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The European Geosciences Union (or EGU) is an interdisciplinary non-profit learned society open to individuals who are professionally engaged in or associated with geosciences, planetary and space sciences, and related studies.The mission statement of the EGU is "Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the geosciences and the planetary and space sciences for the benefit of humanity."

The objectives of the EGU are the promotion of

  • the sciences of the Earth and its environment and of planetary and space sciences, and
  • cooperation between scientists.


The EGU was established by the merger of the European Geophysical Society (EGS) and the European Union of Geosciences (EUG) on 7 September 2002.


The EGU publishes several peer-reviewed scientific journals and book series, including Advances in Geosciences, Annales Geophysicae, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Biogeosciences, Climate of the Past, eEarth, Geoscientific Model Development, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, Ocean Science, The Cryosphere, and the Stephan Mueller Special Publication Series. Most of these publications are open-access.[1]


The European Geosciences Union convenes a General Assembly every year. In 2011 this included 4,333 oral and 8,439 poster presentations in 707 sessions. At the conference 10,725 scientists from 96 countries participated, of which 28% were students [1].Abstracts of presentations are published in the Geophysical Research Abstracts (print: ISSN 1029-7006, online: ISSN 1607-7962). Broad subject coverage for this general assembly are Earth, planetary, and space sciences.[2]

A meeting of the EGU members is convened at least once per year as Plenary Session of the Union.


The EGU awards a number of annual medals to recognize scientific achievements. Four of these medals are at union level Arthur Holmes Medal for Solid Earth Geosciences, Alfred Wegener Medal for atmospheric, hydrological or ocean sciences, Jean Dominique Cassini Medal for planetary and space sciences and the Alexander von Humboldt Medal for scientists from Developing Countries (with emphasis on Latin America and Africa) who have achieved exceptional international standing in geosciences and planetary and space sciences, defined in their widest senses. In addition there are four Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists (formerly Outstanding Young Scientist Award) awarded, selected from the Division level Outstanding Young Scientists Award Winners.

At division level there 29 Medals for outstanding scientists. Each year Outstanding Student Poster Awards are selected for participating divisions.

See also


  1. "EGU Online + Open Access Publishing". Homepage. European Geosciences Union. http://www.egu.eu/publications/statement/online-open-access-publishing.html. Retrieved 2011-07-15.
  2. Geophysical Research Abstracts.

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