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European Geosciences Union meeting: Press conference schedule, online registration closing Friday


The schedule of press conferences at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), which includes presentations on ESA's Rosetta Mission and on Iceland's Bárðarbunga volcanic eruption, is now available.

The meeting, taking place on 12–17 April in Vienna, attracts over 12,000 scientists and 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 programme features debates on water security and on negotiating climate policy. Journalists interested in attending should register online by Friday (


Press conference schedule
Meeting programme
Programme highlights
Media registration

*Press conference schedule*

Press conferences at the EGU General Assembly will be held at the Press Centre located on the Yellow Level (Ground Floor) of the Austria Center Vienna. All times are CEST (local time in Vienna).

Date, time TBA

Rosetta, a mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) launched in 2004, is the first spacecraft to orbit around a comet and deploy a lander on its surface. The spacecraft arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014 and the lander, Philae, has been on the comet’s surface since November. In this press conference, the Rosetta science team will provide an update on the mission and present its latest results.


Related scientific session: PS4.2
Monday, 13 April, 13:00–14:00

NASA's Dawn Mission recently orbited the asteroid Vesta, mapping its surface in detail and revealing a diversity of geologic features. Dawn is now orbiting Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest object in the asteroid belt, which – unlike Vesta – is believed to contain large amounts of ice. The spacecraft has been orbiting and studying the dwarf planet since early March, looking for clues about how the two different objects, and the Solar System, formed. In this media event, the panel will present the latest data and images from the mission.

Christopher Russell
Principal Investigator of the Dawn Mission, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Maria Cristina De Sanctis (or Federico Tosi)
Dawn Mission Co-investigator, Leader of Visible and Infrared Spectrometer, National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), Rome, Italy
Martin Hoffmann
Science/Operations for the Framing Camera Team, Dawn Mission, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany

Related scientific session: PS4.1
Monday, 13 April, 14:00–15:00

How can we reduce our carbon emissions while still ensuring energy security? One of the solutions is switching to renewable sources of energy. Researchers in Switzerland are looking into the potential for deserts to supply reliable renewable energy, while a team in the US is working on using carbon dioxide sequestered into a geothermal reservoir to produce electricity. Another way to reduce emissions is to use carbon capture and storage systems to sequester carbon dioxide that is produced in electricity generation from fossil fuels. Researchers have been looking into the issues that arise from storing carbon dioxide underground in the long term. Who owns the pore space in the rocks where captured CO2 is stored, and who could be liable if something goes wrong? How can underground microbial life affect storage? The panel will present new findings and discuss these and other questions.

Mercè Labordena
PhD Researcher, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Jeffrey Bielicki
Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
Hans H. Richnow
Head of the Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry, UFZ – Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany
Alexandra Gormally
Researcher, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Related scientific sessions: ERE1.2, ERE3.2, BG9.1
Tuesday, 14 April, 10:00–11:00

The connection between water and social media, smartphones, GPS and popular music may seem unlikely, but the results presented at this press conference suggest otherwise. Researchers in the Netherlands are using tweets to produce real-time flood maps, a Swiss team has developed a smartphone app to measure river floods, and scientists in the US are using GPS data to measure hydrological quantities from sea level to soil moisture. Meanwhile in the UK, a team is looking into how rain, sun and other weather phenomena have inspired pop music. Come hear them talk about their findings at this media briefing.

Dirk Eilander
Junior Researcher and Consultant, Deltares, Delft, Netherlands
Salvador Peña-Haro
Hydraulic and Environmental Engineer, photrack AG, Zürich, Switzerland
Kristine Larson
Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Karen Aplin
Physicist, Physics Department, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Related scientific sessions: HS1.1, EOS7, GI0.1
Date, time TBA

In the past few years, geoengineering – the deliberate manipulation of the Earth's environment – has been hailed as a quick fix for climate change. This press conference will look into the feasibility of using geoengineering techniques, from thinning clouds and reflecting sunlight to removing carbon from the atmosphere, and its side effects. How can geoengineering impact the oceans, the water cycle or land environments? Can it be seen as a viable solution to climate change? The panel will present new research findings and answer these and other questions.

Ken Caldeira
Climate Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, USA
Sabine Mathesius (TBC)
PhD Student, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
Helene Muri
Researcher, Section for Meteorology and Oceanography, Department of Geosciences of the University of Norway, Oslo, Norway
Hannele Korhonen
Head of the Climate and Sea Modelling Group, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland

Related scientific sessions: AS4.16/CL3.8, OS3.1
Wednesday, 15 April, 9:00–10:00

The Bárðarbunga-Holuhraun volcanic eruption started in August 2014 and ended in February, though there are still signs of movement in the caldera. It was a remarkable eruption, not only because scientists have monitored every step of it, but also because of the sheer amount of gas and lava the volcano has spewed out. The lava flow is the biggest in Iceland for over 200 years, while sulfur dioxide and other gases, emitted by the volcano in record amounts, have impacted air pollution across Iceland and have travelled as far as Ireland and Norway. In this press conference the panel will present new results about this eruption, looking into its effects and remarkable characteristics.


Related scientific sessions: GMPV6.1, GMPV5.4/TS2.8
Wednesday, 15 April, 12:00–13:00

Global warming is altering the Earth's water cycle, with more water evaporating to the atmosphere as temperatures increase. How will different levels of warming affect flood risk and drought occurrence? How will climate change affect the availability of water resources in Europe? And is there a more evident human footprint, namely air pollution, in changing rainfall patterns? Researchers are using state-of-the-art climate models to find out the answers to these questions and will present their results at this press conference.

Lorenzo Alfieri
Researcher, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
Wouter Greuell
Researcher, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Earth System Sciences, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Yusuke Satoh
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Vienna, Austria
Debbie Polson
Research Associate, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Related scientific sessions: NH9.13, CL3.2, CL4.12/HS7.9
Thursday, 16 April, 12:00–13:00

Over the past few decades, the Arctic region has warmed more than any other on Earth. The Greenland Ice Sheet is losing mass faster than ever before, and is expected to keep melting with consequences for global sea-level rise and ocean circulation. In this media briefing, researchers present new results on the factors that influence the Greenland Ice Sheet's rapid and profound changes – from snow darkening and glacial lakes to clouds – at present and in the years to come.

Kristof Van Tricht
PhD Student, KU Leuven - University of Leuven Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Belgium
Amber Leeson
Research Fellow, Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Marco Tedesco
Associate Professor, Earth & Atmospheric Science Department, The City College of New York, USA

Related scientific sessions: CL2.6, CR3.2

Note that the list above is subject to change. Please check the press conference online page (, or the information panels at the Vienna Press Centre, for the most up-to-date information.

*Meeting programme*

All sessions (over 800) and abstracts (over 14,500) are now available online and fully searchable. You can access the programme on the EGU 2015 website at

The programme is searchable by name of a scientist, keywords (e.g.: Greenland, duck), session topic (e.g.: Natural Hazards, Atmospheric Sciences), and other parameters. Further, you can select single contributions or complete sessions from the meeting programme to generate your personal programme.

*Programme highlights*

In addition to the sessions flagged in the press conference programme, the EGU press officer has prepared a list of sessions and abstracts that media participants may wish to check out while searching for additional stories, which is now available online at Sessions featured in the list include two debates, 'The thirsty 10 billion: Are we managing?' and 'Negotiating climate policy - resigning to resiliance?', as well as other Union-wide sessions.

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

*Media registration*

Members of the media and public information officers are now invited to register for the meeting online, free of charge, at Media registration gives access to the Press Centre, interview rooms and other meeting rooms, and includes a public transportation ticket for Vienna and the programme book. 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. Food options will be more varied this year, including salads, fresh fruit, sweets and savoury snacks.

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

Online pre-registration is open until this Friday, 13 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 For information on accommodation and travel, please refer to the appropriate sections of the EGU 2015 General Assembly website (

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*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. The EGU has a current portfolio of 16 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 12,000 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 2015 General Assembly is taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 17 April 2015. For information about meeting and press registration, please check or follow the EGU on Twitter ( and Facebook (

If you wish to receive our press releases via email, including General Assembly media advisories, please use the Press Release Subscription Form at Subscribed journalists and other members of the media receive EGU press releases under embargo (if applicable) 24 hours in advance of public dissemination.

Bárbara Ferreira
EGU Media and Communications Manager
Munich, Germany
Tel: +49-89-2180-6703

Weitere Informationen: (EGU 2015 General Assembly media page) (Press conferences) (Media registration) (This release online)

Dr. Bárbara Ferreira | European Geosciences Union

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