Early Career Scientists
About two third 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.
- The new EGU GM ECS representative is Andrea Madella with Aayush Srivastava (runner-up in the election) as support for this year.
- Thanks to Micha Dietze and Annegret Larsen for having led the GM ECS the last two years (Annegret Larsen will stay on board for another year to share her experience)
- Deadlines for the GM ECS medal nominations are open until 30 June (link) - If you think of a GM ECS who should be awarded for their outstanding contribution, consider visiting the link!
- Session proposals will be open 24 June – 11 September 2020
- Applications call for the new GM-Early Career Scientists representatives can be submitted anytime. If you think you would be great for this role, consider writing an application consisting of a motivation/vision letter and your CV to the division president (Dan Parson).
- As Dan Parson pointed out in the GM Division email, we still had an amazing program (“little bit of light in the dark") thanks to the efforts of many people.
- While there were great content and discussions in the online sessions, some events could not take place. The "meet the expert" event, where you can ask a top scientist all those questions about carreer and life in academia with Prof. Ellen Wohl, the Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal winner of 2017, was one of these events. We of course hope, that we can ask Ellen all our questions at some time in the future.
- Also, we will have to see if the Great Debate with the topic "Slow science vs. fast science", aiming to discuss the aspects of the increasing pressure on (especially young) scientist to publish papers can make it to next year's EGU. If you have an idea for another topic, feel free to contact us - either directly or via the GM ECS twitter.
Who we are
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.
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.
Annegret is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wageningen, Netherlands. Her research broadly covers sediment transport on hillslopes, fluvial systems and the linkages between them. Most recently, she is working on biogeomorphic feedbacks in streams and floodplains. Annegret has been (co-) convening several sessions at the EGU annual meeting. Annegret is also part of the women in geoscience network and passionate about diversity in geoscience.
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 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
- 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 email@example.com, 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.