2018 Triennial Earth-Sun Summit: Press registration now open

12 April 2018

Joint Release

A solar prominence captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in August 2012.
Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Geophysical Union’s Space Physics and Aeronomy Section (AGU/SPA) and the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD) will meet next month for the second Triennial Earth-Sun Summit (TESS), which runs 20-24 May 2018 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia.

Included in this advisory:

  1. About the meeting and scientific program
  2. Press registration
  3. Press room and hotel information

1. About the meeting and scientific program

TESS is a joint meeting of the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union and the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society. The first TESS meeting took place in 2015. The 2018 meeting includes participation by the entire heliophysics community, encompassing all sub-disciplines devoted to studies of the Sun, heliosphere, magnetosphere and ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere. TESS not only promotes greater interaction and unity within heliophysics, but also fosters connections to astrophysics and planetary physics.

The full scientific program for the 2018 TESS meeting is now searchable online. The program includes abstracts for more than 400 presentations over four days. Each day will include an interdisciplinary plenary session and contributed oral and poster presentations. Plenary sessions will cover topics across heliophysics: space weather, heliophysics applied to star-planet systems, ion-neutral coupling throughout the heliophysical system and magnetic reconnection in space plasmas.

Christina Richey of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will deliver a special plenary lecture on Tuesday, 22 May, on bias in space science and creating an inclusive workplace for all scientists. Her presentation will address conscious and unconscious bias and harassment in the space sciences. Dr. Richey will discuss how each is impacting the space science community and will highlight solutions for these problems.

To search the online program, click on the search button at the top, right-hand corner of the online program. Click on “Advanced Search” to search by session, paper, person or other criteria. To browse all sessions, click on the Sessions link on the left-hand side of the search engine.

2. Press registration

Complimentary press registration for the 2018 TESS meeting is now available for professional journalists representing media organizations, freelance journalists, photographers, videographers, bloggers, authors, filmmakers, public information officers, institutional communicators, and student journalists, for the express purpose of gathering news and information to produce media coverage of AGU meetings. For eligibility requirements, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page.

To register, please email the AGU Public Information Office at [email protected] and include your name, media outlet, contact information, and required press credentials. Be sure to include your name and affiliation as you wish them to appear on your badge. Registrations are approved at the discretion of the AGU press office, and approval may take up to 5 business days.

Eligible members of the press may also register for press credentials on-site at the meeting at the main registration area. Registered press can pick up their meeting badges on-site at the main registration area. Additional information about on-site registration will be included in a future media advisory.

 3. Press Room and hotel information

A Press Room will be available at the meeting for press registrants to work and conduct interviews with attending scientists. Additional information, including the location and hours of the Press Room, and any press events, will be included in a future media advisory.

Members of the press can reserve discounted hotel rooms at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa through the TESS housing page. Rooms start at $269 per night. Complimentary shuttle transportation to and from Dulles International Airport is included in the room rate. The deadline to book a hotel room at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa through the TESS housing site is Wednesday, 25 April 2018.


The American Geophysical Union is dedicated to advancing the Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity through its scholarly publications, conferences, and outreach programs. AGU is a not-for-profit, professional, scientific organization representing more than 60,000 members in 139 countries. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and our other social media channels.

The American Astronomical Society is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. Its mission is to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe, which it achieves through publishing, meeting organization, education and outreach, and training and professional development. The AAS Solar Physics Division advances the study of the Sun and coordinates such research with other branches of science.

AGU Contact:

Nanci Bompey
+1 (202) 777-7524
[email protected]

Lauren Lipuma
+1 (202) 777-7396
[email protected]

AAS Contacts:
Henry Winter, SPD Press Officer
+1 (617) 495-7400
[email protected]

Rick Fienberg, AAS Press Officer
+1 (202) 328-2010 x116
[email protected]