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Media at the EGU General Assembly
4–8 May 2020
Press conferences

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List of press conferences

Tuesday, 05 May 2020
Wednesday, 06 May 2020

PC1 – Centennial perspectives: A celebration of Marie Tharp’s legacy

Tuesday, 05 May 2020, 16:00–17:00 CEST (Stream)

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.


Related scientific sessions:

TS14.1/GD6.8, TS6.4/GD6.4/SSP2.17, TS6/2

PC2 – Epic journeys: New insights into wildlife and human migrations

Wednesday, 06 May 2020, 16:00–17:00 CEST (Stream)

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.


Related scientific sessions:

GI1.1, SSS8.8, NH9.6, SSP1.9/GM10.4

PC3 – Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Wednesday, 06 May 2020, 17:15–18:15 CEST (Stream)

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.


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