Announcing the Celebration of AGU’s Centennial


By Chris McEntee, AGU Executive Director and CEO, and Tim Grove, AGU Past President and Centennial Task Force Chair

Nearly 100 years ago, two National Research Council committees merged to form the American Geophysical Union. What began as a small research organization, has grown to become an important and influential voice and leader in the Earth and space sciences worldwide.

As we face current and future global and social challenges, AGU’s Centennial offers an opportunity to unleash the next era of discovery, passion, commitment, and support for Earth and space science. In addition to celebrating our history, we look forward to the potential the future holds and the part all of you will continue to play in scientific advancement. In the coming weeks and months, we look forward to sharing with you all the exciting things we have planned – from parties and new/expanded programs to competitions and scientific exhibits – and the numerous ways in which you can be a part of AGU’s Centennial celebration.

AGU is a powerful force representing 60,000 member scientists from all around the world. What better way to kick off the celebration and to explore where we’ve been than by engaging with the people that have made AGU what it is today?

A core element of the Centennial celebration will be the AGU Narratives project. We’re excited to announce that the first part of the project will be a visit from StoryCorps at the 2017 Fall Meeting, where they will be recording interviews with a select group of AGU members. The non-profit podcast focuses on stories about humanity, and they are coming to the meeting to help tell your stories! If you know of a personal story that should be shared, we want to hear about it. Nominate someone today!

In addition, we have a new Centennial logo. With blues representative of the Earth, oceans, and space, and a horizon that refers to AGU’s forward thinking approach, the new Centennial logo encompasses our past and our future. The new tagline, “Advancing Earth and Space Science,” captures the essence of who we are, what we do, and where we are going.

We look forward to hearing all your stories and moving into the next century together.

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