Named in honor of Sydney Chapman, a mathematician and physicist recognized for his research in geophysics, the AGU Chapman Conference program has encouraged innovative research for more than four decades. AGU Chapman conferences are small, topical meetings designed to permit in-depth exploration of specialized subjects in a manner not possible at large meetings.

The Chapman Conference program is AGU’s premier opportunity for scientists to gather in small meetings with the explicit purpose of significantly advancing their field of research.  Chapmans are designed to be transformative such that, years later, participants exclaim that their Chapman was where everything changed.  The meetings should be bold and with great purpose resulting in lasting excitement for future discoveries.