SC4.3 | Mind your head: “How to say no”
Mind your head: “How to say no”
Co-organized by GM13/PS8
Convener: Rebekka Steffen | Co-conveners: Saioa A. Campuzano, Selina Kiefer, Anita Di Chiara, Eleanna Asvestari
Thu, 18 Apr, 08:30–10:15 (CEST)
Room -2.61/62
Thu, 08:30
Have you been asked to join a committee or review a paper, but your time was already limited? You wanted to say no, but you didn’t know how to say it. At the end you probably agreed to join the committee or do the review, but you were not able to focus on your research due to this. We all know that great scientific work is a process which needs focus and time. Both are very limited resources in research and need to be handled with care. Therefore it is inevitable from time to time to decline an offer and “say no”. But “how can we say no” and when is it best to decline the request to join a committee and better focus on our own research?
In this short course, geoscientists from different career stages will talk about their experiences in ”saying no” and how this had an effect (or not) on their scientific research. There will be concrete scenarios with tips, room for questions and an open part for exchange and discussion.

Session assets


  • Rebekka Steffen, Lantmäteriet, Sweden
  • Öykü Koç, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Gregor Luetzenburg, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Denmark
  • Riccardo Riva, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Brandon Jones, American Geophysical Union, United States of America