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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”


Nearly 300 days of sunshine annually, Austin has an average year round temperature of around 70 degree Fahrenheit. For up to date weather information, please click here.

Austin-Bergstorm International Airport (ABIA)

Non-stop domestic flights to 45+ US cities and 4 international cities
7.5 miles to downtown Austin and a 15 minute drive
$13 Super Shuttle | $25 taxi

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

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


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.


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.


While tipping is not mandatory, it is usually customary in all sit-down restaurant establishments. 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 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.