European Geosciences Union General Assembly

Dougal Lichtman

NOC/Bangor University

 

2014 European Geosciences Union General Assembly
From 27 April to 2 May the 2014 European Geosciences Union General Assembly was held in Vienna. This year’s conference attracted 12,437 participants from 106 different countries, with 14,895 presentations in 568 sessions. Topics covered all aspects of the earth sciences and extended to include space, planetary and solar system science as well.

Presentations were divided into talks, posters and PICO sessions. The PICO sessions were a new concept to me and were meant to be combination of talk and poster. Each PICO presenter has two minutes to show slides to an audience, then later the slides were displayed on interactive screens so that smaller interested groups can talk with the authors. Also, the poster sessions allowed for more than just a static display, as the boards had tables next to them for the use of a laptop. This meant that I was able to display an animation of changing ripple bed morphology, to help catch people’s eye, and bring up presentations to help answer more in depth questions.

The main session relevant to me that I attended was the ‘Advances in Physical Estuarine Processes’ and my poster, about ripple dimensions of muddy and sandy beds on tidal flats, formed part of this session. However, I also managed to attend sessions on: general estuarine processes, ocean circulation, informatics, coastal and shelf oceanography, operational oceanography, remote sensing and geosciences education. The wide range of material gave me new ideas on how to approach the data analysis for my own project and meeting other scientists from different institutions will hopefully lead to future collaboration. I am very grateful to the Challenger Society for supporting my attendance of this conference.

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