Present & Convene




Proposed by the AGU community, these sessions (also known as meetings-within-a-meeting or innovative sessions) focus on interdisciplinary topics and convergent science themes of interest to a broad audience. Proposals that include a creative mix of dynamic programming that bring in scientific thought leaders connected to AGU’s mission which encompass diverse presenters and conveners are particularly welcome.

Guidelines and Policies

  • The program committee generally will not consider proposals that are primarily advertisements of commercial products and services, or that contain the name of a specific experiment in the title or description. (For opportunities to exhibit or sponsor activities at AGU23, please see the Exhibit page.)
  • Primary conveners must be current 2023 AGU members. Primary conveners who are members of an affiliated society/organization and primary conveners who are non-geoscientists may request a waiver. The deadline to request a waiver was 19 July. Please contact the AGU Scientific Program Team with any questions. 
  • Conveners may submit more than one proposal, but we ask that you ensure the topics are different.
  • AGU expects that at least one session chair will be onsite in San Francisco to chair in-person sessions.
  • All first authors, including invited authors, who submit an abstract to a session are subject to the AGU membership fee and abstract submission fee. The presenter must also pay the meeting registration fee.
  • The program committee may ask that similar session proposals merge to avoid duplication in the meeting’s scientific program. They may also ask conveners to revise a session proposal description. Following the proposal deadline, the program committee will reach out to conveners to make these requests if needed.

Next steps

If you submitted an Innovation proposal, you will be notified of acceptance or rejection in mid-June. After session submissions and after abstract submissions, the program committee reserves the right to:

  • Reject or merge multiple proposals submitted by the same convener(s) on related topics or across sections,
  • Move sessions to another AGU program,
  • Merge proposals on similar topics,
  • Request that conveners revise the session title and/or description.
  • The program committee will notify conveners if sessions need to be merged or have their descriptions revised.