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Welcome to the EGU General Assembly 2021 Call-for-sessions

We hereby invite you to take an active part in organizing the scientific programme of the conference from now until 11 September 2020.

Please suggest (i) new sessions with conveners and description and (ii) modifications to the skeleton programme sessions. Explore the programme groups (PGs) above, when making suggestions. Study those sessions that already exist and put your proposal into the PG that is most closely aligned with the proposed session's subject area. The deadline for suggesting Union Symposia and Great Debates is 15 August 2020.

You have the possibility to propose either physical sessions, which will be run on site in the traditional oral + poster format, or hybrid sessions called Virtual PICO, which will be a further development of the well-established PICO format that allows both on-site and virtual participation; see the provisional format for more details.

Points to be considered when suggesting a session, short-course, or townhall meeting

  • Session conveners: We strongly encourage inclusive and diverse convener teams that reflect (i) multiple countries and institutes; (ii) different career stages, especially the inclusion of early career scientists; and (iii) gender diversity. Please check with all conveners that they agree to take part in the proposed session. Please see the convener guidelines and rules for further information.
  • Session programme group (PG): When making suggestions, explore the programme groups above and place your proposal into the PG that is most closely aligned with the proposed session's subject area. Please avoid submitting session proposals that are similar to sessions already suggested. In this case, it is possible to suggest modifications to an earlier session proposal. If the subject area of your proposal is strongly aligned with two or more PGs, co-organization is possible and encouraged between PGs. Only put your session proposal into one PG. You will be able to indicate PGs that you believe should be approached for co-organization.
  • Inter- and Transdisciplinary Sessions (ITS): ITS look for links between disciplines in a coordinated and coherent effort, trying to create new approaches that would not be possible if handled separately. The ITS programme highlights new themes each year. If you plan to propose an Inter- and Transdisciplinary Session, please submit your proposal in programme group ITS and indicate other relevant programme groups for co-organization. We ask you to identify one other programme group that will become the scientific leader of the event. Accepted ITS will be part of the session programme of the scientific leader in addition to the ITS programme. Please see the ITS guidelines for further information.
  • Short courses: Short courses are subject to application and final decision by the SC programme group chairs. Short courses will be offered in different formats and organizers are asked to read the SC guidelines before submitting their proposal.
  • Townhall and splinter meetings: You can apply for townhall meetings from now until 22 January 2021. Townhall meetings offer an active discussion platform that is open to all interested participants to inform them of new opportunities and initiatives. All townhall meetings will be scheduled from 19:00 to 20:00. Rooms for a splinter meeting can be booked for smaller, targeted discussion groups. Splinter meeting booking is open from end of October 2020 to 15 April 2021.
  • Session programme composition: The EGU2021 Programme Committee will consider all suggested sessions and use them to compile the final session programme as the basis for the call-for-abstracts. Then, conveners of approved sessions will be asked to actively promote their sessions and the public will be invited to submit their abstracts. This will be announced by a separate email in October 2020.
  • Contact: If you have questions about the appropriateness of a specific session topic, please contact the programme group chair and/or the officers for the specific programme group.

Please inform your colleagues about these opportunities. We look forward to receiving your suggestions. Thank you very much in advance.