Attending the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting is beneficial to you, your boss, and your colleagues. Below are a series of benefits that demonstrate to your supervisor that your attendance is a good use of time and resources. These reasons focus on how the meeting will help your work and explain how you can share the knowledge from the meeting with your colleagues.

Download Convince Your Boss (PDF version)

Download Convince Your Boss (PDF version)

1) Discover New and Cutting-Edge Research.

Attend the AGU Fall Meeting to gain insights about the latest science, most of which has not yet been published, and enhance your knowledge beyond your scientific field of interest. With more than 1700 sessions and a mix of more than 23,000 oral and poster presentations, the program offers something for every discipline. Learn about related fields through SWIRL sessions, and share the identified common themes and threads of opportunity with your colleagues. SWIRLs offer an interdisciplinary walk through the AGU Fall Meeting by categorizing sessions and presentations as part of broad themes in Earth and space sciences. More than 70% of past attendees said the scientific sessions were very good or excellent.

  • Share specific sessions you plan to attend that will be relevant to your research, responsibilities, or discipline as you discuss the meeting with your supervisor.
  • Review the program with your supervisor and colleagues to identify additional relevant sessions and knowledge you can bring back to your organization.

2) Enjoy the Best Value.
95 percent of AGU Fall Meeting attendees say their experience was worthwhile. Your registration for the AGU Fall Meeting includes all general and breakout sessions; communication, educational outreach, and career Communicating Climate Scienceworkshops; and access to all presentations. In addition to the more than 23,000 scientific presentations, the AGU Fall Meeting offers more than 50 communication and career workshops and events, as well as Sharing Science events on public policy, social media, and talking to the public.

AGU provides ways for attendees to cut costs—check out the roommate board to find someone to share hotel costs, and make sure to register by 14 November to save up to $100. Below is an approximate breakdown of costs, which may be helpful to share with your supervisor.

Breakdown of costs:

  • Registration: $425-635 / $215-370 (graduate students)
  • Hotel: $105-208/night
  • Meals: $71/day (U.S. General Services Administration rate, not included in Registration fee)
  • Transportation: (Airfare, transportation to/from airport, etc.)
  • Additional expenses: (Presentation expenses, additional event fees, etc.)

3) Network with Your Peers.
Connect with nearly 24,000 colleagues from diverse specialties and disciplines to discuss the cutting-edge science presented. Build relationships with peers for collaboration or meet contacts for future funding for your organization during the icebreaker reception, AGU section and focus group events, and daily networking breaks. Share the value of the potential connections with your supervisor, and highlight any luminaries in your field who will be presenting.

4) Advance Your Career.
The AGU Fall Meeting offers more than 50 career advice and communications workshops, all designed to help you successfully move your career forward. Return to work equipped to better communicate your American Geophysical Union - Fall Meeting 2012science to the public or policy makers, secure research funding for your organization, and excel in your profession. Talk to your supervisor about which sessions would be most helpful to your role.

5) Unparalleled Visibility for Your Science.
Get constructive, real-time feedback from experts and up-and-coming talent in the field. Presenting at the AGU Fall Meeting is a great way to test-drive your research before publishing in a peer-reviewed journal. Editors from all 20 AGU journals will be present—make sure to visit the Journals Booth in the poster hall to learn about best practices for submitting a paper. Your presentation will increase the visibility of your organization’s research and help you to meet contacts who can fund future research.