Science Days/Anniversaries

AGU’s Centennial is amplifying the accomplishments and stories of the past 100 years to build support for the next 100 years of discoveries and solutions.

An easy way to get involved in the Centennial is to plan an event or activity around one (or more!) of the worldwide science celebration days or major anniversaries. This could be as simple as using your social media expertise to share a few messages about the day and how it connects to AGU’s Centennial, or as big as planning a lecture, hands-on activity fair, or other kind of in-person event at your institution or with a local community group or other partner organization.

For example, you could work with your local high school science teachers to organize an afternoon science fair with lots of hands-on learning opportunities on World Oceans Day in June. Or you could partner with your local newspaper or radio station to host a lecture and panel discussion about water issues on World Water Day in March.

There will be many days throughout the Centennial celebration on which science will be highlighted on a global scale, so there will be lots of chances for you to participate…and for your colleagues, friends, and other networks to get involved in celebrating Earth and space science!

If you, or your institution, are planning an activity for one of these days, even if it’s just a Facebook post and a few tweets, let us know so we can help promote your work through our networks.

To get you started, AGU is compiling a list of local, regional, and international science day celebrations. Many of these days are well established and have websites and resources of their own that you can use (we’ve included links below), but we have supplied lists of AGU resources and tools as well to help you in planning your event. If you know of other science-related observance days or celebrations that are not on our list, please let us know by sending an email to

4-10 October 2018

World Space Week

Join in 20 years of international celebration of science and technology and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.

13 October 2018

International Day for Disaster Reduction 

This annual event encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster-resilient communities and nations.  The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reigning in the risks that they face.

Community Science for Disaster Reduction

AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange program helps bring communities and scientists together to reduce communities’ exposures to disasters. From projects involving community leaders and scientists working together to find solutions for flood mitigation to collaborations finding innovative strategies to counter drought, the work of scientist-community partnerships around the globe to build resilience in the face of climate change is a powerful tool.




8 November 2018


STEM/STEAM Day demonstrates the link between what’s taught in the classroom and the wider world.

5 December 2018

World Soil Day

This yearly event highlights soil’s importance on Earth and the need for soil for basic survival: food and energy.

11 February 2019

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Join in promoting full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. This day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened.