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Intelligent Network Building

SLAS is a unique nexus of diverse interests that fosters the limitless potential of global collaboration (just ask our members!). The value of time spent in world-class educational sessions at SLAS2015 is rivaled by time spent meeting speakers, exhibitors and other conference participants. A convenient (and enjoyable!) menu of social events are built into the SLAS2015 agenda to give everyone opportunities to get to know each other and continue conversations that could lead to the next Nobel Prize.

Receptions in the Exhibition

Refresh and refuel with complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and snack buffets.

SLAS2015 Tuesday Night Celebration
Blast Off at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Sponsored by Hamilton Company
Tuesday 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.


Fasten your seat belts, put your networking goals in an upright position and feel free to move about the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Meet, greet and celebrate the right stuff at one of the Top 10 Coolest Museums in Washington, D.C. as SLAS continues its tradition of presenting a memorable final evening fete to commemorate this annual gathering of our global community.

ENJOY an out of this world buffet, select wines, domestic beers and soft drinks.
EXPERIENCE interstellar travel in one of several flight simulators.
EXPLORE all museum exhibits.
WATCH the 30-minute movie, "To Space and Back," in the museum’s planetarium theatre
CONNECT with your fellow scientific professionals

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum maintains the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, including the 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, and a lunar rock you can touch, but not toss.

Complimentary and continuous shuttle bus service is provided between the Marriott Marquis and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum from 6:45 to 10:15 p.m. (10 minute travel time). All guests must have an SLAS2015 badge and be 21 or older.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: The SLAS2015 Corner Bars

Wear your SLAS2015 badge to these nearby hot spots, then kick back and enjoy exclusive SLAS-only discounts on eats and drinks.

Baby Wale
10% off all food and drinks! Adjacent to the Marriott Marquis, the Baby Wale offers tasty and creative small plates, entrees and a complete bar menu. (Closed Sunday, Feb. 9.) 1124 9th St. NW

City Tap House
10% off all drinks! In the same block as the Renaissance, the City Tap House offers a full bar headlined with craft brews from around the world, brick oven pizzas and elevated pub fare. (Discounts do not apply to food.) 901 9th Street NW

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Start your Monday morning with a brisk run or walk along with your friends from Promega and Gilson. This 4.2mi/6.8km Sunrise Run takes you past the US Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and White House. Runners and walkers depart from the Marriot Marquis lobby at 6:30 a.m. sharp. (The Sunrise Run presented by Promega and Gilson. It is an optional event, not an official SLAS2015 function.) To register for the Sunrise Run, complete the online form found here.

Students and Early Career Professionals: Ready, Aim, Roll!

After the exhibits close on Sunday, all students and early career professionals are invited to roll over to the nearby Lucky Strike for bowling, networking and cajoling. Get to know others who, like you, will drive the world’s next wave of scientific innovation. Enjoy glow-in-the-dark lanes, a state-of-the-art sound system and tournament-quality billiard tables. SLAS picks up the tab for bowling lane rentals, bowling shoes, delicious light bites and soft drinks. A cash bar is available for those 21 and older.

Home Away-From-Home: The Global Village

Visitors from outside the U.S. have a designated rendezvous point in the SLAS2015 Exhibit Hall’s Global Village. Meet others from your part of the world, meet the leaders who serve on the SLAS Asia Council and SLAS Europe Council, and meet members of the SLAS professional team.