Open science and diversity in academia. Read about EGU's efforts to encourage discussion and feedback for authors planning paper publication, meet Earth climates researcher Alicia Fantasia, and register for EGU22!
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Issue 86, February 2022
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Geoscience for the benefit of humanity and the planet

Open science and diversity in academia

The path to new research hinges on accessibility and sharing of ideas across the science community

This month, EGU launched the new preprints feature of EGUsphere, to stimulate discussion and encourage sharing of feedback for authors planning paper publication. This is in line with EGU’s continued efforts to support open access research and transparent science communication.

New insights and ideas are also formed when women and people beyond the gender binary are given equal opportunity to shine. This month, EGU’s Media and Communications Officer Gillian D’Souza heard about the personal breakthroughs and challenges during their science journeys of five women who recently started volunteering for EGU. February also gave us the chance to meet Alicia Fantasia, researcher in ancient Earth climates, who studies the response of the Earth system to past hyperthermal events. “Past episodes of global warming represent a fundamental opportunity for geologists to extract tangible constraints on the interactions between climate and biogeochemical cycles and understand how the system can return to pre-crisis conditions,” she explains in conversation with EGU Committee Programmes Co-ordinator Simon Clark.

As a reminder, registrations are now open for the EGU22 General Assembly taking place on-site (Vienna, Austria) and virtually. On-site registration closes at 13.00 CET, 14 April, and online registration stays open till 27 May 2022. Early bird rates are available for both types of registration until 13.00 CET, 31 March. For more information, click here.

Science Policy

GeoPolicy blog: Don’t Look Up – could better science advice have saved the planet?

The recently released movie Don’t Look Up paints a terrifying picture of what could go wrong when policymakers ignore the science. On this month’s GeoPolicy blog EGU Policy Manager Chloe Hill explains how scientists in the film could have better communicated with policymakers.

The blog underscores the importance of robust advisory mechanisms and the role of science-for-policy to put these in place.

Credit: Don't Look Up. Official film image. Credit: imbd

February’s Science for Policy Newsletter

This month’s Science for Policy Newsletter offers new resources by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) for scientists and research institutes, and highlights personal science for policy stories.

What to expect in this issue: JRC’s Training-of-Trainers Workshop, the Competence Framework ‘Science for Policy’ for researchers, call for evidence to update the international ocean governance agenda, and much more!

Journal Watch

“The Greenhouse Gas emissions from three coastal wetlands in tropical Australia (mangroves, salt marsh, and freshwater tidal forests) were consistently lower than those from two common agricultural land uses of the region (sugarcane and pastures) across three climatic conditions (dry–cool, dry–hot, and wet–hot). If these high emissions are persistent in other locations and within other tropical regions, conversion of pastures and sugarcane to similar coastal wetlands could provide significant Greenhouse Gas mitigation.”

Iram et al 2021, Biogeosciences


February EGU journal highlights


Biodiversity Task Force members selected!

Members of the Task Force will coordinate EGU’s biodiversity-related activities, support knowledge transfer to policymakers, and promote evidence-based policy. The scientific group has a varied skill set with experts in communication, photojournalism, communication, outreach, and policy. Find out more here.

Resource of the month

‘Mentoring 101’ Webinar

Did you know that having a mentor or being one can make a big difference to STEM careers? This webinar offers valuable guidance to assist your EGU22 mentoring experience. Available for free on our YouTube channel. Watch now!

Upcoming Dates

EGUwebinar: Preprints to Public Peer-Review: How to engage with EGUsphere

Calling researchers and Early Career Scientists to take advantage of EGUsphere’s public peer-review process. Join our EGUwebinar at 13.00 CET, 2 March 2022. Register now!

Global Geochemistry Community Diversity Survey

EGU’s EDI Committee is supporting a survey run by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society. Take the survey here.

EGU22 Mentoring programme

Make the most of EGU22 – whether you’re a previous attendee or new to the General Assembly. Sign up to the EGU mentoring scheme now! Closing dates for mentees: 25 March 2022, and for mentors: 11 April 2022.

EGU Blogs

The sedimentology of palaeontology

Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology Division blog

United Nations 101 for Hydrologists

Hydrological Sciences Division blog

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