Working Group on History (WGH)

The Working Group on History was established by the IUGG Executive Committee in November 2012 and terminated in July 2019. The broad goals of the WGH were to raise the historical consciousness of IUGG Association members and to help preserve IUGG scientific and institutional history. Historical awareness helps to make us better scientists and enriches our lives by enabling us to relate the struggles and triumphs of our predecessors to our own day-to-day challenges.

The WGH promoted historical content in Union and Association scientific sessions and sponsored stand-alone history sessions at Union General Assemblies, with an emphasis placed on the 100th anniversary of the IUGG in 2019. The WGH encouraged the publication of historical articles by Association members in relevant journals, in books, and on websites. In a secondary role, the WGH served as a consultant to the IUGG and Association leadership on the preservation of institutional and scientific records.