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Symposium Venue

The symposium will be held at Drexel University. The sessions and welcome reception will be held at Behrakis Grand Hall at Creese Student Center (3210 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104).

Gala Dinner (Wednesday)

The Gala Dinner will be held at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. We will be eating in the Hall of the Dinosaurs.

Afternoon hike (including lunch), Friday, noon

Social Excursion: Wissahickon Woods, Friday July 3.

The woods around the Wissahickon Creek form an oasis within the city of Philadelphia. There are lot of options from the more strenuous White Trail to the more secluded Orange Trail, to a more relaxed stroll on Forbidden Drive (which parallels the creek) and/or a snack at the quite tasty Valley Green Inn. More information can be found at


Drexel Dormitories
We have reserved suite-style rooms in the Drexel Race Street Residences at 3300 Race Street. Housing must be booked no later than June 11th!.

These rooms are available for a flat rate of $49 per night + one-time $16 linen fee for single occupancy, or $39 per night + one-time $32 linen fee for double occupancy. These will likely be the cheapest and closest options for accommodation. The suites are organized as two or three bedrooms with a shared common room, kitchenette, and bathroom. You can request suitemates on the dorm registration site or email

Staying in the dorms requires that you sign the Drexel housing agreement. Please send the signed agreement and proof of medical insurance directly to Brenda Sheridan at You can simply copy your medical insurance card and email back both items by June 15, 2015.

If you have ALREADY registered for the PET conference and paid for housing at the Drexel dormitories, you need to complete the Drexel housing agreement by June 15, 2015. Please send the signed agreement and proof of medical insurance directly to Brenda Sheridan at You can simply copy your medical insurance card and email back both items by June 15, 2015.

You can learn more about the accommodations here. You can book a room here. Please book as soon as possible as we have reserved a fixed number of rooms. If you have any questions and concerns, please contact me at

Other Accommodations
Drexel has negotiated discounted rates with hotels located in Philadelphia. Because you will be attending a Drexel event, you are eligible for these rates. Drexel hotel rates.


Philadelphia is very easy to reach by plane, train, car or even boat. Here's a selection of up-to-date information and useful tips to make your journey as easy as possible: Visit Philadelphia.

Train to Venue

Philadelphia 30th Street Station is two blocks from Drexel's University City Campus. Directions from 30th Street Station.

From PHL Airport, you can take the R1 regional rail (in the direction of Center City) directly to 30th Street Station. (The R1 is the only train from the airport, and all of the R1s go to Center City, leaving every half hour; it's $8 cash per person, pay-on-board.)

From EWR (Newark) Airport, you can take Amtrak directly to 30th Street Station.

Amtrak has trains to 30th Street Station on the Northeast Corridor and Keystone lines (which covers Washington DC, New York, Boston, and cities in between).

Visa Applications

International attendees may need a letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa to visit the United States. Please check whether you need to obtain a visa.

We strongly advise to start the visa application process as early as possible.

The event organisers can not apply for nor organise visas for attendees. We do our best to facilitate you as much as possible and if you need assistance please email the General Chair as soon as possible. Please note that obtaining a visa is your own responsibility!

All symposium attendees must be registered and must have paid the required registration fees* before requesting an official letter for visa application purposes.

To ensure a successful request for a letter for visa application purposes, please be sure to send the following details to gc15[at]

Please note that in the absence of the above mentioned information, we will not be able to process your request.

It is the traveler's responsibility to check and confirm current visa requirements to enter the United States. The Symposium Organizers cannot be held responsible for travellers that do not confirm their visa requirements or obtain the appropriate paperwork for travel to the symposium.

* Symposium registration fees are refundable (less the designated administrative fee) if the visa application is denied. The refund request must be received in writing 14 days before the symposium start date. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after that date.

Disclaimer: This procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa to attend the symposium and is not an official invitation covering fees and/or any other expenses or financial support for attendance. The organizers can assume no responsibility for the outcome of your visa application.

Please send requests to gc15[at]