EGU 2019 General Assembly Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Highlights at a glance

  • 08:30 – Mass extinctions, volcanism and global climate changes (SSP2.4: Room G2); Ground Penetrating Radar (GI4.1: Room 0.96); Earth – evolution at the dry limit (GM5.3: Room 0.31)
  • 10:45 – Rewards and recognition in science (GDB4: Room E1); Diversity and equality in the geosciences (EOS6.1: Posters, Hall X4); Volcanic processes (GMPV5.1: Room D1); Exploring the near-Sun environment and first observations of Parker Solar Probe (ST1.4: Room L3)
  • 12:45 – Science, Politics and European (dis)integration, with Ilaria Capua and Mario Monti (SCS1: Room E1)
  • 14:00 – The Anthropocene (ITS5.1: Posters Hall X1); The science-policy interface in hydrology (HS1.2.1: Room C); Games for geoscience (EOS2.4: Posters Hall X4)
  • 17:30 – EGU Award Ceremony (PCN3: Room E1)
  • 18:00 – Geoscience Games Night (SCA1: Foyer D)
  • 19:00 – Get creative! Sketching and drawing (your) science (SC2.13: Room -2.16)
Ilaria Capua and Mario Monti
Ilaria Capua and Mario Monti

Science, Politics and European (dis)integration: A conversation of geoscientists with Ilaria Capua and Mario Monti

This session, with Former Italian Prime Minister and EU Commissioner Mario Monti and Former Italian Parliamentarian Ilaria Capua, will focus on science and politics with a global perspective, and the impact of populism on European integrity and scientific research. Mario Monti is currently President of Bocconi University in Milan and a lifetime member of the Italian Senate, while Ilaria Capua is a full professor at the University of Florida in the US and director of the One Health Center of Excellence. During the conversation, the panelists will present their vision with two 15-minute talks that will be followed by 20 minutes dedicated to questions from the audience and answers.

SCS1: 12:45–14:00 Room E1

Rewards and recognition in science: what value should we place on contributions that cannot be easily measured

Assessments of scientists and their institutions tend to focus on easy-to-measure metrics related to research outputs such as publications, citations, and grants. However, there is a growing need for scientists to communicate, engage, and work directly with the public and policy makers, and practice open scholarship. How can we fairly value and credit these harder-to-measure, less tangible contributions, compared to the favoured metrics? And how can we shift the emphasis away from the ‘audit culture’ towards measuring performance and excellence? This session, co-sponsored by AGU and JpGU, will present a distinguished panel of stakeholders discussing how to implement and institutionalise these changes.

GDB4: 10:45–12:30 Room E1

Medal lectures

  • Julius Bartels Medal Lecture by Masatoshi Yamauchi: ‘Ion phenomena in space’ (MAL18/ST: 09:15–10:15 Room E1)
  • SM Division Outstanding ECS Lecture by Piero Poli: ‘In between known earthquakes: Characteristics long period earthquakes from oceanic ridges and ultra-low frequency volcanic tremors’ (MAL41/SM: 10:45–11:15 Room D2)
  • Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal Lecture by Johannes Lelieveld: ‘Effects of fossil fuel generated and total anthropogenic emission phase-out on public health and climate’ (MAL32/AS: 11:30–12:30 Room F1)
  • TS Division Outstanding ECS Lecture by Daniel Pastor-Galán: ‘The making of the Pangean superplate’ (MAL45/TS: 12:00–12:30 Room K1)
  • Milutin Milankovic Medal Lecture by Jacques Laskar: ‘Astronomical solutions for paleoclimate studies. Historical views and new challenges’ (MAL22/CL: 14:00–15:00 Room F2)
  • HS Division Outstanding ECS Lecture by Serena Ceola: ‘Human-impacted rivers: new perspectives from global high-resolution monitoring’ (MAL37/HS: 14:00–14:30 Room B)
  • ST Division Outstanding ECS Lecture by Chao Xiong: ‘The influence of ionospheric plasma irregularities on the GNSS receiver onboard low Earth orbiting satellites’ (MAL44/ST: 15:30–15:45 Room L1)

Short courses, networking and early career scientist events

  • Everything you wanted to know about awards (but were afraid to ask!) (SC3.14: 08:30–10:15 Room -2.16)
  • How to write (and publish) a scientific paper in Hydrology (SC1.18: 10:45–12:30 Room -2.16)
  • Meet the Experts: Geomorphology (SC3.1: 10:45–12:30 Room -2.31)
  • Unconscious bias (SC3.8: 12:45–13:45 Room -2.32)
  • EGU Early Career Scientists’ Forum (PCN6: 12:45–13:45 Room L2)
  • Penck lecture by ECS awardee Giulia Sofia: ‘On the linkage between humans, precipitation patterns, and floods’ (SAL 2: 12:45–13:45 Room G2)
  • Seismology 101 (SC1.14: 14:00–15:45 Room -2.62)
  • Machine learning for geosciences: data exploration and modelling (SC1.35: 14:00–15:45 Room -2.31)
  • Make sense of the mess: how to keep your research project on track (SC1.38: 14:00–15:45 Room -2.16)
  • Balancing work and personal life as a scientist (SC3.20: 16:15–18:00 Room -2.85)
  • Peer-support networks – the key to building great researcher communities? (SC3.21: 16:15–18:00 Room -2.16)
  • Journal reception – Geochronology (GChron) (PCN10: 18:00–19:00 EGU booth)
  • Crowd-solving problems in Earth sciences (SC1.3: 19:00–20:30 Room -2.62)

EGU Award Ceremony

Celebrate the 2019 EGU awardees, medallists, and grant winners at the EGU Award Ceremony (PCN3) at 17:30–20:00 in Room E1.

The Anthropocene – an interdisciplinary approach

This session includes transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary contributions on the significance, usefulness and application of the term ‘Anthropocene’, as well as case studies including proposals on possible GSSPs (Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point) for a definition of the Anthropocene as part of the Geological Time Scale.

ITS5.1/SSP2.1/CL3.01/GM6.7/SSS13.32: Orals / 16:15–18:00 Room N1
Posters / 14:00–15:45 Hall X1

Mass extinctions, volcanism and global climate changes

The session investigate how massive volcanism and meteorite impacts may have caused mass extinctions and global environmental crises.

SSP2.4: Orals / 08:30–12:30 Room G2
Posters / Thu, 08:30–10:15 Hall X1

Ground Penetrating Radar: technology, methodology, applications and case studies

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a safe, advanced, non-destructive and non-invasive imaging technique that can be effectively used for inspecting the subsurface as well as natural and human-made structures. This session aims at bringing together scientists, engineers, industrial delegates and end-users working in all GPR areas, ranging from fundamental electromagnetics to the numerous fields of applications.

GI4.1: Orals / 08:30–12:30 Room 0.96
Posters / 14:00–15:45 Hall X1

The science-policy interface in hydrology – essentials for more impactful science

The session will provide the opportunity for discussing with policy makers and addressing the necessary skills to facilitate the uptake of science in policy formulation and implementation: for instance, how science influences policy and policies impact science? How scientists can provide easily digestible pieces of evidence to policy-makers? What are the key gaps in joining science to feasible policy solutions in the water sector? How can we use knowledge to improve policy, and vice-versa? It includes an invited talk by Günter Blöschl (Centre for Water Resource Systems, Vienna University of Technology).

HS1.2.1: Orals / 14:00–15:45 Room C
Posters / 16:15–18:00 Hall A

Earth – evolution at the dry limit

The objective of this session is to showcase research on the mutual evolutionary relationships between Earth surface processes and biota in arid to hyper-arid systems, where both biota and Earth surface process are severely and predominantly limited by the availability of water.

GM5.3: Orals / 08:30–12:30, 14:00–15:45 Room 0.31
Posters / Thu, 10:45–12:30 Hall X2

Diversity and equality in the geosciences

This session, co-sponsored by AGU, EAG, and JpGU, will explore reasons for the under-representation of different groups (cultural, national and gender) by welcoming debate among scientists, decision-makers and policy analysts in the geosciences. It will focus on both obstacles that contribute to under-representation and on best practices and innovative ideas to remove those obstacles.

EOS6.1: Orals / 14:00–15:45 Room L8
Posters / 10:45–12:30 Hall X4

Games for geoscience & games night

Games can be powerful tools for public engagement in the geosciences, This session is a chance to share experiences and best practice with using games to communicate geosciences. It will be followed by a Geoscience Games Night, where participants will get the chance to try games features in the session, or bring their own geoscience game to play and socialise.

EOS2.4: Orals / 16:15–18:00 Room L8
Posters / 14:00–15:45 Hall X4
SCA1: 18:00–20:00 Foyer D

Exploring the near-Sun environment and first observations of Parker Solar Probe

After the successful launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission on August 12, 2018, the spacecraft will gradually reduce its distance to the Sun over the next years. This session features contributions on research addressed to the exploration of our near-Sun environment, including first observations from PSP.

ST1.4: Orals / 10:45–12:30 Room L3
Posters / Thu, 14:00–15:45 Hall X4

Volcanic processes: tectonics, deformation, geodesy, unrest

The session deals with the documentation and modelling of the tectonic, deformation and geodetic features of any type of volcanic area, on Earth and in the Solar System.

GMPV5.1: Orals / 10:45–12:30, 14:00–18:00 Room D1
Posters / Thu, 16:15–18:00 Hall X2

Meet EGU

  • Ira Didenkulova, Division President of Natural Hazards: 10:15–10:45
  • Stephanie Werner, Divison President of Planetary and Solar System Sciences: 10:45–11:30
  • Paul Tackley, Divison President of Geodynamics: 11:45–12:30
  • Olaf Eisen & Emma Smith, Division President & Division ECS Representative of Cryospheric Sciences: 13:15–14:00
  • John Huthnance, Executive Editor of Ocean Science: 15:45–16:15
  • Marian Holness, Division President of Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology: 16:15–17:00

EGU booth Hall X2

Feedback meetings

  • Division meeting for Atmospheric Sciences (AS): 12:45–13:45 Room F1
  • Division meeting for Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL): 12:45–13:45 Room F2
  • Division meeting for Earth Magnetism & Rock Physics (EMRP): 12:45–13:45 Room L6
  • Division meeting for Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV): 12:45–13:45 Room D1
  • Division meeting for Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences (NP): 12:45–13:45 Room M1
  • Division meeting for Ocean Sciences (OS): 12:45–13:45 Room N2
  • Division meeting for Seismology (SM): 12:45–13:45 Room -2.91
  • Division meeting for Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP): 12:45–13:45 Room 0.31
  • Division meeting for Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS): 12:45–13:45 Room K2
  • Editorial board meeting of Annales Geophysicae (ANGEO): 12:45–13:45 Room 3.17
  • Editorial board meeting of Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS): 12:45–13:45 Room 3.16
  • Editorial board meeting of Biogeosciences (BG): 12:45–13:45 Room 3.30
  • Editorial Board Meeting of SOIL: 12:45–13:45 Room 3.29
EGU 2019 artists in residence and samples of their work (Credit: M Merlin/G Skretis/ G Anastasakis)
EGU 2019 artists in residence and samples of their work (Credit: M Merlin/G Skretis/ G Anastasakis)

Artists in Residence

Morgane Merlin and Giorgo Skretis are this year’s EGU General Assembly artists in residence. Follow their work live in Foyer D (Brown Level -2/basement) or online on the EGU blog or social media (hashtag #EGUart). Participants will also be able to take part in short courses organised by Merlin and Skretis: ‘Get creative! Sketching and drawing (your) science’ (SC2.13: today, 19:00–20:00 Room -2.16) and ‘Sculpt your Research’ (SC2.14: tomorrow, 19:00–20:00 Room -2.32).

What’s on tomorrow

  • Promoting and supporting equality of opportunities in geosciences (US4: 14:00–18:00 Room E1)
  • The safe operating space for the planet and how to ensure it is not passed (GDB1: 10:45–12:30 Room E1)
  • How can Early Career Scientists prioritise their mental wellbeing? (GDB3: 19:00–20:30 Room E1)
  • The carbon footprint of EGU’s General Assembly (TM4: 19:00–20:00 Room -2.47)

Maximise your poster time at the EGU General Assembly

Regardless of when your poster attendance time is, remember that you can keep your poster up all day (8:30-19h)! You can even discuss your research by your poster during the networking time slot at the end of the day.


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