Germán A. Prieto




Associate Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia

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.

I am Colombian (South America). I live and work in academia in my home country. I hope to be able to bring an international perspective to the Seismology section.

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

I have been actively participating with AGU as:

Editor - Geophysical Research Letters 2020 – Present; Fall Meeting Program Committee - 2019-2020; AGU Canvassing Committee Seismology - 2020-2022; Associate Editor at Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 2013-2020; Kei Aki Award Committee - 2016-2017

as well as with other societies and institutions:

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Education and Public Outreach Standing Committee - 2022-2023; President Colombian Geological Society - 2019-2020


As one of the elected leaders of your section, how will you partner with your president and president-elect to communicate with and engage your members to help implement AGU’s strategic plan including its mission and vision?

The Seismology section has a long history of close collaboration within the leadership. I plan to continue this work. 

I do believe that I can help increase the interaction, collaboration and inclusion of the international community, in particular the AGU members from Latin America, Africa or Asia whose engagement needs to increase and is fundamental for AGU’s role in addressing scientific and societal challenges around the globe. 

As a former student and recipient of AGU’s awards, I believe that we need to work harder to support our young members that have had to endure 2+ years of a pandemic, both domestically as well as internationally. We have to keep the positive things we learned from virtual learning and interaction, but also allow for the new generations to become part of our community.

Section affiliations:

Seismology; Tectonophysics