The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has been meeting at the Austria Center Vienna since 2005, and more than 10,000 international geoscientists are currently in the Austrian capital for the organisation’s annual General Assembly. Thanks to the successful partnership between the organizer and the venue, the contract has now been extended for another five years – from 2026 to 2030. In addition to its economic significance, this is also good news for the city as a science hub: global issues such as climate change and resource conservation will continue to be the subject of high-profile discussion in Vienna.
“We are delighted that the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union will continue to be held at the Austria Center Vienna until 2030. It is our second-largest event and a special highlight each year because no other scientific congress has such a young and dynamic participant demographic as the EGU,” said Austria Center Vienna Director Susanne Baumann-Söllner.
Vienna on track for full recovery as congress location
Congress participants spend around twice as much money as the average visitor to Vienna, and the negative impact of their absence made itself felt in the hotel, F&B and tourism industries during the coronavirus pandemic when only a handful of in-person events could be held. “It is also thanks to our successful partnership with the Vienna Tourist Board and its Vienna Convention Bureau that we are well placed to close in on the booking levels seen in 2019. In 2023, the Austria Center Vienna will host around 20 congresses – six of them with more than 4,000 participants each,” Baumann-Söllner confirmed.
About the EGU
Founded in 2002, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is an interdisciplinary society for scientists working and researching in geosciences and related fields. This year, the important role of the oceans in the fight against climate change will be among its key focuses. The first General Assembly took place in Nice in 2004, and the annual gathering has been held continuously at the Austria Center Vienna since 2005.
Find out more about Austria Center Vienna here.