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Stacy Phillips, vEGU21 Artist in Residence @Shtacy_Phillips (Credit: Stacy Phillips)

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Apply to be one of our Artists in Residence for #EGU23!

2 November 2022

EGU’s popular Artist in Residence programme, which provides artists and scientists with opportunities to exchange ideas during the annual meeting, will come back in an in-person format for our General Assembly in 2023. We now welcome applications from science-artists for two residencies at EGU23, taking place in Vienna, Austria from 23-28 April 2023. The deadline for applications is 5 December 2022.

EGU23 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world for one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences and for the first time will provide a hybrid experience with both on-site and virtual elements. Our residency programme provides artists with an opportunity to engage with scientific research in a dynamic setting and be inspired by new scientific discoveries. Researchers, on the other hand, can discover new and creative ways of making their work more accessible to the public through interacting with the artists in residence. We are open to a wide range of art forms, created at the conference, that actively build on and interact with the science discussed at the meeting to promote dialogue and collaboration between artists and scientists. We especially encourage applications from artists who are also scientists, as we believe they would benefit the most from the scientific environment at the conference.

Examples of the work produced by the EGU Artists in Residence in 2018, 2019, and during our online meetings in 2020 and 2021 are available on the EGU blog. As was the case in previous years, all art produced by the 2023 Artists in Residence should focus on the science presented at the meeting and be produced on-site. In addition, we encourage the EGU Artists in Residence to organise a short course or pop-up event on how their art form can be used to communicate science. Examples of past courses organised by Artists in Residence include Rhyme your research and Get creative! Sketching and drawing (your) science.

Interested artists should apply online by 5 December 2022. The application should include a description of the type of work that will be produced during the meeting, how the art will build on and interact with the research presented there, and how it can be showcased to General Assembly participants. The proposal should also include details about potential costs related to the transportation of art materials to Vienna, potential costs of materials for a short course, and any technical and space requirements. A short document detailing experience is also part of the application. We anticipate announcing the results by mid-December, to give the winning artists the opportunity to submit an abstract to present at the conference if they wish to, by early January.

The programme is most attractive for scientist-artists, especially those already familiar with, and interested in, the EGU General Assembly. The residency takes place at the conference centre, the Austria Center Vienna, and lasts for the full week of the meeting. Please note that having thousands of scientists in the building produces reasonable noise levels and that art that either requires a quiet environment or generates a fair amount of noise itself may not work well. The EGU provides a stipend of €1200 to cover accommodation and contribute towards travel expenses, as well as free registration to the meeting.

All work produced will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Licence. The EGU reserves the right to use the art, or reproductions of the art (such as photographs), on the EGU blogs, social media and other communication channels, including the screens at the conference centre. Depending on the format of the works, EGU may also use them, non-commercially, on postcards, t-shirts and other merchandise. We will give appropriate credit to the artist and request that all art produced mentions the EGU.

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 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. The EGU General Assembly 2023 will run from 23 to 28 April 2023.

Image in header: Stacy Phillips, EGU Artist (not) in Residence 2021


Maria-Helena Ramos and Anthanasios Nenes
EGU Programme Committee Co-Chairs

Hazel Gibson
EGU Head of Communications


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