AGI was founded in 1948, under a directive of the National Academy of Sciences, as a network of associations representing geoscientists with a diverse array of skills and knowledge of our planet. The Institute provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in our profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resilience to natural hazards, and the health of the environment. AGI is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving the geoscience community and addressing the needs of society. AGI headquarters are in Alexandria, Virginia.
The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in our profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resilience to natural hazards, and the health of the environment.
The American Geosciences Institute represents and serves the geoscience community by providing collaborative leadership and information to connect Earth, science, and people.
A world that understands and trusts the role of the geosciences in fostering creative solutions for the Earth and humanity.
- Information Services aggregating research vital to geoscientists' work
- Education and Outreach for schools and the public
- Public Policy facilitating the flow of information between geoscientists and decision makers
- Workforce Development research and analysis of career paths
- Publications that inform on a range of geoscience topics and news
- AGI Center for Geoscience and Society
- News and Events on what’s happening now
- Recognition of excellence in the geosciences
Your Connection to the Geosciences
AGI connects Earth, science, and people by serving as a unifying force for the geoscience community. With a network of 51 member societies, AGI represents more than a quarter-million geoscientists. No matter your individual discipline, AGI's essential programs and services will strengthen your connection to the geosciences.
The AGI Network
Guiding AGI are some of the top leaders of the geosciences, all with established scientific careers and demonstrated leadership in their respective societies. Working together they emphasize the shared interests of a diverse, vibrant community. Member societies nominate Representatives to the AGI Member Society Council, which then elects a governing Executive Committee.
There are two levels of AGI membership:
- Member Societies: admitted by a 2/3 vote of the AGI Member Society Council. Member Societies pay annual membership dues based on the society’s U.S. membership.
- International Associate Members: this category includes societies with less than 2,000 U.S. members. Inclusion in the AGI Network facilitates interaction between U.S. and international geoscience organizations; membership also supports international geoscience development as well as promoting the geosciences in underserved countries.
- Council Liaisons: Liaisons are organizations that are important in the geoscience community but are not structured as a dues-paying member society. National Laboratories and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine are among AGI’s current Council Liaisons. Inclusion of AGI Council Liaisons in the AGI Network strengthens the geoscience community and increases opportunities for communication between disparate groups.
The AGI Foundation, the Executive Committee, and a range of advisory committees provide financial, policy, and program support to the over 50 permanent AGI staff members.