The popular science storytelling event Ignite@AGU returns to the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday December 16, 2015 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Infusion Lounge. The event is free and open to all; there will be appetizers and access to a cash bar.

Sponsored by NASA’s Applied Sciences Program and held in partnership with the Foundation for Earth Science, ESIP Federation and AGU’s Earth and Space Science Informatics Section, the event enables scientists to showcase their professional and personal interests through fast-moving, creative presentations.

Ignite gives speakers a strict presentation format: five minutes and 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. The rapid-fire pace of the this format makes for fun, frenetic delivery and keeps the audience engaged. Ignite presenters span domains and organizations, and range from graduate students to senior-level researchers, science journalists, educators and more. Some talks are about serious science, others are more lighthearted, but all focus on a compelling idea or story. Ignite talks are not your average scientific conference talks — speakers are encouraged to push boundaries and be creative, funny and thought-provoking.

Submit a Talk Proposal
Do you have a deep passion for your field of research? An interesting fieldwork story? A unique perspective on your scientific domain? That’s what we want to hear you talk about at Ignite. All presentations are five minutes; you create 20 slides and we’ll set them up to auto-advance every 15 seconds. We’ll also provide a venue and an enthusiastic, diverse audience who will give you a moment to shine.

We’re likely to receive many more talk submissions that we have slots available for the event. If you want to be selected, you’ll need to stand out. A few tips for making the cut:

– Share your excitement. Make us believe your topic gets you fired up.
– Your submission should reflect your passion for your topic, yet also have broad appeal and be able to hold the interest of our diverse audience.
– Be specific about how you’ll present your topic. The better we understand you and your topic, the more likely we are to find it engaging.

Ready? Submit your talk proposal here. The call for presenters closes at midnight ET on November 2, 2015.

Contact rebeccafowler@esipfed.org if you have questions and check out the line-up from the 2014 Ignite@AGU to learn more.