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2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting: Housing deadline Jan. 28

January 06, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC-- Discover the latest in ocean science research at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting, taking place from 21-26 February at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting will bring together researchers from the American Geophysical Union, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and The Oceanography Society.

Included in this advisory:
    1. About the meeting

    2. Hotel reservation information

    3. Scientific program now online and searchable

    4. Press registration information

    5. Press Room information

    6. U.S. visa regulations for international reporters
1. About the meeting

The biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting is an international assembly of scientists, engineers, students, educators and policy makers, who gather to share and discuss new scientific findings, research applications, education and policy about the oceans. Nearly 4,000 attendees are expected to present the latest research findings about the world's oceans at the meeting.

Public information officers of universities, government agencies and research institutions can use the Ocean Sciences Meeting as an opportunity to present research to on-site reporters through press releases, press events, a virtual press room, and one-on-one contact with the press. If you have an idea for a press release or press event, please email for a copy of the press event proposal form. The deadline to propose a press release or press event is Fri., January 22.

Please visit the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting Media Center for previous media advisories and important information about press registration, housing, who's coming and more.

2. Hotel reservation information

Press registrants for the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting may reserve rooms at select New Orleans hotels with special discounted rates. The deadline to book a hotel room in order receive the special AGU rate is 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, January 28. Hotels sell out quickly so book your room now to get the best rate. Rooms must be reserved through the press registration system in order to benefit from the discounted rates. Visit the Housing page on the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting website for more information about booking a hotel room.

3. Scientific program now online and searchable

The full scientific program is now searchable online. To search, click on the search button at the top, right-hand corner of the online program. Click on "Advanced Search" to search by session, paper, person, primary topic or other criteria. To browse sessions, click on the Primary Topic link on the left-hand side of the search engine. Scientific, educational, and policy sessions will cover topics as wide-ranging as human-marine environment interactions, climate change, ocean acidification, renewable energy and sea level rise.

4. Press registration information

Press registrants receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all scientific sessions, and the press room. Online press registration for the Ocean Sciences Meeting is now open. Please pre-register to expedite the on-site badge pick-up process. For eligibility requirements, please visit the Press Registration Eligibility Requirements page.

Eligible members of the press may also register on-site at the meeting. Information about on-site press registration will be included in a future media advisory.

For International Reporters: See important visa information below if you are planning to attend the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting and are not a citizen or resident of the U.S.

5. Press Room information

The Ocean Sciences Press Office will provide a Press Room with workspace for reporters, including computers, a printer, Wi-Fi, and room for working and networking with colleagues. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Additional information, including the location and hours of the Press Room, will follow in a future media advisory. Information for press will also be posted on the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting Media Center.

6. U.S. visa regulations for international reporters

All journalists who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States need a visa to cover scientific meetings in the U.S. This also applies to journalists from "Visa Waiver Program" countries (e.g., Western Europe) who do not normally need visas to enter the U.S. as tourists. This is not a new requirement, but it is now being strictly enforced.

The required visa is a "Media (I) Visa" issued by an American Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Journalists traveling internationally to attend the Ocean Sciences Meeting should apply as soon as possible for a "Media (I) Visa." The application procedure is simple but can be timely due to a high volume of applications.

The U.S. Department of State has "Media (I) Visa" information for journalists available on its website.
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