We encourage conference participants to arrive on Thursday afternoon and depart in the afternoon/evening on Saturday. Here are some very helpful directions to campus whether arriving by plane, train, or automobile. Flights should be into St. Louis Lambert Airport. There is a convenient and inexpensive metro system that takes about 30-40 minutes from the airport, and drops off a short walk from campus and nearby hotels.
There are a number of reasonably priced hotels within (longish) walking distance, a short metro ride, or a short ride-share/taxi ride from the conference. Airbnb also has some very reasonable rates right near campus. Below are a few recommendations, in rough order of expense.
A variety of meals are included in your registration. Catered breakfast will be available on both Friday and Saturday. Friday will have a delicious catered lunch and afternoon coffee and snack options. There will also be a Friday evening social at a local eatery/bar with an assortment of fine fare. As can be anticipated at a food conference, we’ll do our best to make sure everyone eats well.
Presenters should prepare to present for 12-15 minutes. Feel free to present from memory, note cards, or with a prepared text (roughly a 7-page, double-spaced paper). PowerPoints are recommended, particularly those with nice images and limited text, but are entirely optional. There will be 15 minutes at the end of the formal presentations for questions and discussion. The presentation schedule will be released a few weeks prior to the event, along with instructions on how to submit your PowerPoint slides to the conference committee.
The conference will take place on the Washington University campus in Hillman Hall and Brown Hall. Here is a campus map in interactive online and downloadable (PDF) formats. An approximate street address for the conference location is:
6350 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105
Visitors to the Washington University are encouraged to use visitor parking meters located throughout campus and designated visitor parking lots. Here is further parking information.