SON is planning an in person meeting at Gulf Shores State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama Sept. 12-15, 2021 ---- but we do have a backup plan for a virtual meeting if it becomes necessary.
One way or another we will have an SON meeting Sept 12-15, 2021.
Registration and abstract submission will open in March 2021. Hope to see you at the beach in September!
60th Annual SON Conference
The Gulf State Park and Auburn University invite you to attend the 60th annual meeting of the Society of Nematologists from September 12 - 15, 2021. The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel, is a unique destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast where nature is at your doorstep. It is located inside the naturally beautiful 6,150-acre Gulf State Park. This unique destination stands out from other Gulf Coast destinations because of its size and the diversity of its preserved ecosystems. The park is part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World (https://www.nationalgeographiclodges.com/lodges/map-view/) and the Jean-Michel Cousteau Learning campus (https://watershed.pro/portfolio/learning-campus-gulf-state-park/).
Meeting rooms, restaurants, and hotel rooms are linked with covered walk ways.
Open-air space is optimized.
The Lodge at Gulf State Park will serve as the meeting site and primary hotel accommodations for the 60th annual SON meeting (https://www.gulfshores.com/lodging/resorts/the-lodge-at-gulf-state-park/). Rooms are available through the website Sunday Sept. 12, 2021 through Thursday Sept. 16, 2021. Please use the Group code: SON.
Park View rate is $169.00/night
Gulf View rate at $189.00/night
Guests wishing to reserve their rooms by phone or extend their stay should reach out to the Lodge Reservations desk at 800-618-4350. Remember Group code SON. Rooms can also be reserved online at http://group.hilton.com/societyofnematologists however; extended dates are not available via the booking link.
Travel to/from the Meeting Site
The Pensacola International Airport located in Pensacola, Florida is 37 miles from the park. (https://www.pensacola-airport.com/) American, Delta, Southwest and Frontier are some of the airlines that fly in to this airport.
Rental cars and Uber offer transport to the Park.
Parking is $5.00 a day and bicycles are available at no additional cost.
Our meeting site is located inside the naturally beautiful 6,150-acre Gulf State Park. This unique destination stands out from other Gulf Coast destinations because of its size and the diversity of its preserved ecosystems. The park is part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and so we have made time in the meeting for an assortment of guided Nature Tours for you to choose from, if you are interested and for an additional fee. A summary of the tours available can be found here.
Your meeting registration includes access to all scientific sessions, the opening reception, the wine and cheese poster session, closing reception and awards banquet dinner. You will also be provided with morning and afternoon beverage service, snacks and lunches. A link to the abstract submission form will be emailed to you once your registration is successfully completed. There is a $50 abstract fee for each abstract submitted in order to cover publication costs in the Journal of Nematology.
The Meeting schedule at a glance:
• Sunday evening Welcome Reception
• Monday morning Plenary Sessions I & II
• Monday afternoon Graduate Student Paper Competition
• Monday evening Star Gazing at the Pier
• Tuesday Paper sessions and Symposia
• Tuesday evening Wine and Cheese Poster Session
• Wednesday morning Nature Tours
• Wednesday afternoon Capacity Building grants &
• Wednesday evening Closing Banquet