Aitaro Kato




Professor, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

AGU embraces the global community and welcomes diverse leaders from around the world, representing various identities, voices, and perspectives. List any identities, voices, and perspectives you would bring, including but not limited to nationality, regional representations, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and any other identity you feel comfortable sharing.As described in the AGU strategic plan, members of AGU are responsible not only for making great scientific progress but also for accelerating efforts to address social challenge. There is an increasing need from society for understanding and mitigating of catastrophic disasters caused by earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. Strengthening collaboration with relevant research disciplines is important to combine a deep commitment to scientific breakthroughs with an urgent commitment to social challenges. I am interested in making our partnership wider and more collaborative. Since inclusiveness is essential to tackling scientific and social issues, I would like to promote a comprehensive scientific culture.

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

Member of AGU Tectonophysics Fellows Committee. Member of international review panels. Vice Editor-in-Chief of Earth, Planets and Space. Editor of Scientific Reports. Member of Earthquake Research Committee, Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. Academic investigator, MEXT. Member of Planning Committee, Coordinating Committee of Earthquake and Volcanic Eruption Prediction Research. Local Organizing Committee of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior (IASPEI) & International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) Deputy Director, Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo.


This leadership position is a liaison role; it is one that aims to catalyze community and build AGU as envisioned by the strategic plan. How will you engage with members of your section to advance AGU’s strategic plan? How will you facilitate engagement with other sections and people outside AGU to support our mission?

To advance AGU’s strategic plan, we need to foster connections with other organizations and sectors in order to effectively address scientific and social challenges. It is thus of critical importance to create new connections and interactions between internal members and people outside AGU. I would like to contribute to the expansion of opportunities for members to have dialogues to cultivate connections. For example, I would like to encourage session proposals that are cross-listed and co-organized by diverse sectors in the Fall Meeting and expand open discussion times to deepen our understanding of each other. As a matter of course, it is necessary to advance evidenced-based science to intensify the trust of society. To ensure credibility, I would like to emphasize the importance of critical thinking and open data policy.

Section affiliations:

Mineral and Rock Physics; Natural Hazards; Seismology; Tectonophysics