Closing Event & Social Activities

Closing Event at the Georgia Aquarium - Capacity is limited, please buy your ticket NOW!

Thursday, June 6, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, Cost: $40. Tickets are available as advance purchase only when you register for the conference online. Total value for the evening is $150. Ticket for the closing event includes full access to the aquarium and dinner buffet. One drink ticket for beer, wine, or soda will be provided. Additional drinks are available for purchase at all bars.

If you have already registered, simply return to online registration for the annual conference (you will see a green check box for your registration) and you will see all items available for you to "Buy" --short courses (long list), then closing event and companion registration. Make your selection and proceed to check-out.

Add some WOW to your stay in ATL

The Georgia Aquarium offers special experiences like a scuba dive or swim with whale sharks, manta rays, and lots of fishes or other animal encounters.

Encounters at the Georgia Aquarium include a behind the scenes tour of their facility. For scuba divers, you must be certified. Snuba (tethered snorkling with air hose) is also available. If you don't want to don a wetsuit, additional animal encounters are available.

Go to for details, date availability, and pricing.
Click "Visit", then "Encounters and Experiences", then "Dive with the Gentle Giants" or "Swim with the Gentle Giants".  

Don't just take our word that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Check out ASMS VP Programs diving in the Georgia Aquarium's tank (2nd largest in the world) last year!

Richardson in tank

Richardson in tank2

Opening Reception

Sunday, June 2, 7:45 - 9:30 pm, Exhibit-Poster Hall, Georgia World Congress Center. Open to all conference attendees (no special ticket required).

Immediately following the opening plenary lecture, the reception is an opportunity to meet up with colleagues and friends.  Heavy hors d'oeuvres (yes, enough to call it dinner), free beer and soft drinks, and cash bar for wine. Scientific posters do not go up until Monday morning - making this the time to visit with exhibitors.

Hospitality Suites at the Omni CNN Center Hotel

Hosted by ASMS Corporate Members the hospitality suites are going back to the basics this year. The atmosphere will be toned down from years past to allow attendees to learn about the latest and greatest from our industrial partners. Suites are open during the daytime for one-on-one or small group visits. In the evenings doors are open to all (Mon, Tues, and Wed, 8:00 - 11:00 pm, suites may remain open later).