WASHINGTON, DC-- Discover the latest Earth and space science news at the 48th annual AGU Fall Meeting this December, when about 24,000 attendees from around the globe are expected to assemble for the largest worldwide conference in the Earth and space sciences. This year, the meeting runs from Monday through Friday, Dec. 14-18, at the Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., San Francisco, Calif.
Included in this advisory:
- 1. Abstracts and sessions now online and searchable
2. Press registration information
3. Hotel reservation information
4. Virtual Press Room
5. U.S. visa regulations for international attendees
For more information about the AGU Fall Meeting, please see: Media Advisory 1.
Information for the press will also be posted to the Fall Meeting Media Center.
1. Abstracts and sessions now online and searchable
All of the 1,700-plus sessions and more than 23,000 abstracts for the 2015 Fall Meeting have been posted in the Scientific Program on the AGU Fall Meeting website.
The full scientific program is now searchable online. To search, click on the search button at the top, right-hand corner of the online program. Click on "Advanced Search" to search by session, paper, person, section/focus group or other criteria. To browse sessions tied to AGU's scientific sections and focus groups (e.g. Atmospheric Sciences, Planetary Sciences, etc.), click on the Section/Focus Group link on the left-hand side of the search engine. "Union" sessions offer the most interdisciplinary presentations.
AGU will give out at the meeting, and post online, a book with a Fall Meeting schedule including session titles and times, an author index, maps, floor plans, listings of town hall meetings and activities/events, and other information. Members of the news media can pick up copies in the Press Room (Moscone West, Room 3001A); the book does not include abstract information. AGU will also distribute daily a newspaper-style print listing of all presentations for each day, including abstract titles.
2. Press registration information
Online press registration for the Fall Meeting is now open. Please pre-register to expedite the on-site badge pick-up process.
Press registrants receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all scientific sessions, the press room and the press conference room. For eligibility requirements, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page. Note: Some events and activities, including but not limited to invitation-only events and communications workshops, are not open to press badge holders.
Eligible members of the press may also register on-site at the meeting. The on-site registration location, badge pick-up location, and Press Room, Press Conference Room, and Quiet Rooms locations will be included in a future advisory.
3. Hotel reservation deadline - Nov. 12
The deadline to book a hotel room in order receive the special AGU room rate is Fri., Nov. 12. Hotel reservations are accessible via the online press registration site. It is not required to wait for press registration approval before booking a hotel room, nor is it required to book a hotel room when registering to attend the meeting.
About 24,000 scientists, journalists, educators, and students are expected to attend this year's meeting. Please consider booking a hotel room now to take advantage of the preferential rates. There are more than 50 hotel choices included in the registration form and rates start as low as $139.00 per day, plus tax. The special AGU room rates are subject to availability after the Nov. 12 deadline.
Please visit the Fall Meeting housing page to see a list of hotels offering the special AGU room rate, as well as their rates and locations. However, press must register and book housing via the press registration site, and not from the Fall Meeting housing page. Please use this page as a reference only.
Note: AGU will not be offering shuttle service to/from the Moscone Center.
4. Virtual Press Room launches next month
For journalists: Journalists covering the Fall Meeting will find many resources online in the Virtual Press Room: Press releases, press conference materials (including PowerPoint presentations, images, videos, scientific papers, and more, as available) and other information. Videos of press conferences will be added to the Virtual Press Room during the meeting for easy online access.
For public information officers: PIOs will be able to share press releases online in the Virtual Press Room by directly uploading press releases and other supplemental materials to the site. PIOs must register for access to the Virtual Press Room. Instructions on how to register will be included in a future advisory. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Virtual Press Room will launch in the Media Center of the Fall Meeting website next month. Information about press conference web streaming will follow in a later advisory.
5. U.S. visa regulations for international reporters
All journalists who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States need a visa to cover scientific meetings in the U.S. This also applies to journalists from "Visa Waiver Program" countries (e.g., Western Europe) who do not normally need visas to enter the U.S. as tourists.
The required visa is a "Media (I) Visa" issued by an American Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Journalists traveling internationally to attend the Fall Meeting should apply as soon as possible for a "Media (I) Visa."
The U.S. Department of State has a "Media (I) Visa" fact sheet for journalists available on its website.
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