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

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.

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I want to connect on social media

  1. Follow, tag, and engage with the community on Twitter @AGUSciSociety
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I want to be a section member

  1. Log into membership.agu.org/my-agu-login.
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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!

⇒ I want to submit a session/abstract

Join us at 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 below or SY Section Leadership if you have any questions. Also, check out previous 2020 Science and Society sessions for inspiration.

⇒ 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.

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

Science and 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.

SY Exe Comm and AGU staff
Science and Society Executive Committee & AGU Staff (SY Retreat, March 2021)

2021 Track Leads

Gifford Wong - gwong[at]ida.org

Ryan Meyer - rmmeyer[at]ucdavis.edu

Kristin Timm (she/her) - kmtimm[at]alaska.edu

Kathryn Semmens - ksemmens[at]nurturenature.org
Garima Raheja (she/her) - gr2645[at]columbia.edu

Kripa Jagannathan (she/her) - kripajagan[at]berkeley.edu

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 Announcements

  • Posted in: Science and Society Executive Committee

    15 November 2021 | Twitter: AGUSciSociety | Website: connect.agu.org/scienceandsociety A New Science and Society Team Award! The Science and SocietY ...

  • Posted in: Science and Society Executive Committee

    Originally sent out on 1 November 2021 | Twitter: AGUSciSociety | Website: connect.agu.org/scienceandsociety Looking forward to Fall Meeting It’s ...

  • Posted in: Science and Society Executive Committee

    The Fall Meeting is just around the corner and will be here before we know it. As stated on the Fall Meeting website , AGU is planning to have a safe ...

  • Posted in: Science and Society Executive Committee

    You may recall, this spring SY President Julie Vano sent a request asking for your help in considering what role NSF could play in implementing climate ...

  • Posted in: Science and Society Executive Committee

    The Outstanding Student Presentation Awards (OSPA) are an important part of Fall Meeting. Volunteers are critical to OSPA program’s success. OSPA Coordinators ...

  • Posted in: Science and Society Executive Committee

    Check out our new Science & Society section member SPOTLIGHT We invite ARTISTS and CREATIVES both at the AGU 2021 Fall Meeting and in the periphery to ...

  • Posted in: Science and Society Executive Committee

    SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT to a SCIENCE AND SOCIETY (SY) section session BY 4 AUGUST 2021. Below is a list of all the SY section sessions for which you may submit ...

  • Posted in: Science and Society Executive Committee

    Student Spotlights Are you a student (or know a student) involved in exciting work at the interface of science and society? Would you like to share these ...

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