Ligia Pérez-Cruz

AGU Board of Directors

International Secretary


Senior Researcher, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico 

Volunteer experience that relates to this position: 

President of Mexican Geophysical Union (UGM; 2018-2019), vice-president (president-elect) of UGM (2016-2017), outreach secretary of UGM (2012-2015), member of Cowen Award Committee (2008 -2014), chair of the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology section in the AGU Joint Assembly (May 2013).


AGU’s new strategic plan recognizes our community is rapidly becoming more diverse and global and, in some areas, such as publications, engagement comes predominately from outside the United States. Additionally, the plan calls for building broad and inclusive partnerships to help solve society’s most complex global challenges.  How will you lead and facilitate moving AGU forward in strengthening international relationships and furthering the global impact of Earth and space science?


AGU’s strategic plan prioritizes diversity, inclusiveness and global reach. To advance in these goals, we require strengthening and consolidating programs, effectively partnering with international and national societies, exploring new initiatives and reaching and engaging the membership.


The recent challenges and complexities emphasize the need for effective international collaboration and partnerships.


The AGU Earth and space sciences community is well prepared to tackle complex global issues, and efforts can be invested in strengthening collaborations, interconnectedness and capacity building across the community.


  • Engage, contact and involve members in open and effective forms, particularly from developing countries and those less represented.
  • Strengthen and expand international relationships, fostering inclusive partnerships. Approach scientific societies, including those of developing countries, to learn and integrate their interests and concerns.
  • Ensure inclusion of AGU’s diverse community. Facilitate and encourage enhanced participation and inclusion in open broad approaches, developing initiatives with increased member participation as journal reviewers, editors, committee members, meetings and conferences organizers, leadership positions, etc.
  • Develop joint collaborations, leading to regional, national and global issues, taking advantage of the strengths and scientific knowledge of this wide and diverse community.
  • Promote collaborative publication efforts in partnership with other scientific societies.
  • Organize events, seminars and discussion forums, expanding the use of digital communication platforms.
  • Encourage collaborations with other sectors, especially the social sciences.

Effective actions to advance AGU’s strategic plan in diversity and inclusiveness require open effective relationships of the international secretary and Global Engagement Committee within and beyond AGU’s membership and global community.


Section affiliations:

Biogeosciences; Global Environmental Change; Natural Hazards; Ocean Sciences; Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology; Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology