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We can’t wait to welcome you to the Big D in 2016! Our fantastic committee is assembled and already hard at work planning what we’re sure will be an exciting meeting full of science and fun filled events!
October is a great month to visit Dallas. It is almost always sunny here in Texas and temperatures are generally in the 60s and 70s at this time of year – although you never know, we were in the 90s this year in mid-October! There are plenty of ways to enjoy this warm weather – Klyde Warren Park and the largest urban arts district in the country are just a few blocks away from the hotel, or you can travel a little further and visit the nationally acclaimed Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens or Southfork Ranch from the 80s television show Dallas. If you have free time early in the week, the State Fair of Texas is just a short DART (light rail) ride away; you can enjoy such tasty fare as fried s’mores and corny dogs on a stick and see Big Tex, the tallest cowboy in Texas!
Dallas also has its fair share of historical sites, including the Sixth Floor Museum (JFK), George W. Bush Presidential Center and Dallas Heritage Village. If you’re a sports fan, you may want to attend a Dallas Stars hockey match or Mavericks preseason basketball game or plan a visit out to AT&T Stadium, home of “America’s Team”– the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas is centrally located and within a four-hour flight from most North American destinations. Two airports service Dallas: Dallas/Ft. Worth International (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL). You can grab a taxi or shuttle from the airport or use the easily accessible and economical DART, which has a stop right by the hotel; the DART trip from DFW is around 60 minutes and from DAL it is about 20 minutes.
The Dallas Sheraton will be our meeting hotel and conference venue. The hotel has had a complete renovation in recent years. The hotel offers incredible city views and free Wi-Fi will be offered in all guest rooms. The Sheraton has a large green initiative; you can enjoy a $5 voucher at participating food and beverage outlets or 500 Starpoints® awarded at checkout for each night you decline housekeeping (except the day of departure).
The Sheraton houses a restaurant (be sure to check out their sweet potato fries with blue cheese and honey), bar, and coffee shop onsite. Casual fare for lunches also can be found in the nearby Plaza of the Americas as well as at food trucks in Klyde Warren Park. In the evening, you may want to travel a few DART stops and explore numerous dinner options in surrounding neighborhoods.
Last but not least, we’ll have an exhibit hall like you’ve never seen before! You will walk through the exhibit area to attend the scientific sessions; this will make it convenient to go back and forth between interacting with vendors and listening to our speakers.
See y’all in Dallas!
Erin and Chris