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International Participation Committee

Committee members



Committee Role

Carlos Nobre

University of Sao Paulo

Committee Chair;
South America

Andrew Pitman

University of South Wales

Member; Asia-Pacific

Ashutosh Chamoli

Indian Institute of Technology

Member; Asia-Pacific

Huixin Liu

Kyushu University

Member; Asia-Pacific

Kaicun Wang

Beijing Normal University

Member; Asia-Pacific

Babatunde Rabiu

National Space Research & Development Agency

Member; Africa

Olivier Obrou

University of Cocody

Member; Africa

Siaka Dembele

Institut d’Economie Rurale

Member; Africa

Michael Wiedenbeck

GFZ Helmholtz Centre Potsdam

Member; Europe

Stefano Orlandini

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Member; Europe

Tamsin Mather

University of Oxford

Member; Europe

Victoria C. Honour

University of Cambridge

Member; Europe

Beatriz Gallardo-Lacourt

University of Calgary

Member; North America

Surja Sharma

University of Maryland

Member; North America

Brian Berkowitz

Weizmann Institute of Science

Member; Middle East

Jean Ometto

National Institute for Space Research

Member; South America

Janice Lachance


Staff Partner; Executive Vice President, Strategic & Organizational Excellence

Mary Bender


Staff Partner; Executive Operations Manager

Committee charge

The Committee on International Participation (CIP) is charged with interacting with AGU leaders to facilitate discussions among the Board, Council, committees, and task forces regarding how best to achieve AGU’s international objectives. CIP identifies potential AGU partnerships and relationships with other local and international Earth and space societies that could advance AGU’s international objectives. The committee provides engagement and communication with AGU members who reside outside the United States.

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Key initiatives

  • 1
    Facilitate relationship-building with priority country ministries, agencies, and societies to extend scientists’ engagement in AGU’s programs and services and identify potential partnerships that could better support international scientists.
  • 2
    Provide advice and support to AGU’s program and service areas for integration and execution of AGU’s international objectives.
  • 3
    Focus on international meeting partnerships, increased international editorial representation, and new international specific program development (e.g., distinguished lecture series).
  • 4
    Together with other relevant committees and staff, explore policies, processes, and systems for ways to improve ease of use, support cultural differences, and make AGU a more welcoming environment for non-U.S. members and scientists.
  • 5
    Work with other relevant committee/task forces and staff to advance the international perspective with ongoing strategic conversations such as diversity in honors and recognition, identification of leaders, and affiliation and engagement with AGU.
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