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Oral Presenter Guidelines Before the Meeting


The deadline to submit your pre-recorded oral presentation, except for those in Union sessions and Named Lectures, was Monday, 23 November at 17:00 PST (UTC -8).  

The deadline to submit the overview slides for the live session was Friday, 4 November at 17:00 PST (UTC -8). 

Meeting Platform: Some of the sessions and other events at the AGU Fall Meeting will make use of zoom and zoom webinar.  In joining these, all attendees will be offered the option of using a web browser rather than the zoom app.  Most major participant functions are supported in the browser, including sharing screens, chat, and breakout rooms.  For a full list of functions and information on supported browsers, see here

Please note: Union and Named Lecture sessions will include both live and pre-recorded content. Presenters and session chairs will receive specific guidance separate from oral presenters. 

Presenters must be registered for the Fall Meeting to participate in the live Q&A sessions and for their pre-recorded presentations to appear in the online program. The abstract submission fee does not register you for the meeting. Separate registration fees apply. All presenters must register in order to attend AGU Fall Meeting. 

Code of Conduct

AGU is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AGU staff. All participants are expected to abide by the AGU Meetings Code of Conduct.
Know the code


AGU is excited to offer virtual event prep training for the presenters and chairs of #AGU20 Fall Meeting. These trainings will offer practical, research-based advice on presenting your work in understandable and persuasive ways, with tips for virtual delivery.

Join Melissa Marshall for the following live training events in advance of the meeting. For more than a decade, Melissa has traveled the world to work with Fortune 100 corporations, global institutions, and the nation’s best research universities. Today, she’s the go-to expert that elite organizations consult when they need to boost their skills in communicating their world-changing research.

Oral Presenter Training: Present Your Science: Transforming Technical Talks

Wednesday, October 21; 12:00 – 1:15pm ET

Participants will learn the following:
a. How to filter and focus technical detail
b. How to design more visual slides
c. How to have a polished virtual delivery

*This training was recorded. Oral presenters can log into the User Portal to access the recording.  

 Additional Presenter Training Resources

  • Review the presentation file format guidelines for information on presentation software, file formats, and audio tips.
  • Presenters may choose to use one of the following presentation templates (optional). 
    1. Option 1
    2. Option 2
  • Additional templates, tips, and resources will be available soon.

Questions? Please contact the AGU Scientific Program Team


Presenting authors will also prepare one to three slides in PDF format that provide an introduction and brief summary of their pre-recorded presentation. These will be shown by the session chair during the live Q&A session.

Slides can be uploaded via the Participant's Corner. Please use the direct link provided to you to access in the email from AGU dated 12/3.  
The deadline to upload these presentations is Friday, 4 December at 17:00 PST (UTC -8).

We recommend this three-slide format for your brief summary presentation:  

  • Slide 1: Address the importance/motivation for the project or the problem being addressed with your work.
    • Have a relevant image on this slide that allows you to discuss the motivation for the project.
  • Slide 2: Show 1-2 key results or take-aways from the project. These results should be shown primarily with visual evidence that you can discuss, not just words.
    • Consider a take-away message at the top of the slide and visuals on the body of the slide that you can discuss. Avoid bulleted lists.
  • Slide 3: Discuss the significance or broader impact of your findings to the AGU community or to the theme of your session.
    • Consider including your contact information on the bottom of this slide so attendees can follow-up with you if needed.

Remember: Do not try to give the entire longer presentation in this condensed time period. Think of the summary presentation as highlights of the key messages from the longer recorded talk and a primer for Q&A discussion to follow. It is essentially an "elevator pitch" for your project.