Learn about AGU
Learn about who we are, what we do, our leadership and governance as well as our community.
Who We Are
AGU supports 130,000 enthusiasts to experts worldwide in Earth and space sciences.
Through broad and inclusive partnerships, AGU aims to advance discovery and solution science that accelerate knowledge and create solutions that are ethical, unbiased and respectful of communities and their values. Our programs include serving as a scholarly publisher, convening virtual and in-person events and providing career support. We live our values in everything we do, such as our net zero energy renovated building in Washington, D.C. and our Ethics and Equity Center, which fosters a diverse and inclusive geoscience community to ensure responsible conduct.
AGU was established in 1919 by the National Research Council and operated as an unincorporated affiliate of the National Academy of Sciences for more than 50 years. We were independently incorporated in 1972.
Our programs and initiatives
AGU is an innovator among scientific organizations. We pioneer new approaches to growing the exchange of scientific knowledge through publishing and meetings. We encourage and facilitate new and transdisciplinary fields of study, transforming our programs and operations as we anticipate the changing needs of our worldwide community. We promote excellence in scientific research by setting and promoting standards and best practices, strengthening the integrity of published and presented research and leveraging our science to help society worldwide.
Learn more about the exciting new ways in which we’re working every day to support and extend the reach and impact of Earth and space sciences:
Through our publications we are accelerating the exchange of knowledge and facilitating new connections among researchers through our commitment to opening up access to scientific research. Scientists will be able to discover and build upon diverse and relevant scientific research, and the media, public and decision makers will be able to learn about relevant science more often and quickly.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
We are committed not only to advancing the Earth and space science workforce but also to creating ethical, inclusive and diverse work environments. Having more diverse voices at the table leads to new perspectives and unique ways of thinking which in turn leads to better science and novel solutions. To achieve this, we are developing strategies, programs, studies, partnerships, and policies to cultivate and sustain a diverse, inclusive and dynamic Earth and space science talent pool. This includes establishing codes of conduct to address harassment and promoting ethical leadership practices through our ethics programs. We’re also working with historically under-served communities to ensure that science is equitable in both its participation and application through our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Our workforce programs help scientists, and aspiring scientists, learn and advance in their Earth and space science careers. Through programs that improve the workplace and support the workforce, we not only strengthen the global Earth and space science community but also its impact on society.
We are experimenting with new formats and experiences for scientific meetings that foster learning and interactions. In physical and virtual venues, we’re committed to making AGU meetings available to broader participation by scientists worldwide, while streamlining and making our meetings experiences more productive conducive to major questions and solving societal problems through Earth and space science.
Science and Society
Earth and space science have an impact on everyday life and contributes to solving the pressing challenges facing society today. Together, we can use science to ensure that feasible, evidence-based solutions are developed to improve the lives of people and the welfare of communities around the world. Through our programs like the Thriving Earth Exchange and Sharing Science, and our authoritative, visible voice in science policy and science communications, we can increase the public’s appreciation and understanding of science. By working to evolve our science culture to embrace communications and engagement in all its forms, we enhance the well-being of communities and preserve the health of our planet.
Through our data initiatives, we are leading the Earth and space science community in embracing data practices and policies that will accelerate the speed and transparency of science. We are working with researchers, publishers, and data repositories to develop and formally commit to best practices in open and FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data on a large scale. By making scientific data open and accessible, the pace, integrity, quality and value of science will grow.
Leadership and governance
AGU is governed by bylaws and a governance structure, and led by volunteer member leaders, all of which play a vital role in strengthening AGU for the future. Together, they work together to advance our mission and vision.
Our primary leaders are the president, who chairs the Board of Directors; the president-elect, who chairs the Council; and the executive director/CEO, who leads our staff. All three participate in Board and Council meetings to ensure consistency, continuity, and communication.
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How we operate
Bylaws are legal documents that define AGU’s purpose, requirements for membership, responsibilities of officers and other leaders, the structure of the organization, etc.
Conflict of interest documents outline a process for identifying potential conflicts of interest and information on our policies.
Annual Reports highlight our yearly activities and achievements.
AGU’s community of 60,000 members is a robust and global network of scientists working across disciplines in Earth and space science. One of our greatest strengths is the ability to facilitate networking and collaborations between our members, allowing you to meet with colleagues, and participate in vigorous discussion around issues in Earth and space science.
AGU Connect is our open networking and collaboration platform to help you exchange knowledge and build new connections with researchers across diverse fields. Join conversations that interest you, browse events and announcements, or discover colleagues with shared interests.