Discover Science at the Speed of Life
9-13 December 2019, San Francisco, California
As AGU marks its Centennial in 2019, we return to San Francisco, the home of the Fall Meeting for more than 40 years. Join our diverse community at the newly renovated Moscone Center as we collaborate across borders and boundaries to explore and develop our research. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in Centennial presentations and special events that will bring to life the past, present and the future of our science.
Today we experience “Science at the Speed of Life.” Fall Meeting will prepare you for what’s ahead: rapid developments in our science, new approaches to observing our Earth and beyond, the introduction of new data streams, growing demand for accessible science, the expansion of convergent science, and more. There is no better place than Fall Meeting to look into the future and develop your skills and your understanding of other disciplines at the same time.
At Fall Meeting, we will draw inspiration from each other and will show how earth and space science enables a more resilient and sustainable future for all.
Propose a Fall Meeting session
We invite session proposals for Fall Meeting 2019. Deadline for submissions: 17 April.
Who can submit?
We welcome session proposals from our entire community, whether you are renowned in your field or just starting your career. AGU is committed to developing a diverse and equitable Fall Meeting and an inclusive program that enriches our science and society. We encourage sessions with diverse groups of conveners who can work together to broaden participation.
The primary convener serves as the point of contact for the session and must be a current 2019 AGU member.
Co-conveners are not required to be AGU members, however, to fully participate in the planning and scheduling process in August, current 2019 membership is required.
All session conveners and chairs should review AGU’s Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics Policy.
Session proposal guidelines
We recommend you prepare your proposal outside of the online submission system to avoid losing any content in case of technical issues. Please refer to AGU’s guidelines for proposals below for additional information.
All proposals must meet these standards to be considered and will be reviewed by the AGU Fall Meeting Program Committee.
Session convener guidelines
Each proposal must have between two and four conveners, including the primary convener. We encourage a diverse set of conveners; please consider including an early career scientist in your proposal.
At least one of the conveners must be designated as a ‘primary liaison’ and be available for discussions with the Program Committee regarding the session proposal during May and August. The full name, affiliation, and email address of each convener is required. All individuals listed as a convener must have agreed to serve as a convener before submitting the proposal.
Please note: Once approved, conveners are allowed to submit abstracts to their own session but are NOT allowed to be invited authors to their own session or schedule themselves as an oral presentation.
Session submission limit
Although multiple proposals can be submitted, the AGU Fall Meeting Program Committee reserves the right to reject or merge multiple proposals submitted by the same convener(s) on related topics or across disciplines. The Program Committee may also move sessions to another or more appropriate AGU section than the one to which it was submitted, request conveners revise the session title and/or description, or merge proposals on similar topics.
Session title guidelines
Session proposals must include an informative title, maximum of 300 characters not including spaces, and should be written in title case (e.g., Mark the Dates for Fall Meeting on Your Calendar).
Session description guidelines
The session description is limited to 150 words and should concisely describe the session’s scientific and topical relevance. Sessions can focus on scientific results, their applications, or the impact of Earth and space science on society.
The description will be used during the review process. After the abstract deadline, proposed session descriptions will no longer be posted. Prior to acceptance, the Program Committee may request that conveners revise the session title and/or description or merge proposals on similar topics. Session descriptions will be posted during the abstract submission phase to assist submitters in identifying an appropriate session and will be published in the final program.
Sessions that are celebratory or honorary will not be considered. Sessions cannot be in tribute of a specific person or contain the name of a scientist in the session title or description. Proposals deemed to be primarily advertisements of commercial products and services or that contain the name of a specific experiment in the title or description will not be considered.
Proposals should NOT include potential invited authors or make special requests.
Alternate session formats
Session conveners may propose sessions in other formats than the traditional oral or poster sessions. More information on these formats is available within the Session Formats section below.
SWIRLs (Sessions With Interdisciplinary Research Linkages) identify, link, and organize sessions covering major themes across various disciplines and sections. If appropriate, choose a corresponding SWIRL theme to help make your session more discoverable within the scientific program. There is a limit of 1 SWIRL selection per session proposal.
Collaborative session proposals
Consult the section below, Collaborative Sessions, to determine if your session should be co-organized, cross-listed, or co-sponsored. By selecting these options, you indicate opportunities for collaboration or a connection between related sessions and across topics.
AGU GO provides users with live streamed and/or on-demand presentations of sessions to expand the reach of the Fall Meeting. During the submission process, conveners may request that their proposals be considered for AGU GO. If approved, ALL contributed and invited abstract submitters must sign a release. All Union and Centennial sessions will be part of AGU Go in 2019; all of the oral presentations in these sessions are required to be available.
Index terms help authors search for relevant sessions during the abstract submission process. They are equally helpful to attendees when the online program is published. One to four index terms must be provided with the session proposal. View the full list of index terms here.
Session formats: traditional and alternate
Aside from the traditional oral and poster session formats, several alternate session formats are available. Proposals for specific session formats will be reviewed and are not guaranteed. Selecting a specific session format does not increase chances of receiving an oral session.
- Poster sessions receive half-day slots. More than half of the presentations given at AGU Fall Meeting are poster sessions.
- Oral sessions receive a two-hour time slot. There are no one-hour sessions, except named lectures. Session conveners determine presentation length. Not all accepted sessions receive an oral allocation.
- Panels are formal discussions in an oral session setting. Panels will be approved by the Program Committee after abstract submission.
- Short talks are quick-changing oral presentations comprised of multiple five-minute talks or a mix of oral and poster presentations in an oral session setting.
- eLightning sessions are three-minute oral presentations in the poster hall paired with digital, interactive, poster presentations.
- Poster only format selection indicates the convener requests only a poster session, without an oral session component.
SWIRLs (Sessions With Interdisciplinary Research Linkages) identify, link, and organize sessions covering major themes across various disciplines and sections. If appropriate, choose a corresponding SWIRL theme to help make your session more discoverable within the scientific program. There is a limit of one SWIRL selection per session proposal.
- Centennial: These engaging Union and section sessions celebrate the launch of AGU’s Centennial and our commitment to Transforming Science, Bridging Communities, and Inspiring the Future. They showcase past achievements in the Earth and space science, highlight broad societal benefits, and connect these to future questions and challenge.
- Climate: The climate system comprises various components, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. Sessions highlight the scientific advancements in research dealing with climate variability, climate change and climate change impacts—from global to local scales—and from the past to the future.
- Data & Rising Technologies: Earth and space science data is critical to scientific advancement–improving our understanding of how natural systems operate and change. Whenever possible, data should be openly accessible and preserved for reuse in the future. Sessions highlight emerging technologies, new platforms that enable the collection of new data, new computational techniques (machine learning, semantic technologies) and new visualization tools.
- Earth Processes: From the Earth’s magnetosphere to its inner core, the geosphere, the biosphere, the hydrosphere, and the atmosphere interact in large-scale processes that have governed the Earth’s evolution since its formation. These sessions and named lectures highlight observations and models that shed light on and deepen our understanding of earth processes.
- Extreme Events & Hazards: Selected sessions draw from diverse fields of study, providing new insights that enlarge our understanding of the physics and impacts of extreme events and hazards. They also explore monitoring trends, planned new observations, and new tools to predict extreme events and associated hazards.
- Natural Resources: This collection is composed of sessions on resources and energy challenges, as well as methods for their identification, processes taking place, management, and modeling, with a particular emphasis on water resources.
- Planetary Discovery: Sessions examine the physical processes within our solar system that led to the formation of Earth and other planets and the differences in their atmospheres, surfaces, and interiors. Planetary habitability, recognition of extraterrestrial biosignatures, and investigative approaches to detecting life elsewhere in the solar system are also explored.
- Science & Society: Research in the geosciences provides numerous societal benefits, including natural resources, hazard mitigation, management of freshwater, and more. Sessions relate research advances to societal impacts, societal benefits, and ways to enhance society’s interactions with Earth systems.
- Science Communication: Communicating the value and impact of Earth and space science to decision makers, journalists, and public audiences is critically important. Effective science communication allows us to build dialogues and develop and foster relationships of mutual respect. Sessions in this SWIRL will provide examples, guidelines, and/or insights into ways to communicate science and its value in an accessible, compelling, and reciprocal manner across a variety of media (including art, social media, and multimedia) and with a wide variety of audiences.
- Soils: Soils are both responders and drivers of critical environmental changes facing the Earth. These sessions highlight the complexity of the soil system including erosion; dust production; soils in water, transport, and chemistry; isotopic analyses; pedogenic processes affected by volcanism; physical, chemical, and biological composition; fertility; greenhouse gas production; and weathering.
- AGU Section Cross-Listing: Conveners can select up to four AGU section cross-listings. These are used for indexing and as a point of reference for authors during the abstract submission process. They also help attendees find sessions of interest in the online program.
- Co-organized sessions: Co-organized sessions showcase transdisciplinary science. They indicate a collaborative effort among AGU sections. Co-organized sessions must have co-conveners with primary affiliations in different AGU sections.
- Co-sponsored Sessions: Co-sponsored sessions strengthen collaboration across organizations with whom AGU has an agreement and among members. They help attendees to find sessions of interest. See the full list of co-sponsoring organizations below.
Fall Meeting session co-sponsoring societies
AAS: American Astronomical Society
AMS: American Meteorological Society
EGU: European Geosciences Union
GS: Geochemical Society
IAS: International Association of Sedimentologists
JpGU: Japan Geoscience Union
MSA: Mineralogical Society of America
NAGT: National Association of Geoscience Teachers
SEG: Society of Exploration of Geophysicists
SEPM: Society for Sedimentary Geology
WCRP: World Climate Research Programme
Union sessions should focus on topics of broad interest that benefit attendees who have expansive interests beyond their own discipline. Because of the multidisciplinary character of these sessions, Union sessions are not cross-listed with sections.
- Union session proposals are approved by the chair of the AGU Fall Meeting Program Committee.
- Union sessions are the only scientific sessions that consist entirely of invited abstracts.
- There is no limit on the number of invited authors for Union sessions, but a maximum of eight authors is recommended.
- The length of presentations is at the discretion of the convener(s). Conveners are encouraged to schedule longer presentations in Union sessions (20–30 minutes), instead of the traditional 15-minute talks in other sessions.
- Union sessions are limited. Each approved Union session topic will receive a two-hour oral session and will not have a poster component.
- If a session submitted as a Union session is not approved as a Union session, it may be accepted as a session under an appropriate AGU section. That session is not guaranteed an oral allocation and must abide by the two invited author maximum.
- All Union and Centennial sessions will be part of AGU Go in 2019; all of the oral presentations in these sessions are required to be available.
Session proposal review process
The AGU Fall Meeting Program Committee will review all session proposals in mid-May. The evaluation process may include decisions to merge several proposals to ensure ample interest in each session and to avoid duplicate sessions on similar topics.
At least one of the conveners must be designated as a ‘liaison’ and be available for any discussions with the Program Committee regarding the session proposal in May. The Program Committee will notify conveners if sessions need to be merged or have their descriptions revised. Conveners will receive an email regarding the status of their proposal in early June 2018.
Let your voice be heard!
We invite Town Hall proposals for Fall Meeting 2019. Deadline for Submissions: 17 April.
Town Hall proposal guidelines
Town Halls offer an opportunity for government agencies, academic programs, special projects, and other focused interest groups to gather input from the AGU community. They are open to all meeting participants. The Fall Meeting Program Committee reviews and assesses the proposals, and finalizes the schedule for all approved Town Halls.
- AGU Membership Requirement: The submitter must be an AGU member and be up-to-date on their 2019 dues.
- Town Hall attendance and registration: All Town Hall participants and organizers must register to attend Fall Meeting in order to attend the Town Hall; registration will open in August.
- Description requirements: The description should be not more than 200 words, including target audience and goals. If accepted, the description may be edited to conform to AGU style and format before being published.
- Primary contact and speaker list: Town Hall proposals must include a primary contact, including name and affiliation, and a list of proposed speaker names, if applicable. Please add as much information as known at the time of submission. If accepted, you will have an opportunity to update your list of participants.
Help fellow attendees improve their skills
We invite proposals for half-day and full-day workshops for Fall Meeting 2019. Deadline for submissions: 17 April.
Workshop proposal guidelines
We invite AGU members, industry partners, and other organizations to bring their innovative workshop ideas. Submissions will be reviewed and approved by the Fall Meeting Program Committee.
Proposals should include the following: a one- or two-paragraph description of the workshop, proposed agenda, at least one defined learning objective, and its relevance to the AGU community; names and emails of all organizers and presenters; and a budget including available and known support.
- Attendance limits: Workshop attendance will be limited to 150 attendees.
- Learning objectives: Proposals should include at least one defined learning objective.
- Workshop length: Proposals should indicate if they will be a half-day or full-day workshop (4 hours and 8 hours respectively). All workshops will include breakfast and/or lunch depending on full-day or half-day scheduling.
- Workshop registration fees: Unless workshop conveners have their own funding sources, AGU will charge workshop attendees as follows: $125/half-day session and $175/full-day session to support logistics and food and beverage.
- Workshop logistics: AGU Meetings staff will work with approved workshop organizers to set goals, determine room set up and AV needs.
Workshop selection process
The Fall Meeting Program Committee uses the following criteria during the approval process to select workshops:
- The proposed workshop is transdisciplinary in focus.
- The workshop is educational or co-creative in nature. Workshops that are advertisements of commercial products and services will not be considered.
- The workshop proposal encourages analysis and reflection on scientific subject matter that formulate challenge problems and promote discussion, debates, and long-term visions for the discipline.
- The proposed workshop is creatively structured to promote discussion and interaction among the attendees.
- The proposal was submitted by a community that has not traditionally participated at Fall Meeting, but is relevant to Earth and space science.
- The workshop conveners have secured or have available external funding to cover base costs (AV, food, beverages) and lower registration fees.
- The workshop is organized by a diverse set of leaders versus a single convener (the committee recommends three to four).
Wednesday, 17 April 2019: Session proposals, town hall proposals, and workshop proposals close.
April/early May 2019: Fall Meeting Program Committee contacts conveners for clarifications on sessions or requests to merge them. At least one of the conveners must be available to respond to inquiries during this time.
Mid-June 2019: Sessions, town halls, and workshops are accepted, and abstracts are open for submission. Session conveners are able to contact invited authors.
31 July 2019: Abstract submissions close.
August 2019: Fall Meeting Program Committee allocates and schedules sessions. At least one convener for each session (an AGU member) must be available to discuss mergers of sessions.
Early October 2019: Authors are notified of the acceptance, format, and schedule of their abstracts. The official scientific program is made available.
October 2019 through AGU Fall Meeting: The final program is developed based upon withdrawals and presenter moves, if necessary.
9-13 December 2019: Fall Meeting 2019 in San Francisco, California.
About San Francisco
Fall Meeting will be held at San Francisco’s newly renovated Moscone Convention Center. San Francisco is famous for scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine. Its landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, the Castro district, and Mission Dolores.