The 2013 Fall Meeting will offer attendees a variety of events and activities in which to participate.

AGU 5K Fun Run/Walk


Wednesday, 11 December 6:45 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.

The Fun Run/Walk has been such a huge success that it is back. Dust off your shoes and join your colleagues in an invigorating run/walk before your morning sessions.

Exploration Station

Sunday, 8 December 1:00 P.M.- 5:00 P.M.

An open house for San Francisco families, teachers and kids (as well as Fall Meeting attendees and their families) to learn about the exciting work currently occurring in the fields of Earth and space science. During the event, participants have a chance to meet scientists, do hands-on science, and take home fun resources collected during their visit.  New watch a video of Exploration Station.

Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture


James Hanson

Tuesday, 10 December 12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.

James Hansen, formerly director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is adjunct professor and at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. He was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of Dr. James Van Allen at the University of Iowa.

Honors Ceremony


Wednesday, 11 December 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Moscone North Rooms 134-135

Free to all

Ceremony paying tribute to AGU’s 2013 Union Awardees, Prize recipient, Fellows and Medalists.

Honors Banquet 


Wednesday, 11 December 8:30 P.M. – 12:00 A.M.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis Salons 8-9

Ticket required

A night of elegance and entertainment to celebrate AGU’s 2013 Union Awardees, Prize recipient, Fellows and Medalists. Cash bar in the Honors Banquet Lounge.

Presidential Forum


Senator Olympia Snowe

Monday, 9 December 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Senator Snowe’s dedicated work in the U.S. Senate garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policymaker in Washington. In 2005, she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006, Time magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators.

Public Lecture

Imagine an America without Los Angeles: Natural Hazards and the Complexity of Urban America

Sunday, 8 December 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Although many modern advances, such as building codes and construction techniques, have reduced some aspects of risk to natural disasters, many changes in modern society have greatly  increased the risk to our society. Beyond the increased population density in hazardous locations, the basic societal needs of transportation, power and communications have become more intertwined and dependent on the Internet and vulnerable to disruption. This talk will discuss interdisciplinary research to understand the vulnerabilities of modern society and ways to increase our resilience to the inevitable future events.


Dr. Lucile Jones

Science Advisor for Risk Reduction

Natural Hazards Mission Area: SAFRR Project

United States Geological Survey

Watch a video of our 2012 Public Lecture Curiosity Driven Mars Exploration including interviews with panelists Michael Meyer, John Grotzinger, and Rebecca Williams.