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, tips for first-timers, the press field trip and happy hourthe 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 was Wednesday, 15 November, but the housing module will remain open until all rooms are filled.

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.

Tips for first-timers

Attending your first AGU Fall Meeting and don’t know where to start? Whether you’re covering a scientific meeting for the first time or just haven’t been to the Fall Meeting before, BBC science correspondent Jonathan Amos and freelance reporter Julia Rosen shared their secrets for navigating the largest gathering of Earth and space scientists in an AGU webinar on November 14. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

Field Trip + Happy Hour

On Sunday, December 10, AGU, ISEECHANGE and local scientists and experts will lead members of the media on a field trip around New Orleans from 1 – 5 pm, with a post-trip happy hour from 5 – 7 pm.

Participants will visit the Gentilly Resilience District and other New Orleans neighborhoods affected by flooding. The tour will include a history of the city’s relationship with water, exploration of green infrastructure demonstration projects implemented by various public agencies and nonprofits, and information about large-scale innovative urban water management projects breaking ground in 2018.

The field trip will conclude with a media networking happy hour alongside AGU scientists and local experts sponsored by the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

More details about the field trip and happy hour, including registration information and eligibility, can be found 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. Sign up to reserve a quiet room at the front desk of the Press Room or by emailing news@agu.org.

Press Conferences

AGU will also offer a series of press events, including press conferences, about newsworthy scientific advances being presented at Fall Meeting. A schedule of press events will be announced and posted to the Media Center a week before the meeting’s scientific sessions begin. Reporters can remotely participate in Fall Meeting press conferences via webstreaming. Click on the webstreaming button to learn more about how to access this feature.

Online Resources

In the Virtual Press Room, journalists can find press releases, press conference materials (including PowerPoint presentations, images, videos, scientific papers, and more, as available) and other information. Videos of press conferences will be added to the Virtual Press Room during the meeting for easy online access.

Public Information Officers can now share press releases and other materials with journalists in the Virtual Press Room by directly uploading them via the Press Item Uploader. PIOs can upload press releases, tip sheets and press conference materials to the Virtual Press Room at any time before or during the meeting.

Expert Tools

The AGU press office offers two online tools to connect reporters with scientific experts at the 2017 Fall Meeting. The Find an Expert tool allows PIOs to list scientific experts who are available to be interviewed by reporters at the meeting. The Request an Expert tool allows reporters to send requests for experts directly to participating PIOs.