June 21, 2010
Participants of the EGU GA 2010 should have received an email including a link to the EGU GA 2010 Feedback Questionnaire.
Last year (2009), the GA feedback form asked 19 questions. 1,549 responses were received which helped make many important decisions for the EGU GA 2010 and general EGU council decisions. This year, EGU GA participants are being asked to take 5-10 minutes of time to complete the short questionnaire as your input is important in shaping of the EGU GA 2011, to be held 03–08 April 2011, Vienna, Austria.
Shortly a very short questionnaire will be available regarding Social Media activities specifically.
May 25, 2010
There are two videos up on the homepage.
One is a message from Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for regional policy, the other is asummary of images from the EGU GA 2010, it’s called a trailer, and could be for the EGU GA 2011.
May 11, 2010
The break down of the countries that EGU GA 2010 attendees come from is on the frontpage of the EGU GA 2010 website.
Just under 80% attendees come from Europe, followed by around 10% from North America and 7% from Asia.
May 10, 2010
The EGU Press Office has a round-up of European Geosciences Union General Assembly items in the news media from around Europe on their webpage.
May 7, 2010
New this year at EGU GA 2010 is the closing session by Jan Smits on The 30th anniversary of the discovery of the iridium anomaly at the Cretaceous Paleogene boundary: The state of the Chicxulub impact-extinction theory in Room D from 17:30 to 18:30.
Some brief stats on EGU GA 2010: 4,431 oral and 9,370 poster presentations in 594 sessions with more than 10,000 scientists in attendance.
May 5, 2010
In the context of recent airspace closures the poster session for US7 Eyjafjallajökull – eruption, plume, and consequences was held on Wednesday 5th May at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly. Poster topics included effects of the ash cloud (including impact on air quality of the airspace closure), monitoring information, whether Spain could be a transport hub for Europe (based on paleo-ash records) and investigating ash particles that fell to the ground.
There are still oral sessions and splinter meetings associated with the special Union Session on Thursday at the EGU GA 2010.
May 5, 2010
The Educational and Outreach Symposia at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 cover a variety of topics. Several include examples of best practice. Virtual conferences and observatories are covered in ST6/EOS9 as described in the below guest blog from Sini Merikallio of the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
Thursday in Room 29, 10:30-12:00 in ST6/EOS9 Best practices in Education and Outreach contains a talk from a distinguished journalist who will be sharing his experience with scientists. Other talks include virtual conferences and online data repositories.
Tähdet ja Avaruus (‘Stars and Space’) is the most popular astro-magazine in the Nordic countries as measured by the number of subscribers. The Editor in Chief of the magazine, Marko Pekkola, has revolutionized the magazine and during his era the relative amount of astronomy hobbyists in the general public in Finland has increased to
become one of the world’s highest. Mr. Pekkola is invited to the session to reveal how this has been accomplished. The magazine has also witnessed numerous cases of both good and bad science popularizing, and Mr. Pekkola will also be sharing his educative
summary of these experiences.
Virtual conferences and remote accessing and representation of data are currently becoming crucial in the scientific community as well as among the general public. Dr. Victoria Pearson will talk about virtual conferencing techniques in enhancing remote public engagement. A special talk about building of a virtual observatory is also arranged: Dr. Mikko Syrjäsuo will present GAIA: an open access online virtual
observatory for accessing auroral data. Thanks to GAIA, anyone will be able to easily access high-quality data in order to work from their offices, home couches or from the classroom.