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EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online — by the numbers

13 May 2020

The statistics from EGU 2020 clearly demonstrate that EGU members, and many other people around the world, are eager to learn about the latest geoscience research results.

By the numbers, the week of Sharing Geoscience Online included:

• 701 scientific sessions
• 26,219 individual chat registrations from 134 countries
• 18,036 abstracts, 63% of which had uploaded presentation materials
• An average of 8,730 text chat participants per day on average, with a maximum of 9,930
• A peak of 5,090 participants simultaneously active in chats
• A median of 92 participants per chat and a maximum of 796
• 200,400 total messages posted, with a daily average of 40,080
• 6,297 comments made on presentation materials through Friday 8 May
• 6 Short Courses, including one live session
• 10 livestreamed Union Symposia and Great Debates and 3 virtual press conferences
• 44 networking, feedback, or townhall sessions

Fortunately, even though Sharing Geoscience Online is over, the scientific discourse can continue. All of the abstracts and presentation materials will be permanently archived, and EGU members can use their Copernicus IDs to add additional comments and replies until 31 May.

People from around the world can also access all of the livestreamed events, including the ten Union Symposia and Great Debates and three press conferences, for free at any time via EGU’s YouTube channel. The six Short Courses are also available for free viewing on the same channel.

Below is a list of all the webstreamed Sharing Geoscience Online sessions, along with links to each recording and programme listing:

Great Debates
GDB1: Academic meritocracy: is it a challenge to women’s careers? (Co-sponsored by AGU, AOGS and JpGU) | Details | Stream
GDB2: Managing our mineral resources for a sustainable future: The role of earth scientists | Details | Stream
GDB3: Cutting carbon in the geosciences: conference participation versus online streaming and fieldwork versus remote observations | Details | Stream
GDB4: Are forests a solution to climate change? | Details | Stream
GDB5: Values versus facts: should geoscience get personal? | Details | Stream

Union Symposia
US1: Best practices for scientific integrity and scientific freedom in an age of pandemics – and beyond (Co-sponsored by AGI, AGU, AOGS, GSA, GSL, and JpGU) | Details | Stream
US2: Geosciences and UN Sustainable Development Goals: pathways for the future | Details | Stream
US3: The role and impact of fire in the Earth system across spatial and temporal scales | Details | Stream
US4: Communicating A Global Climate Crisis: If our house is on fire, why haven’t we called the fire brigade…? | Details | Stream
US5: The future of Earth and Planetary Observations from Space | Details | Stream

Short Courses
SC3.1: Open and FAIR your science | Details | Stream
SC3.3: Rhyme your research | Details | Stream
SC3.16 Science blogging for beginners | Details | Stream
SC4.5 Mind your head | Details | Stream
SC2.2: Handling your data efficiently from planning to reuse – tips and tools to save time and nerves | Details | Stream
SC3.6 What is science for policy and how can you get involved? | Details | Stream

Press Conferences
PC1: Centennial perspectives: a celebration of Marie Tharp’s legacy | Details | Stream
PC2: Epic journeys: new insights into wildlife and human migrations | Details | Stream
PC3: Journey to the Centre of the Earth | Details | Stream

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The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is the leading organisation for Earth, planetary and space science research in Europe. With our partner organisations worldwide, we foster fundamental geoscience research, alongside applied research that addresses key societal and environmental challenges. Our vision is to realise a sustainable and just future for humanity and for the planet. We publish a number of diverse scientific journals, which use an innovative open access format, and organise topical meetings, and education and outreach activities. Follow the EGU on Twitter and Facebook.


Terri Cook
Head of Media, Communications and Outreach
European Geosciences Union
Munich, Germany
X @EuroGeosciences


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