Committee on International Participation

The International Participation Committee is responsible for guiding achievement of AGU’s international objectives in support of AGU’s strategic plan and ensuring that all members are well served regardless of geographic location. The International Participation Committee reports to the Board of Directors.

Sue Webb, South Africa

Andrew Pitman, University of South Wales (Australia)
Ashutosh Chamoli, Indian Institute of Technology (India)
Huixin Liu, Kyushu University (Japan)
Kaicun Wang, Beijing Normal University (China)

Babatunde Rabiu, National Space Research & Development Agency (Nigeria)
Olivier Obrou, University of Cocody (Ivory Coast)
Siaka Dembele, Institut d’Economic Rurale (Mali)
Sue Webb, University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)

Michael Wiedenbeck, GFZ, (Germany)
Stefano Orlandini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)
Tamsin Mather, University of Oxford (England)
Victoria C. Honour, University of Cambridge (England)

Beatriz Gallardo-Lacourt, University of Calgary
Surja Sharma, University of Maryland

Brian Berkowitz, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)

Jean Ometto, National Institute for Space Research (Brazil)

Staff Partner

Janice Lachance, Executive Vice President, Strategic & Organizational Excellence
Mary Bender, Manager, Executive Operations

Interact with AGU leaders to facilitate discussions among the Board, Council, and committees/task forces regarding how best to achieve AGU’s international objectives. Identify potential AGU partnerships and relationships with other local and/or international Earth and space societies that could advance AGU’s international objectives. Provide engagement and communication with AGU members who reside outside the United States.

Key Initiatives 

  • Facilitate development of relationships with priority country ministries, agencies, and societies to extend their scientists’ engagement in AGU’s programs and services (journals and meetings) and in identifying potential partnerships that could better support scientists in their native country.
  • Provide advice and support to AGU’s program and service areas for integration and execution of AGU’s international objectives. With a particular focus on international meeting partnerships, increased international editorial representation, and new international specific program development (eg. Distinguished lecture series).
  • Together with other relevant committees and staff, explore policies, processes and systems, for ways to improve ease of use, support cultural differences, and which make AGU a more welcoming environment for non-US members and scientists.
  • 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, affiliation and engagement with AGU.

Annual Calendar
This committee meets for two days at AGU headquarters and virtually throughout the year as needed.

Questions about this committee can be directed to Mary Bender (