Early Career Scientists
Around half of all EGU General Assembly participants are Early Career Scientists (ECS). This vital part of the scientific community is what this website is devoted to. Through the ECS representatives you can have a voice across the EGU realm. On this website we keep you up to date and inform you about our goals and communication channels.
- Aayush Srivastava is representing the GM ECS for a second year (23 votes) and Danni Pearce is the runner up (21).
- We are super happy to have many new faces on board (check out the "Who we are") with Danni, Gerald, Romano, and Rachel - A big welcome!
- Sign up for the EGU ECS newsletter to get the latest news!
- We are always welcoming new members. If you want to participate and shape the GM ECS community, get in touch with us!
- Communication on Twitter, Facebook, the GM Blog
EGU-related events, scientific highlights, job advertisements and so on. Anything you pass over to us gets forwarded to a broader audience. Given the size and popularity of geomorphology, we have a whopping 4000+ Twitter followers and 2000+ Facebook likes.
Posting on this blog is open to anyone who’s willing to write down interesting content, and there is room to increase the frequency of blog posts, so you should not hesitate to contact the editors!
- Proposals for Great Debates, Short Courses and other non-scientific sessions. This year we were convening the following events:
- Fixed-term contracts: opportunity or exploitation? A round-table discussion with invited speakers sharing their opinions and providing suggestions on how to move forward or revise the career system.
- Meet the experts: Geomorphology. The ask and listen to an expert meeting, in a friendly atmosphere, where you can ask all your questions about how life in a successful scientific career looks like. This year’s expert was Prof. Ellen Wohl, 2017 recipient of the Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal. She was talking about her first scientific writing experiences, her philosophy on scientific work, and sprinkling beaver puns probably more abundant than noticed by the audience.
- Organisation of Networking events. Still rusty from the online-only events, we are looking forward to keep you informed about social events especially for ECS. The general GM social event (aka a pub evening) at Mel's craft beer and diner was a great gathering to see many faces again in person.
- Union-wide discussions with other representatives. Every couple of months, ECS reps of all divisions gather online to discuss and act in working groups that cover topics such as (i) connectivity among divisions, (ii) the role of ECS, (iii) work-life balance, (iv) our vision of EGU, (v) increasing the weight of ECS within the union, (vi) improving definitions and customs of EGU in terms of Equality-Diversity-Inclusion.
- Involvement in decisions at division level. Aayush joins the discussions with our Division President (Kristen Cook) and the rest of the GM non-ECS committee, where decisions about session mergers and outstanding ECS awards are taken.
Who we are
Aayush is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of St. Andrews, with background in luminescence dating and aeolian geomorphology. Currently, he is investigating the terraced landscapes in the Mediterranean region in the context of establishing an environmentally sustainable land-use strategy for rural communities. Having benefitted from EGU’s annual meetings in the past, he aims to represent diverse voices of fellow young geomorphologists in the Division’s decision-making processes and activities. Follow him on Twitter (@aayushgeo) for recent updates about his work.
Danni is a glacial geomorphologist and lecturer at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding the extent and dynamics of past and present ice masses, in the Arctic and pan-North Atlantic. My post-doctoral work investigated the Greenland Ice Sheet and reconstructing millennial-scale tidewater glacier behaviour. Having regularly attended EGU since 2012 she is looking forward to working with the GM ECS team. Twitter @danni__pearce
Gerald is a geomorphology driven geologist, currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. In his research he uses geochronological and geochemical techniques to determine surface processes, mainly erosion and topographic evolution. He is looking very much forward to joining the GM-ECS Team and hopes that his support will serve the community well. Tweet him @gr_science
Romano is a tectonic geomorphologist, currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Roma TRE in Italy. His research addresses questions including how geomorphic systems record geological signals, such as tectonics, uplift and climate, and which are the main controlling factors on the development of topography in terrestrial and marine environments. He is very happy to join the GM Team and ready contribute to the EGU community.
Rachel P Oien
Rachel is a postdoc at the University at Buffalo, NY in palaeoglaciology. She focuses on alpine glaciology throughout the Quaternary, primarily based in Scandinavia and Greenland and is now expanding to Antarctica. Her PhD work investigated the relationship between geomorphic cirques and climate. She has attended EGU in 2018, 2020 and 2022. She is looking forward to being a part of the GM ECS team. Find her on twitter @rpassig1
Andrea is a tectonic geomorphologist at University of Tübingen, Germany. He works as a Postdoc on surface expressions of seaward-concave subduction zone geometry. Andrea has been enjoying and benefiting from the EGU annual meeting ever since 2013 and is very happy with the way things go in the union and now feels to be ready to get his hands dirty to work as GM ECS representative. He is looking forward to do his share with an open-minded and social spirit.
Edwin is a lecturer in physical geography at Loughborough University in the UK, having recently been a postdoc in New Zealand and France. His research broadly covers understanding and quantifying the physical processes that drive changes in river morphology, including waterfall erosion, strath terrace formation and the impact of extreme flood events. He can usually be found in the analogue modelling laboratory, or exploring remote field sites in Iceland or New Zealand! Follow Edwin on twitter (@EdwinBaynes) for the latest updates on his work.
Eric is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He works on various aspects of cold region landscapes related to climate change and variability. A central point of his work is the numerical modeling of the hydrological cycle, and the heat transfer from the atmosphere into the ground in permafrost regions. Ultimately, he aims for a better understanding of climate-landscape interactions.
What we do
- Promote social events during EGU. If you have an event that you want to promote or join already established events do not hesitate to get in contact with us. For example, throughout the last years, national young geomorphologists networks (Junge Geomorphologen, BGS) have established a zero-hierarchy social event during the General Assembly. This event aims at bringing together young and not any more so young researchers with geomorphology as shared background. The event typically takes place at the cosy Mozart Stüberl, which tends to be fully crowded with a buzzing international crowd. See the Hot News from time to time to see the upcoming scheduling of the event.
- Bridging divisions at and beyond EGU. Geomorphology is an integrative discipline, heavily reaching out to neighbouring and more remote disciplines. As such, it is our goal to facilitate this nature of geomorphology also in the realm of the EGU. We do this by coordinating joint workshops, co-organised sessions, and interactions with other Divisions’ ECS representatives.
- Conveying ECS’ needs to the respective targets. It is our immediate role to serve you ECS in linking you with the partners adequate to address your questions and ideas.
- Building a European-wide network of geomorphology enthusiasts. There is a wealth of nationally organised networks of young scientists with a geomorphic background. We see it as essential to bring together these networks and connect them at European level. We foster joint networking events, cooperatively organised EGU-wide workshops and mutually invitations to the respective national group meetings.
Channels of outreach
- We contribute to the EGU-Blog, run by Sabine (https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/gm/author/kraushaar/) and Jan (https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/gm/author/blothe/) through, e.g., interviews by GM ECS. We have started this by posting the interviews of the GM division president candidates before the recent election, and several more are in the making.
- The GM division twitter account (twitter.com/egu_gm) is active with over 3500 followers, and an audience that is growing every week. We encourage continued engagement with the account, so please get in touch by tagging us (or contacting Edwin Baynes) in your posts if there is anything you would like to share with the GM and ECS communities.
- Mailing list
The GM ECS group has a mailing list, which can be used for communicating and sharing essential information. It is a moderated list, and responsibilities are hosted above the ECS Representative level. If you are not yet included in this mailing list and want to become part of it, let us know. If you wish to circulate your contents via this mailing list, please send it to email@example.com, where it will be checked for validity and forwarded to the mailing list coordinator. Thus, include a processing window of a few days before your message will be made available to the envisioned audience.