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Introducing the new EGU young scientist representatives at Union level

Introducing the new EGU young scientist representatives at Union level

While each of the division young scientist representatives gather feedback from young scientists in their fields, the Union-level representative gathers information from each of the division reps and takes it to the EGU’s Programme Committee – the group responsible for organising the EGU’s annual General Assembly – and, from this year onwards, to the EGU Council as well.

Following a two-year term, Sam Illingworth steps down as Programme Committee Representative at this year’s General Assembly. Wouter Berghuijs, from the Hydrology Division, and Lena Noack, from Planetary Sciences, have been nominated by the young scientist division representatives to replace Sam. Wouter will serve as Head Representative within the next year, with Lena taking the role of Deputy Head Representative. She will become Head Representative the following year.

A huge thank-you to Sam for his excellent work representing young scientists at Union level and congratulations to Wouter and Lena!

What’s on for young scientists at the Assembly in 2015?

What’s on for young scientists at the Assembly in 2015?

This year, there’s a great line-up of young scientist (YS) 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 young scientists in your field, and make the most of both the scientific and social sides of the conference…

First up for young scientists 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 “Young Scientists 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! After the success of the young scientists’ lounge – which was introduced for the first time last year- it is back for EGU 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 Young Scientist 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.

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 learn how soils are restored after a wildfire. You can learn how to write the perfect paper by speaking to those in the know: a journal editor, enhance your career prospects and why you should bother engaging in outreach activities – but this is just a snapshot! Take a look at our young scientist’s shortlist to see what’s on offer for young scientists this year.

Young Scientists at the 2014 General Assembly.

Young Scientists at the 2014 General Assembly.

Like last year, we’ll be hosting a lunchtime session to let young scientists know how they can get involved in the Union and gather feedback to make what we’re doing even better. Since the last General Assembly, young scientist representation in the Union has grown leaps and bounds, with most divisions appointing young scientist officers whose role is to feedback from the young scientist 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? You can also let us know what you think via the young scientists’ survey which will become available during the General Assembly.

Keep your eyes peeled for posters that are part of the Outstanding Student Poster (OSP), and stay tuned to the blog next too when there will be a whole post dedicaed to the OSP competition. Don’t forget to you save a space for a few talks from outstanding young scientists too. The winners of the Arne Richter and division awards will be giving talks throughout the week and are well worth a listen. 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 12 to 17 April. Check out the full session programme on the General Assembly website.

Communicate Your Science Video Competition at EGU 2015!

Want to communicate your research to a wider audience and try your hand at video production? Now’s your chance! Young scientists pre-registered for the EGU General Assembly are invited to take part in the EGU’s Communicate Your Science Video Competition!

The aim is to produce a video up-to-three-minutes long to share your research with the general public. The winning entry will receive a free registration to the General Assembly in 2016.

Your video can include scenes of you out in the field and explaining an outcrop, or at the lab bench showing how to work out water chemistry; entries can also include cartoons, animations (including stop motion), or music videos – you name it! As long as you’re explaining concepts in the Earth, planetary and space sciences in a language suitable for a general audience, you can be as creative as you like.

Why not take a look at the finalists and winner of the 2014 competition for an idea of what makes a winning entry?

Feeling inspired? Send your video to Laura Roberts ( by 4 March, together with proof of online pre-registration to EGU 2015. Check the EGU website for more information about the competition and pre-register for the conference on the EGU 2015 website

Shortlisted videos will be showcased on the EGU YouTube Channel in April, when voting opens! In the run up to the General Assembly and during the conference, viewers can vote for their favourite film by clicking on the video’s ‘like’ button. The winning video will be the one with the most likes by the end of the General Assembly.

What are you waiting for? Take the chance to showcase your research and spread great geoscientific facts with the world!


Seeking young scientists! A great opportunity to get involved in the EGU

Young scientists make up a significant proportion of the EGU membership and it’s important to us that your voices get heard. One way to do this is by getting in touch with your division’s young scientist representative, or better yet, putting yourself forward as a young scientist representative for your division.

Young scientist representatives are a vital link between the EGU and the young scientist community. They are crucial in providing feedback from students and early career researchers, so that we can take action to improve our young scientist activities at the EGU General Assembly and maintain our support for young scientists throughout the year.

As well as giving you the platform to interact with a large network of researchers in your field, being a young scientist representative is a great opportunity to build on your communications skills, boost your CV and influence the activities of Europe’s largest geoscientific association.

Within each scientific division, representatives can also take on a variety of tasks, according to their areas of expertise and interest. These can include (but aren’t limited to): organising events for young scientists at our annual General Assembly, outreach to young scientists and the wider public through social media or a division blog, or establishing a mentoring programme for other young scientists. For a first-hand account of what it’s like to be a young scientist representative, see this article by the Natural Hazards Division representative, Jennifer Holden.

Interested? The divisions currently looking for a young scientist representative are:

If your division isn’t listed here, but you would still like to get involved, contact your young scientist representative – to find them see the structure page in your division’s website.

If you are interested in being a young scientist representative, or have any questions about getting involved in the Union, please contact the EGU Communications Officer Sara Mynott at

More information for young scientists, including resources, events and opportunities at the General Assembly, is available on the EGU website: