INSPIRE Knowledge Base


European Geoscience Union
Mission and Objectives: 
EGU pursues scientific objectives exclusively. The objectives of the Union are to promote cooperation and discussion in Europe among scientists concerned with studies of the Earth and its environment and of planetary and space sciences and to promote and encourage the development of any or all of the relevant sciences, within and outside Europe. The objectives shall be achieved through the organization of scientific assemblies, publications, and by any other suitable means.
Formal Mandate: 
EGU is a non profit-making organization (in accordance to the French laws).
Organise annual General Assemblies at which a full range of scientific sessions shall be held; Organise, sponsor or co-sponsor appropriate workshops, scientific meetings, topical conferences, short courses, summer schools, etc. outside General Assemblies, including those organised by other bodies; Publish a Newsletter, under the auspices of an Editor, which shall be distributed to all members; Publish appropriate scientific journals and books on all media, which shall be available to all members at concessionary rates; Undertake outreach activities, which should include: identifying and drawing attention to social problems which could be addressed by the scientific work of its members and communication with the non- scientific public; Establish links which would allow influence to be brought to bear on decision-makers, primarily but not exclusively, in Europe; Establish liaisons with other scientific organisations, both within and outside Europe, to mutual benefit; Encourage participation of young scientists in the affairs of the Union through concessionary fees and a limited number of travel awards to assist attendance at General Assemblies.
The membership of the Union consists of individual Members and Honorary Members as follows: (a) Individual Members are persons who subscribe to the objectives of the Union and pay the appropriate membership fee. (b) Honorary Members are persons whose international standing in geosciences, or whose services to the Union, are recognised by special election to the Union. Honorary Members shall not be required to pay any membership fee. Regular Membership in the EGU is open to individuals who subscribe to the objectives of the Union and who are professionally engaged in or associated with geosciences and planetary and space sciences and related studies. Those applying for student or retired senior dues should be able to proof their student status or their status to be age 60 or older and retired from full-time employment, respectively. Presently the EGU members are 8000 EGU maintains special relations to several international and national institutions, societies, unions and organizations (see organizations.html)
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Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    International, European, Transnational, National and Regional
    Societal Sector
    Scientific research, and education
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Research and operational Data and Metadata use and production
    Environmental application domains
    Scientific research and education to support Policy Makers
    Primary Business