1. Discover the latest in Earth and Space Sciences
More than 2,200 scientists are expected to present new findings in the Earth and space sciences in Foz do Iguaçu at the 2010 Meeting of the Americas. Organizers of the meeting, which takes place from 8 to 12 August, are planning 377 scientific sessions on such topics as the 2010 Haiti and Chile earthquakes, extreme weather events in the Americas, climate impacts of megacities, greenhouse gases and Amazonia, carbon budget at hydroelectric reservoirs, variability of the South Atlantic ocean circulation, and much more. All scientific sessions take place in the Rafain Hotel and Convention Center, Center Av. Olímpio Rafagnin, 2357, Parque Presidente II, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.
The meeting will bring together researchers from 20 scientific organizations: the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and 19 other Brazilian and international scientific societies: Asociación Argentina de Geofísicos y Geodestas (AAGG), Academia Brasileira de Ciências (ABC), Associação Brasileira de Estudos do Quaternário (ABEQUA), Associação Brasileira de Recursos Hídricos (ABRH), Latinamerican Association of Space Geophysics (ALAGE), Associação Brasileira de Oceanografia (AOCEANO), Centro Regional de Sismología para América del Sur (CERESIS), International Association of Seismology and Physiscs of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI) International Geoscience Education Organization (IGEO), Asociación Latinoamericana de Paleomagnetismo y Geomagnetismo (LATINMAG), Sociedade Brasileira de Cartografia, Geodésia, Fotogrametria e Sensoriamento Remoto (SBC), Sociedade Brasileira de Geologia (SBGeo), Sociedade Brasileira de Geofísica (SBGf), Sociedade Brasileira de Geoquímica (SBGq), Sociedade Brasileira de Meteorologia (SBMet), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Sociedad Geológica de Chile (SGC), Sociedad Uruguaya de Geología (SUG), and Unión Geofísica Mexicana (UGM). For links to web sites of cosponsors, see the 2010 Meeting of the Americas home page (and scroll down): http://www.agu.org/meetings/ja10/index.php
AGU will operate a Press Room at the meeting. A series of press conferences, to be described in subsequent advisories, will highlight some of the newsworthy sessions at the Meeting of the Americas.
Information for members of the news media about this meeting, including links to advisories, are posted at http://www.agu.org/meetings/ja10/newsmedia/index.php
2. Hotel Booking Now Open
Rooms can now be reserved at 12 hotels with special meeting rates. Nightly charges range from 72 Reais to 386 Reais. All prices include breakfast.
The deadline for discounted hotel reservations is 25 June. For further information and to book rooms, see: http://www.agu.org/meetings/ja10/travel/index.php
3. Brazilian Visa Regulations for International Reporters
As a general rule, Brazil requests visas based on the principle of reciprocity of treatment given to Brazilian citizens. You do need a visa (either for tourism or business) BEFORE entering Brazil if you are a citizen of the United States. For more travel information: http://www.geophysics2010.org/useful_info.htm
Journalists require a journalist visa to work in Brazil. For more information, visit the website of Consulate General of Brazil in Washington D.C. http://www.consbrasdc.org/english/article.asp?id=19
4. News Media Registration Information
News Media registrants receive a badge that provides access to any of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to the Press Room. Press registration is complimentary.
Eligibility is limited to the following persons:
- Working press employed by bona fide news media: must present a press card, business card, or letter of introduction from an editor of a recognized publication.
- Freelance science writers: must present a current membership card from one of the following science journalism organizations--the Brazilian Association of Science Journalism (ABJC), the U.S.-based National Association of Science Writers (NASW) or a regional affiliate of NASW, or one of the 38 other associations of science journalists recognized by the World Federation of Science Journalists; or a current membership cards from the U.S.-based Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ); or evidence of by-lined work pertaining to science intended for the general public and published in 2009 or 2010; or a letter from the editor of a recognized publication assigning you to cover the Meeting of the Americas.
- Public information officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies: must present a business card.
Note 1: Representatives of publishing houses, for-profit corporations, and the business side of news media must register at the main registration desk at the meeting and pay the appropriate fees, regardless of possession of any of the above documents. They are not accredited as News Media at the meeting.
Note 2: Scientists who are also reporters and who are presenting at this meeting (oral or poster session) may receive News Media credentials if they qualify (see above), but must also register for the meeting and pay the appropriate fee as a presenter.
5. Register Online
To register for the Meeting of the Americas as a member of the news media, please click on: http://www.agu.org/meetings/ja10/newsmedia/registration.php
Friday, 30 July 2010 is the last day for online press pre-registration, which assures that your badge will be waiting for you when you arrive. You may also register at the meeting.