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EGU news Job opportunity: EGU24 Press Assistants (science writers, and videographer/photographer)

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European Geosciences Union

Job opportunity: EGU24 Press Assistants (science writers, and videographer/photographer)

10 November 2023

This year in the EGU24 Press Centre we have three vacancies, for science communicators who have experience in science writing and/or photography/videography, to work with us during the EGU24 General Assembly that will be held in Vienna, Austria and online, from 14–19 April. The successful candidates will be required to attend the General Assembly in-person in Vienna. Applications from geoscience PhD candidates, postdocs and recently graduated people with experience in science communication are very welcome.

This is a paid opportunity for a budding science communicator to gain experience in the workings of a press office at a major scientific conference, and to interact with journalists and other professional science communicators. The successful applicant will join the team assisting the EGU communications staff and the journalists at the press centre and are expected to help run and cover the week’s press conferences. Other tasks include reporting on the events at the General Assembly through writing blog posts and visual media content.

The position is targeted towards PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers or those recently graduated in the fields of science communication/journalism, or Earth, planetary or space sciences with some background in science outreach. Applicants must have experience in science writing, journalism, photography/videography or visual science communication specifically, have an expert command of English, and possess good computer skills.

Further information

  • For the first time Press Assistants will be allowed to submit an abstract during their working week, but cannot be lead convener on any session or event. Please ask for more information if you are unsure if this applies to you.
  • Only applicants with an EU or Swiss passport are allowed to work at the EGU General Assembly.
  • A free transport ticket for Vienna for the week of the meeting, and free registration for the General Assembly EGU24 will be provided.
  • Tax regulations in your home country could obligate you to pay income taxes on the amount earned at the EGU General Assembly (including travel money). The respective taxation is your responsibility.

Work hours and payment

Press assistants will need to be in Vienna from Sunday afternoon on the 14 April and should expect to work from early in the morning Monday 15 April until late on Friday 19 April. You should expect to work around 40 hours and will receive a wage of €19.25 p/h. Press assistants also receive additional support towards travel expenses that can be claimed back after the meeting, and complimentary breakfast and lunch at the press centre from Monday through Friday.

Applications must include

  • Cover letter and CV (one page each) summarizing relevant experience
  • Two samples of recent science communication work, such as written features (published or unpublished, aimed at a general audience; links to an online portfolio are welcome).

Application documents (in English) should be submitted by email in a single file to the EGU Head of Communications Hazel Gibson at Hazel can also be contacted for informal enquiries by email. We particularly encourage applications from people who are from under-represented communities in the sciences to get in touch, please contact us if you have any additional questions. The deadline for applications is 8 December 2023.

More information

The European Geosciences Union (EGU, is Europe’s premier geosciences organisation, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. The EGU organises a General Assembly that attracts more than 15,000 scientists each year, as well as dozens of reporters. The meeting’s sessions cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure, atmosphere and climate, as well as energy and resources.

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


Hazel Gibson
EGU Head of Communications


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