At the Meeting
Is wireless internet available in the convention center?
Yes. As a service to annual meeting registrants, SfN provides free wireless Internet access in designated areas of the McCormick Place Convention Center during Neuroscience 2019. SfN will also provide support for wireless users. Feel free to browse the Web, communicate with your colleagues, or use it for any other Internet activity. Consider the security implications of using the wireless network and protect your device appropriately. We expect thousands of attendees to use the system at any given time, so please refrain from using bandwidth-intensive applications (e.g. video and audio streaming, app downloads, transferring large files, etc.) to prevent your wireless speed from slowing to a crawl. Go to SfN.org/wireless for instructions.
What operating systems can access the network?
Any computer or smartphone that uses a wireless network card can be configured to access the wireless network in the convention center. This includes all versions of Microsoft Windows, Apple operating systems, and many versions of Unix. In fact, most PDAs have built-in wireless network cards and can join the wireless network.
Is the wireless network secure?
No. Due to the unrestricted nature of this service, do not consider the wireless network secure. All registrants using the network should take precautions to ensure their devices are protected from network snoops and hackers.
Where will wireless Internet access be available?
Wireless Internet access is available in the convention center lobbies, meeting rooms, and the exhibit hall. Certain areas of the convention center have a stronger wireless signal than others and you may find some locations have a very weak signal or none at all (just like cell phone service).
Who can I contact if I have comments regarding Internet access?
We would like to hear your comments and suggestions regarding wireless Internet access. Stop by the Wireless Support desk at Attendees Services located in the registration area of the McCormick Place Convention Center.
Can I view and download floor plans of the meeting site?
Yes. The McCormick Place Convention Center floor plans and hotel floor plans will be available for download.
Is a business center available for accessing the Internet, making copies, sending faxes, etc.?
FedEx Office, a full-service company, is conveniently located on level 2.5 of the Grand Concourse in the South Building. FedEx Office offers copying, mailing, faxing, as well as other services. They also provide fast and efficient shipping and receiving services for our attendees. For your added convenience, there are satellite stores located on Level 2 in the West Building and on Level 2 in the Lakeside Center.
Is there a luggage check?
Luggage check areas will only be available on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the McCormick Place Convention Center on a limited first-come, first-served basis. Space will be unavailable Saturday through Monday, October 19-21. Please do not plan to bring luggage into the meeting rooms.
Is there a coat check?
Yes, there will be coat checks at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Limited space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Where is the Lost and Found?
Inquiries concerning lost items may be made at the Lost and Found counter located at Attendee Services in the registration area in the McCormick Place Convention Center.
Is there parking at the convention center?
Events held in the North, South, and West Buildings designate Lot A as the primary parking location. Lot A is a six-level garage located on Martin Luther King Drive, adjacent to the West Building. Covered walkways from Lot A leading directly into McCormick Place and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel provide added convenience. The parking rate is $23 for up to 16 hours and $36 from 16 to 24 hours. There are no in-and-out privileges. Overnight parking is available in Lot A only. Lost tickets will pay the $36 (overnight) fee per day. Credit cards are accepted at the parking ticket kiosks.
Is there an infant care room available?
An infant care room will be designated for the privacy of parents and guardians caring for infants at the McCormick Place Convention Center. The room will be equipped with chairs and tables in private areas for changing diapers or nursing, as well as electricity and a water cooler (room temperature). Parents and guardians are responsible for providing infant care supplies. The infant care room will be unsupervised. SfN will not be responsible for accidents or injuries that may occur in this room.
Is there child care at the convention center?
On-site child care and youth programs for children ages 6 months to 12 years will be available at the McCormick Place Convention Center at Neuroscience 2019. The service provider, KiddieCorp, is a national firm with more than 20 years of experience in on-site conference child care. KiddieCorp services will provide attendees with flexibility in their meeting schedules and a reliable, affordable and trustworthy option for child care during the annual meeting.
Does the convention center assist visitors with disabilities and special needs, and whom do I contact?
For assistance with special needs or disabilities on-site, visit the SfN headquarters office in the McCormick Place Convention Center. SfN staff will provide information and assistance, but without prior notification of need, SfN cannot ensure availability of appropriate accommodations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the annual meeting for special needs inquiries or requests.
What should I do in case of medical emergency?
There will be a wheelchair-accessible first aid station on-site that is operated and staffed by licensed medical professionals. The station is fully-equipped and includes automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to respond to life-threatening occurrences.
Where is the SfN Booth and what can I find there?
The SfN Booth is located in the McCormick Place Convention Center in Hall A, Booth 1005. Stop by to learn about new services offered by your professional society.
Is there a place to display literature and announcements at the convention center?
Keep your eyes open for important annual meeting event updates on display in the registration area of the McCormick Place Convention Center. Approval is required to place announcements on displays. Attendees can get approval before the meeting by emailing email@example.com or on-site in the HQ-Logistics Office.
Where are the SfN-sponsored events held?
SfN-sponsored event locations will be available in the final Program.
Will there be a Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Reception?
A reception for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows takes place on Tuesday, October 22, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. CT. Snacks and entertainment are provided.