Monday, December 13, 2010
AGU Fall Meeting Attracts Nearly 20,000 Scientists
With the Cancun climate meetings just wrapping up, the AGU meeting is guaranteed to have many animated discussions about science related to climate. Scientists will find out what others have been working on, argue with each other in the hallways, and yes, laugh about the good old days back in the stone ages.
As big as this meeting is (and it's not even the biggest scientific meeting), only about a third of the worldwide membership will be able to attend. According to its web site, "AGU membership encompasses more than 58,000 individuals from over 135 countries." The goal of membership "is to unite Earth, atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic, space, and planetary scientists by providing a dynamic forum for the geophysical community through scientific journals, meetings, electronic mail, a weekly newspaper, scientific and technical committee activities, and several online data and information services."
In other words, a way to share information about new discoveries, new data, and potential areas of further research.
Information about the fall meeting can be found here. A PDF of the program book can be downloaded here (warning: it's 123 MB so takes a while to download).