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Conference Hotel & Venue Information


The 3rd annual Mid-Atlantic Synthetic Biology Symposium will be held on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with sessions in the newly renovated John Lewis Student Center ( https://studentcenter.gatech.edu/student-center ), located at 351 Ferst Drive NW ( https://map.gatech.edu/?id=82#!ct/56246,52970,51169,50361,15646?m/598721 ). The main sessions will be held in the Atlantic Theater, a brand new auditorium space on the third floor of the Student Center. The poster session will be held in the Cypress Theater, on the first floor of the Student Center. Lunch on Friday will be held in the Midtown Room of the Exhibition Center, a three minute walk from the Student Center.


There is an abundance of lodging available in the midtown and downtown Atlanta area.  Room blocks have been reserved at two of the most convenient locations for the conference: the Hampton Inn Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

The Hampton Inn Georgia Tech is a five minute walk from the Student Center. The room block rate is $179 per night and includes wifi and breakfast.  ( Still waiting for hotel to provide booking link. Stay tuned.)

The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center is in the Tech Square section of the Georgia Tech campus, a 15 minute walk from the Student Center or a short ride on the Tech Trolley that runs every 15 minutes from 8 AM to 7 PM and less frequently until 10:30.  (This service also connects to the Midtown MARTA station.). The room block rate is $XXX per night.  ( Still waiting for hotel to confirm pricing and provide booking link. Stay tuned.)

***PLEASE NOTE***: the SEC championship game is Saturday, December 3, meaning that there will be an influx of people to the Atlanta area on the Friday of our symposium.  Please book early to ensure the lowest rates and that you can secure a spot in our room block.  Rates are higher than normal in the area for Thursday night in part due to the influx of people for the weekend.

Getting to Georgia Tech:


Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport is consistently one of the highest-volume airports in the country, with direct connections to most locations across the east coast.  Delta Airlines has its hub in Atlanta.

Mass transit:

Atlanta’s MARTA system criss-crosses the Atlanta metropolitan area.  It is quite simple to get from the airport to the midtown area; the North Avenue and Midtown stops are each less than a 15 minute walk from hotels with room blocks reserved, and the Tech Trolley (GT’s own bus system) runs from the Midtown MARTA station to Tech Square and to near the Student Center.


Atlanta is located at the intersection of Interstates 75 and 85, and its perimeter is Interstate 285.

Visitor parking closest to the Student Center is located in the following areas, ordered from closest to furthest:

  • Area 2: Ferst Dr./Exhibition Hall – Parkmobile # 8631
  • Area 3: North Avenue
  • Area 4: State Street & Ferst Drive
  • Area 1: W02 Deck

Gated parking decks have pull tickets for payment; open lots use the Parkmobile system and can be paid using a cell phone app.

The locations of these lots can be found on the GT parking map: https://pts.gatech.edu/sites/default/files/images/gt_parking_zones_map_2_18_20.pdf

Posters can be put up shortly before the poster session on Thursday.  Posters should be no more than 45” wide and no more than 42” high. Easels, boards, and pins will be provided.


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