ON THE BEHALF OF THE EGU EXECUTIVE OFFICE
Preparations for the EGU 2015 General Assembly (12–17 April, Vienna, Austria) are in full swing, and there are a number of opportunities and news we wanted to draw your attention to, relating to the conference and more. Don’t forget to submit your abstract to the meeting by 7 January or, if you’d like to apply for financial support, by 28 November..
The EGU is committed to promoting the participation of young scientists (YS) who wish to present their work at the EGU General Assembly. In order to encourage participation, a limited amount of the overall budget of the EGU General Assembly is reserved to providefinancial support to those who wish to attend the meeting.
Financial support includes a waiver of the registration fee and a refund of the Abstract Processing Charge (relating to the abstract for which support was requested). Additionally, the grant may include support for travel expenditures, at the discretion of the Support Selection Committee, to a maximum of €300.
Scientists who wish to apply for financial support should submit an abstract, on which they are first authors, by 28 November 2014. If you want to learn more about how the applications are evaluated and funding is allocate, this blog post includes all the details.
Young scientist awards
Recently, the winners of the 2014 General Assembly Outstanding Poster (OSP) Award were announced. Make sure you put yourself forward for the award at next year’s conference if you are presenting a poster, it couldn’t be easier! You can express your interest in participating in the OSP contest when submitting your abstract and be sure to attach the OSP label to your poster board at the EGU meeting.
The Division Outstanding Young Scientist awardees for 2014 have also been announced. You can find out more about the inspiring research of these young scientists at the meeting next year by attending their talks.
The YS website provides a hub of information for early career researchers. Make the website your one-stop shop for information regarding: financial support to attend the General Assembly, what is on at the conference with a strong YS focus, job opportunities, useful resources, listings of events and courses, as well as opportunities for getting involved with the Union.
In the forthcoming months we will be opening the Imaggeo Photo Contest and the Communicate Your Science Video Competition. Pre-registered participants to the EGU 2015 Assembly can submit up to three original photos and one moving image on any broad theme related to the Earth, planetary, and space sciences via our open access image repository, Imaggeo, and be within the chance of winning a free registration for the 2016 General Assembly. Alternatively, you may want to communicate your research to a wider audience and try your hand at video production, in which case the video competition is for you. The prize for the winning video is also a free registration to the 2016 General Assembly. More details on both these opportunities will follow shortly.
Get involved with the EGU
The EGU is a truly bottom-up organisation that relies on, and values, the input of its members on a variety of projects and activities. As young scientists, there are plenty of ways to get involved with the EGU, such as Union-wide volunteering opportunities in education and outreach and division specific openings, including being a YS representative. As well as giving you the platform to interact with a large network of researchers in your field, being a young scientist representative is a great opportunity to build on your communications skills, boost your CV and influence the activities of Europe’s largest geoscientific association.