29 October 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Discover the latest in the ocean sciences at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting, which will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130, from 21-26 February 2016. News media registration is now open. Reserve hotel rooms now.
Contents of this message:
- Discover the latest in the ocean sciences at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting
- Press registration information
- Press Room information
- Hotel information
- U.S. visa regulations for international reporters
1. Discover the latest in the ocean sciences at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting
Nearly 4,000 attendees are expected to present the latest research findings about the world’s oceans at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting being held 21-26 February at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting will bring together researchers from the American Geophysical Union, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and The Oceanography Society.
The biennial meeting is an international assembly of scientists, engineers, students, educators and policy makers, who gather to share and discuss new scientific findings, research applications, education and policy about the oceans.
At the conference, scientific, educational, and policy sessions, which can be browsed here, will cover topics as wide-ranging as human-marine environment interactions, climate change, ocean acidification, renewable energy and sea level rise. The final scientific program will be available on the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting website in November.
2. Press registration information
Press registrants receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all scientific sessions, and the press room. Online press registration for the Ocean Sciences Meeting is now open. Please pre-register to expedite the on-site badge pick-up process. For eligibility requirements, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page.
Eligible members of the press may also register on-site at the meeting. Information about on-site press registration will be included in a future media advisory.
International Reporters: See important visa information below if you are planning to attend the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting and are not a citizen or resident of the U.S.
3. Press Room information
The Ocean Sciences Press Office will provide a Press Room with workspace for reporters, including computers, a printer, Wi-Fi, and room for working and networking with colleagues. Light refreshments will also be provided.
Additional information, including the location and hours of the Press Room, will follow in a future media advisory.
Information for press will also be posted on the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting Media Center.
4. Hotel information
Press registrants may reserve rooms at select New Orleans hotels with special discounted rates. The deadline to receive the discounted rates is 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, January 28. Hotels sell out quickly so book your room now to get the best rate. Rooms must be reserved through the online system in order to benefit from the discounted rates. Visit the Housing page on the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting website for more information about booking a hotel room.
5. U.S. visa regulations for international reporters
All journalists who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States need a visa to cover scientific meetings in the U.S. This also applies to journalists from “Visa Waiver Program” countries (e.g., Western Europe) who do not normally need visas to enter the U.S. as tourists. This is not a new requirement, but it is now being strictly enforced.
The required visa is a “Media (I) Visa” issued by an American Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Journalists traveling internationally to attend the Ocean Sciences Meeting should apply as soon as possible for a “Media (I) Visa.” The application procedure is simple but can be timely due to a high volume of applications.
The U.S. Department of State has “Media (I) Visa” information for journalists available on its website.
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