Side Events
Disciplinary Sessions
Inter- and Transdisciplinary Sessions

Session programme


SEV – Side events

Programme group chair: Susanne Buiter

SCA – Science-Art-Public Events


The Games Night is a space to gather, socialise, and play some games. The catch is that all the games are based on Geoscience! Bring along your own games or try one of the others in the session and meet the people who created them. This will also be your chance to try games featured in the Games for Geoscience session.

Public information:
Confirmed games include -
Breath of the Wild, HEAT, Flash Flood! Vol. 2, Resilience, Druids & Defences, Wanted: Head of the Centre for Flood Forecasts (IMPREX serious game), Rivers Top Trumps.

Convener: Christopher Skinner | Co-conveners: Rolf Hut, Sam Illingworth, Elizabeth Lewis, Jazmin Scarlett
| Wed, 10 Apr, 18:00–20:00
Foyer D

Join us to help put some of the world's most vulnerable places on the map. A mapathon is a mapping marathon, where we get together to contribute to OpenStreetMap - the world's free map.
No experience is necessary - just bring your laptop and we will provide the training. Learn more about crowdsourcing, open data and humanitarian response - we will also provide some tips for how to host a mapathon at your home institution.

Co-organized as CL/ESSI
Convener: Faith Taylor | Co-conveners: Hessel Winsemius, Joanne Wood, chen zhong
Thu, 11 Apr, 19:00–20:30
Room L4/5

Plastic Oceans UK have been experts on plastic pollution for nearly a decade - solving the plastic crisis through their science, sustainability and education programmes. This all began with the award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean, now available for streaming on Netflix.

Through changing attitudes, behaviours and practices on the use and value of plastics, we can stop plastic pollution reaching the ocean within a generation.

Come along to the screening of A Plastic Ocean to understand the impacts of plastic pollution around the world, what action we can take to stop plastics entering our natural world and pose your questions to the film's producer, Jo Ruxton, at the end of film.


Public information:
Plastic Oceans UK have been experts on plastic pollution for nearly a decade - solving the plastic crisis through their science, sustainability and education programmes. This all began with the award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean, now available for streaming on Netflix.

Through changing attitudes, behaviours and practices on the use and value of plastics, we can stop plastic pollution reaching the ocean within a generation.

Come along to the screening of A Plastic Ocean to understand the impacts of plastic pollution around the world, what action we can take to stop plastics entering our natural world and pose your questions to the film's producer, Jo Ruxton, at the end of film.


Convener: Fiona Tovey | Co-convener: Jessica Hickie
Tue, 09 Apr, 19:00–21:00
Room E2

LRS – Lectures organized by related scientific societies


Since 2006, the German Geophysical Society (DGG) promotes the C.F. Gauss Lecture within the frame of the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). Selected authors give an in-depth overview on a specific field of geophysics. The C.F. Gauss Lecture will be accompanied by a reception for members and friends of the DGG before it starts. All delegates of the EGU2019 are invited to participate.

Convener: Kasper David Fischer | Co-convener: Heidrun Kopp
| Wed, 10 Apr, 19:00–20:00
Room F2

Public information:
The German Society for Marine Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Meeresforschung, DGM) awards the Georg Wüst Prize every two years to a person who has made a significant contribution to ocean research.
The prize is kindly supported by the Springer journal Ocean Dynamics.

Co-organized as OS
Convener: Jörg-Olaf Wolff | Co-conveners: Dieter Hanelt, Frank Schweikert
| Wed, 10 Apr, 19:00–20:00
Room N2

This lecture has been presented each year since 1981 and is one of the principal events in the British Geophysical Association calendar. The Bullerwell lecture, named after the first Chief Geophysicist of the British Geological Survey, is a prestigious event that has been given by many of those UK geophysicists (see below) who are major international Earth Scientists, receiving honours from a wide range of learned societies, academic and governmental institutions. This years recipient is Dr. Sanne Cottaar of Cambridge University. Dr Sanne Cottaar studies the structure, composition, and dynamics of the deep Earth, and their relationship to surface processes and planet history. Her approach is both data-driven, hunting for clues constraining the deep Earth; and forward-modelling, predicting the possibilities and limitations of seismic data based on recent results in mineral physics and geodynamics. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MSc from the University of Utrecht.

Convener: Nicholas Harmon
| Thu, 11 Apr, 19:00–20:00
Room F2

The Copernicus Medal 2019 will be awarded to Fumio Inagaki for ingenious, pioneering work on the geomicrobiology of ocean floor bacteria, and international leadership in the collaborative study of subsurface seafloor habitats, especially through engagement in scientific ocean drilling projects and the support of the academic exchange of young scientists.

The medal lecture is entitled "Illuminating planetary habitability with scientific ocean drilling – perspectives on the geosphere-biosphere interaction."

Further information about the Copernicus Medal can be found at: https://www.copernicus-gesellschaft.org/medal.html

Convener: Hermann Lühr | Co-convener: Kristian Schlegel
Thu, 11 Apr, 19:00–20:30
Room E2

SAL – Stand-Alone Lectures


Public information:
During the sixties, the new Plate Tectonics paradigm was established. At a recent international meeting (Collège de France, Paris, 2018), discussions arose on whether for the first time it would be possible to relate without ambiguity plate tectonics and mantle dynamics.
In this presentation, the author shares this point of view and explains why he does so.

Co-organized as BG/GD/SM/TS
Convener: Carlo Laj | Co-convener: Chris King (deceased)
Tue, 09 Apr, 19:00–20:00
Room E1

On the linkage between humans, precipitation patterns, and floods

The growing frequency of extreme hydrologic events over multi-decadal timescales is becoming increasingly apparent at the global scale. In addition, the synchronous increase of population in flood prone areas intensifies further the impacts associated with these extreme flood events with significant societal, environmental and ecological consequences. A correct management of the impacts of extreme flood and storm events requires a greater understanding of the processes that drive them. A great challenge in such understanding is to discern whether shifts in processes, such as shifts in streamflows, also bears the signature of human activity, and if such signature is coincident (or not) with major shifts in rainfall patterns. This talk will provide an overview about this complex set of interactions, and will showcase some study cases where human drivers, rainfall patterns and floods have been analysed.

Co-organized as GM/HS
Conveners: Peter van der Beek, Daniel Parsons
| Wed, 10 Apr, 12:45–13:45
Room G2

JC – GA Job Centre


Job seekers: the stage is yours! Prepare a 2-minute pitch for your potential employers on what are your interests, skills, and talents. No subscription is needed, just show up!

Convener: Stephanie Zihms | Co-conveners: Mathis Bloßfeld, Anouk Beniest
Tue, 09 Apr, 18:00–19:00
Gallery, Thu, 11 Apr, 18:00–19:00

Founded in 2004 in Ferrara, Italy, MEEO Srl (and its sister company SISTEMA GmbH) activities aim at facilitating geospatial data access with main focus in satellite-based products. since 2006 MEEO is a consolidated partner of the European Space Agency and provides its services to public and private entities. With strong expertise in earth observation and climate data exploitation services, MEEO and SISTEMA have been actively working for years with the most relevant academic, research and innovative public and private institutions in Europe. Strict contacts with University and Research Institutes ensure the maximum level of knowledge transfer and on-the-edge technologies availability is the philosophy that MEEO and SISTEMA pursue any time the improvement of an existing product / service or the development of a new one is needed. The international working environment, the unstructured team organization and the interaction with the most challenging domains of the forthcoming year like the climate change, the Big Data and the space economy, make MEEO and SISTEMA the ideal companies for young, motivated and ambitious people who aim at continuously growing its professional background. Working with us means essentially working as research and technology development performer with all the challenges annexed.

Software developer functions:
- To become software developer at MEEO/SISTEMA means to get involved in a team of multi-disciplinary skilled professionals where each person has his own specific role.
The responsibilities of the software developer are design, development and implementation of algorithms to extract information from satellite data using different programming languages.

Educational & Experience Requirements:
- B.sc or M.Sc. degree with expertise in information technology (Computer Science is preferred)
- Strong working knowledge of Python fundamentals is essential.
- Programming skills in different common languages (C/C++, Java, Xml)
- Web API applications
- Knowledge of Unix/Linux operating system
- Knowledge of database application (PostGreSQL, My SQL)
- Geospatial data handling
- Believer in lifelong learning
- Other requirements
- Essential - Excellent language skills in English (spoken and written)
- Good relationship attitude
- Willingness for short period abroad (conferences, workshops, project meetings).

General information:
- Normal working time: 9 to 17
- Location: Ferrara (Italy) / Vienna (Austria)
- Discipline: IT

All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process.

How to apply:
send your CV and Motivation Letter (both in English) to career@meeo.it / career@sistema.at

www.meeo.it and www.sistema.at

Convener: Stefano Natali
Tue, 09 Apr, 16:15–16:45
Room -2.34

The State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, invites applications to faculty positions in the following fields:
- Hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics
- Harbor, port and coastal engineering
- Estuarine and Coastal morphodynamics
- Marine geology
- Physical oceanography
- Chemical oceanography and biogeochemistry
- Biological oceanography and ecosystem dynamics
- Coastal ecosystems and aquatic environments
- Estuarine and coastal observation system
- Numerical modeling
- Other relevant research topics

Competitive annual salaries ranged between $30,000~$150,000 from Post-Docs to Professors, in addition to a starting fund for research will be provided.

Interested candidates are invited to send a PDF file including curriculum vitae, a cover letter with future research interests and plans, and the names and addresses of three referees to: rczp@sklec.ecnu.edu.cn.

Please send your CV and supporting documents to Ms. Hong Jiang (rczp@sklec.ecnu.edu.cn)

Website: http://english.sklec.ecnu.edu.cn/node/5508

Convener: Hui Wu
Mon, 08 Apr, 12:00–12:30
Room -2.34

The IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP) was established in January, 2017 as the only Earth Science center within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS). ICCP expands the frontiers of earth system science by conducting cutting edge research into climate dynamics with the goal of improving our physical understanding of natural climate variability and externally forced climate change. Under the direction of Prof. Axel Timmermann, ICCP scientists study coupled climate processes across the hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and anthroposphere.

Postdoctoral Fellow Positions available on:
- Paleo climate-genomics in Africa
- East Asian paleo summer monsoon
- Climate/ Human migration modeling
- The forced response of the ENSO-Indian Monsoon teleconnection
- The forced response of climatic extreme value statistics

A Project Leader available on:
- Polar climate research

How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter, including a statement of your research interests, curriculum vitae, the names of 2 references, and possibly three publications to Ms. U-Jeong Seo (u_jeongs@pusan.ac.kr).

Website: iccp.ibs.re.kr

Convener: Ji Kim
Wed, 10 Apr, 16:15–16:45
Room -2.34

Boost the IMPACT and the evaluation of your next research grant! Ivo Grigorov, Grants Expert at Danish Technical University (DTU Aqua) offers 30 min individual consultations on how to integrate Open Science strategically in your research design, and gain evaluation points in the process. Bring a proposal draft and an Open Mind!

Convener: Ivo Grigorov
Mon, 08 Apr, 16:15–18:00
Room -2.34, Tue, 09 Apr, 10:45–12:30, 14:00–15:10
Room -2.34, Wed, 10 Apr, 10:45–11:50, 14:00–15:10
Room -2.34, Thu, 11 Apr, 10:45–12:30, 14:00–15:10
Room -2.34, Fri, 12 Apr, 10:45–11:30
Room -2.34
Convener: Lisa Kempler
Mon, 08 Apr, 14:40–15:10
Room -2.34, Tue, 09 Apr, 16:50–17:20
Room -2.34

Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute

Group manager for researchers in Hydrology:


Post-Doc in Hydrological Research:


Public information:
The unit for Hydrological Research works in Sweden, Europe and worldwide with developing Water and Climate services based on forecast and scenario tools. We calculate variability in water resources, climate change impacts, and water quality in catchments. The work done here aims to improve decision support for physical planning and environmental control, as well as forecasting for flood warning services and the hydropower industry. We work directly with both external end-users and SMHI’s more operational divisions. The unit has some 30 employees from 13 countries.

Group Manager for Hydrological Research and Development:
Are you good at managing and leading groups of scientists? As an efficient team we can reach far, and we are looking for a new group manager for researchers at Hydrological Research and Development at SMHI! See more at http://web103.reachmee.com/ext/I011/1056/job?site=8&lang=UK&validator=991c4fb3061ea054e09848134790b230&job_id=178

Post Doc in hydrological forecasting:
We are now looking for a new member in the team that conducts research on hydrological forecasts. You will contribute to on-going projects with international collaboration in Europe and world-wide. Generally, your work will mainly consist of data collection and evaluation, method development and processing of large data volumes for research as well as well as practical applications. Specifically, this position focuses on evaluation and improvement of hydrological forecasts on different time horizons. The work includes scientific analysis, programming, user engagements and scientific publication. See more at http://web103.reachmee.com/ext/I011/1056/job?site=8&lang=UK&validator=991c4fb3061ea054e09848134790b230&job_id=180

Convener: J. Olsson | Co-convener: Lorna Little
Mon, 08 Apr, 10:45–11:15
Room -2.34

PC – Press conferences (for media participants only)

Mon, 08 Apr, 14:00–15:00
Press centre
Tue, 09 Apr, 09:00–10:00
Press centre
Tue, 09 Apr, 10:30–11:30
Press centre
Tue, 09 Apr, 13:00–14:00
Press centre
Tue, 09 Apr, 14:00–15:00
Press centre
Wed, 10 Apr, 09:00–10:00
Press centre
Wed, 10 Apr, 11:00–12:00
Press centre
Tue, 09 Apr, 15:00–16:00
Press centre

PPAA – Pre- & post-assembly activities


A two day workshop where topics around teaching structural geology and tectonics at European universities will be discussed and brainstormed, participation via application, limited to 35 participants.

Tjos woorkshop is fully booked.

Conveners: Florian Fusseis, Hans de Bresser
Fri, 05 Apr, 14:00–00:00|Wolkersdorf im Weinviertel, Hotel Klaus, Sat, 06 Apr, 09:00–00:00|Wolkersdorf im Weinviertel, Hotel Klaus, Sun, 07 Apr, 09:00–14:00|Wolkersdorf im Weinviertel, Hotel Klaus

Rare element pegmatite fields host critical elements that are crucial for the high-tech industry (Li, Nb,
Ta, etc.). In contrast to the traditional genetic model involving large parental fertile granites, recent
studies suggest that such pegmatite fields can directly derive from anatectic melts. The offered one day
field trip to the St. Radegund area (Styria, Austria) will target one such field, where migmatites,
simple pegmatites, leucogranites and spodumene pegmatites are exposed within the Austroalpine
Unit (Eastern Alps). 8 key outcrops will be visited along a profile through the pegmatite field, providing
an exceptional insight into the genetic relationships between migmatites and spodumene pegmatites.
The field observations will be discussed together with geochemical and geochronological data acquired
on the visited outcrops and the surrounding area. (https://sites.google.com/site/alexisplunder/egu2019)

A field trip guide will be given to the participants. The bus trip from Vienna to St. Radegund will take
approximately 2 hours. Additional geological information will be provided during this time. The field
trip includes a 3 hours walk on good hiking trails.

The field trip is organized by the Geological Survey of Austria and the University of Leoben.
For further information and pre-registration please contact Tanja Knoll (tanja.knoll@geologie.ac.at).

Day and time: 1 day – Sunday, April 7, 2019, 08:00-19:00

Location: St. Radegund, Styria, Austria

Cost: 50 €, including transportation and lunch package

Pick-up point and time: will be announced later.

Convener: Ralf Schuster | Co-conveners: Tanja Knoll, Heinrich Mali
Sun, 07 Apr, 08:00–19:00|St. Radegund, Styria

Afternoon meeting with three keynote talks around geomorphology. List of speakers and details at:

WUK Vienna, Projektraum, Währinger Strasse 59, 1090 Vienna,

Start and end date

Sat, 13th of April, 2019
9:00/c. 15:00 (CET)

Public information:
09:30 - Claire Lukens (Victoria University)
11:00 - John Armitage (IPG Paris)
13:30 - Marisa Palucis (Dartmouth College)

Co-conveners: Georgina Bennett, Laure Guérit, Georgina King, Benjamin Lehman, Odin Marc, Günther Prasicek, Bernhard Salcher, Nadja Stalder, Pietro Sternai, Pierre Valla

Convener: Luca C Malatesta
Sat, 13 Apr, 09:00–15:00|WUK Vienna