EGU, the European Geosciences Union, is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. It was established in September 2002 as a merger of the European Geophysical Society (EGS) and the European Union of Geosciences (EUG), and has headquarters in Munich, Germany.
It is a non-profit international union of scientists with about 17,000 members from all over the world. Membership is open to individuals who are professionally engaged in or associated with geosciences and planetary and space sciences and related studies, including students and retired seniors.
The EGU publishes a number of diverse scientific journals, which use an innovative open access format, and organises topical meetings, and education and outreach activities. It also honours scientists with a number of awards and medals. The annual EGU General Assembly is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event, attracting over 15,000 scientists from all over the world in recent years. The meeting’s sessions cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate, as well as energy and resources.
EGU at a glance
- 18 peer-reviewed open access journals and a number of other publications
- Over 26,000 authors from over 100 countries in 2017
- Over 3,000 papers (more than 50,000 pages) published in 2017
- Free access to all articles
- Interactive public peer-review & discussion
- Signatory of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access 2003 and Open Access 2020
- Four prestigious Union medals, recognising excellence in scientific research
- Four Union awards for early career scientists, services for the Union, science journalism, and outreach.
- 27 division medals, awarded for significant disciplinary contributions in the Earth, planetary and space sciences
- 22 division awards for early career scientists and General Assembly awards for students
Outreach and Education
- Monthly EGU newsletter for members
- Imaggeo, EGU's image and video repository
- Blogs and social media
- Mentoring opportunities
- Public engagement: grants, public lectures, schools outreach, and geoscience days
- GIFT (Geosciences Information For Teachers) workshops
- Planet Press, geoscience news for children
- Diversity and Equality Working Group