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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from an International AGU Perspective

A Panel Discussion of a Global Issue from a Non-U.S. World View

Speakers and Topic Wednesday, 16 December 2020 (08:30 – 09:30 PT)
AGU’s recently updated Strategic plan includes a goal that we will promote and exemplify an inclusive scientific culture, and includes an aspirational statement that we will assure that diversity, inclusion, equity, ethics and cultural awareness are sewn into the fabric of all our activities. However, AGU represents more than 130,000 scientists in more than 138 countries. Also, in 2020, more than 40% of AGU members and more than 50% of AGU publications first authors are from outside the United States. Both numbers are growing. Based on these AGU demographics trends, it is important to understand international perspectives on inclusive science priorities and opportunities from different regions of the world. This assembled panel will provide perspectives and discuss key questions around definitions of and priorities for diversity, equity and inclusion; including engagement of local researchers and public in international science; the current global movement for increased social justice; the need for recognizing and rewarding solution-based science—including that derived through Indigenous Knowledges; issues of poverty, sustainability and global health; and will discuss local priorities for scientists in their respective countries, and how can AGU better assure these local scientists feel included in our AGU strategic plan implementation.

This panel will feature prominent scientists from across various AGU programs and activities, to include representatives from the AGU Global Engagement Committee, the AGU GeoHealth Section, The Thriving Earth Exchange Advisory Board, the AGU Data Management Advisory Board, and the AGU Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

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Panelists & Moderator

  • Vinya Ariyaratne, Sarvodaya Institute – Panelist
  • Araya Asfaw, Addis Ababa University – Panleist
  • Ligia Perez-Cruz, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – Panelist
  • Bea Gallardo-Lacourt, NASA/USRA – Panelist
  • Lesley Wyborn, Australian National University – Panelist
  • Jane Wyngaard, University of Cape Town – Panelist


  • Robin Bell, AGU President – Moderator