The second meeting of the Scientific Program Committee will take place at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel on 14-15 March 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. At this meeting, the invited speakers, tutorials and conference program will be decided. The meeting will also include a tour of the conference facilities, a catered lunch and transportation from Grand Rapids to East Lansing, Michigan to participate in a tour of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.
** Meeting will be held in the Atrium meeting room, located in the Amway Grand Hotel and Conference Center. Take the elevator located in the new section of the hotel to the Lower Lever (LL).***
Travel and Lodging
The Amway Grand Plaza hotel is located in downtown Grand Rapids and is served by the Grand Rapids airport (GRR, 15 minutes from the hotel). The largest airport in Michigan is Detroit Metro (DTW, 160 miles away) and Grand Rapids can also be reached from smaller airports in Lansing (LAN, 65 miles away) and Kalamazoo (AZO, 50 miles away). Note that both Chicago airports (MDW and ORD) are on the west side of Chicago and require approximately four hours driving time to Grand Rapids. There is also a direct train (Amtrak) connection between downtown Chicago and Grand Rapids.
Metro Cab (616-827-6500) offers traditional taxicab and luxury sedan service at the curbside.
Taxi fare to downtown Grand Rapids is approximately $32 (U.S.). Luxury sedan service to downtown Grand Rapids is approximately $37 (U.S.). See the cab starter in the lobby adjacent to the taxi stand for a full schedule of pricing information.
The Rapid (616-776-1100)
The Rapid bus system includes a stop at GFIA on their route. Bus rides cost $1.50 with one transfer pass included. The latest schedule is available online. Route 17 serves the airport.
If you will be driving, please note that the parking fees are $19/day for self parking and $29/day for valet parking at the hotel.
Runabouts is an appointment only company that allows online scheduling of transportation from GRR to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Distance: 12 miles, estimated time: 27 minutes.