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SON is planning an in-person meeting at Gulf Shores State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama Sept. 12-15, 2021.

To accommodate those who cannot travel because of COVID-19 restrictions, a Virtual Presentation option has been added to our in-person Tuesday night poster session.

Registrations and abstract submissions are now being accepted!

The Gulf State Park and Auburn University invite you to attend the 60th annual meeting of the Society of Nematologists on 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.

Gulf State Park has received the 2020 Phoenix Award from the Society of American Travel Writers. The award is given annually to destinations that showcase responsible, sustainable tourism, including conservation, preservation, beautification and anti-pollution efforts and was first awarded in 1969. The park has 3.5 miles of beautiful white sand beaches; 28 miles of educational hiking and biking trails, Segway tours, a nature center, outdoor classrooms, kayaking, guided nature walks and more. Its beachfront location also provides easy access to a host of water activities. This unique destination stands out from other Gulf Coast destinations because of its size, the diversity of its preserved ecosystems and commitment to sustainability. There is simply nowhere else like it on the Gulf Coast!

Live feed from the beach at Gulf Shores

Addressing COVID Concerns

This event will follow COVID-safe practices. Mask-wearing and social distancing will be observed in accordance with current Alabama state public health orders. The Hilton Lodge hosting our event has implemented practices within their facility for us to gather responsibly:

To address safe group travel practices and evolve today’s event experience, Hilton EventReady with   CleanStay is the next phase of Hilton CleanStay. The program expands on the elevated sanitation standards of the Hilton CleanStay program, addressing every touch point of the meeting experience.

Meeting Registration

Registration is open and early registration has been extended one week! Late registration begins July 1, 2021 July 8th, 2021 (registration fees will increase).

Abstracts submissions are now being accepted until June 30th, July 7th, 2021 through our SON webpage 2021 Abstract Submission Form.

Please see the Abstract Submission and Presentation Guidelines in the Meeting & Events menu of the website for more information on abstract and presentation formatting.

New registration category for virtual participation:

Because many of our members are still unsure if they will be able to attend an in-person conference in September but the Society deadline for abstracts needs to be in July we have created a Virtual Poster Presentation registration option. The deadline for this registration will be the same as that for abstract submission, June 30th.    
Virtual registrants will participate by providing a PDF of their poster along with a < 5 minute high-quality digital audio recording discussing the poster. These individual, prerecorded presentations will be turned into a video presentation montage to be played during the in-person poster session. Each poster will come up on the screen for 5 minutes and the audio narration will play, then the video will move to the next poster. The video will play on a continuous loop during the wine and cheese poster session.

PDFs of all posters will also be made available for viewing on the SON website (no audio) to those who register for the meeting face to face or virtually. 

Student Travel Grants

Through the generous support of the Bayer Corporation as well as the Entomophilic Nematology and Mai-Ferris-Bird Endowment Funds administered through the N.A. Cobb Foundation, travel grants are available to students that meet the eligibility requirements. Please visit the Student Travel Award webpage for more information on how to apply. Deadline for applications has been extended to June 14th!

Hotel Reservations

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 web site 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 Hotel Reservations 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.


UPDATE on room availability:

Our block of rooms are BOOKED!


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.

Shuttle service from the Pensacola International Airport to the Gulf Shores Lodge is available and provided by Coastal Express Shuttle. They can be reached at 251-923-8336.

Rental cars and Uber also offer transport to the park. Parking in the park is $8.00 a day and bicycles are available at no additional cost.

Nature Tours

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 during the meeting for an assortment of guided Nature Tours, for an extra fee. A summary of the tours available can be found here.

If you have already registered for the meeting but would like to register for the Monday evening Guided Star Party or any of the Wednesday morning Nature Tours you can use the links below.

Guided Star Party Registration  Nature Tour Registration


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 summary of the Conference program agenda can be found here:

SON 2021 short programSON 2021 FULL PROGRAMSON 2021 POSTER

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 & Committee meetings 

       Wednesday evening Closing Banquet

Need an extra ticket to the Banquet for a friend or loved one?

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