AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco: Scientific program now online; book hotels by 15 November

3 October 2019

San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

AGU press contact:
Lauren Lipuma
+1 (202) 777-7396
[email protected]

WASHINGTON—Discover the latest Earth and space science news at Fall Meeting 2019 this December, when more than 25,000 attendees from around the globe are expected to assemble for the largest worldwide conference in the Earth and space sciences.

This year, the meeting runs from Monday through Friday, 9-13 December, at the Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., San Francisco, California.

Included in this advisory:

  1. Fall Meeting program now online
  2. Press registration information
  3. Hotel information
  4. Press Field Trip: Science at Sea with Research Vessel Sally Ride
  5. Tips for covering Fall Meeting

For more information about Fall Meeting, including U.S. visa regulations for international attendees, please read Media Advisory 1 or visit the Fall Meeting Media Center.

1. Fall Meeting program now online

The scientific program for Fall Meeting 2019 is now available online and accessible through the Fall Meeting website.
To search the more than 1,400 sessions and 27,000 submitted abstracts, click on the search button at the top, right-hand corner of the online program. To browse sessions by AGU’s scientific sections and focus groups (e.g. Atmospheric Sciences, Planetary Sciences, etc.), click on Sections, Tutorials, and Town Halls on the left-hand side of the search engine.

2. Press registration information

Online press registration for the Fall Meeting is now open. Please visit the Fall Meeting Media Center and click on the “Register Now” button to start your registration. Press registrants will be prompted to create an AGU account before registering. If you already have an AGU account and need to reset your password, please do so and then return to the Media Center and click “Register Now” to complete the registration process.
Press registrants receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all scientific sessions, the press room and the press conference room. For eligibility information, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page. View the Who’s Coming list to see the journalists and press officers who have already registered for the meeting.

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, but we encourage you to register online to expedite the on-site badge pick-up process.

NOTE: Some events and activities, including but not limited to invitation-only events and communications workshops, are not open to press badge holders.

3. Hotel information: Book by 15 November

Members of the press can make hotel reservations through the Fall Meeting Media Center. You will need to submit your press registration before booking a hotel room. However, it is not required to wait for press registration approval before booking a hotel room.

Once you have submitted your press registration, you will see a link to add/modify your hotel reservation on the press registration site. An additional link to the housing website is provided in the registration acknowledgement email you will receive after submitting your registration. You can also log back into the press registration site using your email and registration ID to add/modify your hotel reservation. The deadline to book a hotel room at the special AGU room rate is Wednesday, 15 November.

More than 25,000 scientists, journalists, educators, and students are expected to attend this year’s meeting and hotels sell out quickly. Please consider booking a hotel room now to take advantage of the preferential rates. It is not required to wait for press registration approval before booking a hotel room, nor is it required to book a hotel room when registering to attend the meeting. There are more than 60 hotel choices included in the registration form and rates start as low as $179.00 per day, plus tax. The special AGU room rates are subject to availability after the 15 November deadline.

The Fall Meeting housing page displays a list of hotels offering the special AGU room rate, as well as their rates and locations. However, press must register and book housing via the Fall Meeting Media Center and not from the Fall Meeting housing page. Please use this page as a reference only.

4. Press Field Trip: Science at Sea with Research Vessel Sally Ride

Take a tour of America’s newest and most technologically advanced oceanographic research vessel, the Research Vessel (R/V) Sally Ride, in a press field trip on Wednesday, 11 December from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The vessel is docked at San Francisco’s famed Exploratorium science museum for a special AGU Fall Meeting port call.

This 45-minute tour, sponsored by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and led by Scripps researchers who regularly use the vessel, will offer an inside look at the academic ship designed to perform multidisciplinary oceanographic research worldwide, from nearshore environments to the deepest ocean, from the tropics into first-year sea ice. The tour will offer an inside look at the vessel’s bridge, main deck, living space, research laboratories, as well as scientific equipment, systems, and sensors.

Owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by Scripps as part of the U.S. Academic Research Fleet, the vessel is named in honor of the late Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and a long-time member of UC San Diego’s physics faculty after she retired from NASA.

Space for the tour is limited. Reporters can register for the R/V Sally Ride field trip here. All reporters planning to attend the workshop must preregister; no on-site registrations will be accepted. Questions can be directed to Lauren Fimbres Wood at [email protected].

5. Tips for covering Fall Meeting

AGU has several resources to help you get the most out of Fall Meeting, whether you’re covering a scientific meeting for the first time or would just like to know more how Fall Meeting operates.

AGU Public Information staff and veteran reporter Katherine Kornei shared their secrets for navigating Fall Meeting in a 2018 webinar. Watch a recording of the webinar here and download the webinar slides here.

In addition, BBC science correspondent Jonathan Amos and freelance reporter Julia Rosen shared their secrets for navigating Fall Meeting in a 2017 webinar. Watch a recording of the webinar here or download the webinar slides here.

More tips on covering scientific meetings and for dealing with hesitant scientists are available on The Open Notebook.


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