Media Registration Open for AGU Inaugural Science Policy Conference

28 March 2012

Joint Release

WASHINGTON—Media registration is now open for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Science Policy Conference held 1-2 May 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Members of the news media including print, broadcast and online journalists, as well as public information officers, may register online in advance at the Science Policy Conference website. Visit to register.

News media registrants will receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to the onsite Press Room. No one will be admitted without a valid badge.

The last day for advance registration is Wednesday, 25 April 2012. Advance registration will ensure your badge will be waiting for you when you arrive. Members of the news media may also register onsite at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., during the conference.

The Science Policy Conference will feature dozens of eminent speakers from top levels of government, the military, scientific institutions and societies, universities, environmental organizations, industry, and agriculture. Talks and posters will focus on four main themes: natural hazards (e.g. public safety, economic tolls, national policy), natural resources (e.g. hydraulic fracturing, food security, critical minerals), oceans (e.g. national policy, acidification, sustainability research), and the Arctic (e.g. ecosystem change, transportation and energy development).

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Governor Jim Geringer, Director of Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.
  • Dr. Christopher Field, Director for the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institute of Washington and Professor at Stanford University
  • Rear Admiral Frederick Kenney, Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel for the U.S. Coast Guard

Visit to view the full program and list of confirmed speakers.

About AGU

The American Geophysical Union is a not-for-profit society of Earth and space scientists with more than 61,000 members in 146 countries. Established in 1919 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., AGU advances the Earth and space sciences through its scholarly publications, meetings, and outreach programs. For more information, visit