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Session Chair Guidelines


Oral Discussion Sessions
13-17 December
08:00 – 15:45 CST (UTC−6)

eLightning Discussion Sessions
13-17 December
08:00 – 17:15 CST (UTC−6)

Poster Discussion Sessions
13-17 December
16:00 – 18:00 CST (UTC−6) 
Hybrid session chairs can also schedule optional online poster summary sessions at the time of their choosing. These will be scheduled and available in the program at a later date.


You must be registered for the meeting to present or serve as a session chair.



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General Information

Check out the 2021 Scientific Program to see all accepted sessions and abstracts. Use the navigation options to view sessions organized by a particular section, format type, suggested themes and more. You can also use the online program to find sessions or presentations to add to your meeting itinerary.

This year, the AGU Fall Meeting includes a mix of hybrid, in-person and online-only sessions. For most sessions, longer pre-recorded presentations and online posters will be available for attendees to view from the start of the meeting through February. The live sessions will focus on short overview presentations and moderated discussions. These discussions will also be recorded and available during the dates of the meeting. This structure maximizes engagement and the ability for broad participation, whether you are attending in person or online.

AGU would like to assure that all meeting participants feel safe, welcomed and included and that our meetings promote and help reflect diversity, inclusion and excellence in science.

Further guidelines for each session type are given in the quick links at the top of this page.

Resources and trainings will also be available to all presenters and chairs to ensure a successful session at the Fall Meeting.

Currently, the expectation for hybrid or in-person only sessions is that at least one session chair will participate in-person. If session chairs cannot travel to New Orleans to chair a session, in-person presenters can be elevated to serve in this role. So that we may have a pool of potential session chairs onsite in New Orleans, presenters will be asked to select the “Willing to Chair” option in the Participant’s Corner.

Please keep the following information in mind as you prepare for your session:

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Promote Your Session

While shouting from the rooftops will let some people know about your session, it’s not as effective as sharing with your network. If you have a social media account on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Douyin/TikTok or Wechat, we’ve created free customizable templates via Canva so you can promote your session.

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Share Your Session on Social Media

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