Science and Society

The AGU Science and Society (SY) section works to (1) support and grow a community that actively facilitates stronger connections between societies and Earth and space sciences and (2) foster innovation within AGU that better enables discoveries and solutions in the geosciences to benefit humanity.

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We aim to create a welcoming community for artists, communicators, policy makers, scientists from all disciplines, community members, and other decision makers at AGU

Featured Announcements

SY Dialogues 2022
SCIENCE & SOCIETY DIALOGUES NEXT 18 OCT 2022 | Save the dates for the Science and Society (SY) Dialogues series. Work at the science and society interface benefits from increased awareness of, and research in, how to share science, collaborate with the arts, inform policy making, and effectively work with communities and decision makers. Save these dates to join us and learn more about SY's tracks (any individual track, or the whole series!).

Tue 26 July at 2pm ET: Art & Science - recording
Tue 16 Aug at 2pm ET: Science Policy - recording
Tue 27 Sep 2pm ET: Community & Citizen Science - recording
Tue 18 Oct 2pm ET: Science Communication
NEW DATE: Tue 8 Nov 2pm ET: Social & Behavioral Sciences

SY Team Award 2022
URGE WINS 1ST SY TEAM AWARD  | Congratulations to URGE for being granted the first ever AGU Science and Society Team Award! This is also the first time an AGU section has given an award to a group. Learn more about Unlearning Racism in Geoscience here

AGU22 Art and Science Event
OPEN CALL FOR CREATIVE ART  | The ART & SCIENCE track of the Science and Society section welcomes submissions of CREATIVE PIECES for a VIRTUAL ART SHOW launching at the AGU22 Fall Meeting. Content specifications for the platform (ArtSteps) are outlined here. Contact Dr. Kathryn Semmens at ksemmens[at]nurturenature[dot]org for more information.

Join Us!

⇒ I want to submit a session/abstract

Join us at AGU Fall Meeting for the Science and Society sessions! By each deadline, submit your Science and Society session proposal (usually March/April) or abstract (usually July/August). Contact any of the Track Leads or SY Section Leadership if you have any questions. For inspiration, check out Science and Society sessions from AGU Fall Meeting 2020, 2021, and 2022.

I want to connect on social media

  1. Follow, tag, and engage with the community on Twitter @AGUSciSociety
  2. Save the Science and Society video playlist and subscribe to the AGU YouTube channel

I want to be a section member

  1. Log into agu.org/account/User/my-profile
  2. Click Interests. (If Interests doesn't appear you may have to click Personal first)
  3. See under Sections. If Science and Society is listed as Primary, then you’re already a member! If not, click the pencil icon and add it.

I want to volunteer

Fill out this form to volunteer or nominate colleagues to become more involved in SY section activities and leadership.

I want to share my story

Are you a student or early career member (or know someone who is) working at the interface of science and society? Are you open to sharing your story in a spotlight? Fill out this quick survey and we’ll be in touch!

⇒ Check out other action opportunities 

(1) Science to Action is a grassroots effort to connect science and action with communities and decision makers. Under the Science to Action banner, AGU members and others carry out Fall Meeting sessions and network events with our Science and Society section and Thriving Earth Exchange. (2) AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange program connects scientists with communities and awards a Community Science Fellowship for training and project opportunities. (3) AGU offers programs and opportunities to share and advocate for science.

What is FAQ?

FAQ means frequently asked questions. Find a list of common questions and answers about the Science and Society (SY) section, Fall Meeting, and AGU on the SY FAQ page. Learn more and share with others about Science and Society (SY) through this 2021 SY Info Sheet.

What is JEDI?

JEDI means justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage all Science and Society (SY) session conveners to prioritize JEDI in their events during the Fall Meeting. For more information, visit our SY Section JEDI page.

Tweets, Announcements, and Discussion

See our latest SY tweets and more announcements and discussion posts at the end of this webpage below.

Students walking in a grassy field on a sunny day (Photo by Naassom Azevedo)

Science & Society Tracks

We have five "tracks" in our section. Please feel free to contact the Track Leads or any SY Section Leadership members for more information. Find contact information on the Leadership webpage.

SY Exe Comm and AGU staff
Science and Society Executive Committee & AGU Staff (SY Retreat, March 2022)

Track Descriptions

Scientists have a critical role to play in advising policy makers throughout all levels of government. Section members working in this space contribute to specific science-based public policy initiatives and include scientists, policy makers, and science advocates who work at the interface of science and public policy.

In community science, scientists and communities do science together to advance one or more community priorities. This encourages communities, particularly historically marginalized and oppressed communities, to guide, participate in, learn from, and benefit from science. Citizen Science, similarly, engages the public to collaborate with scientists to assist in research and monitoring, from local to global investigations. Community and citizen science (CCS) can take many forms. Through this track we promote and share innovative and effective practices, and advance scholarship that examines and reflects on CCS approaches.

Science communication includes the efforts of natural, physical and social scientists, communications professionals, and teams that communicate the process and values of science and scientific findings to non-specialist audiences outside of formal educational settings. The goals of science communication are varied, including enhanced dialogue, understanding, awareness, enthusiasm, improving decision making, or influencing behaviors. Science communication channels include in-person interaction, online, social media, mass media, or other communication methods.
Scientific and artistic endeavors are both used to explore and understand the world around us. Artistic techniques can help scientists visualize data and communicate results to other scientists as well as non-scientists. Art plays an increasingly important role in science education in both informal and formal environments. The integration of art and science yields interdisciplinary methodologies that enable connections between science and society.

One of the fundamental motivations of geosciences is to produce knowledge that helps to solve society’s most pressing issues. Social and behavioral sciences can help us understand how people and institutions think, feel, and behave with respect to scientific knowledge. Insights from varied fields (including but not limited to anthropology, economics, history, political science, decision science, psychology, education, and sociology) and from non-academic communities, can help to forge stronger linkages between science and society. This track promotes research and practice from these fields, and aims to serve as a bridge between social sciences and other disciplines in geosciences.

"There is no planet B" sign at climate rally (Photo by Li-An Lim)

SY Discussions

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