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EGU Education Committee seeks new members

18 January 2022

The EGU Education Committee, which coordinates EGU activities mainly related to secondary (high school) and tertiary (post-secondary) education, is seeking new volunteer committee members. The Education Committee is particularly looking for potential members who are Early Career Scientists and have an interest in education to provide an Early Career Scientist (ECS) perspective to the committee.

One of the committee’s main activities is the organisation of the GIFT (Geosciences Information for Teachers) workshops, held annually during the EGU General Assembly. These well established and popular workshops aim to share first-hand scientific information with teachers of the sciences and other related subjects at primary (elementary) and secondary (high school) levels. In addition to the GIFT workshops, the committee organises additional education workshops, usually in connection with international scientific conferences or in collaboration with other organisations.

The committee also appoints, trains, and maintains a network of Geoscience Field Officers in European countries and beyond. The Field Officers train school teachers in the teaching of the geoscience elements of the curriculum in their own countries through hands-on workshops.

EGU’s Education Committee recently began offering an initiative to support geoscience lecturers in Higher Education through teaching awards and teaching workshops. The committee also has exciting plans to develop a comprehensive and accessible database of materials to support university geoscience teachers.

Successful candidates will preferably have:

  • High interest in Earth Science secondary and/or tertiary (post-secondary) education
  • Interest in developing innovative geoscience education strategies
  • Networking experience in geosciences

Candidates should send a one-page motivation letter explaining how the applicant could contribute to EGU’s educational activities to both the Education Committee Vice Chair, Jean-Luc Berenguer ( and the EGU Executive Secretary, Philippe Courtial ( by Monday 28 February.

For further information about the positions, which are voluntary, please contact the Education Committee directly (

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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 that use an innovative open access format and organises topical meetings plus education and outreach activities. Its annual General Assembly is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event, attracting more than 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.