2017 Fall Meeting Media Center

Welcome to the 2017 Fall Meeting Media Center! Visit this site before and during the meeting to find information specific to members of the media. Scroll down for information about press registration, the press room, quiet rooms, press conferences, online resources, and tools to connect reporters with scientific experts. For any questions, email news@agu.org.

Press Registration

Online press registration for Fall Meeting is now open. We encourage all press registrants to register online. For press registration eligibility requirements, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page.

Press registrants receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all scientific sessions, the press room, and the press conference room. Some events and activities, including but not limited to invitation-only events and communications workshops, are not open to press badge holders.

NOTE: Audio recording, photography and video recording are not allowed in scientific sessions or in poster halls.


Members of the press can make hotel reservations through the online press registration site. You will need to submit your press registration before booking a hotel room. However, it is not required to wait for press registration approval before booking a hotel room. The deadline to book a hotel room in order to receive the special AGU room rate is Wednesday, 15 November.

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.

Field Trip

On Sunday, 10 December, AGU, ISEECHANGE, and local scientists and experts will lead members of the media on a field trip around New Orleans, focusing on the city’s relationship to water. Decisions around water infrastructure have influenced the most prominent aspects of New Orleans history and culture for the last 300 years. Now, as evident in recent flooding events in July and August, the city’s future depends on changing its relationship to water: “Living with Water” rather than treating it as an existential threat. Read more about the field trip, including how to register, here. 

Press Room

AGU provides a Press Room where registered reporters, press officers, bloggers, and others can work and mingle. In the Press Room—and in an online Virtual Press Room —AGU will make available copies of press releases about developments in the Earth and space sciences and other news presented at the meeting.


Quiet Rooms

During the meeting, registered members of the press will be able to reserve quiet rooms to conduct interviews. Reservations are given in 30-minute increments for up to 1 hour at a time, and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Press Conferences

AGU will also offer a series of press events, including press conferences about newsworthy scientific advances. A schedule of press events will be announced about a week before the meeting’s scientific sessions begin. Reporters can remotely participate in Fall Meeting press conferences via webstreaming. Information about how to sign up and access this feature will be available in November.

Public information officers of universities, government agencies, and research institutions can use Fall Meeting as an opportunity to present research to reporters through press releases, press conferences, press workshops, media availabilities, a virtual press room, and one-on-one contact with the press. Please use the AGU Press Event Proposal Form to submit press conference, press workshop, and media availability proposals. The deadline to propose a press event is Friday, 29 September.

Scientists: Do you think your abstract is newsworthy? Would it be of interest to the press and public? Tell AGU’s public information office about via our publicity form.