Preview: Ag&Climate and Energy & Climate joint telecon, Big Data in the Geosciences, Earthcube Architecture, Geoscience Communication and Telecon reminders.

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ESIP Update: August 31, 2015

Hi ESIP. I hope everyone is enjoying the unofficial last day of Summer. The ESIP Staff is already buzzing with conversations about what's to come this Fall including the IEEE Big Data in the Geosciencs and IEEE/MTS Oceans meetings October, AGU in December and, gasp, the ESIP Winter Meeting in January. However, its not all meetings. There is always lots going on within the ESIP Collaboration Areas - check out the committee reports from the last ExCom meeting here.

If you have any items you'd like to see included in next week's update, questions or general comments about ESIP, hit reply or email me at - Annie
Federation News:
  • Ag & Climate Cluster and Energy & Climate Working group joint telecon 
Around the Federation:
  • Big Data in the Geosciences Workshop
  • Earthcube Architecture Webinar
  • Geoscience Communication School
  • Tuesday: Ag & Climate Cluster and Energy & Climate Workgroup joint telecon 
  • Thursday: Disasters

Federation News
Ag & Climate and Energy & Climate Working Group joint telecon
Tomorrow the Agriculture and Climate Cluster and the Energy and Climate Workgroup will be having a Discussion Session telecom at 3pm EDT/ 12pm PDT.
We will be using this telecon as a way to continue our discussion from our combined sessions focused on Resiliency at the ESIP Summer Meeting. For notes and presentations from these combined sessions, please visit:

We will discuss how the Agriculture Climate Cluster and the Energy and Climate Workgroup can help actualize the nexus of agriculture, energy, and water. One way we will consider is how our groups might work together to help streamline and "feed" use cases to the Climate Resiliency Toolkit. There are certainly many ways near-term and long-term goals we could consider, especially in the context of the ESIP Strategic Plan, and we would very much appreciate your input and discussion.
Find the WebEx call-in information here.

Around the Federation
Big Data in the Geosciences Workshop: Submission Deadline TODAY!
The Big Data in the Geosciences Workshop will be on the first day (Thursday, October 29th) of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data in Santa Clara, CA. The submission deadline for the workshop is today, August 31st. Submit your paper here.

Earthcube Architecture Webinar
On behalf of the EarthCube Architecture Working Group, please consider joining this webinar this Thursday, September 3 at 8:30am PDT/ 11:30 EDT. From the Architecture WG:

Are you interested in making sure the EarthCube infrastructure will be easy to use?  Are there specific functionalities you would like to see?  We invite you to a special webinar about EarthCube architecture that will look at our approach and solicit your feedback. The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 3 at 8:30 PDT/ 11:30 EDT
Architecture is one of the core elements for a sustainable EarthCube. Early this year, the EarthCube Technology and Architecture Committee (TAC) launched an Architecture Working Group to define the architecture process and  facilitate community convergence. This webinar will give an overview and solicit comments on the architecture roadmap approach drafted by the Working Group. For call in information, and to review and comment on the documents, click here.

Geoscience Communication School
When and Where: Perugia, Italy, 10-16 April 2016

The school is organized by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in collaboration with the Scuola Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), the Contaminated Land: Applications In Real Environments (CL:AIRE) and local organization provided by island of meetings (iom). Attending the school students will learn how to effectively convey important research results to a public of both experts and laypeople.
Students will learn how:
- to write scientific papers, 
- to structure poster and talks for conference presentation, 
- to write proposals at international level,
- to communicate science to general public, students, and policymakers,
- to communicate through art and laboratories
- to communicate through social networks and internet
Also students will receive coaching from experienced researchers (Marie Curie Alumni) and Euraxess experts on proposal and report drafting. Laboratory material and representatives of Italian Space Agency and European Space Agency (to be confirmed) will focus part of the school specifically to the Geosciences.
Being involved in science communication activities will allow the students to gain communication technical skills that will be useful in their wider lives and will remind the students that science is an heritage that needs to be shared as a part of our culture.
The school has the aim of offering overview and training of scientific communication skills in all its forms. The school will treat communication not only with an "educative aim" but also with a "scientific aim". The lecturers will therefore not only present an overview of science communication from a theoretical point of view, but also will offer practical activities on abstract/paper writing and poster editing, on proposal and report drafting, and on how to improve communication to policymakers. All the lectures will be accompained by laboratories and students will experience concrete activities: for example each student will present a poster at the beginning of the school and posters will be corrected and improved at the end applying what learned during the school; at the end of the school students will try to provide accurate but concise information about their science to the general public recording a short movie (famelab-like) which will be published into the facebook group of the school to get feedbacks.
Lecturers: /~rnoghero/training/geoscience_communication_school/speakers2.html
Applications: The School is open to graduate students, PhD students and early career researchers.
All the info available at the website
Facebook group:
Dates: Early bird registration deadline 31 October 2015 (Registration deadline 15 February 2016)
Rita Nogherotto

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Annie Burgess
Community Director
Foundation for Earth Science | 585.738.7549 |

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