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AGU Membership
The primary convener MUST be an AGU member and up to date on 2016 membership dues in order to propose a session. Co-conveners are not required to be AGU members but will need to be AGU members and up to date with 2016 membership dues in order to receive access to the scheduling tool in the fall. Individuals may join or renew their AGU membership online prior to submitting a session proposal.

There is a maximum of 4 conveners (1 primary and 3 co-conveners) who can be listed per session proposal.

Submission Limit
All proposals are subject to review by the Fall Meeting Program Committee. The Fall Meeting Program Committee chair or committee reserves the right to reject multiple proposals submitted by the same convener(s) on related topics or across disciplines.

Session Types
There are two types of sessions held during Fall Meeting–oral and poster. After sessions are accepted and after the abstract submission deadline, the designated section/focus group Program Committee representative is responsible for the allocation of oral and poster sessions within the discipline. Communications about whether a session is assigned an oral or poster session or a combination of oral and poster will be provided to session conveners in mid-August, after the abstract submission deadline.

  • Poster Sessions: Each poster session will be displayed for a full day during the meeting, but will only be considered active for a half day, either morning or afternoon, for a total of 240 minutes. Posters presenters are encouraged to submit an online ePoster (electronic version) in addition to presenting at the meeting.
  • Oral Sessions: Oral sessions will receive a 2-hour time slot. There will be NO 1-hour sessions, with the exception of Named Lectures.

Union Sessions
Union sessions should focus on topics with a broad interest that are outside of a single section or focus group. These sessions are for the benefit of attendees who have expansive interests beyond their own discipline. Because of the multidisciplinary character of these sessions, Union Sessions are not cross-listed with any section or focus group.

  • Union session proposals are approved by the chair of the Fall Meeting Program Committee.
  • Union sessions are limited. Only one Union session will be allocated and scheduled in each designated oral session time period. Eighteen to 20 slots will be available at the 2016 Fall Meeting.
  • Union sessions are limited to invited authors only for the purpose of discussion with leading experts.
  • The length of presentations will be at the discretion of the convener(s). Conveners are encouraged to schedule longer presentations in Union sessions (20-30 minutes), instead of the traditional 15-minute talks in other sessions.
  • Each approved Union session topic will receive one 2-hour oral session.
  • If the session is not accepted as a Union session, but is accepted by an appropriate section or focus group, the invited authors are not guaranteed an oral presentation.
  • Union sessions do not have a poster component.