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Will and Sam are joined by Roz Pidcock from Carbon Brief to chat about communicating science and the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, which have featured heavily at EGU 2014. Find out about the wide range of sessions relating to climate science that took place this week.

Also, stay tuned at the end for a special message.
You can find Roz's blog posts about the science on offer at EGU 2014 below:

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The 'Life of the Earth' exhibit at EGU 2014.
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Will and Sam catch up with Andreas Petzold from Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany to talk about a program called IAGOS, which puts instruments on-board commercial aircraft to do routine measurements of the atmosphere. Join us to find out the benefits of such research and the important insights that we have gained from it.

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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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#EGU2013 Audio Diary #5: Oh Vienna

In our fifth and (sadly) final audio diary of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Sam I and Will reflect on an excellent week of science, social media and the beautiful city of Vienna. Hopefully you've enjoyed our series of podcasts this week. We hope that we've added an insight into an academic conference for those who thought 'this means nothing to me', while also bringing together some of the highlights from the ever evolving world of atmospheric science. Thanks for listening.

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In our fourth audio diary of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Sam I and Will chat over the highlights of day 4. Hear them discuss getting value from old methods, more satellite measurements (surprise surprise) and fires across the globe. They also discuss Will's presentation on a biomass burning project in Brazil - you can find some more background here.

Thanks for listening and we'll be back for our final wrap up episode tomorrow LIVE from EGU.

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In our third audio diary of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Sam I and Will chat over their highlights from day 3. They are joined by Jon Tennant to discuss the 'Great Debate' that the EGU hosted on Shale Gas: to frack or not to frack.

Jon mentioned some excellent resources from the Geological Society regarding shale gas in the UK, which are available here.

Thanks for listening and we'll be back tomorrow with another episode LIVE from EGU.

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In our second audio diary of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Sam I and Will chat to Aoife Grant and James Grayson about some exciting new scientific research from the wonderful world of atmospheric science. Sam I also brings you his personal thoughts on his favourite EGU ever!

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Welcome to our first audio diary of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly that is taking place in Vienna this week. Join Sam Illingworth as he wanders the poster halls pouncing on unsuspecting atmospheric scientists to find out their highlights from the first day of the meeting. Topics include the Mars Curiosity Rover, pollution in the largest cities in the world and the cost of the Elgin gas leak to the UK economy.

Thanks to Roland Leigh and Rosie Graves from the University of Leicester for talking to us.

Tune in tomorrow for our next episode.

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