Rosie Oakes

Science and Society



Senior Scientist, UK Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom

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.

British, early career, woman. Working internationally (current projects in South Asia, China, and Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa). Work for a government organization. Working in applied science field outside of academia. Have lived and studied in U.K., Canada, and the USA.

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

Early Career Representative - AGU Council - 2019 – present; Elected to represent early career members at council meetings.
Member - Council Leadership Team - 2019 – present; Elected by council to join the leadership committee where we set agendas for council meetings and check protocols are followed.
Mentor - Social Mobility Foundation - 2021 – present.
Letter writer - Letters to a Pre-Scientist - 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 Science and Society section and its members are perfectly positioned to help implement AGU’s new strategic plan. The new plan highlights the importance of bridging discovery science to scientific solutions for policy, the public, and the environment. This is where our section already shines.

As secretary, I will be a member of the executive board so will work closely with the president and president elect. I plan to focus on two main areas:

Firstly, I aim ensure the members in our section can grow and thrive by fostering a community where we can learn from each other and test out new ideas in a safe space. I aim to increase our global membership reflecting that work that is going on in this space around the world. To achieve this, I plan to ensure that all voices are heard, equally, and without compromise. This could involve partnering with international organisations or holding events in multiple languages or time zones.

Secondly, I aim to increase the reach of Science and Society within AGU. As AGU increases its focus on using science to solve societal problems, we want to welcome volcanologists, paleontologists, and space weather experts to our section as they begin to navigate the challenges that our members focus on daily. I will work with the president and president elect to create knowledge sharing forums and networking events to facilitate learning and growth as we implement AGU’s new strategic plan making Earth and space science accessible and usable to all.

Section affiliations:

Biogeosciences; Education; Natural Hazards; Ocean Sciences; Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology; Science and Society