The EGU is a member-led organisation whose structure includes a Council, 22 scientific divisions, numerous committees, and an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group that promotes and supports these principles in the Earth, planetary and space sciences, with particular focus on EGU activities.
Early Career Scientists (ECS) make up a significant proportion of the EGU membership. Each division has early-career representatives, and they elect a Union-level ECS representative who serves as a member of the Council.
Within EGU’s membership, a balance of geographical origin, gender, scientific discipline and age are all characteristics contributing to the Union’s success.
Under the guidance of the Council, the EGU Executive Office is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Union and provides assistance to all officers involved in the organisation.
EGU VISION & STRATEGY
With our partner organisations worldwide, we foster fundamental geoscience research, alongside applied research that addresses key societal and environmental challenges. Our vision is to realize a sustainable and just future for humanity and for the planet.
EGU facilitates dialogue and the exchange of information between scientists, the media, policymakers and the public, and is recognised as a trusted source of impartial, evidence-based geoscience information.
Guided by our diverse scientific community, the EGU provides the means to share, publish, promote and collaborate on the latest geoscience research. We are committed to, and are a leader in, open access scientific publications. Our annual General Assembly provides the largest and most prominent forum in Europe for sharing geoscience knowledge and understanding, and building a collaborative community of scientists.
The EGU is committed to developing the next generation of geoscientists through the provision of world-class education, training and resources to secondary school teachers, university geoscience educators and ECS, thus ensuring equitable access to the latest scientific knowledge and expertise.
MEETINGS & PUBLICATIONS
The annual EGU General Assembly in Vienna is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event. The assembly brings together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting that covers all disciplines in the Earth, planetary and space sciences.
In 2020, EGU hosted Sharing Geoscience Online in place of its annual in-person General Assembly. This week-long series of virtual interactions offered geoscientists opportunities to share their research and stimulate scientific discourse during a period of unprecedented social isolation.
Due to the continuing risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting restrictions on international travel, EGU’s annual meeting in 2021 will be held virtually: vEGU21: Gather Online (#vEGU21). This event will be an entirely different experience from the 2020 annual meeting. vEGU21 will provide a much more complete representation of the experience that EGU members enjoy at the traditional in-person meeting in Vienna.
EGU also sponsors more specialised geoscience gatherings each year through its Topical Events Committee. These events support programming dedicated to the pursuit of progress in all areas of the Earth, planetary and space sciences through co-sponsored conference series and training schools.
The Union’s flagship meetings are EGU Galileo Conferences, which address well-focused and cutting-edge topics at the frontiers of geoscience research.
The EGU, through Copernicus Publications, also publishes 19 scientific journals as well as conference proceedings and compilations that cover a wide variety of topics in the Earth, planetary and space sciences. These publications all use an innovative, open access format.
AWARDS & MEDALS
Every year the EGU awards & medals programme recognises eminent scientists for their outstanding research contributions in the Earth, planetary and space sciences, as well as notable scientific achievements made by ECS.
EGU has also recently established two new awards, one that honours researchers who have developed innovative and inclusive methods for engaging with a diverse audience, and a second that recognises journalists who show continued, excellent reporting of Earth, space and/or planetary sciences.
Each year EGU sponsors two competitions to help raise awareness of the geosciences outside of the scientific community: the Science Journalism Fellowships and the Public Engagement Grants.
NEWS, OUTREACH, POLICY & EDUCATION
The EGU runs a substantial outreach programme. Current outreach activities include a newsletter, blogs, and social media; networking opportunities; a General Assembly mentoring programme; Imaggeo (the EGU geosciences image and video repository); webinars; and other online and in-person public engagement events.
EGU engages with science for policy activities on a European scale by sponsoring an annual science-policy pairing scheme and a science-policy event. Furthermore, EGU highlights science for policy opportunities for members to engage with and relevant geoscience policy news through an EU policy-focussed news page, GeoPolicy blog, and database of expertise.
Through its Education Committee, the EGU supports numerous geoscience education events, including Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) workshops, which are collaborative meetings that focus on teacher enhancement. The Union also sponsors grants to develop universally available teaching materials for university-level instruction and trains geoscience education field officers to provide professional development opportunities to schoolteachers who have elements of geoscience in their teaching curriculum.