IUGG is a non-governmental, scientific organization, established in 1919. IUGG is one of the 40 scientific Unions and Associations presently grouped within the International Council. As a member of the International Science council, it is the largest institution dedicated to the international promotion and coordination of scientific studies of Earth (physical, chemical, and mathematical) and its environment in space.
IUGG holds General Assemblies every four years and presents awards to early career scientists who have achieved on excellent performance in their research on Earth and space sciences international research cooperation. Less than 10 scientists from around the world will be chosen for the awards.