Closing Event & Other Social Activities

Closing Event aboard the USS Midway

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, Cost: $30. Tickets are available as advance purchase only when you register for the conference online. Total value for the evening is $150. Tickets include admission and access to on-board museum of aircraft, flight simulators, and exhibits, plus below deck tours of controlMidway reception reduced rooms and seamen quarters. A buffet dinner on deck with views of the sunset over San Diego Harbor is also included with your ticket.

If you have already registered, you may simply return to online registration for the annual conference and purchase this extra option ticket.

The USS Midway was America's longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, from 1945 to 1992. Approximately 200,000 sailors served aboard the carrier, known for several naval aviation breakthroughs as well as several humanitarian missions. It was the only carrier to serve the entire length of the Cold War and beyond. It is now berthed in San Diego.

Midway opened as a museum on 7 June 2004. By 2012 annual visitation exceeded 1 million visitors. As of 2015 Midway is the most popular naval warship museum in the United States.

During the ASMS closing event there will be museum docents on hand to answer questions. Many of the docents are retired Navy who served aboard the Midway or similar ships. Museum features include climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, videos, and flight simulators.

 * In order to purchase a closing event ticket for a spouse/companion, you must first register your spouse/companion for a $10 fee. You will find this registration in "Additional Items." Once you purchase, this closing event will be become available.

Opening Reception

Sunday, June 3, 7:45 - 9:30 pm, Exhibit-Poster Hall, San Diego Convention 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 Hilton Bayside

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).