Meeting Venue

The 2016 Symposium will be held at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, Arizona, USA. All the sessions will take place on the second floor of the Memorial Union (MU), located at the heart of the Tempe Campus (see Campus Map and MU Floor Plan).

ASU is situated in the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun. The largest university in the 12th largest metropolis in the United States, ASU and its surrounding community offer a wide variety of amenities within walking distance, including hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.


Arrival Information

ASU Tempe Campus is within 4 miles of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) with direct flights from over 100 U.S. destinations.

Your hotel may provide a free shuttle service; please check with your hotel about details.

Alternatively, you can use Valley Metro Light Rail (East Bound) to get to ASU campus. From Terminals 3 and 4, take Sky Train to the Light Rail station (44th St. & Washington). From Terminal 2, take the airport shuttle to the Light Rail station. Get off at Mill & 3rd for Courtyard Tempe; Veterans Way & College for Residence Inn Tempe; either University & Rural or Apache & Dorsey for Moxy.)

For a door-to-door service, you can book a ride with SuperShuttle.

Local Information

Local Transportation. ASU and the City of Tempe offer various transportation options. You can walk to many hotels, restaurants and shops or use various forms of public transportation. Orbit provide free bus services around Tempe, and on weekdays, FLASH (Free Local Area Shuttle) is available around ASU Tempe Campus and the Mill Avenue District. In addition, Valley Metro provides bus and light rail services throughout the week.

Parking. Convenient parking options for visitors are avaialble at Apache Boulevard Parking Structure (right behind MU), Rural Road Parking Structure, and ASU Fulton Center Garage. Parking is free on weekends.

Dining Options. Most hotels provide breakfast. Refreshments will be available in the exhibit area on all three days. During lunch time, the Memorial Union offers various lunch and dinner options including Engrained Cafe, a cafeteria, coffee shops, and fast food restaurants as well as a convenient store. On Saturday, lunch will be provided, and afternoon refreshments will be served in Turquoise Room during the reflection session.

Outside the MU, the College Avenue Marketplace, located just a few minutes North of the Memorial Union (next to the ASU Foundation Building), also features a number of casual restaurants. Halal food is available at Phoenicia Cafe.

For dinner, Downtown Tempe, a vibrant dining and shopping area within a few minutes from ASU Tempe Campus, provides a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, and shops. In addition, there are many great restaurants throughout the valley. Feel free to ask SSLW Assistants for recommendations. Tempe Marketplace, located about two miles from ASU Tempe Campus, also offers additional dining and shopping options.

Internet Access. ASU provides free WiFi access to visitors throughout the meeting rooms.when you pick up your name tag. All four conference hotels provide free WiFi access, as do some restaurants and coffee shops.

Smoking. ASU is a tobacco-free university (see the map of tobacco-free zone).

Copying Facility. Photo-copy machines are located at PrintU (phone: 480-965-2679, option 3) in the lower level of the Memorial Union (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and in the Hayden Library, across from the Memorial Union.

Convenience Stores and Pharmacies. A convenience store is located on the first floor of the Memorial Union. The ASU bookstore also offers some products for daily use. The closest pharmacy from the Memorial Union is Walmart Pharmacy, located just across the street from campus on Apache Boulevard, and CVS Pharmacy on the corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive.

ATMs. Several ATMs are available in the Memorial Union.

Questions. If you have any questions or need help with local information, you can ask SSLW Assistants wearing a Symposium button.


Area Information

The largest U.S. university in the Phoenix metropolitan area, ASU and the surrounding communities offer numerous amenities and tourist attractions.

You will find various exhibits around ASU campus. Take a break from intense intellectual conversations and enjoy a walking tour of public art and many fine art collections located throughout the campus.

Gammage. Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is one of the most well-known landmarks on campus. ASU is also known for its public arboretum spread through the entire Tempe Campus, featuring many species of local plants. Among the many noteworthy spots is Palm Walk, a walkway outlined by 90-foot palm trees.

Hiking. For hiking enthusiasts, "A" Mountain, just North of campus provides a trail for a nice short hike in the morning or before hitting the night scene in the Mill Avenue District. More serious hikers might enjoy visiting Papago Park and South Mountain Park, among other popular hiking trails.

Gyms. Some of the conference hotels provide fitness facility.

Museums. The Valley also boasts many museums, including the Heard Museum of Native American Culture and ArtPhoenix Art Museum and Arizona Museum of Natural HistoryThe Phoenix Symphony also offers a variety of programs. Architechture buffs might enjoy visiting Taliesin West developed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Shopping. If you love shopping, this is just the place for you! Valley Metro Bus Route 27 will take you directly from the College Avenue Market Place to Scottsdale Fashion Square (North Bound) or Chandler Fashion Center (South Bound). Tempe Marketplace is also a few miles away. There are several large outlet malls in the area, including Phoenix Premium Outlets and Arizona Mills.

For Kids. For those with children, Tempe Town Lake is just a few blocks away, andPhoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden are just across Rio Salado (Salt River). Small children might also enjoy Phoenix Children's Museum, or train rides at Desert Breeze Park in Chandler and McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale.

Wild West. To enjoy the flavor of the Wild West, you can visit Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass. If you wish to try hourseback riding, there are many riding stables in the vicinity.

National Parks. A major vacation destination, Arizona offers a wide variety of natural and historic attractions, including Grand Canyon National ParkSedona, thePetrified ForestAntelope CanyonMonument Valley, Navaho National Monuments, and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument--all within a few hours from ASU.