November 30, 2011
This week, the European Geosciences Union is re-launching its blog with a new name, web address and design. The new blog is GeoLog!
As with our official twitter account (first @egu2010, recently changed from @egu2011 to @EuroGeosciences), the previous blogs, egu2010.wordpress.com and egu2011.wordpress.com, were initially created in association with the annual EGU General Assembly. Posts, mostly about the meeting, were more frequent at and around the time of the General Assembly. But we want the EGU blog to be constantly updated thoughout the year, something Jennifer started already in the 2011 version, and to have a fixed name: GeoLog. Therefore, there will be no more posts on this EGU2011 blog.
GeoLog will bring news about the Union and its activities year-round, while keeping the regular posts about the General Assembly. Other posts include the weekly Imaggeo on Mondays, which highlights a picture from EGU’s open-access image repository, Imaggeo, and the monthly Geosciences column, featuring recent research in the earth, planetary and space sciences.
We have also imported all content of previous blogs into GeoLog so that readers can access all posts ever published on EGU blogs from this website. Please refer to the archives on the right-hand side (on the new blog) for information published in previous years.
If you don’t want to miss out on the blog’s regular updates, please subscribe to it (RSS button on the top right of the header) or follow the EGU on twitter, facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.
Logbook aboard the frigate Grand Turk (by JoJan, distributed by Wikimedia Commons)
October 21, 2011
Some of you may know me already since Jennifer was kind enough to introduce me in a previous blog post. For those of you who don’t, I am EGU’s Media and Communications Officer, who joined the EGU Executive Office in Munich in early September.
One of the perks of this job is receiving e-mails advertising interesting and exciting geosciences-related initiatives. In my first post on the EGU blog, I’d like to tell you about one of these, which popped up in my inbox just a few days ago.
The e-mail was from Ethan Steinman, a filmmaker based in Seattle, US, who wrote to me about his latest project, “Glacial Balance”. This documentary film shows the effects of climate change on Andean glaciers. In Ethan’s words:
“Glacial Balance” is a look at the effects of Andean glaciers on the lives of those depending on their existence. Getting to know the individuals and lives of those who will be first affected by the dwindling glacier reserve, the canaries in the mine. For our journey we will be accompanied by an international team of glaciologists and paleoclimatologists who will give us a perspective on what is really happening and what we can expect. Our end goal, to bring home the global warming debate and understand just how this will affect us, the viewer. Regardless of the city, country, racial or ethnic background… we will all be affected, unless action is taken.
The film features stunning views of the Andean landscape, and takes the viewer in an exciting journey through the Andes, from Argentina to Colombia. It includes interviews with famous personalities and renowned geoscientists, such as Al Gore and Dr. Lonnie Thompson, a member of the team accompanying Ethan to South America.
Ethan’s goal is to have the film completed in early March next year. At the moment, he’s trying to raise money for post-production expenses.
I’d love to see this documentary ready in time for EGU’s General Assembly in April, not only because I think it is a worthwhile and interesting project, but also because Ethan accepted to show it in the 2012 edition of the GeoCinema. There’s a campaign on at IndieGoGo, and I have donated already. Maybe you’d like to help Ethan out too?
This post expresses the personal opinion of the author, whose views may differ from those of the European Geosciences Union.
July 8, 2011
The public call for sessions for the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012 has been issued. The EGU GA 2012 will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) from 22 April to 27 April 2012. The details are below, the web page to visit to submit sessions is Call for Sessions page of the EGU General Assembly 2012 website.
We hereby invite you, from now until 16 Sep 2011, to take an active part in organizing the scientific programme of the conference.
Please suggest (i) new sessions with conveners and description and (ii) modifications to the skeleton programme sessions. Explore the Programme Groups (PGs) on the left hand side, when making suggestions. Study those sessions that already exist and put your proposal into the PG that is most closely aligned with the proposed session’s subject area.
If the subject area of your proposal is strongly aligned with two or more PGs, co-organization is possible and encouraged between PGs. Only put your session proposal into one PG, and you will be able to indicate PGs that you believe should be approached for co-organization.
If you have questions about the appropriateness of a specific session topic, please contact the Officers for the specific EGU2012 Programme Group. To suggest Union Symposia, Great Debates, Townhall Meetings or Short Courses, please contact the Programme Committee Chair (Gert-Jan Reichart).
In case any questions arise, please contact EGU2012 at Copernicus.
May 20, 2011
The EGU General Assembly 2011 was again a great success with 4,333 oral and 8,439 poster presentations in a dozen union wide and 520 disciplinary sessions, along with townhall meetings, short courses, splinter meetings, etc. At the conference 10,725 scientists from 96 countries participated, of which 28% were students, 15,000 copies of EGU Today distributed, keen media presence and reporting, and thousands of visits to the webstreams as well as to the EGU 2011 blog. We thank all of you very much for your attendance and your active contribution to this great event.
Last year, we had a GA feedback form and asked 24 questions. We received 1,819 responses (results), which were examined carefully and helped us in many important decisions.
This year, we again would like to ask EGU GA participants to take 10-15 minutes of time to complete the short questionnaire here. If you an abstract accepted for the General Assembly 2011 but did not attend we’re also interested in your views.
Your input is genuinely invaluable in shaping the EGU GA 2012, to be held 22–27 April 2012, Vienna, Austria. Thank you very much in advance!