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Press release EGU 2018 General Assembly media advisory 2 – Meeting programme online, provisional press conference topics

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EGU 2018 General Assembly media advisory 2 – Meeting programme online, provisional press conference topics

20 February 2018

The programme for the 2018 General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is now online. The meeting, which is anticipated to attract over 14,000 scientists, provides an opportunity for journalists to hear about the latest research in the Earth and space sciences and to talk to scientists from all over the world. This year's conference features a Union session on challenges for the geosciences, and debates on low-risk geoengineering and on threats for life on Earth. Press conference topics include: new results from ESA and NASA missions, what's at risk from coastal hazards, and the 2017 wildfire season, to mention a few. The meeting is taking place on 8–13 April in Vienna, Austria, at the Austria Center Vienna.


Meeting programme online

All sessions (about 950) and abstracts (around 18,000) are now available online. You can access the programme on the EGU 2018 website.

The programme is searchable by scientist name, keywords (e.g.: Greenland, turtle), session topic (e.g.: climate, atmospheric sciences), and other parameters. Furthermore, you can select single contributions or complete sessions from the meeting programme to generate your personal programme. 

Reporters may also find the list of papers of media interest, selected by session conveners, useful. 

Provisional press conference topics

We are planning 8–10 press conferences at the EGU General Assembly, which will take place at the Press Centre located on the Yellow Level (Ground Floor) of the Austria Center Vienna. Provisional topics to be presented to journalists include:

  • New findings from ESA satellite missions
  • Latest results from NASA's Juno mission at Jupiter 
  • What's at risk from coastal hazards?
  • Contaminated waters: pollutants in lakes, rivers and groundwater
  • Amazon drought: consequences of forest dieback in the world's largest tropical rainforest
  • Shape of things to come? The 2017 wildfire season
  • Hazards in a changing climate
  • Eavesdropping on the ocean and cities

Please note that the list above is subject to change. A subsequent media advisory, to be release about a month before the Assembly, will include a full schedule of press conferences with a list of speakers and short summary of the topics covered in each media briefing.

Union-wide sessions of interest

The EGU 2018 General Assembly programme features a variety of Union-wide sessions that may be of interested to media participants. This year, we are organising sessions on challenges for the geosciences, the fifty years of international ocean drilling and on the future of Earth and planetary observations from space, among others. The conference will also feature great debates, including 'Low-risk geo-engineering: are techniques available now?' and 'Natural versus anthropogenic threats for life on Earth'.

Media registration

Members of the media, public information officers and science bloggers (conditions apply) are invited to register for the meeting online, free of charge. Media registration gives access to the Press Centre, interview rooms equipped with noise reduction material, and other meeting rooms, and also includes a public transportation ticket for Vienna. At the Press Centre, media participants have access to high-speed Internet (LAN and wireless LAN), as well as breakfast, lunch, coffee and refreshments, all available free of charge.

The list of journalist and public information officers who have registered already is available online.

Online pre-registration is open until 6 March. The advance registration assures that your badge will be waiting for you on your arrival to the conference venue, the Austria Center Vienna. You may also register on-site during the meeting.

Further information about media services at the General Assembly is available at media.egu.eu. This website will feature a full programme of press conferences closer to the date of the meeting, which will also be announced in later media advisories. For information on accommodation and travel, please refer to the appropriate sections of the EGU 2018 General Assembly website.

More information

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. It is a non-profit interdisciplinary learned association of scientists founded in 2002 with headquarters in Munich, Germany. The EGU has a current portfolio of 17 diverse scientific journals, which use an innovative open access format, and organises a number of topical meetings, and education and outreach activities. Its annual General Assembly is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event, attracting over 14,000 scientists from all over the world. The meeting’s sessions cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate, energy, and resources. The EGU 2018 General Assembly is taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 8 to 13 April 2018. For more information and press registration, please check https://media.egu.eu closer to the time of the meeting, or follow the EGU on Twitter and Facebook.

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Bárbara Ferreira
EGU Media and Communications Manager
Munich, Germany
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