About Ocean Sciences Meeting

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The Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) is the flagship conference for the ocean sciences and the larger ocean-connected community. As we approach the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, beginning in 2021, it is increasingly important to gather as a scientific community to raise awareness of the truly global dimension of the ocean, address environmental challenges, and set forth on a path towards a resilient planet.

The Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 is co-sponsored by AGU, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and The Oceanography Society (TOS). Through the combined power of these three organizations, along with the broader conservation-focused community, this meeting provides attendees the opportunity to bridge disciplines, connect communities, and make lasting partnerships.

Ocean Sciences Meeting Frequently Asked Questions

  Where is the exhibit hall located?

San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Hall B2

  Where is the Exhibitor Service Manual?

The Exhibitor Service Manual is available here.

  When is the Exhibit Hall open?

Exhibit Hall Schedule

Show Hours
Tuesday, February 18 • 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, February 19 • 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, February 20 • 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Please note: This schedule is subject to change. All exhibits must be staffed during exhibit hours.

  What is the demographic breakdown of attendees?

Click here to view the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting demographic breakdown.

  What deadlines should I keep in mind?

A deadline checklist is available here. Most deadlines fall 30-45 days in advance of the first day of the Expo.

  Who are my key contacts?

Who do I contact?

Exhibit Sales

Companies beginning with #-D, T-Z:
Bradley Eubank
OSM Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales

Companies beginning with E-S:
Cindy Auguste
OSM Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales


AGU Registration Support
(888) 788-1552 or (703) 449-6418

Exhibit Operations

Brittany Spargo

Registration and Program Questions

  Where can I find the Conference schedule?

The full conference agenda can be found online in Fall 2019, or through the official conference mobile app.

  How can I register my booth personnel?

Exhibitor Registration is now available here.

Your badge allotment is dependent on the size of your space. To confirm what is included with your space, contact Brittany.Spargo@spargoinc.com.

  How can I make hotel reservations?

Housing is now available here. Reserve your room early at the special AGU rate. Remember that your patronage at these hotels makes it possible for AGU to honor its contractual obligations, thus keeping registration fees down.

Be aware that it is not unusual for housing wholesalers to contact convention attendees claiming to offer great deals on hotels during the convention dates. Please be advised that AGU has no affiliation with these room brokers and attendees opting for alternatives offered by these wholesalers may be at risk.

Know Before You Go

  Transportation to the San Diego Convention Center?

Closest Airport:
The closest major airport to San Diego, CA is the San Diego International Airport. This airport is about 4 miles from the San Diego Convention Center.

  What are the age restrictions at Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020?

No one under age 18 is permitted in the exhibit hall during move in or move out hours. During exhibit hours, children will require a badge to access the exhibit hall. Please see registration for badge information.

  What is the dress code?

Business professional is always welcome, but khakis and company logo polo-shirt are acceptable.

  Who is exhibiting this year?

Visit our website to see a current list of exhibiting companies and an interactive floor plan.

  How do I work with a tight budget?

  • Always order your services before the discount deadlines.
  • Consolidate your freight and shrink wrap it to avoid additional material handling charges.
  • For large groups use shuttle transportation rather than individual taxi service.
  • Always bring back up supplies so you don’t have to rent them for a premium at the show.
  • Some items are cheaper to bring on your own rather than renting year after year every show. (i.e. power strips, extension cords, artificial plants, trash can etc.)
  • Consider the costs of rental displays, carpet and booth furnishing versus shipping and material handling charges for your own display.
  • Meet your freight target times (if applicable) and instruct your drivers to check in at the marshaling yard before the deadline time noted in the service manual to avoid additional surcharges.
  • For larger booths - ship hanging signs and carpet in advance to allow for straight-time installation when possible.
  What additional costs can I expect?

Aside from the cost of your exhibit space:

Carpet or Floor Covering

Most Exhibitors will Incur/Need:
Material Handling/Drayage Charges
Shipping Charges
Booth Furniture (i.e. carpet, draped tables, chairs, etc.)

If Applicable:
Electric/Phone/Internet Connection

Pricing may be found in the Exhibitor Service Manual which is expected to be available November 2019.

Exhibitor Alert

AGU and SPARGO, Inc. encourage you to be aware of organizations who claim to have access to the OSM 2020 Attendee list, as they may try to sell this list to you. Please note neither AGU or SPARGO distributes an attendee list and DO NOT offer list rental services. Also, be aware companies other than OSM 2020 offical housing provider (SPARGO, Inc.) may contact you and indicate that they are affiliated with AGU and Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 and claim to offer hotels at 'reduced' rates. These companies are not affiliated in any way with AGU and it is highly recommended that you do not use their services.