Centennial Steering Committee

The Centennial Steering Committee will advise AGU staff, members, ad hoc committees, and others on major program initiatives using their expertise and awareness to guide the creation of an engaged centennial that reaches many in and outside the scientific community.

Chair
Tim Grove, MIT, Arlington, MA

Members
Chris Balletine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Paul Bunje, XPRIZE, Playa Vista, CA
James Burch, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX
Grant Bybee, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jim Doumas, National Archives Foundation, Washington, DC
John Farrington, WHOI, Falmouth, MA
Debra G. Hernandez, NASA, Falls Church, VA
Mary Ellen Hannibal, Journalist, San Francisco, CA
Kris Harper, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Betty Johnson, Chevron Corporation, Houston, TX
Kim Larsen, Philanthropist, Washington, DC
Alberto Montanari, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Dork Sahagian, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Annie Tamalavage, Texas A&M University, Galveston, TX
Tong Zhu, Peking University, Beiking, China

Staff Partner
Victoria Forlini, Assistant Director, Executive Office

Charge

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

AGU is an innovative organization that wants to advance its mission and vision through outreach, education, and legacy through the centennial. Working off the objectives and strategies established for the centennial in 2016, the Centennial Steering Committee will advise AGU staff, members, ad hoc committees, and others on major program initiatives using their expertise and awareness to guide the creation of an engaged centennial that reaches many in and outside the scientific community. Steering Committee members will provide expertise, help use their expert networks, and provide overall guidance for AGU staff and other experts to assure that programmatic options are innovative and cutting edge and provide avenues for the Earth and space science community to record its history of accomplishments and celebrate its current and anticipated achievements within the community and the broader society.

The scope of centennial programming is large. Major centennial legacy programs that will continue beyond 2019 include:
· The establishment of a permanent endowment for annual financial support (scholarships, travel grants, research fellowships, etc.) of undergraduate and graduate students with the first recipients announced in December 2019;
· The establishment of an ethics center to support a science research environment free from bias, discrimination, and harassment; and
· A permanent networked structure of partnerships and collaborations for the Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) that will enable communities around the world to access Earth and space science expertise on an ongoing basis.

Major programmatic work includes, but is not limited to:
· Integration of new meetings including TED-esque meeting events;
· Interactive portal and museum exhibit at AGU headquarters;
· Expanded TEX program and focus on broader member engagement;
· ESS scholarships and career competitions;
· Integrating Centennial programs into existing AGU programs and work;
· Impact studies which show the economic, social impact, etc., on our sciences or results of issues surrounding AGU science;
· Grass-roots partner and member engagement programs that meet specified criteria;
· Crowd sourcing of data and data visualization projects that involve citizen science and established data; and
· Other program that will evolve, including oral histories.

Specifically, the Steering Committee will:
· Provide ongoing strategic direction and oversight to centennial programming
· Serve as ambassadors for centennial with AGU members, potential sponsors, and other key stakeholders
· Provide fundraising advice in coordination with the Development Board and make a personal and/or assist in securing financial commitment to centennial programming
· Provide input and advice regarding communications and program design
· Provide regular reports to and consult with AGU Board and Council as needed
· Consult with the honorary chairs as needed

Calendar
The task force will meet at AGU Headquarters and virtually throughout the year as needed.

Questions about this committee can be directed to Victoria Forlini (vforlini@agu.org).