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.
October 19, 2011
In response to EGU members’ requests individually and at Town Hall meetings at the General Assemblies 2010 and 2011, the European Geosciences Union is trialling a mentoring scheme for members. Initially this will be for female mentees (mentors can be of either gender).
The mentoring scheme is designed so that face-to-face contact is not vital and is meant to be an enriching experience for both the mentor and mentee. Guidelines will be issued to both parties before the start of the mentoring process. You can be both a mentor and mentee in the same cycle of partnerships. Mentees can be from undergraduate level and above, mentors can be masters students and above. We encourage applications from mentors from all sectors of the Geosciences e.g. industry, government, academia.
To ensure your inclusion in this exciting initiative, please submit your details before the 31 October. The sign up forms for Mentors and Mentees are online. Information on the scheme is online via the EGU webpage. Mentoring partnerships will be provided with guidelines and agree a partnership contract concerning types and frequency of meetings and the topics to be covered.
We will try to consider all of your requests when assigning mentoring partnerships. If you have further questions, please email Jennifer Holden.
October 10, 2011
If you’re attending the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this week, come and visit the EGU booth (#457) in the exhibition hall. We’re here Monday and Tuesday (9am-6pm), along with Wednesday (9am-2pm).
EGU booth Minneapolis
August 5, 2011
A Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop was held in Penang, Malaysia on the 23rd and 24th June 2011 on theme of ocean acidification. Over 40 teachers took part, participating in 8 lectures and a viewing of Tipping Point. The brochure, presentations and a video are available online on the GIFT pages on the EGU website.
August 3, 2011
Are you going to be at the AOGS 2011 8th Annual Meeting and Geosciences World Community Exhibition? If so, come and meet the European Geosciences Union at Booth B4 of the Exhibition Area in Room 101 on Level 1 of the Taipei International Convention Center. The exhibits will be open Monday 8th to Thursday 11th August between 08:30 and 18:00 each day. The Executive Secretary Philippe Courtial and the EGU Science Communications Postdoctoral Fellow Jennifer Holden will be in attendance.
July 29, 2011
A new EGU Journal has been launched: Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI). It is an open access interdisciplinary electronic journal for swift publication of original articles and short communications in the area of geoscientific instruments. A unique feature of the journal is the emphasis on synergy between science and technology that facilitates advances in GI. The Chief-Executive Editor is Jothiram Vivekanandan with the Executive Editors being Ari-Matti Harri and Håkan Svedhem. More information (including how to submit papers) can be found on the journal’s website.
July 27, 2011
The 2012 GIFT (Geosciences Information for Teachers) symposium will take place on April 23-25, 2012 during the EGU General Assembly 2012 in Vienna Austria. The general theme of the workshop is «Water!» and will be dedicated to the study of the hydrological problems of our planet. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2011. This pdf gives more details (also available on the EGU website.
In the GIFT workshop “Water!” all the different aspects of the water cycle will be described and discussed. Talks will focus on global freshwater availability and distribution, overexploitation of water, strategies for sustainable use of water in the future and the threats by environmental change. Particular regions where global warming will have a major impact, such as the regions depending on the water supply from the Himalayan, Alpine and Andes mountain glaciers will be used as exemplars. The use of naturally occurring isotopes to “fingerprint” sources of water in precipitation and rivers, and the presence of ‘ancient’ water beneath the deserts and other areas, will also be discussed.