Meetings Strategy Task Force

Meetings Strategy Task Force Charge

The Meetings Strategy Task Force is responsible for guiding the development of the vision and strategic plan for AGU’s meetings program in concert with the organization’s strategic plan and objectives. The Meetings Strategy Task Force reports on progress to the Board of Directors and Council.

Task Force Members

Rick Murnane, Chair, Meetings Committee

Margaret Leinen, President, AGU Board of Directors
Eric Davidson, President-elect, AGU Board of Directors
Denis-Didier Rousseau, Chair, Fall Meeting Program Committee
Shuyi Chen, Atmospheric Sciences Section
Jim Pizzuto, President, Earth and Planetary Surface Processes (EPSP) Section
Sarah Ramdeen (PhD student) – Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI)
Kirsten Orwig, Natural Hazards
Marian Westley, Ocean Sciences


AGU Partners
Susan Bracken, President and COO, SPARGO
Camille Stern, Senior Vice President, Strategic Account Management, SPARGO


Staff Partners
Frank Krause, Chief Operating Officer
Lauren Parr, Director of Meetings



The Meetings Strategy Task Force will guide the development of the vision and strategic plan for AGU’s meetings program to achieve the AGU Board’s objective of creating scientific meetings of the future. This strategy will identify short-term and long-term goals for the Meetings Department and program and culminate in a 3-5 year plan. Included will be an analysis of and feedback from various stakeholder groups that contribute to the development of the scientific programs for meetings. Additionally, guiding principles about how to make AGU meetings more impactful for the global scientific community will be a key component.


Key Initiatives for 2016-2017

  • Envision scientific meetings of the future by seeking to answer the question, “What does a year of AGU meetings look like?” Craft approach and mechanisms to gather necessary feedback from stakeholders and create a strategy development plan and timeline.
  • Develop the strategy for the meetings program including desired outcomes and measures of success.
  • Provide advice and support to AGU’s meetings program and service areas for short- and longer-term implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Facilitate the development of a 3-5 year plan for realizing the objective of scientific meetings of the future.