2018 Fall Meeting Media Center

Welcome to the 2018 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, housing, the scientific program, the press room, press conferences, online resources and more.

For any questions, email news@agu.org.

Press Registration

Online press registration for Fall Meeting is now open and will remain open throughout the meeting. 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. See the Who’s Coming list for an up-to-date list of approved press.

New Photography Policy

AGU recently updated its Photography and Social Media Guidelines. Beginning with Fall Meeting 2018, photography is permitted throughout AGU meeting spaces — including scientific sessions — unless the presenter has exercised the option to be excluded. Please read the Photography Guidelines for Journalists Covering AGU Meetings for more specific information regarding photography in scientific sessions. Please note that audio and video recording of scientific sessions is still forbidden without the express written consent of AGU.

Scientific Program

The Fall Meeting scientific program is now searchable online. The 2018 program includes more than 26,000 abstracts and nearly 2,000 oral and poster sessions. To search the online program, click on the search button at the top, right-hand corner. Click on “Advanced Search” to search by session, paper or person. To browse sessions by AGU’s scientific sections and scientific neighborhoods (e.g. atmospheric sciences, planetary sciences, etc.), click on the “Sections and Town Halls” link on the left-hand side of the search engine. “Union” sessions offer the most interdisciplinary presentations.

Fall Meeting session rooms are located in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis hotel. View a floorplan of the Convention Center here

Press Room

At Fall Meeting, AGU provides a press room where reporters, press officers, bloggers, and other members of the media can work and mingle. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will also be provided. In the press room—and in an online Virtual Press Room—AGU will make available copies of press releases about developments in Earth and space sciences and other news presented at the meeting. This year, AGU will also offer press two work rooms with quiet work space away from the hustle and bustle of the press room.

Quiet Rooms

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

Room Hours and Locations

Onsite press registration, the press room, work rooms, quiet rooms, and press conference room are all located in the Marriott Marquis hotel (901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001), on level M3 (three levels below the lobby). The Marriott Marquis is located directly across 9th St NW from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. It can be accessed through an underground walkway connecting the concourse level of the convention center and Level M2 of the Marriott Marquis, or through the lobby entrance on Massachusetts Avenue. A floorplan of level M3 of the Marriott Marquis, showing all press room locations, can be found here

The press rooms open daily at 7:30 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m., except for Friday, Dec. 14 when they close at 2:00 p.m. Additional floorplans of the convention center and Marriott Marquis, showing locations of the Press Room, session rooms, poster hall and more, can also be found in the Fall Meeting mobile app.

Press Conferences

AGU will offer a series of press conferences about newsworthy scientific advances presented at Fall Meeting. A schedule of press events can be found in the Press Conferences tab.

Reporters can remotely participate in Fall Meeting press conferences via webstreaming. Click on the Webstreaming button on the right to learn more.

Please also see our Media Tip Sheets for lists of potentially newsworthy research presentations selected by AGU’s public information team. Tip sheets are organized by day and selected topics, including climate change, natural hazards, space & planetary science and presentations specific to the Washington region.  

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.

Find an Expert

The Find an Expert tool allows PIOs to list scientific experts who are available to be interviewed by reporters at the meeting. On this page, reporters can find scientific experts attending Fall Meeting 2018 who are available for interviews.

Tour of AGU’s Net Zero Headquarters

AGU will conduct a tour of its newly renovated headquarters for members of the media on Thursday, 13 December. Located at 2000 Florida Avenue, NW, in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington, D.C., AGU’s 62,000-square-foot building is the first-ever net zero energy renovation of an existing building in the District of Columbia. Through the use of six innovative technologies working in unison, the net zero building will effectively create the same amount of energy that is consumed onsite. AGU CEO/Executive Director Chris McEntee and AGU staff involved in the renovation will lead the tour and answer questions.

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Where: AGU headquarters, 2000 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20009. Transportation back to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will be provided after the tour ends.
Eligibility: This tour is open to members of the media, including staff journalists representing media organizations, freelance journalists, photographers, videographers, podcasters, bloggers, authors and filmmakers. Sign up here to attend the tour

Covering Fall Meeting Webinar

Whether you’re covering a scientific meeting for the first time or would like to know more about reporting from Fall Meeting 2018, AGU Public Information staff and veteran reporter Katherine Kornei let you in on their secrets for navigating the largest gathering of Earth and space scientists during this webinar from November 14. Watch a recording of the webinar here and download the webinar slides here.

Press Workshop: Near-Earth Objects and Planetary Defense

How would we know if Earth was going to be impacted by an asteroid? Want to know more about finding and tracking near-Earth asteroids and determining when one might impact or just be a “close approach”?

On Sunday, December 9, NASA will host a three-hour workshop for the press where experts will report on the methods and status of finding, tracking, and characterizing near-Earth objects (NEOs) and planning for planetary defense. Read more about the workshop and how to register here.

Press Field Trip: Community Environmental Justice in Brandywine, Maryland

On Sunday, December 9, journalists will learn about how scientists and community members are working together to collect data on air quality in Brandywine and advocate for health in an unincorporated area that has no formal local government. On the tour, led by AGU partner Brandywine | TB Southern Region Neighborhood Coalition (the BTB Coalition), participants will see a power plant and other sites affecting the community and hear from community residents, local activists and scientists. The field trip will depart from and return to the Washington Convention Center. Space for this free tour is limited and priority will be given to members of the media. Read more about the field trip and how to register here.

Press Field Trip: NASA’s Next Frontiers

On Thursday, December 13, press are invited to visit the research labs, satellite operations centers, and the facilities where spacecraft are designed, built, and tested at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Tour stops will include opportunities to see the clean rooms and “chamber of horrors” facilities where some of NASA’s most iconic science missions were built and tested, and the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists and engineers at work on NASA’s ongoing and next major science missions. Read more about the field trip and how to register here.