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22 December 2017

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! 2017 Fall Meeting in New Orleans

It wasn’t your grandfather’s AGU that met this month in New Orleans for the first time. As in recent years, it was just as large (with nearly 23,000 registrants from 92 countries, more than 9,000 oral abstractsand 13,000 poster abstracts), but the innovations, energy, and vibrancy took us to new levels! Innovations: How to make a huge meeting feel more manageable? Discussion pod options were increased, allowing attendees to converse …


10 December 2017

AGU Council Recommends “Cool Science” at Fall Meeting

We are experimenting with the introduction of scientific “neighborhoods” – Earth Interior, Earth Covering, Beyond Earth, and Scientific Nexis – in New Orleans at the Fall Meeting. The convention center is very long and spread out, and so to make more time for conversation between disciplines and reduce travel time, the Poster Hall and Session rooms will be oriented around these neighborhoods. Today the AGU Council, AGU’s scientific leadership as …


8 November 2017

A Celebration of the Past and Opportunities for the Future

In nearly 100 years, AGU’s community – innovators, expansive thinkers and incisive researchers – has seen its fair share of discovery. We are proud of where we’ve been and what we’ve learned, and look eagerly ahead to the next phases of our journey. As AGU approaches its Centennial in 2019, we recognize that the global and societal challenges we face today that are likely to become even more acute in …


1 November 2017

Just Over the Horizon: Fall Meeting 2017

By Denis-Didier Rousseau, AGU Fall Meeting Chair, Senior Research Scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique It is my pleasure to introduce some highlights of the 2017 Fall Meeting. This year, our revised program structure will ensure the presentation of exciting new research and encourage even more interactive discussions. Conveners were offered a variety of presentation formats to ensure the best possible fit of their session topic to the appropriate …


5 September 2017

In the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

For days before it made landfall, the projections for Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas―and other parts of the Gulf Coast―were of devastation. Then, when the record-breaking storm arrived, our worst fears were realized as the region was inundated with 101-130 centimeters of rain, not to mention high winds and intense storm surge. Now, as we reflect on Hurricane Harvey, we do so acknowledging that other countries are suffering through catastrophic …


25 July 2017

Newest Element of AGU’s Digital Strategy Focuses on Engagement, Experimentation and Open Data

AGU has long been a proponent and leader in open data and open science, not only in our own publications and meetings, but also within the broader research community. I’m pleased to announce that we have taken that commitment to the next level today by launching an Application Program Interface (API) that will open the door for scientists, developers, and others to create innovative applications that advance science and our …


6 April 2017

Spring Is Here, It’s Time to Submit Your Fall Meeting Session Proposal

By Denis-Didier Rousseau, Fall Meeting Program Chair Spring not only yields the potential for much nicer weather and longer days, it is also, perhaps more importantly, the classic time to submit session proposals for the Fall Meeting. This is a critical scientific season, as it will strongly impact the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting program. During my two terms as chair of the Program Committee, I have had the opportunity to introduce …


27 March 2017

Fostering International Collaboration Amid Policy Challenges

By Eric Davidson, President, American Geophysical Union and Lauren Parr, Director of Meetings, American Geophysical Union Changes in immigration and visa policies instituted by U.S. President Donald Trump are causing confusion and concern across many sectors—and are beginning to have a negative impact on international science collaborations. Many non-American scientists are rightfully concerned that they may be challenged when seeking entry into the United States. They could face barriers even …


27 December 2016

Top Ten Takeaways from AGU’s 2016 Fall Meeting

While I enjoy some holiday time with friends, family, and neighbors, I wanted to share my top 10 takeaways from AGU’s 2016 Fall Meeting. These are listed in no particular order—please share your feedback and your own takeaways with me in the comments section. The science – There is nowhere better than AGU’s Fall Meeting to experience the breadth, depth, and relevance of Earth and space science; science that is …


21 December 2016

Closing out 2016 with Inspiration and Collaboration at AGU’s 49th Annual Fall Meeting

By Denis-Didier Rousseau, Fall Meeting Program Chair What a whirlwind week of professional development, exceptional scientific research presentations, and skill-building workshops we experienced at AGU’s 49th Annual Fall Meeting. With more than 25,000 attendees representing 96 countries converging on San Francisco, and more than 5,300 views On Demand, this year’s Fall Meeting provided the perfect landing place for scientists to gather to collaborate and inspire others by presenting their research, share …