2021 Fall Meeting

The 2021 AGU Fall Meeting will take place in person in New Orleans, Louisiana and online everywhere between Dec. 13 – 17. For full meeting information, please visit

Information about Covid-19 protocols at the meeting are available at:

Events that may be of interest to EPSP members (all times are Central Standard Time): 

  • EPSP Business Meeting: Tuesday, 14 December, 18:00 - 18:30, Convention Center - 211-213, Second Floor. Followed by the EPSP Reception and Networking Event (open to all career stages): Tuesday, 14 December, 18:30 - 20:00, Convention Center - Alluvial Plaza (!), First Floor. Tickets are required; as of this writing just under 50% of the 150 tickets are available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.
  • EPSP Early Career Networking Event: Thursday, 16 December, 18:30 - 20:00 PM, Hilton Riverside - Jackson-Third Floor. Tickets are $10 (includes light refreshments) and there were only a few tickets left as of 10 Nov.
  • EP44A - EPSP Community announcements and discussion, awards ceremony, and Sharp lecture: Thursday, 16 December, 14:30 - 16:00. The Robert P. Sharp Lecture is typically delivered by the winner of the Luna B. Leopold Young Scientists Award. The awards recognize scientists who have made a significant contribution that advances the field of earth and planetary surface processes. This year’s lecture will be given by Mathieu Lapotre, titled “The Power of Comparative Planetology to Decipher the Mechanics of Surface Processes and Their Records.”
  • EP55A - Earth and Planetary Surface Processes General Contributions Poster Session: Friday, 17 December, 16:00 - 18:00, Convention Center - Poster Hall, D-F
  • Gilbert Club will be online again this year, happening in March 2022.
  • Here are few town halls that may be of interest to EPSP folks:
    • TH026 - DOE’s Earth and Environmental System Modeling: Opportunities in Coastal Systems, Urban Resilience, and Extreme Events (Wednesday, 8 December, 11:15 - 12:15, online)
    • TH018 - Transforming Critical Zone Research Through Shared Science, Tools, Data, and Philosophy (Wednesday, 8 December, 18:15 - 19:15, online)
    • TH13C - Finding Your Place for Change: How and Where to Take an Active Role in DEI Initiatives as Early-Career Researchers and Students (Monday, 13 December, 11:15 - 12:15, Convention Center - Room 348-349)
    • TH15J - Critical Zone Science: Current Programs and New Opportunities (Monday, 13 December, 18:15 - 19:15, Convention Center - Room 393-394)
    • TH33A - Toward Increasing Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and Community Engagement in Climate Research: Challenges, Opportunities, and Successes (Wednesday, 15 December, 11:15 - 12:15, Convention Center - Room 338-339)
    • TH45L - Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Earth and Space Sciences: Conversation on Issues and Opportunities With the AGU Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (Thursday, 16 December, 18:15 - 19:15, Convention Center - Room 398-399)
    • TH45K - Earth to Economy: NSF Geoscience Innovation Hub Accelerating Your Ideas to Impact (Thursday, 16 December, 18:15 - 19:15, Convention Center - Room 395-396)

Some notes from our EPSP Program Committee Chair, Marisa Palucis: 

This year the format of the Fall Meeting, which is taking place from 13 - 17 December, is hybrid - so the meeting is being designed for both in-person (New Orleans, LA) and virtual participation (online from anywhere). Oral sessions can be a mix of in-person and virtual and will be 75 min long, allowing for short talks (~3 mins) from presenters, followed by lively discussions. Oral presenters will also post pre-recorded 15 min talks prior to the start of the meeting. Poster presenters will be able to present their poster either virtually or in-person or both. As such, when you submit your abstract, you can indicate if you are prepared to only present virtually or if you are comfortable and have no preference presenting either virtually or in-person.

Abstract guidelines can be found here.

Two other noteworthy changes are also occurring this year:

  1. AGU has revised its first author policy for #AGU21. A first author can now submit two contributed abstracts (i.e., non-invited abstracts) as long as the second abstract is in a different section from the first abstract. Invited authors can submit up to two invited abstracts to any section plus one contributed abstract to a different section.
  2. If you are a graduate student or Early Career session convener, you will be allowed to present within your oral session.

More details on session convener guidelines can be found here.

And general FAQs about the scientific program can be found here.

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