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2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting - Media advisory 1

News media registration open; book hotels online now

American Geophysical Union

1. About Ocean Sciences Meeting
Four major ocean science research organizations are combining to organize the best Ocean Sciences Meeting ever. The American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), The Oceanography Society (TOS), and the Estuarine Research Foundation (ERF) are combining their strengths to present the latest research into all aspects of Earth's least known area: its oceans.

The meeting comprises 3,476 oral and poster presentations in more than 110 sessions over five days. It will be held in the beautiful, well equipped Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. We are in the process of organizing a series of press conferences, to bring some of the most important new discoveries to reporters covering the meeting. These will be described in subsequent advisories.

2. Book Hotel Rooms by 20 January
Six hotels are offering rooms to Meeting attendees at prices ranging from $87 to $189 per night, plus tax. The deadline for booking at these rates is 20 January 2006, but some hotels sell out sooner.

For further information, including cancellation policy, and online booking, see

3. News Media Registration Information
International reporters: If you are neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States, you need a visa to cover meetings in the U.S. This applies also to reporters from countries in the Visa Waiver Program, who do not need visas to visit the U.S. as tourists. For current information, see the official State Department web site: Please apply for your visa early.

News Media registrants receive a badge that provides access to any of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to the Press Room. No one will be admitted without a valid badge.

News Media registrants who have preregistered will pick up their badges at a special window or kiosk in the main registration area on the street level, not in the Press Room, as in the past. Be prepared to show identification (see below).

If you have not preregistered, you may fill out a News Media Registration Form, available at the News Media window, presenting appropriate identification. Your badge will be made on site.

No one will be allowed into the Exhibition Hall or up the escalators or elevator without a badge.

Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:

  • Working press employed by bona fide news media: must present a press card, business card, or letter of introduction from an editor of a recognized publication.
  • Freelance science writers: must present a current membership card from NASW, a regional affiliate of NASW, CSWA, ISWA, or SEJ; or evidence of by-lined work pertaining to science intended for the general public and published in 2005 or 2006; or a letter from the editor of a recognized publication assigning you to cover 2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting.
  • Public information officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies: must present a business card.

Note: Representatives of publishing houses, for-profit corporations, and the business side of news media must register at the main registration desk at the meeting and pay the appropriate fees, regardless of possession of any of the above documents. They are not accredited as News Media at the meeting.

Scientists who are also reporters and who are presenting at this meeting (oral or poster session) may receive News Media credentials if they qualify (see above), but must also register for the meeting and pay the appropriate fee as a presenter.

4. News Media Registration Form
The News Media Registration Form is set up for online submission, but includes a link to a version that can be printed out and faxed or mailed. Go to:

The last day for advance News Media registration, assuring that your badge will be waiting for you when you arrive, is Friday, 10 February 2006. You may also register onsite at the News Media window in the Registration area on the street level.


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