Today, I’m blogging from the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly, in Vienna. It’s my first time participating in Europe’s biggest geoscience conference and, for a debutant like me, it has been a great opportunity for presenting my work to the scientific community and a big challenge. The week has been very intense and useful. I have had the opportunity to meet some of the scientists that I read frequently and very interesting people. So, despite a few moments nervousness on the presentation day, my assessment of the event is overwhelmingly positive.
The EGU Assembly has the latest technology: a mobile application to optimize your time; the twitter account @EuroGeosciences and several hash tags (#EGU14) inform us of the latest informations; and the blogroll (where this blog participates) allows us to follow every post related to the Assembly.
It would take a long time to speak about all the sessions that I have attended, but I am briefly going to summarize the more interesting for me. Monday, apart from several presentations of mathematical methods and water quality monitoring strategies, I passed the most part of the day in the “Estuarine processes” session which was, certainly, one of the most interesting for me. Tuesday, I attended to many presentations of “isotope and tracer methods” (future work direction of my thesis) and “coastal and shelf seas”. I also participated in a workshop for young scientists about analysis of environmental data.
Wednesday I woke up very early to participate in the course “How to write (and publish) a scientific paper in hydrology” , very useful since I hope to publish in the next months in the open access journal “Hydrology and Earth System Sciences” (you know I love the open access 😉 ). Then I attended a few of presentation of ocean remote sensing and river sediments, and I finished my day with a course about time-series analysis.
Thursday was the day of my posters presentations. Before this moment, I mainly went to the presentations of the session “Physical, chemical, microbial and isotopic processes in groundwater; from soil contamination to shale gas impacts”. It is not a topic related to my thesis but I couldn’t pass the opportunity to know the newest researches about the consequences of “fracking”. My regular followers know I am very concerned with the importation of this technique in my homeland. At 17.30 it was the time of the presentation. I was a bit nervous because I had to be close to the two posters at the same time, but I divided my time as best I could and I enjoyed a lot presenting my work.
I’ll leave my two posters in the next posts:
- A numerical study on the role of cross-shore profile shape on wave runu-up.
- Trends in turbidity in the fluvial section of a highly turbid macrotidal estuary, the Gironde in SW France, based on continuous in-situ monitoring.
I have whipped through thousands and thousands of posters. I really couldn’t say an exactly number. But, they have opened my mind to new ideas. And this has not finished yet. I leave you because I have to get on to the oral presentations of the main session form me: “Advanced in Physical Estuarine Processes”, so I’m going to finish now.
Despite of the large number of scientific conferences and activities, I have had a lot of time to enjoy the “city of the music”.
Without a doubt, experiences like this recompense the hard work days and encourage further this stirring job. And this does not end here! I leave to Prague tomorrow! I’m very excited to walk along the edge of the Moldava River and contemplate the Bohemia capital lighted.
See you soon!!!