Thank you for your interest in the 2021 AAAS Annual Meeting.

Who are our Newsroom Registrants?

Virtual access to the AAAS Annual Meeting Newsroom resources and news briefings are freely available to all career science and health communicators, with appropriate credentials. Working reporters, public information officers (PIOs), journalism professors and journalism students qualify for complimentary registration to the 2021 AAAS Annual Meeting through the AAAS Office of Communications.

We strongly encourage first-time newsroom participants to register online in advance of the meeting.

Who are our General Registrants?

Newsroom access 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 registration fee. General attendee registration for the 2021 AAAS Annual Meeting is available online:

I am a scientist, lobbyist or investment analyst, but I also have a newsletter and a webpage 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 journalism or science communication. 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 journalists and career science and health communicators who are NASW or AHCJ members and who meet the credentialing criteria will receive complimentary newsroom access.


If you are a career science communicator but not a member of NASW or AHCJ, please provide the following credentials via this link (link to online form):


A business card clearly showing your media affiliation and position, or a current recognized press card.


A link to 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 email a letter on their institution’s letterhead to The letter should include the names and email addresses for all students who will require newsroom access.

Journalism students can register here after their professor has emailed the list of student names and email addresses.