AAAS Annual Meeting, Chicago in February,
Open for Online Media Registration

Press registration is open for the 2009 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting Newsroom in Chicago February 12-16, 2009.

Billed as the “largest general science conference in America,” the meeting this year has a theme of “Our Planet and Its Life: Origins and Futures.” There are more than enough climate change-related sessions and “big name” experts scheduled to justify tapping even the most cash-constrained newsroom travel budget. A mere sampling of the numerous sessions and scientists on the agenda:


  • U.S. Cities responding to Climate Change Concerns;
  • Assessing and Dealing with Extremes in a Changing Climate;
  • What is New, Surprising Since the IPCC Fourth Assessment?;
  • Environmental Justice and Climate Change;
  • The Future of U.S. Climate-Observing Capability;
  • Water: Who Gets the Last Drop?; and
  • Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction.


  • Amory Lovins of Rocky Mountain Institute;
  • Daniel G. Nocera, of MIT;
  • Thomas Knutson, and Ron Stouffer, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab.;
  • Stephen Schneider, Stanford University;
  • Tom Karl, NOAA National Climatic Data Center;
  • Jeremy Jackson, Scripps Institution of Oceanography;
  • Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University;
  • Tom Lovejoy, H John Heinz III Center;
  • Richard Alley, Penn State University;
  • … and lots more still.

As usual, the meeting this year will feature more than 150 symposia and lectures on research topics and policy issues ranging from environment and energy to sustainable development, and energy. For reporters needing a break from the heavy lifting of climate science, a Saturday morning session – “The Science of Kissing” – might be an attractive escape.

Hundreds of reporters from throughout the U.S. and from around the world annually attend the AAAS meeting, which is always open and receptive not just to “big name” journalists but also to freelance media, a fast-growing and increasingly important part of the media picture.

To register and see more information on the Newsroom: More information on the meeting is available at Reporters can direct specific questions to Molly McElroy, Communications Officer, AAAS Office of Public Programs at 202-326-6434 or at mmcelroy @

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