Press & Media Information

About the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting

The biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting, co-sponsored by AGU, ASLO, and TOS will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu on February 23-28, 2014. Increasing evidence of multiple human impacts on the oceans makes this is a critical time for the largest international assembly of ocean scientists, engineers, students, educators, policy makers, and other stake holders to gather and share their results on research, application of research, and education. What better place to hold the meeting than an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where there is emphasis on mauka to makai (ridge to reef) connection, the ultimate in ecosystem-based management; where there is interest in combining traditional knowledge with science-based understanding; where islands are in threat of disappearing from sea level rise; and where East and West can easily meet.

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Social Media Information

Twitter Link:; Event Hashtag: #2014OSM

Media Contact

Mary Catherine Adams
Office Phone: 202.777.7530

Media Registration

Registration is complimentary for members of the news media.

You may register on-site throughout the entire meeting at the Ocean Sciences Meeting Registration Desk at the Hawaii Convention Center

International Reporters: See important Visa information below if you are planning to attend the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting and are not a citizen or resident of the USA.

Media Registration Eligibility

Eligibility for media registration is limited to the following persons:

  • Working press employed by bona fide news media outlets who regularly report news on the earth sciences. These registrants must present a press card, business card, or a letter from an editor of a recognized news media outlet assigning you to cover 2014 OSM.
  • Freelance science journalists and science bloggers who present evidence of three (3) bylined news reports in the earth sciences intended for the general public and published in 2012 – 2014.
  • Creators of long-form stories or compositions about earth sciences, such as books/feature-length documentary films, who are currently working on one or  have published at least one in 2012-14.
  • Public information/press officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Note:  Scientists who will be presenting at the meeting and who are also reporting from the meeting for bona fide news media outlets may be issued News Media credentials at the discretion of 2014 OSM Press Office Staff. Everyone who presents at the meeting must also register for the meeting and pay the appropriate fee as a presenter.

Representatives of publishing houses, the business side of news media, political action committees or similar, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk at the meeting and pay the appropriate fees, regardless of possession of any of the above credentials; they will not be accredited as News Media at the meeting.  All press badges will be issued solely at the discretion of the 2014 OSM Press Office.

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 slow due to a high volume of applications.

The U.S. Department of State has “Media (I) Visa” information for journalists available here:

Onsite Press Room

Press Room – Room 302B
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 24-27 Feb., 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The press room will be equipped with a telephone (808-792-6621), wireless Internet, computers with hardwired Internet access, and a printer. These are for use by members of the news media and by Ocean Sciences Meeting press room staff only.

The press room will also be equipped to offer press conferences that might be organized at the meeting. Further information about press conferences will be posted on this page closer to the time of the meeting.