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Press at the EGU General Assembly

The annual EGU General Assembly brings together some 11,000 geoscientists from all over the world into one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The Assembly’s sessions cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate and energy.

In addition to scientists, the EGU also hosts journalists and organises press conferences in a dedicated Press Centre at the meeting. Media registration, which gives access to the Press Centre as well as all scientific sessions, is available to journalists, freelance science writers and public information officers of all nations free of charge.

Facilities at the Press Centre include a room for press conferences, an open lounge for catering and a working room equipped with a PC, printer, photocopy machine, telephone and fax. Microphones, speakers and other technical material are also available on request. Journalists can also book quiet side rooms for interviews or detailed briefings.

A press-dedicated wireless network and internet cables are available at the Press Centre. Complimentary breakfast and lunch, including coffee and soft drinks, are provided from Monday to Friday.

The Assembly has taken place at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria since 2005 and, in 2013, the EGU extended its contract with the ACV to keep the General Assembly in the Viennese congress centre until 2019. The Press Center is located on the first floor (yellow level) of the ACV.


Press conferences at the EGU General Assembly

During its annual General Assembly, the EGU organises around 10-12 press conferences to showcase scientific research presented at the meeting. Topics for media briefings are ultimately decided on by the EGU Media and Communications Manager and General Assembly Press Officer Bárbara Ferreira, but the choice has substantial input from session conveners, who initially highlight abstracts of interest from their respective sessions, and EGU division presidents/programme group chairs who, for example, can veto a particular topic. (How are press-conference topics and speakers selected?)

Other scientists within the EGU as well as press officers or public information officers from other organisations, institutes or universities may also suggest press-conference topics for consideration by the General Assembly press officer.

Press conferences are usually web streamed live and journalists and science writers watching remotely can ask questions to panelists using Skype or Twitter. The videos of each media briefing are made available online after the meeting.

While media briefings are hosted by the EGU, research presented at press conferences is the responsibility of each speaker and does not necessarily reflect EGU views.