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Fall Meeting abstracts

Abstract overview

AGU Fall Meeting 2020 will be mostly virtual and remains the global convening meeting for the Earth and space sciences community. Featured meeting content will be held during the original 7-11 December dates, with additional content scheduled to best meet the needs of our international attendees around the world. Content will include real-time sessions, networking opportunities and poster hall time. We will also offer recorded sessions so you can watch (or binge) at your convenience. Convergent themes including global science policy, data, natural hazards and climate science will be prominently featured.

With these new and reimagined offerings at Fall Meeting, we will be charging a registration fee. It will be about 50% less than the in-person rate and lower for graduate students and other groups.  There is also a non-refundable abstract processing fee, separate from meeting registration fees. We assure you that the value that you have always experienced at Fall Meeting in-person will remain in our virtual version. 

Abstracts can focus on scientific results and/or their applications, enabling Earth and space science, and the impact of Earth and space science on society. The program committee may decline to consider an abstract with another focus.

The abstract submission deadline is 29 July. Late abstracts will not be accepted after this date. Following the abstract deadline, a submitted abstract may be placed in a different, more appropriate session than the one to which it was submitted. Final decisions regarding placement of individual abstracts within sessions rest with the program committee.

To submit an abstract, you must be an AGU member.

 

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Submit your abstract

We are now accepting abstracts until 29 July. Join us at Fall Meeting 2020, present your research, and inspire the future of science and beyond. To view sessions, click here
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Why you should submit

Fall Meeting is the largest virtual gathering of those in the Earth and space sciences. Submitting an abstract allows you to present your research to those who care most about its impacts, connect with new colleagues and be inspired by the contributions of our community.

Key abstract content

When preparing your abstract, please note the following:

The abstract title is limited to 300 characters and the abstract text is limited to 2,000 characters. The limit excludes spaces but includes punctuation.

Please ensure you are selecting the correct affiliation and using the preferred email address for the co-author. Co-authors will receive a notification they have been added to an abstract.

As the Fall Meeting moves to a "mostly" virtual platform, potential session types may include:

  • Oral sessions: include pre-recorded presentations with scheduled live Q&A with a group of presenters.
  • eLightning sessions: include a virtual poster with scheduled short lightning talks and Q&A.
  • Poster sessions: include a virtual poster with scheduled chats based on author’s availability.

A flat fee of $70 USD will be charged for each regular submission and a flat fee of $40 USD for each student submission. The abstract submission fee is a required and non-refundable processing fee and not based on approval of your abstract submission or attendance at AGU Fall Meeting. There is no fee for individuals residing in qualifying low-income and lower- middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank.

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An oral session 

Additional resources for abstract submissions

If you have any questions about the abstract submission process, AGU’s scientific program policies, or general procedures please contact the Scientific Program team
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Important dates for abstract submission

These are the most important dates to know about for the abstract submission process.
  • 1
    Mid-June 2020:  Session proposal acceptance notification letters are sent; the abstract submission site opens; and the invited author tool opens.
  • 2
    Mid-July 2020: Town hall and workshop proposal notification letters are sent.
  • 3
    29 July 2020: Abstract submissions close at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
  • 4
    August 2020: 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 and schedule sessions in online program.
  • 5
    Early October 2020: Authors are notified of the acceptance, format, and schedule of their abstracts, and the official scientific program is available.
  • 6
    October 2020 through Fall Meeting: Authors are expected to confirm their participation; Conveners are expected to monitor the final program for withdrawals and presenter changes.
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Submit your abstract

We are now accepting abstracts until 29 July. Join us at Fall Meeting 2020, present your research, and inspire the future of science and beyond. To view sessions, click here
Submit now

Author guidelines and related policies

The person submitting the abstract will automatically be the first author. You may not submit an abstract on behalf of another author. The first author cannot be modified for any reason.The first author, including invited authors, must be an AGU member. Membership requirement exceptions are granted if you are a member of one of the below co-sponsoring organizations or GeoHealth cooperating societies. Note that you will still have to pay the abstract fee.

Coauthors or presenting authors who are different than the first author are not required to be an AGU member. The abstract submitter is responsible for ensuring that all coauthors have agreed to be on the abstract.

A research team may be referenced during the submission process in the “Title of Team” field, in lieu of adding the names of individual team members.

Authors can add an optional plain language summary of their abstract with a maximum of 200 words.

LaTeX is supported. Special characters are also available in the abstract management system.

The abstract submission fee is separate from membership dues. If you are paying your membership by credit card, you will have immediate access to the abstract submission site.

Note: The session you submit your abstract to might not be the session you present in. In order to optimize the organization and scheduling of the meeting, abstracts may be transferred to more appropriate sessions while similar sessions may be merged and renamed.

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Author Policies

AGU Membership

The first author, including invited authors, must be an AGU member. Exceptions are granted to members of the below co-sponsoring organizations or GeoHealth cooperating societies.

Coauthors or presenting authors who are different than the first author are not required to be an AGU member.

If you have a question on your membership status, need to join or renew, or need assistance with your AGU membership account, contact the AGU Membership Services Team by email or call 800.966.2481 (toll-free in North America) or +1 202.462.6900.

First Author Policy

First authors can have a maximum of one contributed and one invited abstract or two invited abstracts. The only exemption to this policy is the submission of one additional contributed abstract to a GeoHealth (GH) session, Education (ED) session, Science and Society (SY) session, or, for 2020, a COVID-19 session.

Possible combinations for people submitting more than one abstract are as below:

  1. 2 Abstracts:
    1. 1 regular contributed abstract to any session and 1 invited abstract to any session
    2. 1 regular contributed abstract to any session and 1 regular contributed abstract to an ED, GH, SY, or COVID-19 session
  2. 3 Abstracts:
    1. 1 regular contributed abstract to any session, 1 invited abstract to any session, 1 regular contributed abstract to ED, GH, SY, or COVID-19 session
    2. 2 invited abstracts to any session, 1 regular contributed abstract to ED, GH, SY, or COVID-19 session

Invited Authors

Invited authors must be AGU members and up to date with 2020 membership dues; however, special exemptions may be requested. Please contact AGU by email or call 800.966.2481 (toll-free in North America) or +1 202.462.6900 as soon as possible to request an exemption. Depending on timing and volume, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be approved.

Invited authors are not guaranteed an oral presentation and may be assigned a poster presentation.

Please note that certain authors may be marked as “Highlighted Authors” after submissions close.

Invited authors will receive an electronic invitation from the session convener via the submission site. The invitation will include a link to the session; please submit the abstract via the link included in the invitation. If the abstract is not submitted through the formal invitation, the abstract will not have an invited status listing. If you have submitted your abstract to the session as a contributed abstract in error, do not withdraw your abstract. Contact AGU’s scientific program staff to have the abstract status changed to invited. 

A person may not be invited to submit an abstract to more than two sessions. 

A first author may not be an invited author on an abstract submitted to a session in which they are convening.

Members submitting an abstract as first author may not have an oral presentation in a session where they are also a convener.

Important note: Being an invited author does not guarantee that the person will receive an oral presentation. All invited authors are subject to being scheduled either in an oral or a poster session. If a session is given an oral allocation, which is also not guaranteed, the authors in that session and the length of presentations will be decided by the convener during the scheduling process.

Conveners Submitting Abstracts

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.

The abstract submission fee and the first-author policy referenced above are still applicable. For instance, if you are a convener on two (2) sessions outside of the ED/GH/SY programs and you wish to submit an abstract to both of your sessions, you will be able to submit an abstract to only one session due to the first-author policy above.

There are no restrictions on a convener’s ability to submit an abstract to a session other than their own.

If a session receives multiple oral or poster session allocations, session conveners can retroactively mark up to two abstracts as “Highlighted” per each additional session during the scheduling period if needed.

Cooperating Societies

AGU has agreements with select cooperating societies. If you are a member of one of the below societies the AGU membership requirement for first authors will be waived. Abstract fees will still apply. Also note that you may be a first author on more than one abstract if one of those abstracts is for the Education, GeoHealth, or Science and Society sections or for a COVID-19 session.

Invited authors must be AGU members and up to date with 2020 membership dues; however, special exemptions may be requested. Please contact AGU by email or call 800.966.2481 (toll-free in North America) or +1 202.462.6900 as soon as possible to request an exemption. Depending on timing and volume, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be approved.

American Astronomical Society (AAS)
American Meteorological Society (AMS)
American Public Health Association(APHA)
Ecological Society of America (ESA)
European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
Geochemical Society (GS)
Geological Society of America (GSA)
International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)
International Society for Exposure Science (ISES)
Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU)
Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)
The Optical Society (OSA)
Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

 

 

  • Abstract Fees

    A flat fee of $70 USD will be charged for each regular submission and a flat fee of $40 USD for each student submission. The abstract submission fee is a required and non-refundable processing fee and not based on approval of your abstract submission or attendance at AGU Fall Meeting.

    There is no fee for individuals residing in qualifying low-income and lower- middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank.

  • Do not withdraw a paid abstract submission to make edits or submit a new abstract. Refunds will not be issued for abstracts that are withdrawn and resubmitted, and payment will be required for any resubmissions.

  • After an abstract is submitted, it can be accessed and edited until the abstract submission deadline (29 July 2020). After this deadline, edits cannot be made.

  • The only method of payment accepted for abstract fees is by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) in the abstract submission system. Wire payments or purchase orders cannot be accommodated.

  • 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. Online AGU Fall Meeting registration will be open in mid-August.

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For help with the abstract process

Technical support – For questions about the submission site or technical issues, complete the request form on the submission site, or call +1 401.334.9903 (support code 1438), Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., ET or send an email.

Scientific Program – Email us if you have a question on AGU’s scientific program policies or general procedures, contact the AGU Scientific Program Management Team.

AGU Membership – If you have a question on your membership status or need assistance with your AGU membership account, contact the AGU Membership Services Team or call 800.966.2481 (toll-free in North America) or +1 202.462.6900.

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Final program and how to cite abstract

In early October, acceptance notifications will be distributed via email, and the final scientific program will be available online.

If you wish to cite an abstract presented at this meeting, please cite as: Author(s) (2020), Title, Abstract (Final paper number, ex: AH14B-1234) presented at 2020 AGU Fall Meeting, 7-11 Dec.

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Letters of invitation

Please note that if you have submitted an abstract for presentation, you may log in and download a letter of invitation. If you are not submitting an abstract and will be a registered scientist attending the meeting, please contact us to request a letter. 

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