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Fall Meeting Announcement from the SPA President, Geoff Reeves

By Chris Gilly posted 06-24-2021 15:25

Abstract submissions for AGU 2021 will open shortly. I wanted to pass along some information from AGU HQ that answers some questions about the meeting and provides some links.

COVID Policy:
Safety is our top priority and we expect that only those who are fully vaccinated will attend the meeting in person. Our COVID-19 protocol page will be updated as more information becomes available (

Present/Attend Online or In-person:
As you consider what to submit to the meeting, please know that you’ll be able to present virtually as well as to engage with most sessions in real time. We’re working on finalizing the experience and we’ll also be offering things just for the virtual attendees. 
- Most sessions at #AGU21 will be held as discussion sessions with short summary presentations and discussions.
- Authors in oral sessions will be asked to record a longer presentation.
- Poster authors will be asked to make a PDF or dynamic version of their poster available.
- Authors will be able to present in-person or online.

Relaxed Abstract Submission Policy:
This year you can submit two contributed abstracts provided they are submitted to sessions convened by different AGU sections (e.g. one SPA and one non-SPA). An additional invited abstract can be submitted. Also, for the first time, students and early career conveners will be able to give presentations in their own sessions.

Registration Rates:
Registration Rates are posted at  (near the bottom)
Rates for attending remotely are about 25% less than attending in person.
“The rates for the meeting reflect the added costs of supporting both in-person and virtual participation” and these other discounts especially for students. As for last year, content (posters, longer presentations, and sessions) will be recorded and available online to all attendees also as part of the registration for some time.”

Free Registration and Abstract Fees to enhance DEI in SPA:
Like last year, our section is providing registration reimbursement for scientists for whom the cost of registration is a barrier to participation. Priority will be given for first time participants, teachers and students at minority serving institutions, and scientists from under-represented countries. In some cases of greater need we will try to reimburse abstract submission fees also. The number of waivers will depend on the demand and available funds but last year we were able to support all requests.
Details and application information will be provided soon.

Care-Giving Grants:
SPA will also be providing grants to support care-giving (including but not limited to child care). Grants are for $500 and priority will be given to students and other scientists who need financial support. Again, the number of grants depends on availability of funds.

Student Travel Grants:
Student travel grants will only be awarded to winners of the Max Hammond and Frank McDonald student awards (which require student travel grant applications).
The SPA budgets would only have supported one or two grants which would have to come from the same pot as care-giving grants and abstract reimbursements

Abstracts will close on 4 August and shortly thereafter registration and housing will open. 
Additional dates and deadlines are available at