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Introduction to EGU Galileo Conferences

EGU Galileo conferences are named in honour of Galileo Galilei, the famous Italian physicist, philosopher, astronomer and mathematician, universally recognised as the founder of modern science.

The EGU Galileo conferences address well-focused cutting-edge topics at the frontier of geosciences research. A limited number, typically about one hundred, internationally recognised scientists meet for 3-5 days to discuss and debate issues at the forefront of the discipline. The conferences are informal: the state-of-the-art is outlined in keynote presentations designed to trigger in-depth discussion of important aspects of the conference topic. Usually about 50% of the conference time is dedicated to debate and dialogue, culminating in a final round table discussion where future research directions are included. Since Galileo Conferences provide an open atmosphere for sharing the latest research results, presentations and discussions are treated confidentially, unless otherwise agreed.

EGU Galileo Conferences are evaluated in a rigorous review process and a professional support group monitors the organisation of the conference to guarantee a high standard. Each Galileo Conference has an organising committee that is responsible for the scientific programme and includes at least one EGU delegate appointed by the EGU Council. The EGU delegate communicates with the EGU. Immediately after each conference, the EGU delegate writes a brief report of the conference which is published on the EGU website. Conference organisers are expected to publish a state-of-the-art paper about the conference topic and its outcomes in the appropriate EGU open-access journal, or under special circumstances, in equivalent high-impact journals. In addition to this paper, the organising committee is encouraged to publish a special Galileo Conference proceeding issue in one of the EGU journals.

Galileo conferences are financed by the participant’s registration fees.

  • EGU will support the participation of Early Career Scientists by up to 5000€.
  • EGU will cover a potential deficit of the event (note that any potential benefit will be credited to EGU).

Consequently, the organizing committee can fully focus on the scientific aspects of the conference.

Furthermore, EGU is supporting the conference by:

  • Putting at disposal the conference organisation tools including web hosting, as well as the abstract, programme and registration management.
  • Providing comprehensive organisational support to the EGU Galileo Conferences by organising e.g. venue, poster boards, catering, Wi-Fi facilities, etc.

Note that the costs of the above mentioned services will have to be covered from the registration fees. Web hosting as well as registration management are mandatory and will be charged depending on the complexity of the website and on the number of participants.

Support from other organisations will reduce the conference fee and are welcome.