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Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution 2017
July 2nd - 6th 2017 Austin, USA

General Information

Austin Skyline

Austin is home to 251 parks, including the 360-acre Zilker Park. The Hike & Bike Trail follows the edge of Lady Bird Lake for ten miles and Barton Springs Pool welcomes swimmers to 68-degree, spring-fed waters year-round. Live music can be enjoyed at more than 250 venues throughout Austin. The city is also home to more than 2,000 recording artists including such famed personalities as Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Bob Schneider, Gary Clark , Jr., Spoon, Shinyribs, and more.

Some Austin Facts:

Hills, lakes, rivers, woods—you can find it all here and enjoy a riverboat cruise

Austin’s restaurants range from BBQ joints to four-star dining experiences for every palate in your group

Safe and walkable downtown, with distinct entertainment districts, including Second Street and the Warehouse District

Vibrant, living city center nestled on the shores of Lady Bird Lake and a 10.1 mile hike and bike trail

More than 250 live music venues

World-class art collections and museums

32 public golf courses around—”The Best Golf City in America”

Climate

Austin in July tends to be hot and sunny, with occasional thunderstorms. Expect temperatures between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit (32 to 38 degrees Celsius). Wear light clothes, and consider wearing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen when going outside. For up to date weather information, please click here.

Austin-Bergstorm International Airport (ABIA)

Austin International Airport is a short seven and a half miles from the city downtown. It has roughly 300 daily flights with nonstop service to 45+ destinations including international flights to London, Frankfurt, Cancun, San Jose Del Cabo, and Toronto.

Transport options from the airport to Austin downtown include cabs (~$25), ride-share services (Uber, Lyft, Fasten, Ride Austin), Supershuttle (~$13), and the Austin Metro Bus 100 ($1.25).

For more information on Austin-Bergstorm International Airport, please click here.

To learn more about Austin’s transportation systems, please click here.

Currency

The US dollar is the currency used in Austin. Most establishments accept all major credit cards and ATM’s can be found throughout the city.

Shopping/Dining

Referred to as The Main Street of Texas, Congress Avenue is the heart of downtown Austin. Between the Capitol and Lady Bird Lake you will find numerous shops, restaurants, museums, and theaters, all along one of downtown’s three National Register Historic Districts. For a comprehensive guide of Austin’s downtown core, please click here.

Tipping

In all sit-down restaurant establishments, tipping is customary and expected. Suggested tipping varies on service satisfaction, but typically averages about 15% of the total meal cost.

Emergency Numbers and Dialing Codes

The numbers for police, ambulance, and fire and rescue services are all 911.

The international dialing code for the United States is +1 followed by the appropriate area code.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in all enclosed workplaces including bars and restaurants.

Electric Supply

120 Volts AC | 60 Hz

Electrical sockets in the United States are a two prong. Most electrics will function with an appropriate adapter.