Seattle 2016: Tour and Reception Assembly Point

The area around the North Tower escalators on the Westin Hotel’s Lobby Level will be used as the assembly point for all tour departures and transportation to the Welcome Party and the Convocation Reception.


Please assemble at this staging area 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.  Tour guides will have signs identifying themselves




If you prefer to take a taxi to the Welcome Reception at the Seattle Art Museum, they can be hailed from the porte-cochere on the Westin’s main entrance, located on Westlake Avenue, on the Sixth Avenue side of the hotel.

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Seattle 2016: Grab & Go Lunch on Friday, 12:30pm, Grand Level

To make it easier for conference attendees to visit the Poster Session in the Grand Ballroom, on Friday, March 11,  we have arranged for boxed lunches to be available for sale on the Grand Level between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.


We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to stay in the Westin, view the 40 posters and interact with their presenters.

The lunch menu is below:

  • Wraps $ 9.50
    Turkey & Cheddar
    Ham & Swiss
  • Salads $9.50
    Chicken Caesar salad
    Chef’s Chop salad (Vegetarian)
  • Potato Chips $3.00
  • Cookie $2.00
  • Apple or Banana $2.00
  • Bottled Water $3.00

Thank you very much!

Alan Michelson,  Conference Co-Chair

Seattle 2016: From the airport to the Westin via light rail

When you arrive at SeaTac International Airport, follow the signs from baggage claim for Link Light Rail, as shown in this video.

Trains run with frequency of 6 to 15 minutes depending on the time of day. On weekdays, trains are in service from 5:00 AM to 1:00 AM. See Link Light Rail Schedules for details.

At the station, purchase a ticket from the vending machines before taking the escalator or elevator up to the platform. The fare from SeaTac to Westlake Station (nearest to the Westin) is $3.00.

There is only one light rail line departing from SeaTac and you will ride it the entire length of the route until you reach Westlake Station.01

At Westlake Station take the escalator or elevator upstairs to the mezzanine level, following the sign for 5th Ave & Pine St.

0204On the mezzanine, look for the Nordstrom sign and proceed up via escalator or elevator until you reach the surface.

07You’ll be standing on Pine St., facing Old Navy. Turn right and walk to the corner of 5th and Pine.

08Turn right again, walking downhill on 5th Ave. You will see the two round towers of the Westin at the end of the block.

10When you reach Bartell Drugs, look up and the Westin is right in front of you.