President: Sonja Martens (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deputy President: Christopher Juhlin
Officer "Above ground":
Viktor Bruckman (email@example.com)
Officer "Economics & Integration":
Kristen Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Michael Kühn (email@example.com)
Maria Ask (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Natalie Christine Nakaten (email@example.com)
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) brings together geoscientists from all over Europe and the rest of the world, covering all disciplines of the earth, planetary and space sciences. This geoscientific interdisciplinarity is needed to tackle the challenges of the future. A major challenge for humankind is to provide adequate and reliable supplies of affordable energy and other resources. These should be obtained in environmentally sustainable ways, which is essential for economic prosperity, environmental quality and political stability around the world. One goal of the division Energy, Resources & the Environment (ERE) is to be a leading discussion forum for these issues. The core of the division consists of experts in various fields that will help meet the mutually coupled challenges of Energy, Resources and the Environment.
Sonja is a civil and environmental engineer by training with a background in both academia and industry. Her research focuses on hydrogeology , numerical flow and transport simulations and the sustainable use of georesources and the subsurface, for example investigating CO2 storage in geological media.
Chris has a background in geology and geophysics and has been involved in both academic and industry projects, both in the natural resource and energy sectors. Current research interests include crustal geophysics, high resolution seismics, seismic modelling, mining geophysics, geological storage of CO2, and scientific drilling.
Viktor’s research interests include renewable energy from biomass, with a focus on forests. He is also involved in biochar research and the investigation of carbon and nutrient cycles which includes soil processes and climate change. His interdisciplinary and holistic approaches are directed towards a sustainable and eco-friendly utilization of biomass as a source for energy and industrial raw materials.
Kristen has an academic background in isotope biogeochemistry. As a post-doc Kristen investigated marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean and the Great Lakes. While an AAAS Congressional fellow she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives on energy and environment policy. Kristen currently works on both scientific and policy projects ranging from global change science to ocean policy.
Michael is a geochemist and hydrogeologist by training with a research focus on the numerical simulation of hydrogeothermal systems in the subsurface. This includes quantification of interactions between deep and shallow groundwater systems, geochemical water-rock-interactions, coupled numerical simulation (hydraulical, thermal, mechanical, chemical), formation of ore deposits, CO2 storage in geologic formations and hydrogeothermal energy provision.
Maria’s research interests are focused on rock mechanics of sediments and rocks and the state of in-situ stress. She is involved in various projects, for example investigating the stress state for storage of CO2 and petroleum prospecting, as well as rock mechanical properties of reservoir and cap rock in CO2 storage.
Natalie Christine Nakaten
Natalie is a postdoctoral researcher at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (Section Fluid Systems Modelling) in Potsdam, Germany. She is an economic geographer by background and focused on techno-economic process modelling. Her research interests are mainly related to the topics Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) as well as gas and energy storage.
As ERE-ECS representative, Natalie aims to motivate ECSs to take part in ERE division activities and hereby strengthen the interchange of scientific knowledge and experiences.
- Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award
The 2018 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to
Victor Vilarrasa for significant contributions to the understanding of the thermo-hydro-mechanical processes inducing seismicity in geo-energy-related operations.
- Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award
The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to
Sarah Clancy The optimal lateral length and well pad size for maximising recoverable reserves of shale gas in northern England
Current issue of the EGU newsletter
Earlier this month, we hosted a record-breaking number of participants (over
16,000) at our annual EGU General Assembly in Vienna. The meeting included
over 16,000 poster, oral and PICO presentations in over 650 sessions, as well
as a number of popular short courses and side events. We are grateful to all
participants, including conveners, the EGU Programme Committee, Copernicus
Meetings, conference assistants, exhibitors, and ACV and EGU office staff,
for making the meeting a success. If you participated in the meeting, we
especially welcome your suggestions
and feedback (deadline: 9 June), which will be instrumental in ensuring an
even more successful General Assembly next year (3–8 May 2020, Vienna).
Of special highlight at the meeting was a session on ‘Science, Politics and
European (dis)integration: A Conversation of Geoscientists with Ilaria Capua
and Mario Monti’, which motivated the EGU to issue a declaration supporting a united Europe for
the benefit of global scientific research.
In other news this month, the EGU launched
a new journal, Geochronology, as well as a science-policy
competition for early career scientists (deadline: 15 May). We also ran an
extraordinary election, which saw Claudio
Zaccone elected as SSS Division President.
Finally, we would like to remind you that we are currently accepting nominations for the
2020 EGU awards and medals, including for the new Angela Croome Award and Katia and Maurice Krafft Award. To promote
the best deserving geoscientists from around the world and increase diversity
in the group of EGU awardees and medallists, we encourage the EGU membership
to consider gender, geographical, and cultural balance when nominating
outstanding Earth, planetary and space scientists at various career stages.
Please consider submitting a nomination by 15 June.