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Media at EGU2020
Worldwide | 4–8 May 2020
Sharing Geoscience Online Press Centre

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Sharing Geoscience Online Press Centre

In place of the annual physical General Assembly in Vienna, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will instead host EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (#shareEGU20) from 4-8 May. The largest-ever virtual geoscience meeting is a pilot project that will bring together thousands of Earth, planetary and space scientists from around the world onto one platform to discuss their latest findings. The event will provide a unique opportunity for journalists to interact with researchers, learn about new developments and find out about the latest discoveries in a wide variety of topic areas ranging from water resources, natural hazards and climate to space and planetary science missions.

Sharing Geoscience Online is free for all participants, including journalists, freelance science writers and public information officers from around the world. No registration or login is reqired for anyone to participate, though we still encourage you to sign up on the registration page to receive media alerts.

Events of special interest to journalists

The events most likely to be of interest to journalists are the Union-wide sessions, the virtual press conferences, and presentation materials uploaded to scientific sessions on topics of broad interest that can be found by searching the meeting programme.

New meeting structure

Due to technical constraints and the short amount of time available to prepare for Sharing Geoscience Online, the event will feature a format that is quite different from EGU’s physical General Assembly:

Union-wide sessions

The following session will be live streamed (all times are CEST). Instructions for joining these sessions will be posted closer to the event.

Monday 4 May
GDB3 Cutting carbon in the geosciences: conference participation versus online streaming and fieldwork versus remote observations. Join the online session Mon, 04 May, 10:45–11:45

US1 Best practices for scientific integrity and scientific freedom in an age of pandemics - and beyond (Co-sponsored by AGI, AGU, AOGS, GSA, GSL, and JpGU). Join the online session Mon, 04 May, 16:15–18:00

Tuesday 5 May
US5 The future of Earth and Planetary Observations from Space. Join the online session Tue, 05 May, 10:45–12:30

GDB4 Are forests a solution to climate change? Join the online session Tue, 05 May, 14:00–15:00

Wednesday 6 May
US3 The role and impact of fire in the Earth system across spatial and temporal scales. Join the online session Wed, 06 May, 10:45–12:30

GDB1 Academic meritocracy: is it a challenge to women’s careers? (Co-sponsored by AGU, AOGS and JpGU). Join the online session Wed, 06 May, 16:15–17:15

Thursday 7 May
US2 Geosciences and UN Sustainable Development Goals: pathways for the future. Join the online session Thu, 07 May, 10:45–12:30

GDB5 Values versus facts: should geoscience get personal? Join the online session Thu, 07 May, 16:15–17:15

Friday 8 May
US4 Communicating A Global Climate Crisis: If our house is on fire, why haven’t we called the fire brigade…? Join the online session Fri, 08 May, 10:45–12:30

GDB2 Managing our mineral resources for a sustainable future: The role of earth scientists. Join the online session Fri, 08 May, 14:00–15:00

Short course

SC3.3 Rhyme Your Research. Join the online session Mon. 04 May, 16:15-17:30

Virtual press conferences

EGU will host three afternoon press conferences during #shareEGU20. Author abstracts and other documents related to these press conferences can be found on the documents website page.

Tuesday, 5 May, 16:00 CEST (Join the session)

Marie Tharp’s pioneering contributions to seafloor mapping helped reveal Earth’s submarine landscape, from the mid-ocean ridge system to trenches and transform faults, in unprecedented detail. Her contributions with Bruce Heezen led to an understanding of seafloor spreading and played a key role in the acceptance of the theory of plate tectonics. This press conference will honour Tharp’s achievements and examine how her life’s work has revolutionised our understanding of Earth’s oceans.

Vicki Ferrini
Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, United States
Mathilde Cannat
Marine geoscientist, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France
Paul Wessel
Professor, SOEST, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Florian Schmid 
Postdoctoral researcher, GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

Related scientific sessions: TS14.1/GD6.8, TS6.4/GD6.4/SSP2.17, TS6/2

Wednesday, 6 May, 16:00 CEST (Join the session)

Whether by land, by air, or by sea, many wild animals make extraordinary long-distance journeys. Ancestral, and even some modern, humans have likewise undertaken equally impressive odysseys across and between continents. In this press conference journalists will hear how variability in soil nutrients may help drive migrations of more than a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras and antelope in the East African Serengeti. Another team will present new results on the use of low-cost sensors to detect the vocalisations of individual African Bush Elephants to monitor their movements in South Africa. We will also hear how a group of researchers is testing forecasts of present-day human migrations in response to climate change, research that could soon increase the effectiveness of much-needed humanitarian aid.

Oliver Lamb
Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
Philippe Gaspar
Mercator-Ocean, Operational Oceanography
Eileen Eckmeier
Professor, Department of Geography, LMU Munich, Germany
Lisa Thalheimer
PhD student, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Related scientific sessions: GI1.1, SSS8.8, NH9.6, SSP1.9/GM10.4

Wednesday 6 May, 17:15 CEST (Join the session)

Inspired by the work of geologist Charles Lyell, Jules Verne penned this classic example of ‘subterranean fiction’ in which the characters descend into the planet’s interior, witness battling prehistoric creatures, and experience many more adventures before returning to the surface via an eruption of Italy’s Stromboli volcano. This lighthearted press conference will guide journalists on an equally enthralling exploration of a fantastic fossil discovery, new results from studies of the Earth’s interior, and findings from Mount Stromboli’s 2019 eruptions.

Malcolm Hart
Emeritus Professor, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
Anne Davaille
CNRS Research Director, University of Paris-Saclay, France
Paula Koelemeijer
Royal Society University Research Fellow and Proleptic Lecturer, Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom
Filippo Zaniboni
Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna, Italy

Related scientific sessions: SSP1.1, EOS7.1, ITS5.2/OS4.13/EOS10.2/BG3.18/GM6.6/HS11.63, GD2.1/EMRP1.24/GMPV4.2/SM4.12, NH5.1

Programme highlights

Of highlight this year is the session Best practices for scientific integrity and scientific freedom in an age of pandemics – and beyond (Co-sponsored by AGI, AGU, AOGS, GSA, GSL, and JpGU) on Monday afternoon. If you’d like to interview any of the speakers, please inform Terri Cook, EGU’s Head of Media, Communications and Outreach, at

Other Union-wide sessions, including great debates, that could be relevant for media participants are:

If you’re interested in watching these or any of the other ten keynote symposia and debates that will be live streamed, see this article for links to these sessions and more information.

In addition to these sessions, journalists searching for newsworthy research to report on may wish to check these sessions of media relevance as well as Abstracts of potential media interest 2020 170.7 KB selected by the EGU press officer.

Reporters may also find the list of papers of public interest, selected by session conveners, useful.

Scientific programme

The EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (#shareEGU20) scientific programme is available on the main conference website.

The programme includes more than 17,000 abstracts, which have been organised into more than 700 thematic sessions. During each scheduled session, abstract authors and other interested people will be able to actively "discuss" the research via a live text chat.

The programme is searchable by scientist name, keywords (e.g., Greenland, turtle), session topic (e.g., hydrology, planetary sciences), and other parameters.

An excel spreadsheet of all SGO abstracts is available for members of the press corps; please contact for more information.

#shareEGU20 online

Participants can keep updated with what's going on at the General Assembly by following the EGU Twitter account (@EuroGeosciences) and take part in the conversation using the official conference hashtags, #shareEGU20 and #EGU20.

The EGU communications staff will also be posting about the conference on Facebook and on the EGU blogs.


The #shareEGU20 virtual press centre is run by Terri Cook, EGU's Head of Media, Communications and Outreach, with the help of media assistants.

For more information, please contact Terri by email at