Air, fire, earth and water – understanding our planet in all its moods

Dear ASCers,

In 2011 Australia will hold one of the world’s largest meetings of earth scientists. They will explore all the physical aspects of our planet, from deep in the Earth’s core to our place in space.

Given recent natural disasters-such as the Pakistan floods, Black Saturday bushfires, Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, 2010 Chile earthquake, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano-the Earth seems ever more restless and destructive, and the impact on human life and infrastructure is increasingly heavy.

So it is important to understand how the Earth works-which means the 25th General Assembly of the International Union of Geophysics and Geodesy in Melbourne from 28 June to 7 July 2011 will be a focus of attention, not only for the 3,000 delegates expected to attend, but for many others besides.

We want to extend the conversation from the conference, bringing earth science to the wider community. We’d welcome your thoughts and support to achieve this.

We’re helping the conference team create a public and media outreach program to bring the ideas of the speakers to the widest possible audience and to engage the community in discussing the hot issues in earth science-from water security to climate change; from natural disaster warnings to tracking the best surf waves.

This email is intended to start that conversation. Over the next two months we want to identify:

· Groups interested in hosting public events in association with the conference;

· Opportunities to reach students and teachers;

· Potential supporters and sponsors of public and media outreach; and

· Any other ideas that will engage a wide audience in Australia and internationally.

To get you thinking, I’ve put some notes on speakers and topics online at

For further information on the Public and Media Outreach program, please contact me:

Niall Byrne ( +61 3 9398 1416

Or Simon Torok ( Simon chairs the Media and Community Liaison committee.

For further information about sponsorship representation or participating in the IUGG 2011 industry exhibition, contact:

Nick Cadey ( or phone +61 2 9265 0812

Kind regards,

Niall Byrne,

Creative Director, Science in Public, for the organising committee of the 25th IUGG.


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