20 March 2020

Update from AGU on Travel & Telework

Posted by Chris McEntee

It has been almost a week since our last update, so I thought it was important to let you know how our staff are doing. To date, we are not aware of anyone on staff or in our Earth and space science community who has contracted COVID-19. We are extremely grateful that our team is healthy and safe. Please do keep us posted though if anything changes for you or someone you know in our community.

We are also appreciative of the selfless act so many in the world are doing by ​heeding the advice of science and staying at home. We are protecting the most vulnerable among us so that they are not in contact with this unpredictable disease. This is humanity at its best.

Since there is still tremendous uncertainty and confusion around COVID-19, AGU is instituting teleworking until further notice. We are also suspending any travel for AGU business. ​This week has been a good test of the systems for us to work remotely and we are passing it with flying colors. All programs and operations are moving forward as planned. I am extremely grateful and proud of our team here who are performing under the increased professional and personal stress of these times.

Our priority is for the health and safety of our team, which is why we put these two policies in place today. We are hopeful that we will soon return to the office and resume travel.

When we are able to return to the office, our building will have been deep cleaned and disinfected. I know we are all eager for that day to arrive soon.

In addition, we continue to work with partners to expand our virtual offerings at our events, including Fall Meeting, and to provide support for their events. This experience has given us a lot of lessons learned opportunities to figure out what works and what we may want to change to ensure engagement across the board.

In the meantime, please continue to use our Online Learning Exchange and other resources so you can keep engaged, teaching and connected.

If you have any other ideas for how we can help you, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at: aguexecutiveoffice [at] agu.org