The AAS offers complimentary meeting registration to bona fide working journalists and public-information officers (PIOs). To request press registration, first check our eligibility criteria, then contact AAS Press Officer Dr. Rick Fienberg with your name and media affiliation (or “freelance” if applicable). Upon confirming your eligibility, he’ll email you a special promotional code that you can use to register the same way regular attendees do, i.e., via the AAS 237 registration page. This is a change from how we used to handle press registration, so please follow the instructions carefully. Advance press registration deadline: Wednesday, 6 January 2021. If you wait till the workshops and science sessions are under way, we may not be able to process your registration in time for you to attend that day’s events.
Press Registration Instructions
Since we will not be meeting in person, there will be no physical press office, press conference room, or press interview room. A very special “Thank you!” goes out to the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) for generously sponsoring the AAS 237 virtual press office!
- Rick Fienberg, AAS Press Officer, +1 857-891-5649 (cell)
- Tarini Konchady, AAS Media Fellow, +1 202-328-2010 x130
- Susanna Kohler, Editor, AAS Nova, +1 202-328-2010 x127
Media Workshop on Multimessenger & Time Domain Astronomy
On Friday, 8 January 2021, from 12 noon to 4 pm Eastern time (17:00 to 21:00 UTC), the international Gemini Observatory, a program of NSF’s NOIRLab, will present a virtual media workshop. Its objective is to inform science writers — both journalists and public-information officers (PIOs) — about multimessenger astronomy (MMA, combining electromagnetic, gravitational, and particle observations) and time domain astronomy (TDA, the study of celestial transients) and to provide a glimpse into the likely future of these rapidly advancing fields. The workshop will consist of a panel of scientists from leading MMA/TDA research facilities who will share their views on the state of each field and their vision for the future of MMA/TDA science and technology. A panel discussion and Q&A on MMA/TDA and on communications in the context of large scientific collaborations will round out the event, which will be recorded and made publicly accessible afterward.
There is no charge for this workshop, but it is available only to press registrants, and if you wish to participate you must sign up for the workshop when you register; see the instructions above.
For more information, including the speaker lineup, see the workshop page.
During the week of 11-15 January 2021, daily press conferences will be conducted via Zoom for press registrants and any other meeting registrants wishing to attend. They’ll also be live-streamed on the AAS Press Office YouTube channel for others who are interested — but not interested enough to register. You will not be able to ask questions via YouTube; to do that, you’ll need to register for the meeting and join the briefings via Zoom. Recordings will be archived on the AAS Press Office YouTube channel afterward.
- 2nd Media Advisory (Press Kit) (29 December 2020; updated 15 January 2021)
- 1st Media Advisory (14 October 2020)