AGU Announces New Position Statement Online Proposal Form and Process

27 July 2012
AGU Science Policy Alert 12-31

The American Geophysical Union invites its members to submit proposals for new position statements.  An AGU position statement serves as a public statement of AGU, has a lifespan of four years with renewal potential, and is governed by the AGU Council.

AGU publishes position statements that address a current societal, policy, or academic issue with a scientific overlap relevant to the AGU community.  Proposers of position statements must first read the existing AGU position statements and be able to identify:

  1. The goal and intended outcome(s) of the statement
  2. The audience for the statement
  3. The need for the statement
  4. A potential dissemination plan for the statement

Current Position Statements

Process

Proposers must submit a Position Statement Proposal Form.  The Position Statement Project Team of the Outreach Committee will review the proposal and make a recommendation to the Outreach Committee.  The Outreach Committee will then vote on whether or not to recommend that a position statement should be written on the topic, by majority vote of those voting.  If the Outreach Committee recommends that a new statement be written, a panel will be selected using nominations from relevant AGU Sections/Focus Groups, Council, the Outreach Committee, and AGU staff.

The recommended timeline for development and publishing of a new position statement after a panel has been selected is 7 months.