My poster in the poster hall, before the session
We had a medal lecture in our session
Then a microfossil god walked by. He had some thoughts on what you can and cannot find out from any assemblage of foraminifera or pollen. Nice as well! And some guys who pointed me in the direction of useful articles. If only for that, the conference had been worth it! But that was only 1.5 hours of the entire week.
The conference centre from the outside
The rest of the week I had attended sessions relevant to the work I do in Bangor. And sessions relevant to the work I did in York and Bangor. And sessions relevant to the work I did in Tromsø. And in Amsterdam. And sessions about things that I just find interesting in general. And sessions in which friends spoke! It was all very interesting and useful.
And when I wasn't in a session I sometimes was somewhere at a table, mailing the BGS in preparation for this summer's cruise, editing a talk I have to give the week after EGU, doing frivolous internet things and blogging. One morning, when there were no early talks I wanted to attend, I went for a run in the Prater park. That was nice! The weather had been great all week, and that park is quite big and feels genuinely green (rather than manicured), and I even saw two woodpeckers and a baby squirrel from close by. An later that morning, between a talk at 10.30 and one at 13.30, I sneaked off to the glamorous Natural History Museum. That was lovely!
Running in summery Vienna
Quite some time was also spent being social. I saw quite many friends! I had seen Emma already the first night; I saw her again the next day, together with an old friend from Norway. On Tuesday I hung out with colleagues from Durham. On Wednesday I had a quiet night in my apartment, and on Thursday there was the BRITICE dinner. BRITICE is the project I'm working on now. I met lots of new colleagues! And on Friday, Hugh got me into the convener's party. That's meant for partying until dawn, but I'm afraid I'm too old for that. An entire week without my bicycle had left me with sore feet, and I was tired. And I had to drive for two hours the next day! But I managed until 11PM or so. It was nice!
View from the balcony of the party
Altogether it had been a good week. I think my best EGU/AGU so far. The important things are: make sure you have a phone that works, so you can contact people; have a pleasant apartment, with good wifi, where you can happily work if you have a quiet congress day. That way you can make the most of the science on offer, of the time in between, and of the people there!