What were the new initiatives that AGU debuted at the 2016 Fall Meeting? See below to learn more.


Pods are a new way for Fall Meeting attendees to converse and collaborate with colleagues and fellow attendees outside of the scientific sessions. These are non-enclosed soft seating options grouped in 6 ‘pods’ for attendees to continue the conversation in a dedicated spot that includes a monitor for displaying ePosters or presentations. Make sure to bring your laptop to hook up to these monitors if you are interested in that feature.

Pods will be accessible Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. in the first floor of Moscone West.

View the already reserved pods for the 2016 Fall Meeting, or you can directly reserve a pod. Note that pods can only be reserved in 30 minute increments on the hour and half hour. As this is a pilot program only AGU member can reserve a pod for this year, but anyone can attend a reservation.

There are two types of pods:

  • Reservation Only – AGU Members can reserve pods before or during the meeting to ensure their desired time and allow other attendees to see this reservation as it is searchable in the online program. These are set in a campfire style.
  • Impromptu, No Reservation – Any attendee can continue their conversation in style at these “S” shaped pods it is open ad unclaimed during the meeting for a more impromptu discussion.

Pod #1: Rogue One – Impromptu, No Reservations
Pod #2: Wrath of Khan – Reservation Only
Pod #3: Third Rock – Reservation Only
Pod #4: Fourth Dimension – Impromptu, No Reservations
Pod #5: Fifth Element – Reservation Only
Pod #6: Return of the Jedi – Impromptu, No Reservations

Note: Pod reservations are not a part of the scientific program and as such are not reviewed for acceptance by the Fall Meeting Program Committee or AGU staff.

Pilot Alternate Session Formats

This year we are piloting alternate session formats in the scientific program beyond the traditional oral and poster sessions.

  • Oral Panel Sessions (panel in an oral session)
  • Oral Lightning Sessions (rapid, quick-changing oral presentations)
  • Lightning Poster Presentations in Oral Sessions
  • Poster Lightning Sessions

Poster Lightning Sessions are in addition to the traditional poster sessions, with rapid 3-6 minute presentations (depending on the session, the duration may change) in Moscone North room 110, close to but not adjoining the Poster Hall. The goal of this program is to provide individuals an opportunity to present their poster in an additional forum that will allow information to be shared with a larger audience quickly and efficiently, while providing an additional and more focused space for further discussion.

If you are a presenter or chair of a poster lightning session, please view the instructions and tips for this session format.

You can find these alternate format sessions in the online program by selecting selecting the “sub-type” option in the advanced search.

Registration at the Moscone Center

There will be two registration areas this year, the main area in Moscone West and a supplementary area in Moscone North. The process for those pre-registered has been streamlined to be more efficient and to lessen the time spent trying to pick up registration materials.

Registration reception on Sunday evening has expanded to be in BOTH Moscone West and Moscone North.

Badges have a new look this year! Get excited for new badges and new lanyards for the 2016 Fall Meeting.

AGU On-Demand with Social Q&A

For sessions in the AGU On-Demand program, virtual participants as well as on-site attendees will be able to ask questions to the presenter without being in the room or without leaving their seats! More instructions on how to do this will be in the AGU On-Demand viewing console and on signs in the rooms during the applicable sessions.

Wayfinders (Interactive Map Stations)

For the Exhibit Hall and the Poster Hall, there will be stations at the entrances of these halls to help attendees more efficiently find where they are trying to go. Touch displays and great information will aid attendees in navigating the exhibit floor and the poster hall aisles.

Video Wall

At the bottom of the escalators in the lower lobby of Moscone North, there will be rows of monitors which will display graphics and content to showcase future or immediately upcoming events, inspirational notes, communication messages, social media feeds, and much more!

Schedule at a Glance – What’s Happening Now?

In the lobby of Moscone West, there will be rows of monitors which will show the shortened details of all sessions being presented at that time including their location. This will be a great “What’s happening now” view for the scientific program.