5 December 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Discover the latest Earth and space science news at the 49th annual AGU Fall Meeting this December, when about 24,000 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, Dec. 12-16, 2016 at the Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., San Francisco, California.
Included in this advisory:
- Online press registration still open
- Press conference schedule
- Webstreaming: Access 2016 Fall Meeting press conferences live online
- Press/News Media badge pickup
- Press Room and Quiet Rooms information
- Online resources
- New expert tools
- Press networking events
- Fall Meeting events and general sessions
- Fall Meeting App
Please visit the 2016 Fall Meeting Media Center to view previous media advisories that include important information about visas for international reporters, searching the scientific program, and AGU On-Demand. For any questions, email [email protected].
Online press registration for the Fall Meeting will remain open throughout the meeting in order to expedite the badge pick-up process (see #4 below for details). We encourage all press registrants to register online.
Press registrants receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all scientific sessions, the press room, press conference room and quiet rooms. No one will be admitted to the meeting without a valid badge. For eligibility requirements, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page.
Check the online Who’s Coming list of journalists and press officers who have registered for the meeting. This list is updated regularly.
Note: Some events and activities, including but not limited to invitation-only events and communications workshops, are not open to press badge holders.
AGU’s Public Information office has planned more than 25 press events, including 17 press conferences, to help reporters cover new developments in the Earth and space sciences. There will be four formats for press events at the Fall Meeting:
- Press Conference – A small panel of speakers will share newsworthy findings being presented at the meeting.
- Workshop – Experts will provide comprehensive information and answer reporters’ questions about an upcoming project or mission, or an ongoing area of research, rather than present breaking news.
- Media Availability – A prominent person(s) in the Earth and space sciences will be available to reporters.
- Media Q&A – Scientists whose research is featured in AGU Fall Meeting press releases will be available to reporters.
A list of the 2016 Fall Meeting press events is below. Events listed are press conferences unless otherwise specified. Please click on the title of an event for more information, including short descriptions, participants and associated scientific sessions. Please click on the “Press Conferences” tab in the online Media Center for the full schedule of press events.
The following schedule of events is subject to change before or during Fall Meeting. Press events may be added or dropped, their titles and emphases may change and participants may change. Updates, changes and additions to the press events schedule will be posted in the Press Conference tab in the Media Center.
All press events will take place in the Press Conference Room (Room 3000, Moscone West, Level 3), diagonally across the hall from the Press Room. Times are listed in Pacific Standard Time. All press events will be streamed live over the web. Click on the “Webstreaming” button in the Media Center for further information and see #3 below for details.
Monday, 12 December
8:00 a.m. – Attributing mountain glacier retreat to climate change
9:00 a.m. – How animals will fare in a changing climate
10:45 a.m. – H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco (Media Availability)
11:30 a.m. – Mapping the flow of ice around the globe
1:30 p.m. – Update on results from the IODP-ICDP Chicxulub Impact Crater Drilling Expedition
2:30 p.m. – Defending the home planet
4:00 p.m. – The ocean’s hidden heat
5:00 p.m. – Water world: Historic floods, sea level rise, storm surge and climate change
Tuesday, 13 December
8:30 a.m. – New obstacles for Syrian refugees (Media Q&A)
9:00 a.m. – First results from the Norwegian Young Sea ICE Expedition
10:30 a.m. – Arctic Report Card 2016
11:30 a.m. – News from Gale Crater: Recent findings from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover
1:30 p.m. – Tracking the reorientation of the terrestrial planets
2:30 p.m. – Direct from New Zealand: The Kaikoura earthquake
4:00 p.m. – The path forward from Paris, one year later (Media Availability)
5:00 p.m. – Integrating scientific research into local decision making
Wednesday, 14 December
8:30 a.m. – A new understanding of South American settlement (Media Q&A)
9:00 a.m. – New research on the ionosphere, our interface to space
11:30 a.m. – Thomas Zurbuchen (Media Availability)
1:45 p.m. – Sally Jewell (Media Availability)
2:30 p.m. – Preparing for the 2017 total solar eclipse (Workshop)
4:00 p.m. – Sharing big, hard ideas with many kinds of people (Workshop)
5:00 p.m. – Early returns from four far-flung field experiments (Workshop)
Thursday, 15 December
8:30 a.m. – The future of the world’s groundwater resources (Media Q&A)
9:00 a.m. – First results from Axial Seamount, an active underwater volcano
10:30 a.m. – Dawn science update
11:30 a.m. – Explaining extreme events in 2015 from a climate perspective
1:45 p.m. – Marcia McNutt (Media Availability)
Please also see our Media Tip Sheet, a list of potentially newsworthy research presentations selected by AGU’s public information team, as well as our California Tip Sheet, a list of potentially newsworthy presentations specific to California.
Reporters can remotely participate in Fall Meeting press events via webstreaming.
All Fall Meeting press events will be streamed live on the AGU press events webpage. Reporters can visit this site throughout the meeting to watch press events in real time and ask questions via an online chat. For more information and instructions, click on the “Webstreaming” button in the online Media Center.
If, for some reason, the webstreaming does not work for a particular press conference, we will immediately switch to making the briefing available via teleconference. To call into the teleconference, dial 877-709-0939 within the United States and Canada, or +1 678-735-6305 internationally. The participant passcode is 192-424-7921.
Note: The teleconference will only be available if the webstreaming goes down.
To expedite the registration process and avoid long lines on Monday morning, Dec. 12, we encourage all members of the news media to go through the final steps of registering and picking up your badge on Sunday, Dec. 11. You may register online throughout the duration of the Fall Meeting and we encourage all press registrants to register online. As always, press/news media registration is complimentary.
If you did not preregister online: The main Fall Meeting registration area is on the first level of Moscone West. Press registration is located in the main registration hall. To register on-site, you must go to the Press Registration Counter in Moscone West, fill out an onsite registration form, and present your media credentials. For eligibility requirements and required credentials, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page. Press Registration counter hours are listed below.
If you preregistered and were mailed your badge: If you have your badge in hand, you can complete the registration process (picking up a badge holder, badge lanyard and other materials) at the Press Registration Counter in the main Fall Meeting registration area on the first level of Moscone West or at the Press Room, Moscone West, Room 3001A. Press Registration counter hours are listed below. The Press Room is open daily at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 through Friday, Dec. 16. The room closes daily at 6:30 p.m. except for Friday, Dec. 16, when it closes at 2:00 p.m.
If you preregistered online but didn’t receive your badge in the mail or forgot to bring your mailed badge to the meeting: If you preregistered online and have been approved for press registration, but you don’t have your badge in hand, you should go to the Press Registration Counter in the main Fall Meeting registration area on the first level of Moscone West. You should bring your approved press registration e-mail. Please see below for Press Registration Counter hours.
Press Registration Counter hours:
Moscone West, Level 1:
Sunday, Dec. 11: 12:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 12: 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 through Friday, Dec. 16: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The entrances to the Moscone West building are on Fourth Street between Howard Street and Minna Street.
The Press Room is room 3001A in Moscone West, Level 3. (This room has an unusual number – the added A – because it is a custom-made room that’s only here during the AGU Fall Meeting, located between Room 3001 and the Level 3 Lobby).
Press events (press conferences, workshops, media availabilities and media Q&As) take place in the Press Conference Room, Room 3000, which is also on Moscone West, Level 3. It is diagonally across from the Press Room.
The Press Room provides working space for reporters, including three phone lines (with no charge for business calls), two computer terminals and two printers, Wi-Fi and space for socializing. The main phone number in the Press Room for incoming calls is +1 (415) 348-4404.
The Press Room opens daily at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 through Friday, Dec. 16. The room closes daily at 6:30 p.m. except for Friday, Dec. 16, when it closes at 2:00 p.m.
Some meals and other refreshments will be provided in the Press Room for news media registrants. Breakfast (from 7:30 a.m.) will be available Monday – Thursday. Lunch (from 12:30 p.m.) will be available Monday – Thursday. Coffee and tea will be available at 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday, and at 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Friday. Light snacks will be available at 3:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday.
Fall Meeting press registrants can reserve one of two available Quiet Rooms during the meeting to conduct interviews. The Quiet Rooms are located in the Moscone West Overlook, 3024. Please sign up to reserve these rooms at the front desk of the press room (Moscone West 3001A) or by calling the press room at +1 (415) 348-4404 during the meeting. Reservations are given in 30-minute increments for up to one hour at a time, and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Public information officers can disseminate paper press releases and related documentation at Fall Meeting. We recommend bringing around 50 copies of printed materials and three to five copies of broadcast-quality video.
The easiest way to get these materials to the Press Room is to take them yourself, if you are going to Fall Meeting, or to give them to one of your scientists, with instructions to deliver them to the AGU Press Room (Room 3001A) Moscone West, from Monday, Dec. 12 onward.
If you prefer to ship materials to the Fall Meeting, contact [email protected] for more information.
Materials remaining in the press room may be collected from Room 3001A by Friday, Dec. 16 at 1:00 p.m., after which they will be thrown away.
During the Fall Meeting, journalists can find many resources online in the Virtual Press Room in the Media Center on the Fall Meeting website. Public information officers (PIOs) can now post releases and other materials on the site.
For journalists: In the Virtual Press Room, journalists can find press releases, press conference materials (including PowerPoint presentations, images, videos, scientific papers, and more, as available) and other information. Videos of press conferences will be added to the Virtual Press Room during the meeting for easy online access.
For public information officers: PIOs are now able to share press releases and other materials in the Virtual Press Room by directly uploading them via the Press Item Uploader. PIOs can upload press releases, tip sheets and press conference materials to the Virtual Press Room at any time before or during the meeting, including uploading items in advance and scheduling them to post during the meeting.
Please note: PIOs do not need to register to upload press materials to the Virtual Press Room. However, only public information and press officers of recognized scientific societies, educational institutions, government agencies and non-profit Earth and space science research organizations are eligible to upload press releases. The AGU press office may remove any press releases posted by press officers who do not meet these criteria.
The AGU press office is offering two new online tools to connect reporters with scientific experts at the 2016 Fall Meeting.
The Find an Expert tool allows public information officers to list scientific experts who are available to be interviewed by reporters at the meeting. The Request an Expert tool allows reporters to send requests for experts directly to PIOs. These new tools are now available online in the Fall Meeting Media Center.
For journalists: With the Find an Expert tool, reporters can search a list of scientific experts in various topic areas who are at the meeting and available for interviews. These experts have been listed by PIOs from recognized scientific societies, educational institutions, government agencies and non-profit Earth and space science research organizations.
With the Request an Expert tool, reporters can send a request for an expert directly to PIOs via email. When a reporter fills out the “Request an Expert” form, participating PIOs will receive a private email with the reporter’s name and affiliation as well as information about the kind of expert he or she is seeking. PIOs can then contact reporters directly if they have an expert available.
For public information officers: With the Find an Expert tool, PIOs can list up to 10 scientific experts who are at the meeting and available for interviews with reporters. Reporters can then search the list of available experts for scientists who meet their needs. PIOs do not need to register to list an expert; they simply need to fill out the “List an Expert” form on the Find an Expert page.
The Request an Expert tool allows reporters to send a request for an expert directly to PIOs via email. When a reporter fills out the “Request an Expert” form, participating PIOs will receive a private email with the reporter’s name and affiliation as well as information about the kind of expert he or she is seeking. PIOs can then contact reporters directly.
PIOs who wish to receive emails from reporters as part of the Request an Expert tool should fill out the “Expert requests notification sign up” form.
Please note: PIOs do not need to register to list an expert on the Find an Expert page. However, only public information and press officers of recognized scientific societies, educational institutions, government agencies and non-profit Earth and space science research organizations are eligible to list experts. The AGU press office may remove any experts posted by press officers who do not meet these criteria.
More information about these tools can be found in the Fall Meeting Media Center.
Members of the media will be able to meet and mingle with colleagues at several events throughout the week:
First-timers breakfast – Dec. 12
Attending your first AGU Fall Meeting and don’t know where to start? Whether you’re covering a scientific meeting for the first time or just haven’t been to the Fall Meeting before, veteran reporters will let you in on their secrets for navigating the largest gathering of Earth and space scientists during breakfast 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 in the Press Room (Moscone West, Room 3001A). No registration necessary.
NCSWA Holiday Dinner: California’s redwoods in a changing climate – Dec. 13
[The following is provided on behalf of the Northern California Science Writers Association.]
AGU press are encouraged to join their colleagues in the Northern California Science Writers Association for NCSWA’s annual holiday dinner on Tuesday, December 13. This year’s speaker is noted UC Berkeley ecologist Todd Dawson, one of the world’s leading authorities on redwood trees. Dawson will discuss the impacts of climate change on California’s redwoods and his high-altitude forest research, featured prominently in National Geographic and other outlets.
Tuesday, December 13, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
L’Olivier, 465 Davis Ct. (within walking distance of Moscone Center)
Cost for non-NCSWA members: $45
NCSWA encourages AGU press to register online in advance as the event may sell out.
Journalism awards reception – Dec. 15
We invite you to join your Press Room colleagues to honor and celebrate AGU’s most recent journalism award winners during an informal reception.
We will recognize the outstanding reporting and writing of 2016 Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism–Features winner Lizzie Wade and the 2016 David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism–News winner Alexandra Witze.
The reception will take place in the Press Room, Moscone West, room 3001A, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.
In addition to press conferences, AGU is offering other events and activities of interest to the press, including beginner and advanced Blogging and Social Media Forums, a Fall Meeting Tweetup and more. Search all Fall Meeting events in the Events Calendar.
CSLDF AND AGU CO-HOST SYMPOSIUM ON LAW AND SCIENCE
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund and AGU are hosting a symposium to discuss the legal issues facing scientists under open records Laws on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco, Salon 2. Press registered for the AGU Fall Meeting are invited to attend, but must RSVP in advance to AGU Public Affairs Manager Elizabeth Landau at [email protected]. You must be registered as press for the AGU Fall Meeting to attend.
SPECIAL POST-ELECTION SESSION: The Shifting Landscape for Science
The recent election of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and new members of Congress have introduced new uncertainties in terms of the strength of federal support for scientific investment, trust in scientific integrity, and the level of support for educating and developing the next generation of scientists. AGU will host a special session with guest speakers and a Q&A moderated by AGU president Eric Davidson on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 10:20 – 11:20 a.m. in Moscone North, Hall E. The session will explore ways AGU can work with and provide support to scientists during this period of uncertainty.
Fall Meeting Keynote Lectures cover different and exciting topics applicable across all fields of Earth and space science. This year’s lectures will include several high-profile speakers:
- S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco will deliver the Presidential Forum Lecture on Monday, Dec. 12 from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. A media availability will be held preceding the lecture.
- The Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture, “Shifting the Energy Mix in a Post-Paris World,” will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. The panel will present economic, scientific and industry viewpoints on future energy demand, the shifting energy mix/energy tradeoffs and the economic, social, and political drivers of those shifts in a post-Paris COP21 world.
- Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, will deliver a Special Lecture on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 12:30 — 1:30 p.m. A media availability will be held immediately following the lecture.
- Marcia McNutt, 22nd President of the National Academy of Sciences, will deliver the Union Agency Lecture on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. A media availability will be held immediately following the lecture.
- Election session – Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 10:20 – 11:20 a.m.
The Special Post-Election Session and all Keynote Lectures will take place in Moscone North, Hall E. Registered journalists who are interested in attending these events should meet an AGU staff member at the entrance to the lecture hall 30 minutes prior to the start of the talk. These events will also be streamed live in the Press Conference Room.
All media availabilities will take place in the Press Conference Room: Moscone West, Room 3000.
Noteworthy Union and Town Hall lectures
AGU Fall Meeting Union sessions focus on multidisciplinary topics with a broad interest to the scientific community. Town Hall lectures offer an opportunity for government agencies, academic programs, special projects, and other groups to gather input from the broader AGU community. This year’s Union and Town Hall sessions include:
- Kickoff Conversation on the Importance of Data in the Earth and Space Sciences: Rebecca Moore, Director of Google Earth, Earth Engine & Outreach, will discuss Google’s perspective on working with big data, especially from space, and the emergence of the use of massively-parallel cloud computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence and other tools to extract meaning and insight from these petapixel-scale datasets on Monday, Dec. 12 from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. in Moscone South, Room 104.
- Strategies for Attracting and Advancing a Diverse Geoscience Workforce: This session will highlight successful programs for attracting and advancing historically-underrepresented Earth scientists at multiple career stages and identify strategies that AGU and its members can enact to broaden the participation of a diverse membership and workforce. The session will take place on Monday, Dec. 12 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Moscone West, Room 2016.
- The Path Forward from Paris, One Year Later: A panel of high level science policy experts from around the world will discuss the outcomes of COP21/CMP11 and implications for both the research, policy, and action agendas at local, regional and global scales. Margaret Leinen, AGU President, will host the panel, which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 1:40 – 3:40 p.m. in Moscone North, Hall E. A media availability will be held immediately following the session in the Press Conference Room: Moscone West, Room 3000.
Following the August 24 central Italy and September 3 Pawnee, Oklahoma, earthquakes, AGU added several late-breaking sessions to its scientific program to cover the latest research on these events. These sessions include:
- The 24 August 2016 Central Italy Earthquake – poster session
Thursday, Dec. 15, 1:40 – 6:00 P.M., Moscone South, Poster Hall, Session S43F
- 3 September 2016 M5.8 Pawnee Earthquake, Oklahoma – oral session
Thursday, Dec. 15, 4:00 – 6:00 P.M., Moscone South, Room 309, Session S44C
- 3 September 2016 M5.8 Pawnee Earthquake, Oklahoma – poster session
Friday, Dec. 16, 8:00 A.M. – 12:20 P.M., Moscone South, Poster Hall, Session S51E
- The 24 August 2016 Central Italy Earthquake – oral session
Friday, Dec. 16, 4:00 – 6:00 P.M., Moscone South, Room 305, Session S54C
Recommendations from AGU journal editors
The 2016 AGU Fall Meeting Mobile App is now available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app allows you to browse the scientific program, plan and sync your schedule between devices, receive event alerts and stay connected on social media. To download the app, search for “2016 AGU Fall Meeting” from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
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