AGU: Triennial Earth-Sun Summit – Onsite Information; Potentially Newsworthy Presentations

A solar prominence captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in August 2012. Courtesy NASA/SDO/AIA/Goddard Space Flight Center
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Geophysical Union’s Space Physics and Aeronomy Section (AGU/SPA) and the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD) will meet next week for the second Triennial Earth-Sun Summit (TESS), which runs 20-24 May 2018 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spain Leesburg, Virginia.
Included in this advisory:
  1. About the meeting and scientific program
  2. Press registration
  3. Press room and hotel information
  4. Potentially newsworthy presentations
1. About the meeting and scientific program
TESS is a joint meeting of the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union and the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society. The first TESS meeting took place in 2015. The 2018 meeting includes participation by the entire heliophysics community, encompassing all sub-disciplines devoted to studies of the Sun, heliosphere, magnetosphere and ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere. TESS not only promotes greater interaction and unity within heliophysics, but also fosters connections to astrophysics and planetary physics.
The full scientific program for the 2018 TESS meeting is now searchable online. The program includes more than 400 oral and poster presentations over four days. Each day will include an interdisciplinary plenary session and contributed oral and poster presentations. Plenary sessions will cover topics across heliophysics: space weather, heliophysics applied to star-planet systems, ion-neutral coupling throughout the heliophysical system and magnetic reconnection in space plasmas.
Christina Richey of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will deliver a special plenary lecture Tuesday, 22 May, on bias in space science and creating an inclusive workplace for all scientists. Her presentation will address conscious and unconscious bias and harassment in the space sciences. Dr. Richey will discuss how each is impacting the space science community and will highlight solutions for these problems.
To search the online program, click on the search button at the top, right-hand corner of the online program. Refine searches by session, paper, person or other criteria by selecting these elements in the left-hand side of the search engine. To browse all sessions, click on the Sessions link on the left-hand navigation menu.
2. Press registration
Complimentary press registration for the 2018 TESS meeting is now open for professional journalists representing media organizations, freelance journalists, photographers, videographers, bloggers, authors, filmmakers, public information officers, institutional communicators, and student journalists, for the express purpose of gathering news and information to produce media coverage of AGU meetings. For eligibility requirements, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page.
To register before the meeting starts, email the AGU Public Information Office at and include your name, media outlet, contact information, and required press credentials. Be sure to include your name and affiliation as you wish them to appear on your badge. Registrations are approved at the discretion of the AGU press office.
Eligible members of the press may also register onsite at the meeting at the main registration area, located in the main lobby of the Lansdowne Resort.
Press who pre-registered with the AGU Public Information Office can pick up their meeting badges at the main registration area. Onsite registration hours are below.
Sunday, 20 May:
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, 21 May and Tuesday, 22 May:
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 23 May and Thursday, 24 May:
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
3. Press Room and hotel information
Press Room will be available at the meeting for press registrants to work and conduct interviews with attending scientists. Complimentary wireless internet access will be available to all attendees. The Press Room will be located in the Dogwood B Room and will be open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Click here to view a floorplan of the Lansdowne Resort, including locations of the Press Room, registration area and session rooms.
The TESS housing deadline has passed, but a limited number of discounted hotel rooms are still available at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa through the TESS housing page. Rooms start at $269 per night. Complimentary shuttle transportation to and from Dulles International Airport is included in the room rate.
4. Potentially newsworthy presentations
The following is a list of potentially newsworthy research being presented at the 2018 TESS meeting selected by AGU’s Public Information Office.
Monday, 21 May
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Lansdowne Ballroom CD (Poster hall)
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Lansdowne Ballroom CD (Poster hall)
11:08 – 11:16 a.m., Amphitheater
11:39 – 11:52 a.m., Bacon Room
2:00 – 2:13 p.m., Faulkner Room
4:43 – 4:56 p.m., Bacon Room
4:56 – 5:09 p.m., Bacon Room
Tuesday, 22 May
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Lansdowne Ballroom CD (Poster hall)
11:00 – 11:15 a.m., Faulkner Room
11:13 – 11:26 a.m., Lansdowne Ballroom AB
4:50 – 5:10 p.m., Amphitheater
5:22 – 5:35 p.m., Faulkner Room
6:01 – 6:14 p.m., Bacon Room
Wednesday, 23 May
12:13 – 12:26 p.m., Faulkner Room
12:18 – 12:31 p.m., Bacon Room
2:40 – 3:00 p.m., Lansdowne Ballroom AB
2:45 – 3:00 p.m., Faulkner Room
5:30 – 5:45 p.m., Faulkner Room
5:45 – 6:00 p.m., Faulkner Room
Thursday, 24 May
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Lansdowne Ballroom CD (Poster hall)
2:28 – 2:40 p.m., Bacon Room
3:06 – 3:18 p.m., Bacon Room