SERVIR team members host first-ever SERVIR Town Hall at Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union

Published: Jan 08 2014

SERVIR Coordination Office and NASA Applied Sciences Program personnel as well as SERVIR Applied Sciences Team (AST) members converged in San Francisco for the Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 9-13 December 2013. They hosted the first-ever AGU SERVIR Town Hall on the 11th, introducing SERVIR to a broader audience, sharing SERVIR's successes, and garnering feedback from the AGU community on tools, models, and applications that are important to them. 

"AGU was the perfect venue for our first town hall," says SERVIR Project Director Dan Irwin. "It provided an opportunity to introduce SERVIR to a broader audience. We look forward to the opportunity to do this again."

 Pietro Ceccato SERVIR Town Hall
Principal Investigator Pietro Ceccato of the SERVIR Applied Sciences Team addresses
audience at AGU SERVIR Town Hall. In the background, Left to Right: Dalia Kirschbaum,
Pete Robertson, Jeff Kargel, Juan Valdes, Stephanie Granger, and Tia Ferguson.  

Irwin, NASA Capacity Building Program Director Nancy Searby, NASA Applied Sciences Program AAA fellow Christine Lee, SERVIR Project Manager Tia Ferguson, SERVIR Science Applications Lead Ashutosh Limaye, SERVIR Science Applications Deputy Lead Cerese Albers, SERVIR research scientists Africa Flores and Eric Anderson, and SERVIR AST principal investigators Pete Robertson, Pietro Ceccato, Stephanie Granger, Jeff Kargel, Dalia Kirschbaum, and Juan Valdes hosted the Town Hall. Presenters provided an overview of SERVIR, highlights of scientific initiatives, a few in-depth project examples, and a programmatic look at SERVIR. The audience was also introduced to ways they could get involved with SERVIR and to new and upcoming funding opportunities. Then a question and answer session resulted in valuable feedback for SERVIR from AGU community members participating in the event.

Another important activity was the SERVIR Applied Sciences Team Annual Meeting on December 8. At this event, the entire AST shared their project progress and results and discussed potential collaborations with their projects in the SERVIR-Africa and SERVIR-Himalaya hub regions.

SERVIR AST Annual Meeting Group Photo

AST Annual Meeting Group Photo (front row, left to right: SERVIR Project Manager Tia Ferguson,
SERVIR Science Lead Ashutosh Limaye; NASA Capacity Building Program Director Nancy Searby,
SERVIR Project Director Dan Irwin, NASA Earth Science Division Director Michael Freilich, NASA
Applied Sciences Program Manager Lawrence Friedl, and Applied Sciences Team member Ali Behrangi;
behind them are other SERVIR Applied Sciences Team members, SERVIR personnel, and NASA
Applied Sciences programmatic support personnel -- from left to right: Christine Lee, Sarah Hemmings,
Carmen Tedesco (SERVIR Demand Team), Natasha Sadoff, Eric Anderson, Amy Huff, Jim Verdin,
Allen Blackman, Stephanie Granger, Brent Roberts, Pietro Ceccato, Africa Flores, Faisal Hossain,
Pete Robertson, Kyle McDonald, Juan Valdes, Aleix Serrat-Capdevila, Jeff Kargel, Dalia Kirschbaum,
Ned Horning, Cerese Albers, Erika Podest, and Manuel de la Torre Juarez.

“Though this meeting is an annual requirement for the team to report on their project progress, it was a great opportunity for them to synergize their efforts and for management to ask in-depth questions, adding insight into the important project outcomes of these projects as initial progress was reported," says Cerese Albers, who organized the meeting and helps with the management and coordination of the SERVIR AST. "The science team members that were able to come reported that the meeting was also important to their understanding of how their projects fit into the larger SERVIR team. They said they enjoyed the chance to gain cross-disciplinary insight and initiate new collaborations on Tiger Team projects.”

As the largest worldwide geophysical sciences conference, the AGU Fall Meeting is attended by over 20,000 Earth scientists, space scientists, educators, students, and other leaders. The event gives attendees a venue in which to present their research, communicate with colleagues, and learn about the latest progress in the geophysical arena. The AST Annual Meeting was held in San Francisco just prior to AGU since many of the AST members as well as many NASA Applied Sciences managers attend the AGU Fall Meeting annually to present their research and participate in the cutting edge of scientific discovery.

Note: AGU, based in Washington DC, is an international non-profit scientific association with more than 60,000 members, and is dedicated to advancing Earth and space sciences.

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