This focus group is responsible for fostering atmospheric and space electricity science within AGU. It is also charged with building interdisciplinary interaction, and educating AGU members about the nature and importance of problems and issues in atmospheric and space electricity. It plays a central role in attracting plasma physicists, space scientists, middle-atmosphere experts as well as traditional atmospheric electricity researchers. The Franklin Lecture committee selects the topic and speaker of this prestigious ASE lecture, named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Since 2004, the Franklin Lecture has been given biannually at the AGU Fall Meeting, and give a broad historical overview of a selected ASE topic.
The Atmospheric and Space Electricity focus group has established a named lecture to recognize outstanding scientists.