The meeting will be held in the Sheraton on the Canal Street, New Orleans, a four star hotel. All scientific events, Conference Expo, Meet and Greet will be hosted within this hotel. The hotel is very conveniently located in the heart of New Orleans, just at the entrance to the French Quarter and steps away from the Bourbon Street and Mississippi River. It is close to all attractions that New Orleans offers for the visitors.

October in New Orleans is one of the most desired tourist and conference goers’ locations due to mild weather. As a result, the Hotel rooms availability is limited and pricing is high. We have negotiated a block of rooms with Sheraton on Canal Street at special, discounted room rates for the conference participants. These rates are available only through a dedicated to the meeting booking platform. Please follow the “Book Hotel” link.


Getting to and around New Orleans

New Orleans is serviced by the Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) The airport is a newly opened modern facility that replaced the old airport with the same name and code.

Transport to and from the Airport is based on Airport Shuttle service, which travels to major Hotels in downtown New Orleans ($24).

New Orleans area is serviced by private transportation companies such as taxis, Lyft and Uber. Taxi from the airport to downtown New Orleans cost ~$35.

Downtown New Orleans, where the Symposium venue is located, is serviced by the system of historic Streetcars, which provide access to major attractions in the area. More information can be found here.

United Airlines Travel Discount

We have contracted United Airlines to provide discouted fares to participants traveling to the Meeting

The discounted is following the following schedule:

Within US 50 States and between US 50 States and Canada
first letter of fare basis                                               discount
J, C, D, Z, P, O, Y                                                        10%
A, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S                                      5%
T, L, K, G                                                                    2%

UA/AC Marketed Originating in Europe / Middle East /Africa and India to US 50 States / Canada / Mexico / Central America:
first letter of fare basis                                               discount
A, M, U, H                                                                  10%
J, C, D, Z, O, Y, B, E, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K, G             5%

LH/LX/OS/SN Marketed Between US 50 States / Canada / Mexico /Central America to/from Europe / Middle East / Africa and India
first letter of fare basis                                               discount
A, M, U, H                                                                  10%
F, J, C, D, Z, O, Y, B, E, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K, G          5%

To / From All Other International Destinations
first letter of fare basis                                               discount
F, J, C, D, O, Y, B, M, E, U, H                                    10%
Z, P, A, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K, G, N*                             5%



you can use the link provided here for the agreement discount code  ZKY6 reservation Agreement # 76730

US 50 States & Canada passengers: call your professional travel agency, book online via or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800-426-1122 and provide the Z

Code and Agreement Code. Booking fee is waived for all Meeting reservations.

Passengers outside the US 50 States & Canada: call your professional travel agency or book online via

Travel agency bookings: To avoid debit memos and ensure tracking for United Meetings Rewards, the fourdigit

Z code must appear in the Tour Code box. Note: Do not add letters “IT” in the Tour Code box or any

other information in the Tour Code box other than the four-digit Z code.


Social Program

We have prepared an exciting social program for the meeting.

We will start with a Meet and Greet event on Sunday evening informal reception where participants can relax in the Armstrong Ballroom, listening to music with a glass of wine, beer or soda.

The Welcome Reception will take place on Monday, October 10 at 6 pm. The reception will take place on the steamboat CITY of NEW ORLEANS. We will depart at 6:30 so do not be late for this 2.5 hour cruise up and down the Mississippi river, while enjoying famous New Orleans  live jazz music and tasting of unique South Louisiana cuisine.

Wednesday afternoon is reserved for a personal time, and local tourism experts will provide a special sightseeing package for those interested (purchased separately). Packages will include swamp tours, plantation tours, voodoo tours, local museums, bar hopping and restaurant tasting. More information on pricing and provider will be available shortly.

Official conference banquet will take place on Thursday evening and will be hosted at a special New Orleans location, with live music, and an upscale  cuisine  Tickets are free for all registered participants (thanks to our sponsor, Wellington Labs).


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