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Press release EGU General Assembly 2019 Media Advisory 2 – Meeting programme online, provisional press conferences

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EGU General Assembly 2019 Media Advisory 2 – Meeting programme online, provisional press conferences

20 February 2019

The programme for the 2019 General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is now online. Among over 1000 sessions, it features a Union symposium on climate tipping points, debates on both the safe operating space for the planet and on open access publishing (Plan S), and a session on science, politics and European (dis)integration featuring Mario Monti. In this year’s press conferences, journalists can find out where scientists are planning to drill for the oldest ice on Earth, what the latest research on plastic pollution is, and much more.

The meeting, the largest geosciences conference in Europe, is anticipated to bring together over 14,000 scientists and is a great opportunity to hear about the latest research in the Earth, planetary and space sciences. It runs from 7 to 12 April and is taking place at the Austria Center Vienna, in Vienna, Austria.


Meeting programme online

All sessions (over 1000) and abstracts (around 17,000) are now available online.

The programme is searchable by scientist name, keywords (e.g.: Greenland, turtle), session topic (e.g.: climate, planetary sciences), and other parameters. You can generate your personal programme by selecting single contributions or complete sessions from the meeting programme.

Reporters may also find the list of papers of public interest, selected by session conveners, useful.

To provide a better experience for all attendees at its General Assembly, the EGU has made changes to the meeting schedule compared to previous years. The new schedule features posters, orals and PICOs in parallel, uses time blocks of 105 minutes, and includes a dedicated networking slot.

Provisional press conferences

We are planning around 8 press conferences at the EGU General Assembly, which will take place at the Press Centre located on the Yellow Level (Ground Floor) of the Austria Center Vienna. Provisional topics to be presented to journalists this year include:

  • Beyond EPICA: drilling for the oldest ice on Earth
  • Latest research on plastic pollution
  • Marks of the Anthropocene: past, present and future
  • Health risks: air pollution, emerging viruses, malaria mosquitoes
  • New research on the past and future European climate
  • New hazards research: Anak Krakatau, glacial lakes and giant quakes

Please note that the list above is subject to change. A subsequent media advisory, to be released about a month before the Assembly, will include a full schedule of press conferences with a list of speakers and short summary of the topics covered in each media briefing.

Union-wide sessions of interest

Of highlight this year is the session ‘Science, politics and European (dis)integration: a conversation of geoscientists with Ilaria Capua and Mario Monti’ at lunchtime on Wednesday 10 April. If you’d like to interview or question Mario Monti and Ilaria Capua after their session is over, please inform the EGU Media and Communications Manager Bárbara Ferreira at

Other Union-wide sessions, including great debates, that could be relevant for media participants are:

Media registration

Members of the media, public information officers and science bloggers (conditions apply) are now invited to register for the meeting online, free of charge. Media registration gives access to the Press Centre, interview rooms, and other meeting rooms. It also includes a public transportation ticket for central Vienna, valid from Monday to Friday. At the Press Centre, media participants have access to a working space with a dedicated wireless network and a press conference room. In addition, breakfast, lunch, coffee and refreshments are available free of charge.

The list of journalist and public information officers who have registered already is available online.

Online registration is open until 14 March 2019. We strongly encourage all media participants to register in advance via this site to facilitate badge collection on arrival to the conference centre, the Austria Center Vienna. You may also register on-site during the meeting.

Further information about media services at the General Assembly is available at Closer to the time of the meeting, this website will feature a full programme of press conferences, which will also be announced in later media advisories. For information on accommodation and travel, please refer to the appropriate sections of the main EGU General Assembly 2019 website.

Please note that the Vienna City Marathon (40,000 participants) will take place in Vienna on Sunday, 7 April, resulting in many hotels being fully booked the night before. Furthermore, another large conference is taking place from 9 to 14 April 2019 in Vienna. Therefore, we strongly recommend booking accommodation as soon as possible.

More information

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. It is a non-profit interdisciplinary learned association of scientists founded in 2002 with headquarters in Munich, Germany. The EGU publishes a number of diverse scientific journals, which use an innovative open access format, and organises a number of topical meetings, and education and outreach activities. Its annual General Assembly is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event, attracting over 14,000 scientists from all over the world. The meeting’s sessions cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate, energy, and resources. The EGU General Assembly 2019 is taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 7 to 12 April 2019. For information and press registration, please check, or follow the EGU on Twitter and Facebook.

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Bárbara Ferreira
EGU Media and Communications Manager
Munich, Germany
Phone +49-89-2180-6703


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