At the Meeting FAQ
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 San Diego Convention Center during Neuroscience 2018. 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 San Diego Convention Center.
Can I view and download floor plans of the meeting site?
Yes. The San Diego 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.?
Shipping, mailing, faxing, photocopying, and other important services are available at the San Diego Convention Center. FedEx Office is conveniently located in the Hall D lobby and specializes in digital distribution and printing conference materials. For your added convenience, the San Diego Marriott Marquis, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotels also operate full-service business centers.
Is there a luggage check?
Luggage check areas will only be available on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the San Diego Convention Center on a limited first-come, first-served basis. Space will be unavailable Saturday through Monday, November 3-5. Please do not plan to bring luggage into the meeting rooms.
Is there a coat check?
Yes, there will be coat checks at the San Diego 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 San Diego Convention Center.
Is there parking at the convention center?
On-site private vehicle parking is available at the San Diego Convention Center's 1,950-vehicle underground garage located below the building. Enter the parking garage on Harbor Drive between First and Fifth Avenues. The daily rate is $15. Parking rates may range from $15 to $35 on days when there is special event activity at Petco Park or other downtown events. Payment is due upon entry and there are no in and out privileges.
Directly across the street from the Convention Center, on the comer of Harbor and Eighth Avenue, is a 2,000 space parking structure.
Off-site parking is available at numerous nearby parking lots and garages in Downtown San Diego, many are within walking distance of the convention center. Parking lots and garages are individually owned and operated, prices vary by location.
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 San Diego 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 San Diego Convention Center at Neuroscience 2018. 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 San Diego 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. For additional information, email email@example.com prior to the annual meeting.
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 San Diego Convention Center in Hall D, Booth 2113. 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 San Diego Convention Center. Approval is required to place announcements on displays. Attendees can get approval before the meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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, November 6, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Snacks and entertainment are provided.