EGU 2019 General Assembly Thursday, 11 April 2019

Highlights at a glance

  • 08:30 – Aerosols, radiation and clouds over the southeast Atlantic (AS1.41: Room 0.49); Achievements and perspectives in scientific ocean and continental drilling (SSP1.2 Room 0.31); Anisotropy from crust to core (GD7.2: Posters Hall X2); Communication and education in geoscience (EOS4.1: Room L7)
  • 10:45 – The safe operating space for the planet and how to ensure it is not passed (GDB1: Room E1)
  • 12:45 – Education Public Committee Meeting (EGU35: Room L4/5], Outreach Public Committee Meeting (EGU33: Room 1.61)
  • 14:00 – Promoting and supporting equality of opportunities in geosciences (US4: Room E1); Geodiversity & Geoheritage (ITS3.9: Room N1); InSight – Initial results after four months on Mars (PS1.4: Room L3)
  • 16:15 – How can Earth, planetary and space scientists contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals? (ITS3.5: PICO Spot 4); Tides. (OS4.2: Room 1.85); Earthquakes, active tectonics, and seismic hazard in regions of slow lithospheric deformation (TS5.4: Room K2)
  • 19:00 – How can Early Career Scientists prioritise their mental wellbeing? (GDB3: Room E1); OpenStreetMap Mapathon (SCA2: Room L4/5); The carbon footprint of EGU’s General Assembly (TM4 Room -2.47)

Promoting and supporting equality of opportunities in geosciences

In today’s changing world we need to tap the potential of every talented mind to develop solutions for a sustainable future. The existence of under-representation of different groups (cultural, national and gender) remains a reality across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM fields) around the world, including the geosciences. This Union Symposium will focus on remaining obstacles that contribute to these imbalances, with the goal of identifying best practices and innovative ideas to overcome obstacles.

US4: 14:00–18:00 Room E1

The safe operating space for the planet and how to ensure it is not passed

In October 2018, the IPCC published its special report on impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C. Another recent study suggests that the planet could pass an irreversible threshold into a so called “Hothouse Earth” state for a temperature increase of as low as 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. How close are we to one or more critical thresholds? Is there time to avert passing one or more of them? These are some of the questions we will debate in this session, with Myles Allen, Sabine Fuss, Erica Hope, and Linda Steg.

GDB1: 10:45–12:30 Room E1

How can Early Career Scientists prioritise their mental wellbeing?

The ever more challenging work environments and increasing pressures on Early Career Scientists put a big strain on researchers, which can lead to neglected mental wellbeing and develop into more serious mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression. In this debate we will discuss: How ECS can take control of their mental wellbeing and prioritise this in the current research environment? And what support would ECS like to see from organisations like EGU or their employers?

GDB3: 19:00–20:30 Room E1

Medal lectures

  • Arne Richter Award for Outstanding ECS Lecture by Amanda C. Maycock: ‘ENSO teleconnections to the extratropics: role of El Niño amplitude and seasonal cycle’ (MAL6/CL: 10:45–11:15 Room E2)
  • Sergey Soloviev Medal Lecture by Kyoji Sassa: ‘Progress in Landslides Dynamics to Protect Human Life and Cultural Heritage Sites’ (MAL29/NH: 10:45–11:45 Room L6)
  • PS Division Outstanding ECS Lecture by John Carter: ‘The watery past of Mars unveiled through remote sensing of clay minerals’ (MAL40/PS: 10:45–11:15 Room L3)
  • Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal Lecture by Kurt O. Konhauser: ‘Acid Weathering, Clay Transport and Enhanced Phosphate Supply to Early Paleoproterozoic Oceans Following the Great Oxidation Event’ (MAL33/BG: 11:30–12:30 Room C)
  • Arne Richter Award for Outstanding ECS Lecture by Marie Dumont: ‘On the colour of snow, why does it matter?’ (MAL7/CR: 12:00–12:30 Room N2)
  • Jean Dominique Cassini Medal Lecture by Margaret G. Kivelson: ‘Periodicities in planetary magnetospheres’ (MAL3/PS/ST: 12:45–13:45 Room E1)
  • Augustus Love Medal Lecture by Anne Davaille: ‘Thermal convection in a « soft » planetary mantle : plates, plumes, subduction and accretion, and their interactions’ (MAL8/GD: 14:45–15:45 Room D1
  • NH Division Outstanding ECS Lecture by Jadranka Šepić: ‘Meteorological tsunamis – generation mechanisms, propagation, coastal impact and warning systems’ (MAL38/NH: 15:15–15:45 Room 1.61)
  • OS Division Outstanding ECS Lecture by Peter Landschützer: ‘The variable ocean carbon sink’ (MAL39/OS: 17:45–18:00 Room L4/5)
  • Beno Gutenberg Medal Lecture by Annie Souriau: ‘The enigmatic Earth’s core: constraints given by seismology’ (MAL9/SM: 19:00–20:00 Room D1)
  • Henry Darcy Medal Lecture by Petra Döll: ‘Understanding and communicating the global freshwater system’ (MAL14/HS: 19:00–20:00 Room B)
  • Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal Lecture by David L. Egholm: ‘How ice shapes topography’ (MAL26/GM: 19:00–20:00 Room G2)
  • Vening Meinesz Medal Lecture by Tonie van Dam: ‘What can we learn by combining GPS and Gravity?’ (MAL31/G: 19:00–20:00 Room D2)

Short courses

  • Writing and maintaining R packages (SC1.47: 08:30–10:15 Room -2.62)
  • Image analysis intro (SC1.25: 08:30–10:15 Room -2.31)
  • Academia is not the only route: exploring career options for Earth scientists (SC3.12 10:45–12:30 Room -2.16)
  • Wellbeing during the GA (2) (SC3.22: 12:45–13:45 Room -2.62)
  • Ideas and resources for teaching climate change (SC2.2: 14:00–15:45 Room -2.16)
  • Data assimilation in the geosciences – Practical data assimilation with the Parallel Data Assimilation Framework (SC1.1: 14:00–15:45 Room -2.85)
  • Once upon a time in Vienna: storytelling in science communication (SC2.3: 16:15–18:00 Room -2.31)
  • Career development across borders: how to thrive as a migrating scientist (SC3.17: 16:15–18:00 Room -2.16)
  • Meet the Experts: The Future of Solar-Terrestrial Research (SC3.7: 16:15–18:00 Room -2.62)
  • Sculpt your Research (with Artist in Residence Giorgo Skretis) (SC2.14: 19:00–20:00 Room -2.32)

EGU committees: public meetings

The EGU is not just a conference! In addition to organising an annual General Assembly, the EGU publishes a number of open-access journals, organises topical meetings, honours scientists with awards and medals, and has a range of education and outreach activities. Want to find out more? Some of the EGU’s committees are having public meetings at this year’s General Assembly, to tell EGU members more about what we do and get feedback.

Outreach Public Committee Meeting (EGU33): Thu, 12:45–13:45 Room 1.61
Education Public Committee Meeting (EGU35): Thu, 12:45–13:45 Room L4/5
Topical Events Public Committee Meeting (EGU34): Fri, 12:45–13:45 Room L2

Geodiversity & Geoheritage

Geodiversity and geoheritage provide essential links to other natural- and social-science disciplines and give geosciences a voice to the greater public and to local to global governance. This session, co-sponsored by JpGU, aims to highlight the hottest issues and challenges in these fields.

ITS3.9/GM6.1/ERE7.4/GMPV7.15/SSS13.29: Orals / 14:00–18:00 Room N1
Posters / Fri, 08:30–10:15 Hall X2

How can Earth, planetary and space scientists contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations Development Programme. This session will feature contributions discussing the relevance of fields of research disciplines covered by EGU, and how they can inform and support society government bodies, and stakeholders for the SDGs.

ITS3.5/PS1.6/BG1.47/CL3.11/ERE1.3/HS11.25: PICOs / 16:15–18:00 PICO spot 4

Aerosols, radiation and clouds over the southeast Atlantic

The southeast Atlantic off the African south western coast is the location for interactions between aerosols, clouds, and radiation ultimately affecting climate. This session features studies that present new observations and modelling of aerosols, radiation and clouds over the southeast Atlantic and adjacent continental regions.

AS1.41: Orals / 08:30–10:15 Room 0.49
Posters / 10:45–12:30 Hall X5

Achievements and perspectives in scientific ocean and continental drilling

Scientific drilling through the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) continues to provide unique opportunities to investigate the workings of the interior of our planet, Earth’s cycles, natural hazards and the distribution of subsurface microbial life. This session features recent scientific results from drilling projects.

SSP1.2: Orals / 08:30–12:30 Room 0.31
Posters / 16:15–18:00 Hall X1

Earthquakes, active tectonics, and seismic hazard in regions of slow lithospheric deformation

This session seeks to integrate paleoseismic, geomorphic, geodetic, geophysical, and seismologic datasets to provide a comprehensive understanding of the earthquake cycle in low-strain regions.

TS5.4: Orals / 16:15–18:00 Room K2
Posters / Fri, 10:45–12:30 Hall X2


This session features diverse tidal research, including on the accuracy of present-day coastal, regional and global tide models, tidal dissipation, and the role of tides in geophysics. The session is also intended to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Liverpool Tidal Institute.

OS4.2: Orals / 16:15–18:00 Room 1.85
Posters / Fri, 08:30–10:15 Hall X4

NASA's InSight lander (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin Space)
NASA's InSight lander (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin Space)

InSight – Initial results after four months on Mars

The InSight mission to Mars landed in Elysium Planitia on November 26. This session provides initial results from Mars, status reports of instrument deployment and relevant pre-landing science.

PS1.4: Orals / 14:00–18:00 Room L3, Fri, 08:30–10:15 Room L3
Posters / Fri, 10:45–12:30 Hall X4

Anisotropy from crust to core: observations, models and implications

Many regions of the Earth, from crust to core, exhibit anisotropic fabrics which can reveal much about geodynamic processes in the subsurface. The aim of this session is to bring together scientists working on different aspects of anisotropy to provide a comprehensive overview of the field.

GD7.2: Orals / 16:15–18:00 Room D1
Posters / 08:30–10:15 Hall X2

Communication and education in geoscience

This session encourages critical reflection on science communication practices and provides an opportunity for communicators to share best practice and experiences with evaluation and research in this field.

EOS4.1: Orals / 08:30–12:30, 14:00–18:00 Room L7
Posters / Fri, 08:30–10:15 Hall X4

OpenStreetMap Mapathon

Join us to help put some of the world’s most vulnerable places on the map. A mapathon is a mapping marathon, where we get together to contribute to OpenStreetMap, the world’s free map. No experience is necessary: just bring your laptop and we will provide the training.

SCA2: 19:00–20:30 Room L4/5

The carbon footprint of EGU’s General Assembly

In this townhall we will give information on measures taken so far by the EGU to reduce the environmental footprint of its General Assembly. We will also solicit suggestions for ways forward to further reduce the carbon footprint of the conference.

TM4: 19:00–20:00 Room -2.47

Meet EGU

  • Thomas von Clarmann, Executive Editor of Encyclopedia of Geosciences: 10:45–11:30
  • Ioannis A. Daglis, Editor-in-Chief of Annales Geophysicae: 11:45–12:30
  • Claudio Rosenberg and Anouk Beniest, Division President and Divison ECS Representative of Tectonics and Structural Geology: 12:30–13:15
  • Lara Pajewski, Division President of Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems: 13:15–14:00
  • Marc De Batist, Division President of Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology; 14:00–14:45
  • Eric Wolff, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Climate of the Past: 15:00–15:45
  • Thomas Mölg, Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Cryosphere: 15:45–16:15
  • Johannes Böhm, Division President of Geodesy: 16:15–17:00
  • Elena Toth, Maria-Helena Ramos, and Nilay Dogulu, Outgoing Division President, Incoming Division President, and Division ECS Representative of Hydrological Sciences: 17:00–17:45

EGU booth Hall X2

Feedback meetings

  • Division meeting for Biogeosciences (BG): 12:45–13:45 Room L2
  • Division meeting for Cryospheric Sciences (CR): 12:45–13:45 Room N1
  • Division meeting for Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE): 12:45–13:45 Room 0.94
  • Division meeting for Earth & Space Science Informatics (ESSI): 12:45–13:45 Room 0.96
  • Division meeting for Geomorphology (GM): 12:45–13:45 Room G2
  • Editorial board meeting of Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT): 12:45–13:45 Room 3.30
  • Editorial board meeting of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS): 12:45–13:45 Room 3.29
  • Editorial Board Meeting of Climate of the Past (CP): 12:45–13:45 Room 3.16
  • Editorial board meeting of Geoscience Communication (GC): 12:45–13:45 Room 3.47
  • Editorial board meeting of Encyclopedia of Geosciences (EG): 19:00–20:00 Room 3.17

Help us improve!

Feedback received last year was examined carefully and played a large part in shaping improvements for the EGU General Assembly 2019. This year, we would like to ask you to, once again, take 5-10 minutes to complete our 2019 questionnaire at Your input will help shape the next EGU General Assembly.

What’s on tomorrow

  • Mountain Building, Volcanism, Climate and Biodiversity in the Andes: 250 years after Alexander von Humboldt (US2: 08:30–12:15 Room E1)
  • Past and future tipping points and large climate transitions in Earth history (US3: 14:00–15:45, 16:15–18:00 Room E1)


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