisciplinary events taking place today. If you are interested in big data and machine learning in the geosciences head to Room L2 at 08:30 for orals, or poster hall X4 at 17:30 for further discussion later in day. While session IE3.1/BG9.58: Information extraction from satellite Earth observations using data-driven methods (13:30–15:00 / Room L2, Poster:17:30–19:00 / Hall X4), is also set to be thought-provoking. Check the conference programme, our EGU Today, for details of a further two events spanning the cryospheric, atmospheric and ocean sciences.

There are more short courses than ever at EGU 2017! (Credit: EGU/Stephanie McClellan)

Now on to short courses! Today offers the opportunity to learn some tips for winning grant proposals with Open Science (SC74: 08:30–12:00 / Room -2.85). Don’t worry if you can’t make it today, it runs again tomorrow at the same time and place. Perhaps you’ve considered showcasing the fruits of your research in an informative science film, but are struggling to identify where you can find the funds to make the film happen. Then the workshop on finding funding for your science film is just the ticket (SC78:10:30–12:00 / Room 0.90). If instead you feel blogging might be the best way to make your work accessible to a broad audience, come along to the short course on the nuts & bolts of blogging with WordPress where you can pick up a tonne of tips to get you started. If you work in the field of natural hazards you can learn how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used for monitoring (SC53: 15:30-17:00 / Room -2.61). Writing your first paper can be daunting, so head to room N2 at 17:30 to develop successful strategies to design, develop and write a scientific paper (SC92:17:30–19:00 / Room N2)

And check out some of today’s stimulating scientific sessions:

Finally, remember to take the opportunity to meet your division’s representatives in the day’s Meet EGU sessions and, if you’ve had enough of the formalities, head on over to GeoCinema, where you’ll find some great Earth science films, including the finalists of EGU’s Communicate Your Science Video Competition. Make sure to vote on your favourite entries by ‘liking’ the videos on the EGU YouTube channel.

Have an excellent day!

Showcase your film at GeoCinema at the 2017 General Assembly!

Showcase your film at GeoCinema at the 2017 General Assembly!

Every year, we showcase a great selection of geoscience films at the EGU General Assembly and after seven successful years we will again be running GeoCinema in 2017. If you’ve shadowed a scientist in the lab, filmed fantastic spectacles in the field, or have produced an educational feature on the Earth, planetary or space sciences, we want to hear from you!

Geocinema features short clips and longer films related to the geosciences, and from animations to interviews, all films are welcome. If you would like to contribute to this popular event, please fill out the submission form by 6 January 2017.

To get a feel for what we have screened in previous years, take a look at the online archive, with films that explore all facets of geoscience – from ocean depths to outer space.

Suitable films will be screened at the GeoCinema room during the EGU 2017 General Assembly in Vienna (23–28 April 2017). Note that you must be able to provide us with an electronic or DVD version of your film and you must have appropriate permission to show the feature in a public venue. Multiple submissions from the same person are welcome. Films must be in English or have subtitles in English, since it is the language of the conference. Multiple submissions from the same person are welcome.

For more information, please send us an email or get in touch with our Communications Officer Laura Roberts.

GeoCinema at the 2016 General Assembly

A taste of some of the films being showcased at the GeoCinema. (Credit: People of a Feather, The Asteroid Impact Mission, Mountains (geology, resources and sustainability) & What climate change sounds like from the Amazon to the Arctic).

A taste of some of the films being showcased at the GeoCinema. (Credit: People of a Feather, What climate change sounds like from the Amazon to the Arctic, The Asteroid Impact Mission & Mountains – geology, resources and sustainability )

GeoCinema is the home of geoscience films at the EGU General Assembly. This year features 50 fantastic films from across the geosciences, so you can step into some soil science, dive into deep ocean investigations, catch a glimpse of climate change research and more!

GeoCinema runs almost continuously throughout the conference, with short films, documentaries and feature length productions playing throughout the week in the GeoCinema Room (room 0.90 on the Yellow Level) from 10:30 until 19:00 every day of the Assembly.

You can view and download the GeoCinema schedule, together with brief film descriptions, here.

This year’s early career scientist video competition adds another dimension to the event, as finalist films from the EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition will also be screened during the GeoCinema breaks. You can vote for your favourite by giving it a thumbs up on YouTube – on your laptop, smartphone or voting station outside the GeoCinema. The winning video will be announced at the EGU Booth at the General Assembly, on Friday the 22nd April at 12:15!

And, if you are interested in learning how to use film-making to communicate your research with a broad audience, why not come along to the two-part short course: Scientists must film? It’s taking place on Thursday the 21st April in the GeoCinema Room. Pick up tips on how to get started in video making by taking part in a panel-style discussion with early career researchers, who will share their first-hand experiences of making a short science film for the first time. In the afternoon, an online & cross media specialist will share tips with the audience as to how to disseminate film work effectively. Interested? Find out more about the workshop in the programme online.

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.