Science for Sustainable Solutions Award Announced By the American Geophysical Union

8 February 2013

Joint Release

New award recognizes early-career members conducting transdisciplinary Earth and space science studies for the benefit of society

WASHINGTON—In furtherance of its strategic goals to highlight the role of Earth and space science in developing solutions for the sustainability of the planet and support a diverse and inclusive global talent pool of Earth and space scientists, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has created a new award that will honor a student or postdoctoral scientist who uses his/her skills and knowledge in the Earth and space sciences to create solutions to societal problems.

“AGU’s mission is to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity,” said AGU President Carol Finn. “When our members apply their expertise directly to the problems that face society, they demonstrate the power of science to make the world a better place. We want to celebrate the innovation and dedication of early-career scientists who have put their knowledge to work on important societal issues.”

“The ‘science for solutions’ award aims to recognize Earth scientists in the formative stages of their careers who dedicate themselves to studies that seek solutions to the rapidly increasing spectrum of problems caused by human activities or natural processes on our planet. Earth scientists in their early career stages bring new vision and purpose to the field. They are our greatest hope for transforming our field so that AGU can fulfill its mission,” said Peter Schlosser, past president of Ocean Sciences, whose generosity allowed for the establishment of the award.

The award will be given annually, beginning in 2013, as part of the Honors Ceremony at the AGU Fall Meeting. It will allow the recipient to give a lecture on his/her work and receive a $1,000 award to advance his/her studies or projects. Nominations opened 15 January 2013.

The American Geophysical Union is a not-for-profit, professional, scientific organization with more than 62,000 members representing over 148 countries.  AGU advances the Earth and space sciences through its scholarly publications, conferences, and outreach programs.

AGU Contact:
Olivia Ambrogio, +1 (202) 777-7458, [email protected]