Early Career Scientists
Around half of all EGU General Assembly participants are Early Career Scientists (ECS). This vital part of the scientific community is what this website is devoted to. Through the ECS representatives you can have a voice across the EGU realm. On this website we keep you up to date and inform you about our goals and communication channels.
- Gerald Raab is representing the GM ECS and Rachel Oien is the runner up.
- We are super happy to have many new faces on board (check out the "Who we are") with Danni, Emma, Janek, Márton, Riccardo and Romano – A big welcome!
- Sign up for the EGU ECS newsletter to get the latest news!
- We are always welcoming new members. If you want to participate and shape the GM ECS community, get in touch with us!
- Communication on Twitter, Facebook, the GM Blog
EGU-related events, scientific highlights, job advertisements and so on. Anything you pass over to us gets forwarded to a broader audience. Given the size and popularity of geomorphology, we have a whopping 4000+ Twitter followers and 2000+ Facebook likes.
Posting on this blog is open to anyone who’s willing to write down interesting content, and there is room to increase the frequency of blog posts, so you should not hesitate to contact the editors! Our 2023/24 theme is ‘A Day in the Life of a Geomorphologist'. Please share your daily routine with us!
- Proposals for Great Debates, Short Courses and other non-scientific sessions. This year we were convening the following events:
- Fixed-term contracts: opportunity or exploitation? A round-table discussion with invited speakers sharing their opinions and providing suggestions on how to move forward or revise the career system.
- Meet the experts: Geomorphology. The ask and listen to an expert meeting, in a friendly atmosphere, where you can ask all your questions about how life in a successful scientific career looks like.
- Organisation of Networking or Pop-Up events. Still rusty from the online-only events, we are looking forward to keep you informed about social events especially for ECS. The general GM social event (aka a pub evening) at Mel's craft beer and diner was a great gathering to see many faces again in person.
- Union-wide discussions with other representatives. Every couple of months, ECS reps of all divisions gather online to discuss and act in working groups that cover topics such as (i) connectivity among divisions, (ii) the role of ECS, (iii) work-life balance, (iv) our vision of EGU, (v) increasing the weight of ECS within the union, (vi) improving definitions and customs of EGU in terms of Equality-Diversity-Inclusion.
- Involvement in decisions at division level. Aayush joins the discussions with our Division President (Kristen Cook) and the rest of the GM non-ECS committee, where decisions about session mergers and outstanding ECS awards are taken.
Who we are
Gerald is a geomorphology driven geologist, currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. In his research he uses geochronological and geochemical techniques to determine surface processes, mainly erosion and topographic evolution. Gerald benefitted from EGU’s annual meetings over the past decade. He aims to represent the diverse voices of fellow young geomorphologists in the Division’s decision-making processes and activities. He is looking very much forward to serve the community well. Tweet him @gr_science
Rachel P Oien
Rachel is a teaching fellow at Durham University, UK in physical geography. As a quantitative geomorphologist, she focuses on alpine geomorphology and palaeoglaciology throughout the Quaternary, primarily based in Scandinavia and Greenland and is now expanding to Antarctica. Her PhD work investigated the relationship between geomorphic cirques and climate. She has attended EGU in 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023. She is highly motivated to serve the GM ECS community. Find her on twitter @rpassig1
Danni is a glacial geomorphologist and lecturer at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding the extent and dynamics of past and present ice masses, in the Arctic and pan-North Atlantic. My post-doctoral work investigated the Greenland Ice Sheet and reconstructing millennial-scale tidewater glacier behaviour. Having regularly attended EGU since 2012 she is looking forward to working with the GM ECS team. Twitter @danni__pearce
Romano is a tectonic geomorphologist, currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Roma TRE in Italy. His research addresses questions including how geomorphic systems record geological signals, such as tectonics, uplift and climate, and which are the main controlling factors on the development of topography in terrestrial and marine environments. He is very happy to join the GM Team and ready contribute to the EGU community.
Márton is a final-year PhD student in geosciences and GIS at the ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, and the secretary of the Hungarian ProGEO group. His research works focus on quantitative geodiversity assessment and geosite evaluations – following the standards of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and UNESCO Global Geoparks. Additionally, he has a great interest in UAV-based remote sensing and 3D models in geosciences. He hopes to serve the group of young researchers through the EGU.
Emma Lodes is a tectonic geomorphologist and PhD candidate at the German Research Center for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany. Her current research involves landscape evolution along a climate gradient in Chile using cosmogenic radionuclide dating, and she is largely interested in the effects of climate and tectonics on landscape evolution and sediment transport. She is excited to be a part of the ECS team and contribute to the European Geomorphology community!
Janek is a postdoc at the University of Vienna with a research focus on the processes and evolution of dryland geomorphology and soils – largely based on field studies in North Chile, Northwest Namibia and Central Asia. Outside of drylands, he further works on the human impact on fluvial systems in Central Europe. For these purposes, he integrates space- and UAS-borne remote sensing, GIS analyses, geomorphometry, numerical dating, and sedimentological data. As a regular EGU attendee since 2019, he is looking forward to engaging in the GM ECS community.
Riccardo is a tectonic geomorphologist at the University of Rome, Roma Tre. He is currently a postdoc researcher and lecturer. His work focuses on understanding the interaction between tectonics and surface processes. For doing this, he uses both analogue and numerical modelling, trying to catch the evolution of landscapes as a function of this continuous feedback. He is looking forward to contributing to the GM Team and to the EGU community.
What we do
- Promote social events during EGU. If you have an event that you want to promote or join already established events do not hesitate to get in contact with us. For example, throughout the last years, national young geomorphologists networks (Junge Geomorphologen, BGS) have established a zero-hierarchy social event during the General Assembly. This event aims at bringing together young and not any more so young researchers with geomorphology as shared background. The event typically takes place at the cosy Mozart Stüberl, which tends to be fully crowded with a buzzing international crowd. See the Hot News from time to time to see the upcoming scheduling of the event.
- Bridging divisions at and beyond EGU. Geomorphology is an integrative discipline, heavily reaching out to neighbouring and more remote disciplines. As such, it is our goal to facilitate this nature of geomorphology also in the realm of the EGU. We do this by coordinating joint workshops, co-organised sessions, and interactions with other Divisions’ ECS representatives.
- Conveying ECS’ needs to the respective targets. It is our immediate role to serve you ECS in linking you with the partners adequate to address your questions and ideas.
- Building a European-wide network of geomorphology enthusiasts. There is a wealth of nationally organised networks of young scientists with a geomorphic background. We see it as essential to bring together these networks and connect them at European level. We foster joint networking events, cooperatively organised EGU-wide workshops and mutually invitations to the respective national group meetings.
Channels of outreach
- We contribute to the EGU-Blog, run by Sabine (https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/gm/author/kraushaar/) and Jan (https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/gm/author/blothe/) through, e.g., interviews by GM ECS. We have started this by posting the interviews of the GM division president candidates before the recent election, and several more are in the making.
- The GM division twitter account (twitter.com/egu_gm) is active with over 3500 followers, and an audience that is growing every week. We encourage continued engagement with the account, so please get in touch by tagging us (or contacting Edwin Baynes) in your posts if there is anything you would like to share with the GM and ECS communities.
- Mailing list
The GM ECS group has a mailing list, which can be used for communicating and sharing essential information. It is a moderated list, and responsibilities are hosted above the ECS Representative level. If you are not yet included in this mailing list and want to become part of it, let us know. If you wish to circulate your contents via this mailing list, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, where it will be checked for validity and forwarded to the mailing list coordinator. Thus, include a processing window of a few days before your message will be made available to the envisioned audience.