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: Wednesday highlights

At the Assembly: Wednesday highlights

We’re halfway through the General Assembly already! Once again there is lots on offer at EGU 2016 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 the second of our Great Debates. Head to room K1 from 08:30 to 10:00 to share your thoughts on whether global economic growth is compatible with habitable climate. Themes of energy consumption, decarbonisation and global economic growth provide the backdrop for this Great Debate (GDB4: 08:30 – 10:100 / Room K1). You can follow the discussion on Twitter with #EGU16GDB, and, if you’re not attending, tune in with the conference live stream.

The educational and outreach symposia (EOS) feature sessions on geoscience education, science communication, public engagement and related topics. This year there are a large number of EOS sessions on offer. Today’s highlight has to be a talk by Matt Taylor, Project Scientists for the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission. The talk forms part of the GIFT workshop and will focus on the space mission to coment 67P/Churyumov – Gerasimenko.  To attend the talk, head to room B, it starts at 10:30. Make sure to check the EOS programme to see if anything else catches your fancy.

Also taking place this morning is the Union-session on the interplays between the solid Earth and the hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere (US1: 08:30 – 12:00/ Room E1). Presentations in the session will focus on the multidisciplinary approaches that aim at quantify the biotic and tectonic responses to tectonics.

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 L7) 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!

Early morning tram travel in the city. (Credit: Julian Turner)

Early morning tram travel in the city. (Credit: Julian Turner)

Now on to short courses! Today offers the opportunity to learn some tips for teaching in the field of hydrology (SC31/HS11.43: 08:30 – 12:00 /Room -2.85). Wanting to learn more about open access publishing but unsure where to start? Then the workshop on the ins and outs of open access publishing is just the ticket (SC3: 13:30-15:00 / Room -2.85). Maybe you thinking your research might be interesting to the media and wider public. Come along to the short course on pitching your research to a journalist or editor, to find out what steps to follow to make your science hit the headlines (SC45: 15:30 -17:00 / Room -2.61)! In the afternoon, the Cryosphere Division is hosting a climate workshop for early career scientists, (SC48: 17:30 – 19:00 / Room 0.31).

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!

What’s on for early career scientists at the Assembly in 2016

What’s on for early career scientists at the Assembly in 2016

This year, there’s a great line-up of early career scientist (ECS) sessions at the General Assembly. Not only that, but there are opportunities to meet those that represent you in the Union, get to know other ECS in your field, and make the most of both the scientific and social sides of the conference…


First up for ECS is the icebreaker event on the Sunday before the meeting, while this is open to everyone attending the Assembly, there’ll be a spot especially for young scientists – the “ECS Meeting Corner” (Foyer E). So, if you’re coming alone, or if it’s your first time, you’re sure to find a few like-minded fellows!ECS meeting

After the success of the young scientists’ lounge –it is back for EGU 2016! It has been renames to ECS Lounge, in line with change of name from young scientists to early career scientists in 2015. The lounge is somewhere that you can take a break, grab a coffee and gather your thoughts away from the buzz of the conference. Located on the Red Level of the conference centre, it is also a great place to catch up with colleagues you haven’t seen in a while, or start up a conversation with someone new, and it provides a great meeting point to launch your evening’s activities. It is also the place you can speak to your ECS Division Representative. The representatives will be making themselves available throughout the conference for informal chats. Just see the boards at the lounge for the times when you can find your Division representative.

The beginning of a career in academia can be overwhelming and ECS are often faced with questions that cannot be answered from a textbook. How do I balance research with other activities like science outreach or demonstrating? How do I strike a good work-life balance? Where should I focus my research?  To give ECS an opportunity to get answers to some of those questions, we are hosting the EGU Medallists and Early Career Scientists Reception. The reception, with drinks and light snacks, aims to bring together early career scientists and award-winning researchers.  Place at the reception are limited and are currently full, however, please stay tuned to the EGU’s social media channels, particularly Twitter, during the General Assembly, as we’ll be advertising any extra spaces that become available.

Building a great CV

It’s not all about the social stuff though, there’s a veritable feast of courses where you can fine-tune your skills and grab those all-important nuggets of information to help you forge a career in academia. From Union-wide sessions to workshops and short courses, there’s a lot to choose from, including division-specific sessions to meet the experts in hydrology and the dos and don’ts of ice core chronology. You can learn how to convene a session at EGU 2017, gather tips on how to make sure your grant proposal stands out and how to inspire the next generation of geoscientists with a masterclass in effective schools engagement – but this is just a snapshot! Take a look at our ECS sessions shortlist to see what is on offer this year.

Have a say in how the EGU runs

Like last year, we’ll be hosting a lunchtime session, the ECS Forum, to let early career researchers know how they can get involved in the Union and gather feedback to make what we’re doing even better. ECS representation in the Union is growing leaps and bounds, with most divisions appointing ECS officers whose role is to feedback from the ECS community and make sure we do our best to act on your suggestions. What better way to tell us what you want than over a lovely lunch where you can meet your representatives?

The representatives will be making themselves available throughout the conference for informal chats at the ECS Lounge. Just see the boards at the lounge for the times when you can find your Division representative. Laura Roberts, the EGU’s Communication Officer and point of contact for the ECS members at the EGU Offices, can also be found in the lounge during most coffee breaks. Feel free to approach her if you have any questions or suggestions about ECS related activities!

The Union Level Representatives (Wouter Berghuijs and Lena Noack) the ECS Executive Office ECS Contact, Laura Roberts Artal (EGU Communications Officer), will also be available from 09:15 to 10:30, on Tuesday the 19th, at the EGU Booth, to answer all your ECS related questions and to discuss any ideas you might like to bring forward.

You can also let us know what you think via the ECS survey which will become available during the General Assembly. You’ll find it included within the EGU 2016 Feedback survey.

ECS Recognition at EGU 2016

A PICO spot at the EGU 2015 General Assembly. (Credit: EGU/Stephanie McClellan)

A PICO spot at the EGU 2015 General Assembly. (Credit: EGU/Stephanie McClellan)

Keep your eyes peeled for posters that are part of the Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP), and check out this recent blog post for some tips on how to make your presentation stand out from the crowd.

Don’t forget to save a space for a few talks from outstanding young scientists. The winners of the Arne Richter and division awards will be giving talks throughout the week and are well worth a listen. Check the online programme to find out when and where they are taking place.

Finally, the finalist films in EGU’s Communicate Your Science Video Competition are being showcased at GeoCinema, the home of geoscience films at EGU 2015. We’ve had some excellent entries – you can take a look and vote for your favourite using the EGU YouTube channel.

See you at the conference!

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.

GeoEd: GIFT Workshops at the General Assembly – What the 2016 participants can expect

GeoEd: GIFT Workshops at the General Assembly – What the 2016 participants can expect

The General Assembly (GA) is not only for researchers but for teachers and educators with an interest in the geosciences also. Every year the Geosciences Information For Teachers (GIFT) is organised by the EGU Committee on Education to bring first class science closer to primary and high school teachers.

If you are an educator attending this year’s edition of the GIFT workshop –the topic of which is ‘The Solar System and beyond’ and is co-organised with the European Space Agency (ESA) – you might be asking yourself what to expect. If so, read on, as this post should go some way towards showcasing the important take-home messages which come out of taking part in the workshop.

Anna Elisabetta Merlini, a teacher at the Scuola Dell’infanzia Alessandrini, near Milan in Italy, attended last year’s edition of the GIFT Worksop at the 2015 General Assembly in Vienna. Following the workshop she wrote a report about her time at the conference. Below you’ll find a summary of the report; to read the full version, please follow this link.

“My experience to GIFT workshop 2015 has been a real opportunity to find the connection between schools and the geoscience world,” explains Anna in the opening remark of her report. The 2015 GIFT workshop focused on mineral resources and Anna felt that “the GIFT workshop gave all teachers a new awareness of the presence of minerals in our daily routine” and equipped participating teachers with tools to tackle important mineral ores related topics, carrying out practical and productive activities with students.

As a teacher with a geological background, Anna found that the GIFT workshop allowed her to achieve mainly three different goals:

  • Realisation of new didactic ore related projects

Following the workshop, Anna took some of the things she learnt during her time in Vienna and applied them to ongoing teaching projects she was involved with prior to the GA. In particular, she

Anna (center) with other teachers at the 2015 GIFT workshop in Vienna. (Credit: Anna Elisabetta Merlini).

Anna (center) with other teachers at the 2015 GIFT workshop in Vienna. (Credit: Anna Elisabetta Merlini).

adapted existing teaching activities to highlight the practical connection between daily life and minerals found in objects. For instance, the youngest pupils in the Milan based school enjoyed a more hands on approach to learning about soil by exploring the areas just outside the building gates!

  • New interconnection to other teachers and scientific institutions

During the workshop in Vienna, Anna realised “how important is to involve young generations in geoscience topics in order to grow a more eco-aware generation in the future.” This notion inspired the primary teacher to start the Geoscience Information for Kids (GIFK) programme  to be implemented throughout local schools.

  • New ideas for my professional future within educational area

The GIFT workshop is not only an opportunity to develop new skills and develop new ideas, but also a place to network.  Through interactions with the teachers she met at the GIFT workshop, Anna felt empowered to “improve my skills in teaching geoscience, learning new tools and new strategies to involve students in the best way.”

For example, fruitful discussions with a Malawi based teacher meant she now better appreciates the differences between teaching in two, so vastly different, countries and how that impacts on students.

Anna concludes that the GIFT

“experience opened my eyes about the future, enforcing my conviction that children are our future and educational programs need to involve students at all levels, starting from the beginning.”

The EGU 2016 GIFT workshop ‘The Solar System and beyond’, co-organised with the European Space Agency (ESA), is taking place on April 18–20 2016 at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna, Austria. 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.