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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

Proposals are now closed.

AGU Fall Meeting 2021 is planned to be a hybrid in-person and online meeting that is based on feedback from our virtual #AGU20 and past meetings. We are focused on decreasing our carbon footprint while increasing attendees’ flexibility and experiences.

#AGU21 design principles include:

  • Accessing all presentations and posters online.
  • Recording sessions so they are available for all attendees.
  • Expanding open discussion and engagement times.
  • Shortening session times (from two hours to 75–90 minutes).
  • Accommodating virtual presentations as much as possible.

We encourage proposals (i.e., general scientific sessions, Union & special sessions, town halls and scientific workshops) with diverse groups of conveners and session chairs who can work together to broaden participation. General sessions can also be collaborative across AGU sections. When submitting a proposal, the convener can indicate a preference for one or more of the session formats below (e.g., discussion presentations, panel, poster, etc.). After abstracts are received, the final decisions are made by the Fall Meeting Program Committee.

As you prepare your proposal, we also want to ask you to focus on diversifying your conveners and ultimately the presenters once the proposal is approved. When we think about diversity, it’s everything from race, geographic region, ethnicity and gender, but also opinion, age and science. As you know, AGU has made diversity and inclusion a foundational element to everything we do. All conveners have an important role in improving diversity and inclusion in the Earth and space sciences community.

Our primary goal, as always, is to ensure a safe and productive meeting. We are actively watching advice on gathering and travel and working with local, national and international advisory groups. If conditions and advice change and warrant a reduced in-person event, or fully virtual event again, we will inform conveners and the AGU community as soon as possible. We expect to have further updates at least by the time abstracts open for submission in mid-June.

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Proposal Types

Proposal type


General scientific session types

These session types are based on a hybrid meeting model to reflect the location, not the type, of the session since all will include moderated discussions. If #AGU21 is a fully virtual, or reduced in-person event, all sessions will become discussion sessions, including virtual posters and will include a live virtual discussion/Q&A portion.
  • 1
    Discussions are oral or eLightning sessions that are live 75-90-minute sessions, including short overviews and 20-30 minutes for Q&A in-person or online. Pre-recorded presentations will be available to view on-demand.
  • 2
    Poster sessions will include space in the poster hall and should be available online as iPosters and/or as PDFs. All poster sessions will include a group discussion or poster walk. Online-only posters can be accommodated.
  • 3

    Panels will have up to six presenters and session chairs share a short overview with optional slides in a live 75-90 minute discussion.

General session

General scientific sessions

Sessions are short presentations and expanded discussions as well as full presentations using multiple formats (recorded talks, iPosters (i.e., dynamic virtual posters with multimedia capabilities) and traditional ‘hung’ posters (via online PDF)).

Considerations for General scientific sessions

Union and specials

Union and special sessions

Also known to as a meeting-within-a -meeting or innovative sessions, these sessions should focus on interdisciplinary topics and convergent science themes of interest to a broad membership. Proposals should have a creative format, a combination of any of the formats above and designed and proposed for one session (75–90 mins), half day or a full day. 

Considerations for Union and special sessions


Town Halls

These sessions, open to all meeting attendees, are best for collecting feedback or raising awareness for individuals from government agencies, academic programs, special projects and other focused interest groups via presentation, roundtable or a panel discussion.

Considerations for Town Halls


Scientific Workshops

Free from the format constraints of traditional scientific sessions, these transdisciplinary focused workshops should provide conveners a way to share knowledge and skills while promoting discussion and interaction among the attendees. Workshops should be proposed by a diverse set of leaders who have not traditionally participated at Fall Meeting, but the topic is relevant to the Earth and space sciences community.

Considerations for scientific workshops