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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. 


Early Registration and abstract submission will open March 1st, 2021.  Hope to see you at the beach in September!

The 60th annual meeting of the Society of Nematologists

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.

Hotel Reservations

The Lodge at the 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.

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 in the park is $5.00 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 in the meeting for an assortment of guided Nature Tours, for an extra fee. A summary of the tours available can be found here.

Agenda

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:


60th Annual Conference short program



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



Society of Nematologists

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Mesilla Park, New Mexico 88047


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