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See NASA Science in Action at the American Geophysical Union Meeting
November 8, 2013

[image-51] NASA and the American Geophysical Union will host a one-day event for their social media followers on Dec. 10, 2013, at the AGU's annual fall meeting in downtown San Francisco. The event will bring 20 social media users together for a behind-the-scenes experience at the world's largest Earth and solar system science conference.

Drawing approximately 20,000 attendees to San Francisco's Moscone Center, the annual AGU Fall Meeting is one of the premier gatherings for scientists who study our planet and our solar system neighbors to share and discuss their work with colleagues from around the world. NASA scientists will be presenting their latest results from groundbreaking missions such as Voyager and the Mars Curiosity Rover and will be talking about important upcoming missions, including the launches of four Earth-observing missions in 2014. This NASA Social will give a small group the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the people behind NASA's Earth, Mars and other missions and with scientists presenting cutting-edge work at the meeting.

NASA Social participants will get a chance to:

  • Meet people behind NASA's high-profile recent missions and interact with them in small groups
  • Talk to NASA Associate Administrator for Science and a veteran astronaut for five spaceflights John Grunsfeld about the agency's major science initiatives
  • Sit in on a news conference where new NASA science results are released to the media
  • Take part in AGU sessions including one on science communication and social media
  • Meet fellow Earth and space science enthusiasts who are active on social media
  • End the day with a popular AGU-sponsored, science-themed open mic night

Registration will be open from 4 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, and closes at 12 (noon) p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 14.


What is a NASA Social?
A NASA Social is an informal meeting of people who use social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Participants at this event will be provided a unique in-person experience with the American Geophysical Union and NASA, which they are encouraged to share with others through their favorite social network.

The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest and one of the best examples of how scientists from every continent meet regularly to share their work, exchange ideas and collaboratively advance their respective fields of science.

How do I register?
Registration opens at 4 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, and closes at 12 (noon) p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 14. Participants will be randomly selected from qualified online registrations. Registration is for one person only (you) and is non-transferable.

Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Do I need to have a social media account to register?
Yes. This event is designed for active social media users who follow the American Geophysical Union and NASA on Twitter (@theAGU, @NASA, @NASASocial), Facebook (NASA, AGU) or Google+ (NASA). The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss science and exploration.

Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtags #AGU13 and #NASASocial. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @theAGU and @NASASocial and via posts to Facebook and Google+.

If you are not a regular user of social media and just want to learn more about NASA science and the AGU, NASA and AGU offer other ways to connect with the ongoing research by its scientists and members, respectively. You can begin at www.nasa.gov and www.agu.org.

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates your intent to travel to the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. and attend the one-day event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the event are subject to change without notice. NASA and AGU are not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. NASA and AGU, moreover, are not responsible for loss or damage incurred if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

The AGU Fall Meeting typically requires registration and a registration fee. This fee will be waived and one-day guest access granted for the NASA Social attendees. But NASA and AGU will screen for potential attendees who might otherwise register for the meeting. We hope to randomly select from a pool of social media users who would otherwise not attend the meeting.

Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Does my registration include a guest?
Because of space limitations, you may not bring a guest. Each registration provides a place for one person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.

What if I cannot come to the Moscone Center?
If you cannot come to the Moscone Center to attend in person, you should not register for the NASA Social. You can follow the conversation using the #NASASocial hashtag on Twitter.

If you cannot make this NASA Social, don't despair; NASA is planning others in the near future at various locations. Check back on http://www.nasa.gov/social for updates.

When will I know if I am selected?
After registrations have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected and those on the waitlist. We expect to send notifications by Monday, Nov. 18.

Does registration for and/or attendance at the NASA Social qualify me for media accreditation?
Your NASA Social registration and/or attendance does not qualify you for news media credentials at the AGU Fall Meeting, now or in the future.




Have a question not answered here? Need more information? Help is available by sending an email to HQ-Social@mail.nasa.gov.

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