AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting Newsroom
2015 AAAS Annual Meeting



Welcome. Thank you for your interest in the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting.

Who are our Newsroom Registrants?

Press badges granting access to AAAS Newsroom resources and news briefings are freely available to all career science communicators, with appropriate credentials. Working reporters (staff or freelance), public information officers (PIOs), journalism professors and journalism students qualify for complimentary registration to the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting through the AAAS Office of Public Programs. The badges give access to meeting symposia and lectures.

Who are our General Registrants?

Newsroom badges will not be issued to representatives of lobbying, special interest or advocacy organizations. Similarly, scientists, scientific journal editors, advertising or marketing professionals and investment analysts must register as general attendees and pay the fee. General registration for the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting is available online at

I am a scientist, lobbyist or investment analyst, but I also have a newsletter and a Web page where I help to communicate science to the public. May I register as Press?

No. To receive complimentary Newsroom Registration, you must be a career science communicator whose primary occupation is science communications. Scientists or investment analysts who also communicate science are not eligible for complimentary newsroom registration. If you do not qualify for a newsroom credential but want to attend meeting symposia as a general registrant, you may register online at

Okay, I am a career science communicator. How can I register?


All career science communicators who are NASW members and who meet the credentialing criteria will receive a complimentary press badge. Current NASW membership and valid photo identification are required. Advance registration using the simple online form is strongly recommended. But, NASW members also may register on-site by presenting their current membership card and valid photo identification.


If you are a career science communicator but not a member of NASW, you will be welcomed after you provide the following credentials:


  • A business card clearly showing your media affiliation and position, or a current recognized press card.
  • A recent bylined article written by you.

Public Information Officers

  • A business card clearly showing your position (e.g. communications officer, editor, writer, public affairs director, public information specialist)
  • Recent materials distributed to the press (news releases, media advisories or tip sheets on which you are listed as the contact)

Journalism Professors and Journalism Students

  • Journalism professors must send in advance a letter on official letterhead certifying that they are attending the conference in order to accompany students as part of a class activity.
  • Journalism students must send in advance, or present on-site, a letter on official letterhead from their professor, certifying that they are attending the conference as part of a journalism class activity.