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Sam catches up with Jane Robb, the Educational fellow for the EGU, to talk about all of the wonderful educational initiatives that EGU currently run, including the Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshops and the “I’m a Geoscientist get me out of here” project. Jane also provides some top tips to all scientists that want to communicate their research to a school audience. 

Sam and Jane also talk briefly about the gamification of crowdsourcing and citizen science, in order to encourage members of the public involved with helping scientists to carry out their research. The game that Sam mentions is called Cropland Capture, and it is well worth a gander!

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Sam and Will meet up to discuss events at day 2 of the EGU General Assembly; of particular interest was the session on “The Role of Geoscientists in Public Policy”, where a panel including representatives from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) discussed the role of geosciences and public policy. 

Also discussed is the potential creation of a new geological era: the Anthropocene. Has mankind been responsible for creating this, and where is it most evident?

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Sam and Will report back on day one of the Euro Geosciences Union 2014, the largest geosciences conference in Europe. As well as talking about some of the enjoyable sessions that have already taken place (unsurprisingly Will attended some talks on secondary organic aerosols), they catch up with Mathew Reeve and Will Ball from ClimateSnack.

ClimateSnack is an international and inter-disciplinary community where early career scientists interact in order to improve their writing and communication skills. For those of you lucky enough to be at this year’s EGU then come along to the town hall meeting on this Thursday (1st may) evening from 19:00 – 20:00 in Room R13 to hear all about how to better understand your audience.

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Recent UK Air Pollution

After an episode of poor air quality last week, Sam is joined by Will Morgan and Eoghan Darbyshire to chat about all things air pollution.

The conditions required for such UK air pollution events, the sources and the health impacts are all discussed. Was all the media hype justified? How often do these events occur? What's the outlook over the next few weeks? Find out by listening to this episode of the Barometer!

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