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The 61st Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists

SON 2022

Anchorage, Alaska

Sept 26-29, 2022


For the first time in the history of the Society of Nematologists, the annual conference will be held in Alaska!  We hope you can come to share your research, reconnect with colleagues and explore this unique environment.

Conference Schedule Overview

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April 30, 2022 - Nominations due for the John W. Webster Outstanding Student Award

June 1, 2022 - Deadline to apply for Student Travel Awards

June 30, 2022- Deadline for Abstract submissions (link to submit is emailed to you upon completing meeting registration);

                          last day to register for the Annual Meeting with early-bird pricing.

July 1, 2022 - Increase in Annual Meeting registration fees.

August 26, 2022 - Last day to reserve a room with the Anchorage Marriott (conference hotel group block is fully booked) new block

                              of rooms at the Anchorage Hilton

September 14, 2022 - Last day to register for Field Trips


    The meeting will be held in the newly renovated Marriott Downtown Anchorage (820 W 7th Ave). Centrally located, the venue is ideal for visiting downtown businesses, restaurants, and bars. 
      • Room rates will be $149 for a double queen/king. We have negotiated this rate from Thursday September 22nd through Monday October 3rd to allow for sightseeing before and after the conference. However, reservations at this rate are only available to book until August 25th, 2022. Our room block at the Marriott Downtown is completely booked for the negotiated rate of $149/night. However, the Hilton Anchorage has agreed to honor this rate. Please book ASAP, this discounted rate is only available until the end of the week, August 26, 2022. 


      Alaska’s largest airport, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) connects Alaska with the world. Flights from Seattle and Salt Lake, Portland and Phoenix, Chicago and Minneapolis make up some of the more than 240 daily flights arriving and departing daily. Domestic flights use the south terminal with carriers including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, and United Airlines. International flights use the north terminal. 

      The airport is located just under 6 miles from downtown Anchorage, about 15 minutes in a car. There is no shuttle service to/from the airport and the Marriott. Transportation from the airport is convenient by taxi, ride hailing service (Uber or Lyft), the People Mover municipal bus or a personal rental car.  Taxicabs average approximately $20 each way. With on-site car rental facilities, local shopping and restaurants, a surprising Alaska Native art collection, historic aircraft displays and a commanding view of the Chugach Mountains, the airport is an attraction in its own right. 

      COVID Concerns

      Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the registration table throughout the meeting and provided on the field trips for those desiring to use them. If you wish to be tested while in Anchorage, there are daily offerings. Here is a link for finding free Covid testing in the Anchorage area: https://anchoragecovidtest.org/

      Free rapid tests are also available at Walgreens (I’m sure other pharmacies as well).  The interactive map in the above link doesn’t show any testing sites or Walgreens near the Marriott hotel, so a taxi or ride service would be necessary. Conversely, free rapid tests can be ordered to your mailbox through this website: https://www.covid.gov/tests, and packed in your suitcase.

      Field Trip Tours are now OPEN for registration

      Family and friends are welcome to join you!

      Option #1 – Alaska Agriculture Tour

                      Travel to the “breadbasket” of Alaska agriculture, the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Valley. Buses will depart at noon from the Marriott Anchorage Downtown. You will travel about 45 min to the Plant Materials Center (Alaska Plant Materials Center | Division of Agriculture) in Palmer. Here you will tour the facility and have a box lunch (provided). Then it is off to a local farm to get insight into Alaskan agriculture from a farmer’s perspective. After this you will visit the Muskox farm (Musk Ox Farm | Palmer, Alaska) to learn about this unique arctic animal. The day will end with a short hike at Butte Trail (Hiking the Butte near Palmer, Alaska) with views of the Chugach Mountains, Knik Glacier and the Matanuska Valley. This approximately 6-hour tour will end when the bus returns you to the Marriott Anchorage Downtown. This tour is limited to 112 people. Cost is $98/person.

       Option #2 – Matanuska Glacier Tour (Tour is SOLD OUT)

                      This tour will depart at noon from the Marriott Anchorage Downtown. A box lunch will be provided as you travel by charter bus for 2-hours through the scenic Matanuska-Susitna valley to the base of the Matanuska Glacier. Here Matanuska Glacier Adventures will provide you with all the necessary gear. A guide will lead you through the recessional moraine to the terminus of the glacier, where you will venture into a wondrous world of glacial features including moulins, crevasses, open water streams, and conduits. Spend the afternoon exploring blue and basal ice in addition to learning about the history and glaciology of the Matanuska Valley of Southcentral Alaska.  The entire trip will be approximately 6 hours and will return to the Marriott Anchorage Downtown. The tour is limited to 56 people. Cost is $230/person. Deadline to register is September 14th!

      The drive to the glacier is a beautiful tour as well.

      Last Day to Register for the Ag Farm Tour!

      We encourage you to come before or stay after the meetings and take advantage of your visit to the area!  Below are a few links of interest and here is a list of things to do, local restaurants, breweries and crafts.



      Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!






      Society of Nematologists

      1300-G El Paseo Rd  #271

      Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001


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