240th meeting

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Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California
240th meeting of the American Astronomical Society
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California
12 – 16 June 2022

The AAS offers complimentary meeting registration to bona fide working journalists and public information officers (PIOs).

At AAS 240, there will be a dedicated press office and a reservable interview room. We will hold a full program of press conferences throughout the meeting, and the meeting will be followed by an optional press tour to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Friday, 17 June (note that the press tour will conflict with the meeting tour to Mt. Wilson Observatory, so please do not register for the Mt. Wilson tour if you plan to attend the press tour).

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Press Registration Press Office Press Conferences
Press Interviews Press Tour Resources for Presenting Scientists
Embargo Policy for AAS Meetings    

Press Registration

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. Susanna Kohler with your name and media affiliation (or “freelance” if applicable). Upon confirming your eligibility, she'll email you a special promotional code that you can use to register for the meeting the same way regular attendees do, i.e., via the AAS 240 registration page.

Advance press registration deadline: Sunday, 5 June 2022. If you wait until the meeting is under way, we may not be able to process your registration in time for you to attend that day’s events.

Note that if you plan to attend the meeting in person, you will need to provide proof of vaccination as part of the registration process. Approval can take 24–48 hours, so please plan in advance for this.

View AAS 240 Press Registrants

Press Office

USRA LogoLocation: Room 208, Upper Level Conference Room, Pasadena Convention Center

Thanks to the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) for generously sponsoring the press office with refreshments for on-site press registrants!

Press Office Hours

  • Sunday, 12 June, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Monday, 13 June, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 14 June, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 15 June, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, 16 June, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Press Office Staff

  • Dr. Susanna Kohler, AAS Communications Manager & Press Officer, +1 202-328-2010 x127
  • Dr. Kerry Hensley, AAS Communications Specialist & Deputy Press Officer, +1 202-328-2010 x138
  • Haley Wahl, AAS Media Fellow, +1 202-328-2010 x139

Former AAS Press Officer Rick Fienberg and Astrobites Media Intern Briley Lewis will also assist in the Press Office.


Press Conferences

Location: Room 107, Lower Level Conference Room, Pasadena Convention Center

Press conferences will be hosted daily Monday–Thursday, 13–16 June, to showcase some of the most exciting recent astronomical discoveries. Briefings will last an hour and will occur twice a day Monday–Wednesday at 10:15 am and 2:15 pm PDT; Thursday will have only the morning conference at 10:15 am.

The briefings will be held on-site and live-streamed on Zoom for virtual meeting participation. They will also be live-streamed on the AAS Press Office YouTube channel (where you will not be able to ask questions; to do that, you will need to participate via Zoom) and archived there.

Briefing schedule, topics, and speakers will be announced closer to the meeting date.


Press Interviews

Location: Room 215, Upper Level Conference Room, Pasadena Convention Center

Use the online signup sheet to reserve this room for use for press interviews at specific dates and times.


Press Tour

There will be a press tour following the meeting on Friday, 17 June, to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This event is for in-person press registrants only; there is no virtual option. Sign up using the online expression of interest form, which is separate from the press registration form.

Note that this tour is separate from the AAS 240 meeting excursion to Mt. Wilson Observatory on Friday, 17 June, and will conflict. Please do not register for the Mt. Wilson Observatory excursion if you plan to attend the press tour.

The tour will run from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm PDT. The first portion will be a tour of the laboratory; the last hour will include a tour of the JPL museum (with spacecraft models) and the opportunity to meet and talk to some of the astrophysics mission teams.

Further details will be announced at a future date, and additional press events may be added as the meeting approaches.


Resources for Presenters

If you have been invited to present at an AAS press conference, you may have questions about what happens at a press conference, how to prepare a presentation, or how to prepare a press release. The resources at the following link should address those questions:

https://aas.org/press/media-training-nutshell


Media Advisories

  • coming soon!