Voices for Science

Now more than ever, communicating the value and impact of Earth and space science to policy and other decision makers, journalists, and public audiences is critically important.

AGU’s Voices for Science initiative supports and fosters a network of exceptional science-communication and science-policy advocates based in the United States to amplify the voice of science across the country and build valuable dialogues and relationships with communities, journalists, and stakeholders.

Voices for Science advocates:

  • Get specialized, interactive training plus regular support from AGU staff.
  • Become part of a community of fellow scientists with shared goals.
  • Can receive grants supporting their policy and communications efforts.
  • Receive recognition from their institutions.
  • Have their actions and successes widely promoted by fellow advocates and AGU.
  • Participate in specialized activities at AGU’s 2019 Fall Meeting (travel expenses covered by AGU).

Successes and testimonials:

Learn more about our current Voices for Science advocates’ successes and hear their praise for the program here.

Because of the commitment required for the program, AGU requires participants to:

  • Go through a rigorous application process.
  • Attend a two-day workshop in Washington, DC 9-10 April 2019 (travel costs covered).
  • Make a written commitment to conducting outreach activities at least once per month for a twelve-month period.
  • Attend AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA (travel costs covered).


A maximum of 15 applicants will be accepted into each track. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for science communications and a strong desire to engage with a variety of audiences and to speak out about the importance of Earth and space science. Applicants from Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, and New Hampshire are strongly preferred. These states were chosen to reflect geographic diversity, address AGU’s strategic priorities, and consider the positions their elected officials hold on Capitol Hill.

The application deadline is 1 February, and approved applicants will be notified by 22 Feburary.