Take a moment from the hustle and bustle of Fall Meeting and relax in a convivial atmosphere at the International Reception on Sunday, 13 December,  where you can mix and mingle with the highest level of global thought leaders and learn more about the latest international scientific initiatives. Delegates from our Committee of International Participation and key regions such as South America, Asia, and Europe will be on hand for you to network and exchange experiences and knowledge with. Entrance is limited; however, the event will still be open to the public once tickets are sold out. This special event will be held at the Marriott Marquis on Sunday, 13 December, 5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M., in Golden Gate A. Tickets are free and available when you register for the meeting!

Learn more about AGU’s exciting new Fall Meeting program, the International Buddy Program, that pairs experienced Fall Meeting attendees with first-time, international attendees as a means of assistance and mentorship before and during the conference.

Need information on local attractions in San Francisco and English is not your first language? Visit the San Francisco Travel Site for more information:

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U.S. Government Entry Requirement for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Countries
Effective 20 January 2011, citizens of Visa Waiver countries will be unable to enter the United States without Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval from the U.S. Government. VWP travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA will be denied boarding on any air carrier destined for the United States. For more information, visit the VWP program website.

It is strongly recommended that international participants apply for visas at least 3 months prior to Fall Meeting. Note: Some consulates may have delays in scheduling visa interviews; therefore, applicants should first contact the consulate to determine the wait time for an interview. Additional information on business visas can be found at the DOS Business Visa Center website and at the IVO website.

Also, if you are experiencing significant visa delays, please complete the visa survey, and a representative will provide feedback.

The U.S. Department of State maintains a comprehensive website containing information about traveling to the United States.

The National Academies website has additional information about visa-related issues and travel information for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens.

Letters of Invitation

Please note that if you are submitting an abstract for presentation, a letter of invitation has be distributed via email to your attention in October. For a preliminary letter of invitation once you have submitted your abstract, please see page 32 of the submission tutorial for instructions on how to download your letter.

If you are not submitting an abstract and will be a registered scientist attending the meeting, please contact us to request a letter. Please note that we cannot provide letters of invitation to spouses, children, or others who will be accompanying you on the trip but not attending Fall Meeting as registered attendees.

Plan Your Stay

Famous for scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine, San Francisco’s landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, the Castro district, and Mission Dolores. The much-celebrated fog creates a romantic mood in this most European of American cities.

Don’t Forget Your Walking Shoes

Pack your walking shoes and don’t forget your umbrella as you plan to enjoy the sights in San Francisco. Take advantage of the diverse transportation options, including world-famous cable cars, light rail, buses, and ferries. Find out why Prevention magazine named San Francisco the #1 Best Walking City in America.

Details on all of the city’s transportation options can also be found in one place at 511.org. The integrated website allows users to plan trips, create itineraries, and find up-to-the-minute transportation information for anywhere in the Bay Area. Also, plan to take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) around the city and to/from the airport. Fall Meeting attendees can pre-purchase vouchers for an easy and quick to travel to their hotels. Details will be posted in fall 2015.


San Francisco is fortunate to have a temperate marine climate and enjoys mild weather year-round. Average maximum temperatures in December range from 57°F/19°C to 47°F/9°C. The average rainfall is 3.5”/9 cm. San Francisco weather can change by the hour, so attendees are advised to pack layers and be sure to have a light jacket or coat and umbrella.

United Airlines Discounts

Information about how to obtain a discount via United Airlines will be posted in summer 2015. San Francisco is accessible by two major airports. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the closest airport to San Francisco and the Moscone Center. It is one of the 30 busiest airports in the country, with service from more than 45 airlines, national and international, and nonstop connections to more than 65 U.S. cities. Oakland International Airport (OAK) is 20 miles from downtown San Francisco and the Moscone Center. OAK has service from 13 different airlines combined, for 30 nonstop flights nationally and internationally.

The Moscone Center

Fall Meeting events will take place throughout the Moscone Convention Center. The center is located at the edge of the city’s dynamic South of Market district and just four blocks from Union Square, the city’s vibrant shopping district, and the Powell Street cable car to Nob Hill, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf.