At the General Assembly 2020, EGU published a Declaration on the Significance of Geoscience Expertise to Meet Global Challenges. At the same time, COVID-19 was causing a global public health crisis. During any public or environmental crisis, authorities seek advice from experts. Often systems are in place for potential environmental disasters, such as floods and storms. However, for less frequent or new issues, there is no established protocol, and experts and policymakers have to act fast. In this Great Debate, we deliberate how to get information quickly, how to asses it, and how to deal with the lack of quality and uncertainties in the data. We also discuss how public health crisis responses, like COVID-19, could draw on lessons from more frequent disasters.
GDB2: 09:00 –10:30
Patience Cowie revolutionised our understanding of the growth and interaction of faults, and the impact these have on the topography of extensional settings. Cowie studied faults at different scales and demonstrated how the development of complex fault networks impacts fault slip rate. Her numerical models of fault interactions integrated the response of river systems to the changing topography, and these predictions resulted in a wealth of research on the tectonic signals within river profiles and the sedimentological record. Through her tenacious focus on science, infectious enthusiasm, wonderful sense of humour, and commitment to women in science, she inspired a generation of young researchers, many of whom will be presenting.
US5: 15:00 –17:00
Drafting your first grant proposal can be daunting. Grant writing improves with experience, so how do Early Career Scientists compete on equal footing with those who are more established? In this Short Course, a panel of scientists and funding agencies will share their experience on applying to different funding bodies and provide tips to Early Career Scientists to gain insight and inspiration for writing a strong grant proposal. This session will be followed by a ‘pop-up’ session in the Networking lounge for more specific questions to our panel. This course offers broad tips and hints on how to write a successful proposal irrespective of the funding body.
SC2.5 : 14:30 –15:30
MAL21: 15:00 –17:00
In addition to the latest Earth, planetary, and space science research, vEGU21 is also featuring the contributions of four talented artists, who are sharing their artwork via social media (using the hashtag #EGUart). One, Stacy Phillips (@Shtacy_Phillips), is a recent graduate of the UK’s Open University who studies melting processes in the central Himalayas. She Is also a Lego photographer who enjoys turning scientific abstracts into Lego scenes as a fun and creative way of sharing scientific research. Stacy is currently soliciting vEGU21 abstracts to “Lego-ify” so DM her if you’re interested!
There are many careers that require or benefit from a research background. In this panel, scientists with a range of backgrounds give their advice on where to find jobs and the pros and cons of careers inside and outside of academia.
SC2.6: 16:00 –17:00
Do you have data-related questions? Are you looking to make your data and/or software open and FAIR? Are you interested in tools and resources for working with your data or for finding data to reuse? The Virtual Data Help Desk is here to help you! Tweet your questions from 19-23 April to #DataHelpDesk.
For more details: bit.ly/DataHelpEGU21
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