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89th Annual Meeting (Oct 2017)

General Information

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The 89th Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology will be held in Denver, Colorado on October 8-12, 2017; the optional associated short course will be offered October 7th and 8th. The technical program will take place at the Embassy Suites in center of downtown Denver. Local attractions include dozens of shops and restaurants on the 16th Street Mall (just 2 blocks from the Embassy Suites), Pixabay] Colorado History Museum (site of the Monday reception), Colorado State Capitol, and many other opportunities for dining and site-seeing.

The average high and low temperatures in Denver during October are 66°F and 33°F, respectively, with an average 1.4 inches of precipitation. Temperature decrease dramatically after sundown in the Mile High City, so plan on bringing a jacket even if predicted high temperatures are in the 60s or 70s.

We look forward to seeing you in Denver!


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Air Transportation

The Embassy Suites is approximately 27 miles from the Denver International Airport (DEN).

Ground Transportation from/to the Airport

Light Rail

Denver International Airport (DEN) now has a direct rail line from the airport to downtown Denver’s Union Station. The University of Colorado A Line is the most convenient and inexpensive transportation option (Distance: 23 miles, Travel time: 37 minutes).

Trains run every 15 minutes during peak hours, and every 30 minutes from 3 AM to 5 AM and 6:30 PM to 1 AM. The airport fare is $9 per day, which includes unlimited rides during a single business day.

To get to Denver Airport Station, follow signs to the “Transit Center” and proceed to the south end of the main terminal on Level 5 (located under the large American flag). Exit the terminal through the sliding glass doors and take the escalator located in the center of the plaza down to Level 1. Tickets for the A Line can be purchased at the ticket vending machines located on the train platform using cash or credit cards. Click here for more details.

The Embassy Suites is approximately 0.8 miles from Denver’s Union Station. It is a manageable and scenic walk through the 16th Street Mall, or you can hitch a ride on the Free MallRide shuttle. The Free MallRide runs along 16th Street and stops at every block between Union Station and the Civic Center. From the Stout Street stop, the Embassy Suites is less than 2 blocks away. The Free MallRide starts running at 4:59 AM on weekdays, 5:30 AM on Saturdays, and 6:30 AM on Sundays/Holidays. Service continues throughout the day with the last complete round-trip of the night starting out at 1:21 AM from Union Station to Civic Center Station.

Additional public transportation and taxis are also available at Denver’s Union Station.

Ride Sharing

Shared-ride service shuttles pick-up and drop-off from Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, Island 5, outside of doors 505-507 (east side) and doors 510-512 (west side). Click here to contact the shuttle provider of your choice to arrange transportation service.

Also, ride-sharing apps (like Uber and Lyft) are fully functional for rides into and out of DEN.


Taxicabs are readily available from Jeppesen Terminal, Level 5, Island 1, outside doors 505, 507 and 511 (Terminal East), and doors 506, 510 and 512 (Terminal West). Service to downtown Denver is provided for a flat-rate of $55.57 (includes one-way fare and airport access fee). Click here for additional details.


Parking at the Embassy Suites is currently: $20 for 0 to 4 hours; $24 for 4 to 8 hours; and 8 hours to overnight $40 per day.

Many other parking options are available near the Embassy Suites. Prices range from $15 to $25 per day, and some lots allow overnight parking. Parking availability changes due to events in the downtown area.


Conference registration includes access to all technical sessions and the vendor display, the program booklet, and all receptions and coffee breaks. The registration fee does not include the Bingham Award Banquet; see details on the meeting registration page.

On-site registration will be held on Sunday, October 8th, from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Silverton Foyer in the Embassy Suites. Registration will also be held Monday through Wednesday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the same location.

Welcoming Reception

The Welcoming Reception will be held on Sunday, October 8th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Cripple Creek Ballroom in the Embassy Suites.

Monday Evening Reception

  Monday evening from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm will feature a special reception at the Colorado History Museum. It is a short walk from the Embassy Suites.


Society Business Meeting

All attendees are encouraged to attend the annual business meeting of The Society of Rheology. This year the business meeting will be held on Tuesday October 10th from 11:55 pm to 1:30 pm in the Crystal Ballroom C.

Bingham Award Reception and Banquet

The Bingham Award Reception and Banquet will be held on Tuesday, October 10th. The reception will be held from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Cripple Creek and Silverton Foyers. The reception is open to all meeting participants at no extra charge. The Bingham Award Banquet will follow at 8:00 pm in the Cripple Creek Ballroom of the Embassy Suites; banquet tickets can be purchased with the meeting registration (see meeting registration page for details).

Poster Session and Gallery of Rheology

The Poster Session and Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 11th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Cripple Creek Ballroom of the Embassy Suites. The Gallery of Rheology Contest will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Cripple Creek Foyer.


Vendors will demonstrate their products from 8:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Wednesday in the Silverton Ballroom of the Embassy Suites. Coffee breaks will also be held in the Exhibit area. Vendors should contact the Local Arrangements Committee Chair (Prof. Matthew Liberatore) directly about exhibit space.

This page will be updated when information becomes available.

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Updated 01 October 2017