AGU Fall Meeting 2021: Press event schedule is now available

6 December 2021

AGU press contact:
Hope Garland, +1 (202) 777-7396, [email protected] (UTC-4 hours)

WASHINGTON—The press event schedule for AGU Fall Meeting 2021 is now live. #AGU21 will be held 13-17 December at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and online everywhere.

Staff journalists, freelance journalists, student journalists and press officers will be able to register as press attendees up to and throughout Fall Meeting. Additional information for press can be found in the Fall Meeting Media Center and in previous media advisories.

In this media advisory:

  1. Press event schedule-at-a-glance
  2. Accessing press events
  3. Log into the #AGU21 app
  4. Keynotes and plenaries
  5. Additional media resources
  6. Scientific program
  7. COVID-19 safety protocols and proof of vaccination

Note: Additional information for on-site and online press attendees, including press registration and badge pickup, and press room information and locations, will be included in a media advisory later this week.

Key links:

  1. Press event schedule

The full press event schedule is available in the online Fall Meeting Media Center and in this pdf. Press events will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday, 13 December through Friday, 17 December. A press event schedule-at-a-glance is below, and additional information, including event descriptions and participants, is available in the Media Center.

All press events will take place via Zoom and can be accessed through the #AGU21 app (see below for information). On-site reporters will also have the opportunity to meet with on-site panelists following the formal press events.

All press events will be recorded and uploaded to AGU’s YouTube channel on the same day of the event. Slides and other materials from press presentations will be available in the Press Information Exchange on AGU Connect.

Note: The press conference schedule is subject to change before or during #AGU21. Press conferences may be added or dropped; their titles, emphases or participants may change. Updates, changes and additions to the press events schedule will be posted to the Media Events page in the Fall Meeting Media Center.

Monday, 13 December (all times listed in Central Standard Time)

9:00 a.m. — Press conference: The Threat from Thwaites: The retreat of Antarctica’s riskiest glacier
11:00 a.m. — Press briefing: Climate Science 2021: The latest from the IPCC
1:00 p.m. — Press briefing: NASA’s 2022 Earth Science launches
3:00 p.m. — Media roundtable: Canine oil spill detection: Using odor signatures to improve detection on land and water

Tuesday, 14 December

9:00 a.m. — Press conference: NOAA Arctic Report Card 2021
11:00 a.m. — Press conference: Major discoveries as NASA’s Parker Solar Probe closes in on the Sun
1:00 p.m. — Press briefing: Why we need to go carbon negative and how we can get there
3:00 p.m. — Media roundtable: Interstellar probe: A bold idea to explore the space between the stars

Wednesday, 15 December

9:00 a.m. — Press conference: Explaining the extreme events of 2020 from a climate perspective
11:00 a.m. — Press conference: Ten months of Perseverance: Jezero science
1:00 p.m. — Media roundtable: Arctic research plan
3:00 p.m. — Media roundtable: “Taming” the wild Mississippi River Delta

Thursday, 16 December

9:00 a.m. — Press conference: Rising heat in a changing climate
11:00 a.m. — Press conference: Intensifying storms and flooding in a changing climate
1:00 p.m. — Press conference: Wildfire in a changing climate
3:00 p.m. — Media roundtable: Borehole observatory networks: Taking the pulse of earthquake-generating faults

Friday, December 17

11:00 a.m. — Press briefing: Latest science from the biggest story in the solar system: NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter

  1. Accessing press events

Press events are open to members of the media who have registered to attend #AGU21. Members of the media can register throughout the meeting here.

All press events will be held over Zoom. Links to access the press events can be accessed through the Fall Meeting app, either via mobile device or web browser on your desktop. Once you are logged in to the #AGU21 app, click on “Program” and then select “Press” for the “Type” to access the links to all press events. Zoom links to press events will be posted closer the meeting.

On-site members of the press will need to bring a laptop or other device and wired headphones with a microphone to view and participate in press events. There will be dedicated space for accessing press events in the press conference room, R08-R09 on the second floor of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

If you are unable to access a press event, please email [email protected].

  1. Login to #AGU21 on the mobile app or web browser

The #AGU21 app allows you to build a personalized meeting schedule, watch live and recorded sessions, participate in online press events and view the poster gallery. You can access it using a mobile device or your computer.

We strongly suggest logging in to the app prior to the meeting to avoid any delays.

Using a mobile device? Download the app.

  • Search for AGU Events in the Apple Store or Google Play.
  • Make sure your device is running iOS Version 13+ or Android Version 8+. Note that some Android devices with limited memory are not supported (e.g., Moto G4 & Moto G5).
  • Sign in using the same email address and password that you used to register for Fall Meeting.
  • Navigate to the Press Event Schedule by clicking on “Program” and then selecting “Press” under “Type.”
  • Zoom links to press events will be posted closer to the meeting.

Using a computer? Set up a bookmark.

  • Head to and click on the Launch #AGU21 button.
  • Use Chrome or Safari for the best viewing experience.
  • Ensure to turn off any ad and pop-up blockers you have added to your browser or your system as these tools will prevent you from logging in and may incorrectly limit visibility of event related content or limit functionality that requires a pop-up (e.g., authentication).
  • Sign in using the same email address and password that you used to register for Fall Meeting.
  • Navigate to the Press Event Schedule by clicking on “Program” and then selecting “Press” under “Type.”
  • Zoom links to press events will be posted closer to the meeting.
  1. Keynote and plenary talks

    Keynote lectures and plenary talks cover different and exciting topics applicable across all fields of Earth and space science. All keynotes and plenaries will take place in the Convention Center’s Great Hall, Main Stage, and will be livestreamed via Zoom/YouTube.

  • The “father of environmental justice” Robert D. Bullard will deliver the Presidential Forum address on Monday, 13 December at 11:15 a.m. CT
  • John F. Kerry, currently serving as the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, will deliver a plenary talk on Tuesday, 14 December at 8:30 a.m. CT.
  • Economist Jeffrey D. Sachs will deliver the Frontiers in Geophysics lecture on Tuesday, 14 December at 11:00 a.m. CT
  • Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Eric Lander will give a plenary lecture on Tuesday, 14 December at 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Poet and entrepreneur Sekou Andrews will give a plenary lecture on Wednesday, 15 December at 11:15 a.m. CT
  • Vice President for Undergraduate Education at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Dr. Kelly Mack will deliver a plenary lecture on AGU’s LANDInG initiative on Thursday, 16 December at 11:15 a.m. CT
  1. Additional media resources

  • Tipsheets curated by the AGU Media Relations team, are available for a range of topics from agriculture to air pollution to space science. They are searchable by topic, date and time in the online Fall Meeting Media Center. Registered members of the press can find press releases, multimedia and other press-related information posted by registered public information officers on AGU Connect’s Press Information Exchange.
  • Slides and other materials from press events will also be available in the Press Information Exchange.
  • Daily press releases from AGU will be posted in the AGU Newsroom, and keep an eye out for our daily email.
  1. Scientific sessions

#AGU21 has a mix of hybrid and online scientific sessions, searchable by type in the app and online portal. Pre-recorded content will be available through the online portal and AGU Events app starting on 13 December. A full description of scientific session types is available here.

  • Oral sessions:
    • Take place 13-17 December, 08:00 – 15:45 CST (UTC−6)
    • Pre-recorded presentations (15-minute max.) for on-demand viewing available starting 13 December
    • Hybrid and online discussion sessions with brief overview and discussion
    • Discussion sessions recorded and available for on-demand viewing
  • eLightning sessions:
    • Take place 13-17 December, 08:00 – 17:15 CST (UTC−6)
    • Hybrid and online e-lightning sessions include 3-minute lightning presentations of interactive posters
    • Hybrid sessions will be held in the dedicated eLightning theater
    • Online sessions will take place over Zoom and recorded for on-demand viewing
    • Online posters displayed in the online poster gallery
  • Poster sessions:
    • Take place 13-17 December, 16:00 – 18:00 CST (UTC−6)
    • Hybrid and online-only sessions
    • Traditional paper posters displayed onsite in the poster hall
    • Online posters displayed in the online poster gallery with online discussion sessions
  1. COVID-19 safety protocols for on-site participants

Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend #AGU21 in person in New Orleans, and masks will be required inside the conference center unless you are actively eating or drinking.

To allow on-site participants to securely provide proof of vaccination, AGU has partnered with SafeAccess. Registered members of the media should receive an email from SafeAccess (no-reply[at] inviting them to create an account and provide their vaccination information. If you do not complete this step prior to arriving at the conference, you will not be able to receive your badge and attend the conference immediately. Please provide your vaccination information to SafeAccess as soon as possible to allow for processing time.

Updates and more information on #AGU21 COVID-19 safety are available here, and health and safety information is here. We recommend having a photo of both sides of your vaccination card on your mobile device, as restaurants, hotels and other venues around New Orleans may require proof of vaccination for entry.

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