EGU fellowships offer early career researchers the opportunity to gain experience in science management and communication in a large scientific union through a targeted assignment at the EGU Executive Office in Munich, Germany. Fellows are strategically deployed to develop new initiatives and capabilities for long-term use by the EGU. Fellowships last one year and are subject to a probation period of six months.
Follow the timeline below to find out more about past and recent EGU fellows:
Sep 2015 – Dec 2016 2015
Sarah Connors is the EGU’s Science Policy Fellow, a new position appointed in September 2015. Based in the EGU Executive Office in Munich, Sarah’s responsibilities are two-fold: to inform EGU members on current science policy issues, and to highlight the EGU’s scientific expertise to relevant policy institutions. These activities involve establishing the EGU website with science policy resources, organising relevant sessions at the General Assembly, providing a point of contact for policy organisations looking to find scientific advice, and representing the EGU at related conferences.
Before joining the EGU Sarah studied for a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Her thesis focused on estimating greenhouse gas emissions in the East of England. Additionally, she spent 3 months working at the UK Centre for Science and Policy during her PhD.
Sep 2013 – May 2014 2013
Jane held the first Educational Fellowship with the European Geosciences Union from September 2013 to May 2014. Jane, a Scottish citizen, has a bachelors degree in geology from the University of Edinburgh and an MRes in Heritage Science from University College London (UCL). Jane has a significant background in geoscience education and communication, working at a science centre, with schools delivering outreach and at a residential summer school over the past several years.
Jane’s role at the EGU was to develop and expand on the Union’s educational offering, working jointly with the Executive Office and the Committee on Education. In her time at the EGU, Jane worked on several projects including: I’m a Geoscientist, an innovative online educational event connecting school students with scientists; Planet Press, geoscience news for 7-11 year olds; Teacher’s Corner, Geolocations and Courses databases collating educational content; a collaboration with UNESCO to develop the first African Geosciences Information for Teachers workshop in South Africa; a GeoEd blog series on GeoLog and an educational strategy for the next three years.
In addition, Jane aided the media and communications team in creating content and editing contributions for the GeoQ monthly magazine and GeoLog blog as well as aiding administrative tasks of the Executive Office. At the 2014 General Assembly, Jane also convened two sessions on geoscience education, and presented on best practice in schools outreach.
Proceeding her fellowship, Jane will be working at UCL as a project assistant to their ToMCAT (Theory of Mantle, Core and Technological Materials) project as well as a research assistant in the Department of Political Science at UCL. Jane will also be starting her PhD in soil geochemistry in 2014 at the UCL-Birkbeck Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences, hoping to develop a career in international development. In addition, Jane is on the Executive Committee of Geology for Global Development, and co-founded the social enterprise unboxd, enhancing social mobility by raising career aspirations in the UK.
Jan 2012 – Dec 2012 2012
Edvard, a Swedish citizen, recently completed his doctorate (DPhil) at the University of Oxford, where his molecular biology project explored the diversity and ecology of Apusozoa, a phylum of free-living protozoan flagellates. He also takes an active interest in science policy and communication and spent three months on a NERC-funded Secondment to the UK Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST), where he researched and wrote a parliamentary briefing on biodiversity offsetting, market-based conservation strategies.
Having also recently served as a Trans-Atlantic Junior Fellow at the Colorado-based El Pomar Foundation, Edvard maintains a keen interest in large-scale transatlantic policy issues and has recently been chosen to participate in the Emerging Leaders in Environment and Energy Policy (ELEEP) network, a project hosted by the Atlantic Council of the United States.
Edvard’s studies include an MSc degree from the University of Oxford as well as undergraduate degrees in Environmental Biology (BSc) from the University of St Andrews and Sociology/Psychology (BA) from McGill University.
Mar 2011 – Dec 2011 2011
The first Postdoctoral Fellowship was held by Jennifer Holden from March 2011. A British national, Dr Holden had recently completed her PhD in the Department of Geography, King’s College London, UK on Environmental Hazards (heavy-metal contamination). During her postdoctoral fellowship she developed outreach networks with young and female scientists within the Union. These have included fostering relationships with discipline specific young scientists groups and beginning a Women in Geoscience Mentoring programme.
Alongside these activities Dr Holden co-ordinated and further developed the social media activities of the European Geosciences Union focusing on the General Assembly. She had begun these on a voluntary basis for the General Assembly 2010 but during her postdoctoral fellowships she increased the activity on existing platforms (Twitter and blogging) and added new platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube).
Other activities during the time spent at the Executive Office included merchandise design, attending affiliate organisation conferences, and providing general support to the Executive Secretary. Before the Postdoctoral Fellowship Dr Holden was (and continues to be) involved in the activities of the European Geosciences Union as a member of the General Assembly Programme Committee (representing Young Scientists), and by being a scientific secretary and session convener within the Natural Hazards Division.