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Sessions, Innovations, Town Halls, and Workshops

LIVE SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM HOURS

Oral and eLightning Sessions
7-11 December:

04:00 – 11:30 PST (UTC−8)
16:00 – 21:30 PST (UTC−8)

14-16 December:

04:00 – 12:30 PST (UTC−8)
16:00 – 21:30 PST (UTC−8)

17 December:

04:00 – 08:00 PST (UTC−8)

Poster Sessions
(7-11 December and 14-16 December)

04:00 – 20:59 PST (UTC−8) (entire day)

Sessions, Innovations, Town Halls, and Workshops

Icon sessionsCheck out the Online Anywhere 2020 Scientific Program to see all accepted sessions and abstracts. Use the navigation options to view sessions organized by a particular section, format type, suggested itineraries and more. You can also use the online program to find sessions or presentations to add to your meeting itinerary.

The AGU Fall Meeting this year includes a mix of sessions optimized for a global virtual meeting. For most sessions, longer pre-recorded presentations and virtual posters will be available for attendees when the meeting starts on 1 December. 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 across time zones.

For this type of virtual meeting, session chairs have a particularly important role. You need to help ensure that presenters in your session have uploaded their pre-recorded presentations, manage and show the summary presentations during the live session, and moderate the discussions and questions. Your participation is critical for an exciting and engaging session. For poster sessions, chairs also have the option of organizing a virtual “poster walk” (details below).

Further guidelines and tips for each session type are given under each tab below.

Abstract acceptance and chair notifications were emailed in early October. Presenting authors and chairs can access the Participant’s Corner using their abstract submission credentials to manage their scientific program participation.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the AGU Scientific Program Team.

#AGU20 is scheduled from 1-17 December to accommodate over a thousand hours of virtual content to minimize conflicts while maximizing global engagement. Most content will be pre-recorded or available as digital posters for attendees to view and peruse outside of scheduled sessions during the meeting. The broad descriptions of each session type that will be presented during the meeting are provided below.

Additional guidance will be provided to session chairs and presenters over the next few weeks to help you plan, organize and optimize the discussion and engagement in the virtual sessions. In general, we will be asking all participants to have their presentations—either a virtual poster or a pre-recorded oral presentation—uploaded by 20 November. This will allow attendees to begin viewing presentations in advance of a session, or even afterwards—the virtual meeting format means that an attendee will no longer be frustrated when they hear they missed a great talk on Monday. 

Oral sessions will be scheduled daily from 7-11 and 14-17 December

  • An oral session is a one-hour live session featuring brief overview talks from presenters, followed by time for audience Q&A and discussion. The live Q&A sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing. 
  • Presenters will also prepare a 15-minute (maximum) pre-recorded presentation and upload to AGU by 20 November to be available for viewing prior to the start of the meeting (1 December).
    • Presenters will receive detailed instructions on the presentation platform and extensive resources prior to creating and uploading presentations. This will include information on expanding accessibility (captioning, alternate languages, etc.)
    • Pre-recorded presentations will be available to watch on-demand by the registered meeting attendees prior to the live Q&A session.
    • The pre-recorded presentations WILL NOT be shown during the live session.

 Presentation Recording Presentation examples

  • Each presenter may also prepare one or two highlight/overview slides. These will be uploaded and provided to the session chairs at least two days before the live session is scheduled.
  • The presenters and session chairs will participate in the scheduled live one-hour oral session during the scheduled date and time. Each presenter will give a brief overview of their abstract using the few slides provided to the session chair; the chairs will then moderate a Q&A session with the presenters and registered meeting attendees.      

Panel sessions will be scheduled daily from 7-11 and 14-17 December

  • Similar to the one-hour live Q&A oral sessions. The live Q&A sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing. 
  • Each panelist may prepare a 15-minute (maximum) pre-recorded presentation and upload by 20 November to be available for viewing prior to the start of the meeting.
    • Presenters will receive detailed instructions on the presentation platform and extensive resources prior to creating and uploading presentations. This will include information on expanding accessibility (captioning, alternate languages, etc.)
    • Pre-recorded presentations will be available to watch on-demand by the registered meeting attendees prior to the live Q&A session.
  • Panelists are also encouraged to create one to two highlight/overview slides for display during the live panel session.

eLightning sessions will be scheduled daily from 7-11 and 14-17 December

  • An eLightning session is a one-hour live session featuring three-minute oral talks providing an overview of presenters’ digital posters, followed by discussion. Presenters will also schedule time for text chats with attendees. The live Q&A sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing. 
  • Authors in an eLightning session will create an iPoster presentation in the dedicated software by 20 November to be available for viewing prior to the start of the meeting. This multimedia format allows for video upload and/or audio narration.
  • Each presenter will give a three-minute brief overview of their poster; if time permits, the chairs will then moderate a short Q&A period with the presenters and registered meeting attendees.
  • Presenters are requested to be available for one hour after the live session for text chat with attendees. They will also have the option to schedule additional text chat times during the meeting at their discretion.

Poster sessions will be scheduled daily from 7-11 and 14-17 December

  • A poster session is scheduled over the course of one day and presenters will designate the time they will be available for text chats to discuss their digital poster.
  • Authors will create an iPoster presentation in the dedicated software by 20 November to be available prior to the start of the Fall Meeting. This multimedia format allows for video upload and/or audio narration.
  • Presenters will be required to schedule a text chat on the day of the poster session and will also have the option of scheduling additional text chat times during the meeting at their discretion.
  • We are also exploring a number of ways to allow a group discussion and engagement, similar to but more flexible than that of eLightning sessions, as many sessions have a large number of posters. These options will be scheduled separately from the chat-session time. More details will be provided soon.

LIVE ORAL PRESENTATION HOURS

  • 1 7-11 December:

    04:00 – 11:30 PST (UTC−8)

    16:00 – 21:30 PST (UTC−8)

  • 2 14-16 December

    04:00 – 12:30 PST (UTC−8)

    16:00 – 21:30 PST (UTC−8)

  • 3 17 December

    04:00 – 09:30 PST (UTC−8)
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LIVE ORAL SESSION FORMAT

Each live oral session will be one hour in length, featuring brief overview presentations from each presenter and time for audience Q&A and discussion. The live Q&A sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing.

Most live oral sessions will be using Zoom Webinar or the main meeting platform, called Intrado. Either platform allows the chairs and speakers to be in a panel view. Attendees will be in a separate virtual space, where they can use the chat feature to ask questions. Technical support will be available for each session. Many sessions will also include a student volunteer and/or an AGU staff representative to assist and help moderate questions.

Before the Meeting

Access important oral session chair guidelines before the meeting.
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During the Meeting

Access important oral session chair guidelines during the meeting.
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LIVE eLIGHTNING PRESENTATION HOURS

  • 1 7-11 December:

    07:00 – 14:30 ET (UTC−5)

    19:00 – 00:30 ET (UTC−5)

  • 2 14-16 December

    04:00 – 12:30 PT (UTC−8)

    16:00 – 21:30 ET (UTC−8)

  • 3 17 December

    04:00 – 09:30 PT (UTC−8)
eLightning screens

LIVE eLIGHTNING SESSION FORMAT

Each live eLightning session will be one hour in length, starting with a three-minute lightning presentation from each presenter providing an overview of their digital, interactive poster. This will be followed by group discussion as time permits. The live Q&A sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing.

Presenters are also requested to be available for one hour after the live session for direct text chat with attendees. Presenters will also have the option to schedule additional text chat times during the meeting at their discretion.

Before the Meeting

Access important eLightning session chair information before the meeting.
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During the Meeting

Access important eLightning session chair information during the meeting.
Learn More

LIVE POSTER PRESENTATION HOURS

(7-11 December and 14-16 December)

04:00 – 20:59 PST (UTC -8) (entire day)

POSTER SESSION CHAIR RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

Prior to your session:

  • 1
    Check the online program for any changes or updates to your session.
  • 2
    Refer to the AGU Ethics and Equity Center for guidance on issues you may face as a convener or session chair.
  • 3
    Make sure authors have selected a timeframe to be available for text chats on the day of the session. We ask that presenters make themselves available for a block of time at any time during the live hours of the session (04:00 – 20:59 PST/UTC -8).
  • 4
    No late papers may be added to the session.
  • 5
    An online chair evaluation will be sent to you a few days prior to the meeting. Please be sure to complete it as soon as your session is complete.
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Additionally, we will be offering an option for poster session conveners to schedule a “poster walk” event for their sessions. These will be concentrated during the break times. These options will be scheduled separately from the chat-session time. More details will be provided soon.

What are Innovations?

Innovations will integrate virtual participation, “meeting-within-a-meeting", and presentations in a dynamic way and creatively demonstrate the value and potential of remote participation and engagement. Innovations will include half-day and shorter presentations designed around a unifying theme. An example would be similar to the daily Centennial Neighborhood programming at the 2019 meeting. The innovations schedule will be posted soon, and additional resources and logistical guidelines will be available for organizers and presenters in early October.

What are Town Halls?

Town Halls offer an opportunity for government agencies, academic programs, special projects, and other focused interest groups to gather input from the AGU community. They are open to all registered meeting participants.  The town hall schedule is available here

Town halls will be conducted live, will be one hour in length and will be hosted on Zoom Webinar. Live sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing.

As town hall organizers work to develop their town halls with their presenters, AGU will provide separate communication with specific instructions on how to best prepare for your live Town Hall session.

Please continually check these guidelines for the most up to date information.

 

 

What are Scientific Workshops?

Scientific workshops will be scheduled from 1-4 December and 14-17 December. They will provide a great way to share your knowledge, skills or other resources in a workshop setting, free from the format constraints of traditional scientific sessions.

The full workshop schedule is posted here and registration is required. Additional resources and logistical guidelines will be available for workshop organizers and presenters in mid-October.

As organizers work to develop their workshops with the presenters, AGU will provide separate communication in mid-October with specific instructions on creating and uploading pre-recorded presentations, if required, and provide resources and “office hours” to help get familiar with the specific platforms and format.

Please continually check these guidelines for the most up to date information.

Late-Breaking Sessions

Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Deadline: 13 November 2020, 11:59 PM ET

AGU membership is required to submit to a late-breaking session. The first author rule does not apply to  late-breaking sessions and authors may submit an abstract even if they have submitted another abstract to the meeting.


GeoHealth

COVID-19 and Earth and Space Science

This late-breaking poster session covers and welcomes all aspects of COVID-19 topics including, but not limited to, links among environmental factors, COVID-19, and human and environmental health; effects of COVID-19 on the Earth system; and broader implications from the pandemic including impacts on scientific discovery and communication, new research in the Earth and space science as a result of the pandemic, effects of the pandemic on mental and other health issues, and pandemic-related effects on research, training, and teaching. This is a general session and papers may be organized around these themes. Presentations will be created through the iPosterSessions platform, as for other AGU Fall Meeting poster sessions.

Submit an abstract to this session here.


Natural Hazards

Recent Natural Hazards: Fires, Storms, Climate Change, and Impacts

This late-breaking poster session welcomes submissions on the dynamics, impacts, effects, and implications of recent natural hazards globally. These especially include major 2020 fires in North America, Siberia, Brazil, Indonesia, and elsewhere, as well as hurricanes and typhoons. Topics for this session can include but are not limited to societal, atmosphere, land, and ocean causes and effects; health and societal implications; and relation to climate change. The session may be further organized by individual topics depending on submissions. Presentations will be created through the iPosterSessions platform, as for other AGU Fall Meeting poster sessions.

Submit an abstract to this session here.


Planetary Sciences

Phosphine in the Venusian Atmosphere: Observations and Implications

The recent observations suggesting the possible presence of phosphine on Venus, previously considered as a potential biosignature for exoplanetary atmospheres, presents a challenge for existing models of atmospheric chemistry and possibly supports the case for an aerial ecosystem in an otherwise hyperacidic, oxidizing atmosphere. In this session, we invite presentations regarding current and past observations and interpretations of phosphine in the Venusian atmosphere; surface-atmosphere interactions and chemistry relevant to the phosphine cycle; design considerations for upcoming spacecraft and instruments; and other work inspired by these recent events.

Submit an abstract to this session here.