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Division on Ocean Sciences (OS)

President: Karen Heywood, os@egu.eu
Deputy President: Johan van der Molen, johan.van.der.molen@nioz.nl

The Ocean Sciences Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) has the major objective to provide an attractive and productive environment for scientists from Europe and all over the world to gain progress in the various ocean science disciplines and have beneficial interactions with other fields of Geosciences. For that purpose, we organise with the teams of conveners the ocean science part of the program of the scientific conference that his held every year during the EGU General Assembly. We give special attention to topics cross-cutting with those of other divisions. We recognise deserving colleagues in various stages of their careers with our Award program: the division awards the Fritdjof Nansen Medal to mid or full career scientists and the Outstanding Young Scientists Award for younger scientists. We also award prices to outstanding student posters at every general assembly. The division maintains very strong links with the EGU publication committee, and especially with the board of Editors of the open access journal Ocean Science (OS) l. The division also contributes with the EGU Education and Outreach committee to the organisation of relevant topical conferences and summer schools.

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In early and mid-September, strong earthquakes hit Mexico causing widespread damage and casualties. On the EGU blog, GeoLog, we rounded up the available scientific information on the earthquakes, including commentary by EGU seismologists. Meanwhile, in Bali, Indonesia, authorities have evacuated areas around Agung Volcano, leading to the displacement of over 75,000 people. On the new Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology blog, GMPV Division President Mike Burton writes about the ongoing threat of an eruption at Agung.

This week, with the deadline for session proposals now closed, the EGU Programme Committee is meeting to finalise the session programme for the EGU 2018 General Assembly. Very soon, you’ll be able to start submitting abstracts to the meeting. If you’d like to apply for funding to attend the General Assembly, beware that you’ll have to submit your abstract by 1 December. If you know a school teacher interested in learning more about Earth sciences directly from researchers, make sure to let them know about the next Geosciences Information For Teachers workshop, taking place at the EGU 2018 General Assembly.

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