Centennial Task Force


Zhisheng An, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Guy Brasseur, Max Planck Institute
Michael Cabbage, Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Eric Calais, École Normale Supérieure  (AGU Meetings Committee liaison)
Andy Castaldi, Swiss re
Jasmine Crumsey, Cornell University
Robert Duce, Texas A&M, Emeritus
John Farrington, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Emeritus
John Geissman, University of Texas, Dallas (AGU Development Board liaison)
Kristine Harper, Florida State University
George Hornberger, Vanderbilt University
Nancy Huntly, Utah State University
Ted Maxwell, Smithsonian Institution, Emeritus
Catherine McCammon, University of Beyreuth
Marc Parlange, University of British Columbia (AGU Publications Committee liaison)
Tuija Pulkkinen, EGU former president
William Reeburgh, University of California, Irvine
Asahiko Taira, Japan Agency of Marine Earth Science and Technology
Anne Tamalavage, Texas A&M University
Warren Washington, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Dawn Wright, Environmental Systems Research Institute

Staff Partner
Victoria Forlini, Assistant Director, Executive Office

In 2019, AGU will celebrate its centennial. During the centennial, AGU plans to honor and celebrate the past, present, and future value of AGU and its science for the Earth and space science community, the broader scientific community, and society at large.

The Centennial Task Force will be responsible for developing a set of objectives, strategies, and measures of success that:

  • Celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of AGU and Earth and space science over the past 100 years;
  • Celebrate and recognize the value and contributions of Earth and space science to society at large over the past 100 years and how it will continue to add value in the future;
  • Serve as a milestone to create greater awareness and appreciation of Earth and space science among policy makers, media, current and prospective funders, and the public.

The proposed plan should engage and excite AGU members, the broader Earth and space science and associated scientific community. It should link the accomplishments of the past 100 years to the future contributions that the Earth and space sciences will make to the sustainability of the planet in ways that will resonate with policy makers and targeted segments of the public.

Key initiatives/tasks

  • Review the programs and objectives of similar types of centennial events produced by scientific societies and related organizations, and learn what outcomes were achieved, and lessons learned that may be applicable to AGU
  • Develop a set of objectives, success measures, and programmatic options for AGU centennial programs and activities both leading up to the centennial year and during the centennial year with particular focus on options which will have a measureable and lasting impact after the centennial year
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  • Assure the programmatic options are innovative and cutting edge and provide avenues for the Earth and space science community to record its history of accomplishments, celebrate its current and anticipated achievements within the community and the broader society
  • Develop options that integrate with, and complement, other AGU programs such as meetings, publications, and outreach rather than being one-off, stand-alone programs, and assure alignment with the Thriving Earth Exchange which was conceived as the program that could demonstrate society benefit by 2019
  • Integrate the work underway with the AGU History of Geophysics Task Force for documenting the history of AGU and Earth and space science in general
  • Propose policies for collaborating as appropriate with other major scientific organizations – AMS and IUGG – that are also celebrating their centennial in 2019
  • Oversee the development of budget and resources needed to support achievement of the proposed plan
  • Propose a committee structure for overseeing the proposed centennial plan once approval by the AGU Board of Directors

The task force will tentatively meet at AGU headquarters in summer and virtually throughout the year, as needed.