Public lectures are a critical component of AGU’s mission to increase the visibility of Earth and space science within and outside of membership. These events aim to make modern scientific progress accessible to the public in an interesting and engaging format for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Be sure to invite friends and family to these exciting events!

Public Lecture: The MAVEN Mission to Mars maven-spacecraft
Sunday 14 December, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Salon 7
AGU’s 2014 Public Lecture will feature the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft at Marriott Marquis on Mission and 4th Street. The MAVEN mission was launched in November 2013 and has just arrived at and is orbiting Mars!  It will orbit the planet while studying the top of its atmosphere and how it interacts with sunlight and with the solar wind; the goal is to understand where the water and CO2 from an earlier atmosphere went. During the Public Lecture, a panel of experts will discuss the mission science concept, science observations made during the cruise to get there, observations of Comet Siding Spring (which makes a close approach to Mars in October 2014), and early observations of the Mars upper atmosphere.

Exploration Station
Sunday 14 December, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Salon 8 & 9
Bring your friends and family and do hands-on science with AGU scientists! Exploration Station, held at the Marriott Marquis on Mission and 4th Street, is a program of activities that gives AGU members who are American Geophysical Union - Fall Meting 2012education/outreach professionals a chance to interact with the public in San Francisco. This event is 4 hours long, free, and open to the public. Participants make their way through about 30 exhibits offering a variety of easy, family friendly, hands-on activities and have an opportunity to interact one-on-one with scientists, engineers, and education specialists. There will also be opportunities for Boy and Girl Scouts to complete merit requirements at many of the booths, and a special Kids’ Zone for our youngest visitors, featuring stomp rockets and arts & crafts activities.