Attendance at the EGU 2023 General Assembly

The annual General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, one of Europe’s largest conference in earth sciences, took place in Vienna and on-line between 23-28 April. As last year, the event was organised in a hybrid format with attendees from over 100 countries both on-site in Vienna and virtually. A total of 18,831 researchers attended the conference, presenting their scientific work in 938 sessions. Early career scientists contributed to 57% of abstracts.

Thanks to the hybrid format, visitors from all over the world could join the oral presentations in Vienna and go around the exhibition halls of poster sessions virtually. Online poster and oral presentations were also available for on-site participants. The conference programme included a series of short courses, side events, a game night and gala dinners.

Four members of our Hydrogeology Chair participated on-site and three members registrated for virtual poster presentation. Judit Mádl-Szőnyi was invited to be the convener of session HS8.2.3 – ’The role of groundwater flow systems in solving water management and environmental problems’. She also presented a virtual poster entitled ’Evolving concepts and communication: what do we need to evaluate better regional groundwater flow’?

In the previously mentioned session, Anita Erőss presented ’Natural radioactivity in drinking water in the surroundings of a metamorphic outcrop in Hungary: interpretation of practical problems in groundwater flow system context’, while Petra Baják showed a case study from Hungary entitled ’Numerical modeling and time series analysis to quantify the neglected groundwater component in Lake Velence’s water budget’. They are both consultant of Máté Mezei MSc student in Geology who presented ’Investigation of naturally occurring radionuclides in a riverbank filtered drinking water supply system’. Anita Erőss also took part in session GI6.5 – ’Radioactivity in the environment: challenges and opportunities for geoscience’ as co-convener.

Márk Szijártó participated on-site with a poster presenting ’Numerical investigation of the groundwater age and heat transport processes in asymmetric hydrogeological situations’. Besides, Ábel Markó also had a poster exhibited in Vienna. It was entitled ’Determining the „geothermal reinjection potential” into sedimentary formations using datasets of hydrocarbon exploration’.

Brigitta Zentainé Czauner and Soma Oláh presented the results of their studies virtually with posters ’The influence of deep groundwater flow systems on the Earth’s critical zone’ and  ’Geophysical survey of near-surface aquifers for the goals of Managed Aquifer Recharge in a settlement of the Danube-Tisza Interfluve, Hungary’.

The attendance on the conference was supported by the Climate Change Multidisciplinary National Laboratory Project (RRF-2.3.1-21-2022-00014).

The on-site delegation from the left to the right: Ábel, Markó, Petra Baják, Márk Szijártó, Anita Erőss