General Information


Audio-visual Policy

Standard Audio-visual Set-up in Meeting Rooms
The workshop room will have one screen and one data projector.  Overhead projectors will be available upon request. If you would like to request an overhead projector for your session, please email Jennifer Fasy (fasy@siam.org) no later than December 1, 2008. Speakers may inquire about ordering additional audio-visual equipment by contacting meetings@siam.org.

SIAM does not provide computers for any speaker.  When giving an electronic presentation, speakers must provide their own computers.  SIAM is not responsible for the safety and security of speakers’ computers.

All speakers, please visit http://www.siam.org/meetings/guidelines/av.php prior to the pre-registration deadline.

E-Mail

E-mail stations will be available for conference attendees.  The hotel offers wired and wireless Internet access for a fee.

Local Area

Visit http://www.nycvisit.com/ or http://www.nyc.com/ for more information on New York City and the surrounding area.

The average temperature in New York during January varies between 23° F (-5°C) and 36° F (2°C).  Remember meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely. It is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions.

Membership

Please visit http://www.siam.org/membership/ for information about joining SIAM.

Poster Session

No poster session will be held.

SIAM Books and Journals

Display copies of books and complimentary copies of journals are available on site. SIAM books are available at a discounted price during the conference. If a SIAM books representative is not available, completed order forms and payment (credit cards are preferred) may be taken to the SIAM registration desk.

Transportation

By Air:
SIAM has selected to assist attendees in making travel arrangements.  To book your reservations through Uniglobe Wings Travel, contact Amy Hueber at +1-215-628-3322 or toll free (US and Canada) at 866-71-WINGS. Press two (2) when you hear the recording, and ask to be transferred to Amy. Be sure to mention you are attending the SIAM Workshops and Symposium.  Uniglobe Wings Travel will issue your ticket and mail it to you. Please be aware there is a fee for this service.

You also have the choice of using your own travel agent or an Internet service.  There are many web sites available to allow you to search for and purchase airline tickets online.  Expedia (http://www.expedia.com), Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com), and Travelocity (http://www.travelocity.com) are just a few.

Ground Transportation:

Public Transportation from Airport
Taxis are available at the airport for transportation to the hotel.  Please visit the New York Marriott Downtown web site, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycws-new-york-marriott-downtown/ and click on “Maps & Transportation” to find local directions.  SIAM also suggests you contact the hotel directly for any information about sharing transportation.

By Train
Amtrak has a rail station in New York.  To make train reservations through Amtrak, call (800) USA-RAIL, go to http://www.amtrak.com (KMK please link) or contact Uniglobe Wings Travel.  Taxis are available at the train station for transportation to the hotel.

Rental Cars

Many major car rental companies have offices inside the airport terminal. You can make your arrangements when you arrive at the airport or you can make them through Uniglobe Wings Travel or your own travel agent. Uniglobe Wings Travel can make your car rental reservations at the same time you make your flight reservations. See information above regarding how to reach Uniglobe Wings Travel.

Driving Directions

If renting a car, please obtain a map and directions from your rental car company. Another option is to visit Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com ) (KMK please link), or another similar web site.  SIAM highly recommends you contact the hotel directly at +1-212-385-4900 or visit their web site for driving directions. 

Visa Information

International attendees at conferences in the US may already be aware that there have been changes to the visa program for scientific visitors, which affect even people from visa waiver countries. The site http://www.nationalacademies.org/visas/, maintained by The National Academies, provides guidance on obtaining the necessary documents. 

Also visit http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html for information regarding the visa waiver program, as maintained by the US Department of State.

Letter of Invitation

Confirmed speakers in need of a letter of invitation to assist in the visa application process, please send your request to meetings@siam.org. Be sure to include the following information:
Conference Title
Date of Presentation
Name as it appears on passport
Date of Birth
Passport Origin
Passport Number

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