Here we are. My fourth time at the EGU and as always there is a new record in the number of participants (somewhere around 14,000). The last time I attended this conference was 2014 and so a lot has changed. A symbol for this are the tents on the former meeting area in front of the main building, which are really a pity (I certainly will complain about it a lot this week ;)). My personal contributions will be all on Friday, so I have some days to look around and enjoy some chit-chat in the poster sessions. Continue reading
In the past week I got the opportunity to take part in a summer school on sea level in the dutch city Delft. The school took place in the TU Delft and covered a wide range of different topics on sea level, its observations and the consequences of its changes. Many renowned scientists presented in their lectures the challenges and opportunities of this field and triggered many interesting discussions among the participating students.
There are days at conferences, where you want to view four sessions in parallel (like yesterday) and days where you struggle to fill the schedule with “must see” stuff (like today). The first type is definetely the case for the majority of days, at least for me, who usually sits around in several different subdivisions to see some interesting new stuff. Nevertheless, to a successful conference week belongs to make the best of the days of the second type.
But lets start with the beginning. I started today with the GIA session, which delivered me some valuable insight into the relatively new parts of my current work. The problem on how the ice sheets were configured in the past and how the present is able to tell us about it, is complicate and fascinating at the same time. A mix of data and model analysis is used in many different ways to learn more about the past and present world. The rest of the day I spend my time with several interesting discussions to fill my little gap within the “must see” sessions. During the poster sessions I had also some interesting insights even when the other days have for me personally a much more interesting program for the late sessions.
The more interesting part of the conference will start for me tomorrow, before the end of the week will be dominated by my own contributions.