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GM Geomorphology Early Career Scientists

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European Geosciences Union

Division on Geomorphology

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.



Recap 2020-2021

  1. 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!
  2. Proposals for Great Debates, Short Courses and other non-scientific sessions. This year we are convening the following events:
    1. GDB4 “Slow science vs Fast science”, a discussion about the current pace of academic research, where it is leading us to, what needs to change and what can realistically be changed.
      Tuesday 20 April @ 9:00-10:30 CEST
    2. 11 “Meet the experts: Geomorphology”, which has become a traditional SC on career development. This year’s expert is Prof. Todd Ehlers, 2018 recipient of the Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal, active mentor to several Junior research groups in his University and well known for his interdisciplinary approach. Todd will also share his experience on topics such as non-linear career, work-life balance of employees, international mobility, and his involvement in numerous search committees.Tuesday 26 April @ 14:30-15:30 CEST
    3. 13 “Application of age models in paleoclimatology and geomorphology. A joint effort led by the CL division ECS representatives. In this SC, we have gathered one expert in age modeling who will expand on applications to archives where time varies as a function of depth (Dr. Sebastian Breitenbach, University of Northumbria), and one expert who will cover applications to geomorphologic/sedimentologic archives in which time varies as a function of space (Dr. Rachel Smedley, University of Liverpool). Thursday 29 April @ 9:00-10:00 CEST
  3. Organisation of Networking events. This year, we have organised two networking events that will run on a Gather virtual space sponsored by Wiley. To access them, you’ll have to click on the related links in the pop-up event schedule (EGU login is necessary). Our Gather space will be open to any conference attendee who’d like to chat while casually moving and interacting with space and avatars like you would do in reality (explore the space and rooms, join conversations in small groups, interact with objects). Our GM Networking events are:
      1. GM Division Networking, Thu, 22 Apr, 12:30–13:30 CEST Lunchtime networking in the hour that precedes our Division Meeting
      2. GM ECS Networking Night, Wed 28 @ 18:00-21:00 CEST 3 hours time to meet, chat, discuss, catch up in the evening (bring your own drinks)
  4. 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.
  5. Involvement in decisions at division level. Andrea and Aayush have had the occasion to join in discussions with our Division President (Prof. Daniel R. Parsons) and the rest of the GM non-ECS committee, where decisions about session mergers and outstanding ECS awards were taken.

Who we are

Aayush Aayush Srivastava

Aayush is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of St. Andrews, with background in luminescence dating and aeolian geomorphology. Currently, he is investigating the terraced landscapes in the Mediterranean region in the context of establishing an environmentally sustainable land-use strategy for rural communities. Having benefitted from EGU’s annual meetings in the past, he aims to represent diverse voices of fellow young geomorphologists in the Division’s decision-making processes and activities. Follow him on Twitter (aayushgeo) for recent updates about his work.

Aayush Andrea Madella

Andrea is a tectonic geomorphologist at University of Tübingen, Germany. He works as a Postdoc on surface expressions of seaward-concave subduction zone geometry. Andrea has been enjoying and benefiting from the EGU annual meeting ever since 2013 and is very happy with the way things go in the union and now feels to be ready to get his hands dirty to work as GM ECS representative. He is looking forward to do his share with an open-minded and social spirit.

Edwin Baynes

Edwin is a lecturer in physical geography at Loughborough University in the UK, having recently been a postdoc in New Zealand and France. His research broadly covers understanding and quantifying the physical processes that drive changes in river morphology, including waterfall erosion, strath terrace formation and the impact of extreme flood events. He can usually be found in the analogue modelling laboratory, or exploring remote field sites in Iceland or New Zealand! Follow Edwin on twitter (@EdwinBaynes) for the latest updates on his work.

Eric Pohl

Eric is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He works on various aspects of cold region landscapes related to climate change and variability. A central point of his work is the numerical modeling of the hydrological cycle, and the heat transfer from the atmosphere into the ground in permafrost regions. Ultimately, he aims for a better understanding of climate-landscape interactions.

What we do

Channels of outreach