Fall Meeting 2020: Scientific program now online

7 October 2020

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

WASHINGTON—Discover the latest Earth and space science news at Fall Meeting 2020 this December, when more than 20,000 attendees from around the globe are expected to assemble virtually for the largest worldwide conference in the Earth and space sciences. This year, the meeting runs from 1-17 December 2020, with most of the scientific programming concentrated from 7-11 December.

All information about Fall Meeting intended for the press is available in the Fall Meeting Media Center. Information can also be found in Media Advisory 1.

Scientific program information

The scientific program for Fall Meeting 2020 is now available online and accessible through the Fall Meeting website. To search the more than 1,000 sessions and nearly 20,000 submitted abstracts, click on the search button on the left-hand menu. To browse sessions by AGU’s scientific sections and focus groups (Atmospheric Sciences, Planetary Sciences, etc.), click “Browse by Sections” on the left-hand menu.

The Schedule at a Glance provides an overview of the entire scientific program schedule.

Meeting schedule and session information

Scientific sessions and events are scheduled in two blocks: from 04:00 to 11:30 a.m. U.S. Pacific Time (1100 – 1830 UTC) and 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time (2300-0430 UTC) to accommodate attendees in multiple time zones.

Key dates:

  • Live oral and eLightning sessions: 7-11 December and 14-17 December
  • Poster sessions: 7-11 December and 14-16 December
  • Scientific Workshops and Innovations: 1-5 December, 14-17 December
  • Town Halls: 1-5 December, 7-11 December and 14-17 December
  • Plenary/Keynotes: 1-5 December, 7-11 December and 14-17 December

For most sessions, longer pre-recorded presentations and virtual posters will be available for attendees when the meeting starts.

Live sessions will focus on short overview presentations and moderated discussions. The Sessions page provides an overview of the live scientific program hours and the types of scientific sessions being held. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for detailed information about the different types of sessions. Live discussions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing.

Press at Fall Meeting

AGU will offer a series of virtual press conferences about newsworthy scientific advances and informal media roundtables to help journalists report on new findings presented at the meeting.

  • Press conferences are expected to take place 7-11 December. Times TBD.
  • Media roundtables are expected to take place 14-17 December. Times TBD.

The final schedule of press events will be announced about a week before the meeting’s scientific sessions begin.  Dates and times are subject to change.

AGU will make available many additional resources on the Fall Meeting Media Center to help reporters cover the meeting, including press releases, tipsheets, and FAQs. This information will be available in the weeks leading up to the meeting.

Press registration information

Online press registration for the Fall Meeting is now open. Please visit the media registration page and click on the “Register Now” button to start your registration. Press registrants will be prompted to create an AGU account or login to their existing AGU account before registering. If you are directed to your profile page after resetting your password or creating an account, please go back to the media registration page on the Fall Meeting website to continue your registration.

AGU provides complimentary press registration to members of the media for the express purpose of gathering news and information to produce media coverage of AGU meetings. Press registrants receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all scientific sessions and press events. For eligibility information, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page.

Registrations are approved at the discretion of the AGU Media Relations office and approval may take up to 5 business days.

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


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