For the first time, our global Earth and space science community will gather in Washington, D.C. for Fall Meeting 2018. As always, we will highlight and celebrate the latest scientific discoveries, insights and advances in the many fields of research that AGU encompasses. This year’s location also provides a special opportunity – to stand together to show the world that scientific collaboration is international, interdisciplinary, and indispensable – and to demonstrate the value of our science to policy makers, thought leaders and the public.
Fall Meeting has long been a place where ideas and concepts that change the course of science come to light. This year’s meeting will serve as the launch of the AGU’s Centennial, with events, sessions, and opportunities for all attendees to reflect on the scientific progress of the last century and glimpse what challenges and breakthroughs the next 100 years will bring.
In addition to Centennial related activities at AGU Central in the Exhibit Hall, Fall Meeting 2018 will feature:
- Centennial Plenary
- Centennial Sessions at Fall Meeting
- Public Events around Town
- Joint AGU-IUGG Centennial Symposium
- Ethics, Response to Harassment, and Work-Climate Related Events
These new Fall Meeting 2018 half and full-day scientific workshops are a great way to learn and acquire new skills. These workshops take a deep dive into new technology tools, methods and topics, and provide an easy way to explore subjects within and beyond your purview, all while getting to know your fellow scientists. Workshops will carry an additional registration fee, with separate rates for students. Learn more about the scientific workshops.
Building on the successful field trips that took place in New Orleans, AGU is expanding these in Washington, D.C. Explore the local geology – including a multi-day experience in Shenandoah, trips to Great Falls, Calvert Cliffs, and other locations of geological interest. Visit NASA Goddard or the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, tour the National Cathedral six years after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, or visit the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center which focuses on ecosystem science at the terrestrial-aquatic interface, as well as the newly renovated AGU Net Zero energy headquarters. Explore this year’s field trips.
Night at the Museums
One of the gems of Washington D.C. is the outstanding Smithsonian museums. Whether it’s the National Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of African American History and Culture, you can find inspiration of one kind or another in every corner – and this year you will have the opportunity to experience a few of those museums in a new way. AGU will host a “Night at the Museums” for attendees and their families to enjoy after-hours open houses and curated museum tours on Thursday, 13 December 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at these four world-class Smithsonian Museums.
- National Air and Space Museum
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- National Museum of Natural History
- National Museum of American History
AGU TV will highlight the latest research and emerging trends within the fields of Earth and space science and engage people in these issues beyond the meeting. Fall Meeting 2018 will feature daily episodes covering meeting news that captures session highlights and attendee insight, along with in-depth prerecorded documentary like films broadcast through the convention center. Learn more about AGU TV.