General Questions

Where and when is the meeting being held?

The AGU Science Policy Conference will be held in Washington, D. C., from 24 to 26 June 2013 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The first day of the conference will consist of communication training for scientists. The second and third days will cover the science policy sessions.

What is the purpose of this conference?

The conference will bring together scientists, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss key Earth and space science topics that are relevant in today’s public policy environment. The goal is to successfully communicate the important role science plays in supporting the nation’s economy, public safety, and national security.

Do I need to be an AGU member to attend?

No, you do not need to be an AGU member to attend. Registration information will be posted in the coming months.

How do I find my legislators?

AGU has a helpful online guide for finding and contacting your legislators.

Can I take photos or video the conference?

No. Audiotaping, videotaping, or photographing of oral and poster presentations is not allowed at AGU meetings.


Am I automatically registered for the Science Policy Conference by submitting an abstract?

No, you must also register to attend the conference.

May I get a refund for my abstract handling fee if my abstract is not accepted in a poster session?

No. Abstract submission fees are nonrefundable processing fees. Once the abstract has been submitted, it is considered processed. E-posters may be an option for some presenters.

Can I make changes to my abstract (coauthors, titles, etc.)?

No. Changes to abstracts are not permitted after the abstract submission deadline.


When will registration open?

Registration opens 28 March, 2012. Click here to view list of important dates


Where can I reserve a hotel room for the conference?

Click here for hotel information.

How do I get around the city?

Taxis are abundant in the district. Also, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) provides rail service at a nominal fee.

What is the closest Metro stop to the meeting location?

The D. C. Convention Center is located on the Yellow/Green lines at the Mt. Vernon Sq./7th St-Convention Center exit. Upon exiting the Mt. Vernon Sq./7th St-Convention Center station, the entrance to the convention center can be found directly in front of you.

What is the nearest airport to the conference?

There are three international airports that service the Washington, D. C., metropolitan area. The nearest airport to the conference is Reagan National Airport (DCA), which has its own Metro stop (Blue/Yellow lines). The Yellow line in the direction of Mt. Vernon Sq. will take you directly to the D. C. Convention Center.

Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) also serve the D. C. metropolitan area but are farther away and do not have direct Metro access.