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6 March 2020

AGU March 2020 Council Meeting Wrap-up

By: Rosie Oakes, Early Career Scientists and Council Leadership Team We’ve come to the end of our March Council meeting, And I’ve been asked to summarize in case you’ve been sleeping.   With talk of new partners and international collaboration, I present you with a transdisciplinary science-art demonstration.   The new strategic plan was the best place to start, Determining what the AGU is at its very heart.   Are we …

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27 November 2019

Introducing the AGU Council Student and Early Career Representatives

So you’re one of 65,000 members of the AGU, But who’s raising the issues that matter to you? You care about accessibility and making meetings green, But will your suggestions ever be seen? If you’re a student member or are early career, We have some information that will make you cheer! You have six representatives on the council at AGU, They’re students, scientists, and postdocs too! The student reps are …

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16 October 2019

AGU Makes Strides in 2019 Union Awards, Medals, and Prizes

Each year at Fall Meeting, AGU honors a distinguished group of scientists by conferring the Union Medals, Awards and Prizes. These individuals are recognized for their “significant contributions to the Earth and space sciences through scientific research, education, communication, outreach, and sustained impact.” While AGU represents more than 60,000 scientists from 130 plus countries, demographic analysis of past award honorees has shown that — when controlling for career stage and …

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22 July 2019

Convergence: A Call for More Robust Global Science Collaboration

At AGU, we often say that science has no borders and takes no political sides. Science has the powerful ability to make profound impacts on nations, economies, and local communities. However, a tide of nationalism across the globe — manifested in the form of incendiary social media posts, trade wars, reactionary protectionism, and even overt violence — is on the rise. And often hand-in-hand with nationalism comes scientific disinformation campaigns …

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28 May 2019

Join the Effort to Improve the Health of Our Oceans

Susan Lozier, AGU’s President-elect, encapsulated the forward-looking spirit and dialogue of global ocean experts earlier this month: As an oceanographer, I view the upcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development as an incredibly important opportunity for the global community to focus on the health of Earth’s oceans. Many recent studies have revealed the negative effects humans have had on the oceans, from the sea surface to the …

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2 May 2019

How AGU Is a Leader in the Fight against Climate Change

AGU represents a global community of more than 60,000 Earth and space scientists. The peer-reviewed research of our members has unequivocally concluded that climate change is real, occurring now, and is driven by human activity. The threat it poses to our human survival and the environment is real and serious. But there is hope. Collectively, we can address this challenge. This is the theme I carried with me to the …

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19 April 2019

Key Takeaways from the EGU General Assembly 2019

Fresh off an early-morning flight from Vienna, Austria, to DC last week, I was reflecting on every moment from the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). There were more than 16,000 attendees from 113 countries representing many scientific disciplines. It was an honor to see so many students and early-career scientists as the international presence of AGU continues to grow. As a founding society member of the Societies …

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2 April 2019

March 2019 Council Meeting Wrap Up

From Wednesday, March 6 to Friday, March 8 – International Women’s Day – the AGU Council met, bringing together all 25 sections, early-career and student representatives, committee chairs, and AGU leadership to celebrate the appointment of several new members. This included President-elect Susan Lozier who will follow current AGU President Robin Bell, continuing the succession of strong women in leadership positions at AGU. The Council met for the first time …

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7 February 2019

The Geoscience & Society Summit: Bridges to Global Health, Resilience & Sustainability

The threats of climate change, growing water and energy demands and threats to human health are posing unprecedented challenges to human populations across the globe. Effective solutions to these challenges will require the expertise of the science community, in collaboration with policymakers, NGOs, non-profit organizations and corporations. It is this desire for cross organizational solutions that led AGU, in partnership with Geology in the Public Interest, the Bolin Centre for …

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8 January 2019

A View from the Board: The AGU Centennial Year and Beyond

The AGU Centennial Year and Beyond December was a delight. The AGU Fall Meeting was one of the most exciting I have attended, the celebration of AGU’s renovated net zero Washington headquarters a milestone, and the launch of the of AGU Centennial the sign of a great year to come. The December bonanza was fantastic but sitting on the AGU Board of Directors and seeing the thought, detail, and hard …

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19 December 2018

Fall Meeting 2018 in Review

After months of anticipation and hard work, Fall Meeting 2018 is now a memory. But what a meeting it was! Held in Washington, DC, from December 10 – 14, the 51st AGU Fall Meeting was the largest ever, with over 28,500 people converging on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to share their science with colleagues and peers, forge and strengthen professional connections, and enjoy the company of friends both …

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28 November 2018

New Guidelines on Use of Photography at AGU Meetings

AGU is committed to creating a productive and open environment for meetings and all venues that are focused on the exchange of knowledge. Our guidelines are designed to support this commitment while allowing for the exercise of personal preferences. For example, AGU has welcomed the use of social media at our meetings for several years. In addition to creating a more engaging and inclusive meeting experience for attendees, this practice serves many others in the Earth and …

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AGU Helps Science and Scientists Make a Local Impact

Several students and early career members of AGU have told me that they chose a career path in science for both the excitement of curiosity-driven science and the feeling that science can help them contribute to making the world a better place. Indeed, AGU’s mission includes both promoting discovery in Earth and space science and doing so for the benefit of humanity. Figuring out how to do that second part—benefiting …

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19 November 2018

From China to Mexico: Promoting Collaboration in the Earth and Space Sciences

In his post “Solidarity Among Scientists Across the Globe Is Needed Now More Than Ever” on From the Prow from 25 July 2018, AGU President Eric Davidson wrote that “we must stand together to insist that scientific collaboration remains international, and interdisciplinary.” It was so heartening to see support for his words during recent AGU leadership trips to China and Mexico. During these visits, our international colleagues and hosts agreed wholeheartedly with …

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13 November 2018

Support the Student Travel Grant Program: A Challenge to the AGU Community

I recently made a one million dollar matching challenge grant to support AGU’s Fall Meeting Student Travel Grants and hope that you will join me in support of this program. As humanity and the planet face ever more daunting challenges, science is under attack and facts are shrugged off, the evidence-based solutions that the geosciences provide are now more important than ever. I believe it is incumbent upon us ― …

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2 August 2018

AGU Announces New Education Section

Today I’m incredibly pleased to announce that AGU is launching a new section: the Education section. AGU’s sections reflect the scientific breadth of the Union and are responsible for fostering scientific discussion and collaboration, identifying emerging issues, providing member input, and nominating scientists for honors and recognition. The Education section marks the second new section launched by AGU in the past year; the Geohealth section was launched in December 2017. …

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25 July 2018

Solidarity Among Scientists Across the Globe Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Frustration is mounting over nationalist policies in the U.S. and other countries, which are obstructing the free exchange of ideas and effective collaboration among scientists. These policies have multiple impacts. The most immediate and visible human tragedies are borne by refugees and immigrants. At the same time, several academics have lost their jobs or their ability to carry out their missions where nationalist governments have restricted academic freedoms and defunded …

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21 June 2018

2018 Fall Meeting: What Science Stands For

By Lauren Parr, Vice President, Meetings Paying tribute to the achievements of the past is a critical part of understanding the possibilities of the future, and there is certainly no better place to do that than at AGU’s Fall Meeting. The Fall Meeting has long been a place where ideas and concepts that will change the course of science come to light, so it’s particularly appropriate that this year’s meeting …

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How the Cryosphere Sciences Section Will Celebrate 100 Years of AGU

AGU’s Centennial is just around the corner, officially kicking off at the 2018 Fall Meeting in Washington, D. C., and running through the 2019 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. I look forward to a celebration marked by a variety of elements that will highlight the talents and drive of both our scientific sections and our membership. The Centennial offers us the opportunity for a coast-to-coast celebration of scientific achievement. …

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20 June 2018

Combating Drought and Desertification to Preserve Human Health

On June 17, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will observe its World Day to Combat Drought and Desertification. The devastating impacts of drought and desertification on people are highlighted this year, as the UNCCD has made the linkages between desertification and human migration its annual theme. As noted by the UN[i], one billion of the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people in over one hundred countries are at risk, …

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