General Assembly of the Representatives is the highest decision-making body consisting of both individual and Society Representatives. There are individual and society Representatives. The former are elected by the members and arranged according to their affiliated Sections. The Board of Directors is elected by the individual Representatives with the responsibility to administer JpGU (see organizational chart). The Chair of the Board (President of JpGU) is elected by mutual vote. The Board establishes various Committees with specific mandates. Each Member is affiliated to one of the five Sciences Section or General Earth and Planetary Sciences.
JpGU diligently works on the academic activities towards the development of Earth and Planetary Science. The academic activities are mainly conducted by five independent Science Sections: space and planetary sciences, atmospheric and hydrographic sciences, human geosciences, solid Earth sciences, and biogeosciences. Please see here for details of Science Sections.
Each Member is eligible to vote for the Section President from the individual Representatives within his/her affiliation(s). The elected Section President organizes the Science Board (SB). The SB is responsible for proposing a long-term scientific vision, establishes a focus group towards its realization, meeting program planning including soliciting meeting sessions, and promoting academic activities for the Section.
■Union Science Board:
The Union Science Board (USB) is composed of the five Section Presidents, executive members of the Board of Directors and science advisors who can oversee a wide spectrum of Earth and planetary sciences. The USB discusses the five scientific visions from the Sections to hold them a single Union long-term science vision. Some specific themes that inherently encompass more than a single Section such as global environmental issues shall be discussed by focus groups established directly by the USB to promote such scientific activities.
Please see the following items for details.