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2010 Annual Meeting

Hotel & Travel Info

21–23 April
Portland, Oregon


At this point all SSA discount rates at the sponsoring hotels have expired.  

You may still be able to get rooms at these hotels or others in the vicinity, but they will not be at an SSA discounted rate.

Hotel: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

1401 Southwest Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201
Tel. (503) 226-7600
Fax. (503) 221-1789

All the SSA meetings will be held at Portland’s Marriott Downtown Waterfront, an Eco-friendly hotel near the Portland Riverplace Marina overlooking the Willamette River. Facilities include indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, two restaurants, and meeting rooms. It is located close to downtown, shops, and restaurants. For further information, please visit the Marriott Downtown Waterfront website.

All SSA discounts have now expired.  We had rooms blocked at both the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront and the Portland Marriott Courtyard.  If you have a room booked at either hotel with the SSA rate and wish to cancel, please contact SSA ( so that the room can be given to someone else from our group. 

The Courtyard Marriott is one mile from the meeting hotel.  To get from the Courtyard to the Waterfront hotel, you can take the city's free trolley and then walk 4 blocks. For information, please visit the Marriott Courtyard website

Click here for info on how to get to the Marriott Downtown Waterfront from Portland International Airport (PDX).

Click here to view Downtown Waterfront Marriott (the meeting hotel) in Google Maps.

Click here to view the Courtyard Marriot in Google Maps.

Student Housing

If you are a student and wish to share accommodations with another student, please e-mail studenthousing [at] seismosoc [dot] org. We will put you in touch with other students who are also interested in sharing accommodations. Please make sure to include your name, gender, University and e-mail address. Your information will be shared with other students seeking shared housing.


Visa Information

International travel to meetings in the U.S.

Please be advised that anyone who may need a visa to attend a scientific meeting in the USA must apply early. Visa applicants should apply at least 3 months in advance of the meeting. Security-related policies have greatly increased the processing time for visa applications. U.S. consular officers now usually interview applicants as part of the application process.

If your visa application requires a letter of invitation, e-mail

For more information about visas, please visit the U.S. State Department web site.

Visa Waver Program Countries

NEW RULES for 2010 travelers from Visa Waiver Program countries (VWP)

Effective January 20, 2010 inbound travelers to the United States from Visa Waiver Program <> countries may be denied boarding by the airlines if they haven’t complied with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization program.   The rules cover the citizens of 35 countries <> — from nations in Europe and Asia, to Australia and New Zealand — who don't need a visa to enter the U.S.
International travelers to the United States must go to the ESTA Web site <> ) and fill out an application before entering the country by air or sea. If approved, the authorization is good for two years and can be renewed.

ESTA was unveiled on January 12, 2009, however it hasn’t been strictly enforced. Those who didn’t apply for ESTA were given a friendly reminder to do so next time. But starting January 20, 2010,  “VWP travelers who have not received an ESTA approval … may be denied boarding...."

Since 26 June 2005, the State Department has required citizens from VWP countries to obtain visas if they do not have machine-readable passports and they wish to visit the U.S. One-time exemptions are no longer available to VWP nationals who do not possess a machine-readable passport or a non-immigrant visa.

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Last Modified: 2010 Apr 06