Venture into space! Learn more about why we study space science with Joby Hollis, meet the Planetary Sciences Division ECS rep Joshua Dreyer and submit your abstract to EGU22!
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Issue 82, October 2021
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Geoscience for the benefit of humanity and the planet

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Space research for science and art

The search for life and knowledge outside our planet

Space is often viewed with fascination and curiosity by many, but is sometimes viewed as less important than other types of research. This month we heard from Dr Joby Hollis, a planetary scientist working at NASA about why the search for life on other planets is important. “The question of why we should study space science is an important one to ask, especially now when we have so many other pressing matters that require our attention,” Joby said, “but I think we can’t loose sight of these big questions about where we came from and how did life evolve, and by understanding other planets we can gain insights into how the climate of Earth has changed over geological time.” You can watch the full interview here.

We also heard from people who have been closely involved with the other important space missions, including Planetary Sciences Division Early Career Scientist Representative Joshua Dreyer who talked about his experiences watching the final moments of the Cassini probe live as it crashed into Saturn – not knowing that later he would be working on that very data. We got a very different perspective in a discussion on the relationship between space science and art in a special webinar with Kelly Stanford, Ekaterina Smirnova and Mark McCaughrean who talked about the Rosetta mission to study comet 67P whilst it travelled through space. As Ekaterina says “I think artists inspire scientists as much as the other way around by questioning if it’s even possible to go to space and coming up with magical images that inspire space missions. These two spheres do really go together.” Watch the full panel here.

Science Policy

GeoPolicy blog: What to expect from COP26!

With the beginning of COP26 in Glasgow this week the attention of the world has turned to Glasgow in Scotland to see what world leaders will decide to help us combat the climate crisis over the next decade. EGU Policy Officer Chloe Hill summarises the main talking points and what to watch out for in this month’s GeoPolicy blog.

October’s Science for Policy Newsletter

Want to know more about how you or your institution can influence policy? Don’t miss this month’s Science for Policy Newsletter and learn more about upcoming science-policy event deadlines as well as a guide to how you can participate in future COP meetings. Read it here.

Journal Watch

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM (Source)

“As substantial carriers of energy, these [large-amplitude asymmetric waves in the inner coma of comet 67P/CG] can actively influence the ambient plasma, e.g., in the form of an additional heating mechanism, with interesting implications for the inner coma.”

Ostaszewski et al 2021, Annales Geophysicae


October EGU journal highlights


Submit your abstract for EGU22!

Next year the EGU General Assembly will return to Vienna – submit your abstract by 12 January 2022, 13.00 CET here.

Resource of the month

Instrument Development for Geoscience Research webinar

Discussing novel ways to implement radar Dr. Veronica Escobar Ruiz dispels the myth that developing instruments can be a difficult or intimidating process in this webinar hosted by GI Division. Watch now!

Upcoming Dates

EGU Webinar: How to build an LGBTQIA+ network in geoscience

Scientific network can help your career both professionally and personally, but with LGBTQIA+ people more likely to leave science due to a lack of support – how can we set up these networks? Join the founders of the EGU Pride network on 17 November at 13.00CET to find out more. Register here!

Job vacancy – Events Co-ordinator

We are currently seeking a new Events Co-ordinator to support EGU’s future plans for online and in-person events. Qualified applicants should submit an application here. Applications will be reviewed from 16 November 2021.

EGU Webinar: Vanishing Glaciers

As mountain glaciers around the globe continue to disappear how will glacier loss impact communities, both as a resource and a natural hazard? Join Harry Zellokari for a special webinar to answer this question and others on Wednesday 24 November at 13.00CET. Register here!

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