Can the geosciences be made open to all?
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Issue 110, February 2024
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Geoscience for the benefit of humanity and the planet

Credit: Discovering tide pools during GIFT Cape Town, 2022. Image contributed by Friedrich Barnikel

Can the geosciences be made open to all?

Researchers share novel ways to spark scientific interest in non-technical audiences

How do you get more people to care for the geosciences – a field that affects and influences all of life itself? How can you develop scientific temper in people of diverse backgrounds and age groups? Scientists across the EGU network share their stories!

Friedrich Barnikel outlines how, since 2003, EGU brings together scientists and teachers for capacity-building workshops, while Evi Nomikou takes us through EGU’s third Geoscience Day, highlighting volcanic geohazards to over 260 school students.

We also hear from Grace Skirrow who breaks down a seemingly complex subject like fluvial geomorphology and the role that it can play in policy decisions. Meanwhile, geologist Sinelethu Hashibi explains why she’s driven to translate geoscience for isiXhosa-speaking communities.

And for those of you fond of card games, don’t miss the launch of QUARTETnary: a game about the geological time scale, developed by Iris van Zelst and Lucia Perez-Diaz and partly funded by the EGU Public Engagement Grant 2021.

Finally, don’t forget to visit our EGU24 page to stay up-to-date with information on the upcoming General Assembly this April. You can also subscribe to receive monthly updates in your inbox at the beginning of each month.

Science Policy

GeoPolicy: Fluvial geomorphology and its potential for policy impact

In February’s GeoPolicy blog post, Grace Skirrow outlines how researchers can share their expertise with environmental regulators to have policy impact.

As Grace explains, “it is important for researchers to understand the specific needs of policymakers before bringing them evidence – this can ensure that it’s relevant and useful.” Wondering how to go about doing this? Find out more in this blog now!

Credit: Anna Nadolna (via

Science for Policy newsletter

In February’s Science for Policy newsletter, read on to learn about EGU’s 2024 Science for policy agenda and the open calls for biodiversity and science for policy experts.

You can also connect with your EGU Division Policy Officer or Point of Policy contact by joining their Slack group, get feedback from policymakers and #SciPol experts at EGU24, and read about the upcoming General Assembly of the European Climate Research Alliance.

Journal Watch

“The characterization of seismogenic sources and the process of determining the seismic coupling require knowledge of the seismogenic lithosphere’s thickness, which is bounded by upper and lower seismogenic depth. This study, based on two updated earthquake catalogues for the transition zone between the Alps, Dinarides and Pannonian Basin, explores the variability of seismogenic depth and seismic coupling to be included in the new Slovenian seismic hazard model.”

Zupančič et al, 2024, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences


February EGU journal highlights


EGU selects illustrator and poet as artists in residence for upcoming General Assembly

We congratulate Lucía Pérez-Díaz an illustrator and Earth Scientist from Spain and Ilias Tsagas a poet and energy policy journalist from Greece who have been selected for a residency at EGU24!

Resource of the month

Careers outside of academia

Up to 70% of scientists transition to careers outside of academia after their PhD, but transitioning to different career paths can be difficult. Check out our free EGUwebinar on YouTube to help you make the switch!

Upcoming Dates

EGU Science for Policy hangout

Come virtually network with those working at the science-policy interface! Register for our next #ScienceForPolicy hangout at 14:00 CET on 4 March.

EGUwebinar: How to prepare for the EGU General Assembly

From prepping your presentation to selecting which sessions to attend – we’ve got your back. Join us at 11:00 CET on 7 March!

EGU24: Childcare request opens soon

Are you a parent attending our upcoming General Assembly? Take advantage of EGU’s childcare support! Requests open on 8 March.

EGUwebinar: AI tools in scientific publishing – An introduction

This webinar at 13:00 CET on 11 March covers the current use and implications of artificial intelligence tools in scientific publishing. Register now!

Apply to join EGU’s Teacher-Scientist Pairing Scheme 2024!

School teachers and scientists can collaborate to develop and teach a lesson plan relevant to teachers and their classrooms. Apply by 18 March.

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