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 and more.

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. See the Who’s Coming list for an up-to-date list of approved press.

NOTE: Audio recording, photography and video recording are not allowed in scientific sessions or in the poster hall.


Hotel reservations are accessible via the online press registration system. It is not required to wait for press registration approval before booking a hotel room, nor is it required to book a hotel room when registering to attend the meeting. Visit the Fall Meeting Housing page to view a list of available hotels and their rates. The deadline to book a hotel room at the special AGU room rate is Wednesday, November 14.

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.

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.

Quiet Room

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. Information on how to sign up for quiet rooms will be available in early December.

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 Conferences

AGU will offer a series of press conferences about newsworthy scientific advances presented at Fall Meeting. A schedule of press events will be announced in early December, about a week before the meeting’s scientific sessions begin.

Reporters can remotely participate in Fall Meeting press conferences via webstreaming. Information about how to sign up and access this feature will available in November.

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

Air quality is an issue of great importance for human rights, public health, and social fairness because of its profound influence on human health. The burden of air quality impacts is not shared equally by all communities.

On Sunday, December 9, AGU, BTB Coalition and local partners will host a field trip for members of the media to Brandywine, Maryland, a majority black community impacted by several power plants, a coal-ash disposal landfill, a Superfund site, toxic waste treatment facilities, a sludge lagoon, multiple sand and gravel mines, and roads highly congested with diesel truck traffic. Members of the media 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. 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.