Planning for the 2012 Workshop

November 6-8, 2012, Long Beach, CA

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The fifth Science On a Sphere® (SOS) Users Collaborative Network Workshop will be co-hosted by NOAA and the Aquarium of the Pacific with support from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The Workshop will be held in Long Beach, CA November 6-8, 2012.

Important Deadlines
Agenda Input Due
Travel Support Requests Due
Travel Support Decisions Communicated
Hotel Block Reservation Deadline EXTENDED
Registration and Presentation Submissions EXTENDED
The workshop will facilitate the continuation of the work done by the Network to optimize utilization of spherical display systems for providing educational messages. You can view reports from the previous workshops here.

Participation in this workshop is limited to members of the NOAA Science On a Sphere® Users Collaborative Network and invited groups who are working with the Network. The list of Network members is available here.

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A mobile-optimized web site that will facilitate browsing of important Workshop documents during the workshop is available at:

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The Workshop agenda and program are developed based on Network input. While the agenda is being developed, please plan to attend all three days of the Workshop in full. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for the three days of the workshop. These are the preliminary hours of the Workshop:

  • Tuesday, November 6: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; optional evening reception: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 7: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 8: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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Registration & Presentation Submission

There is no registration fee for the Workshop. The deadline for registration and presentation submission was October 23, 2012.

There will be an evening reception on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at the Aquarium. Your Workshop registration will automatically include admission to the event. If you would like to bring a guest to the reception, please email the guest's name to Emily Yam at no later than Monday morning, November 5th.

Thank you to those who have submitted their presentation ideas! The majority of Workshop presentations are made by Workshop participants. Therefore, presenting at the Workshop offers participants an opportunity to showcase their work with spherical display systems. We encourage you to submit your ideas for presentations you can make during the Workshop.

Workshop Earlybird Check-In will be available at the Westin!
The Aquarium of the Pacific will be onsite at the Westin Long Beach from 3PM – 7PM on Monday, November 5, 2012. If you check in to the hotel between those hours, please look for the Workshop Earlybird Check-In table on the side of the lobby. The table will be located near the patio door to the Grill restaurant.

Earlybird check-in is an opportunity to:

  • Skip the line on Tuesday morning
  • Pick up your workshop resource bag
  • Ask questions about the workshop agenda, schedule, and logistics
  • Upload your presentation
  • If you have any questions about registration, send an email to

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    Flight travel to Long Beach is possible via three airports: Los Angeles International (LAX), John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA) or Long Beach Municipal Airport (LGB). We encourage you to research flight options to find the most suitable transportation for you.

    Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):

    Nearly every major US airline has regular service to LAX. Please be aware that LAX is about a 45 minute – 1.5 hour drive to/from Long Beach, depending on traffic. Cab fares to Long Beach can be $70-85. SuperShuttle will cost about $30 but typically makes several stops. Supershuttle arrangements can be made curbside or online prior to your arrival.

    From John Wayne/Orange County (SNA):

    This airport is located in Orange County, CA. SNA is about an hour drive from downtown Long Beach. Supershuttle is also available from this airport.

    From Long Beach Airport (LGB):

    This is the main airport that serves Long Beach. The primary carrier at LGB is JetBlue, although USAirways, Alaska, and Delta also provide limited service. The 5-mile cab ride to the hotel will cost approximately $20.

    Travel Support

    Those who applied for travel support have been notified. If you have not received a response to your application please contact us at

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    The workshop will be held at the Aquarium of the Pacific (AOP).


    Aquarium of the Pacific
    100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
    Education Offices: (562) 951-1723
    Security Department: (562) 951-1733

    Hotel & Area Information

    Workshop participants should reserve and pay for their own hotel rooms. A block of hotel rooms is available for reservation at The Westin Long Beach Hotel. Reservations can be made online or by phone: (562) 436-3000. Mention "Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific SOS Workshop" to receive the discounted room rate, which is $125 per night (plus tax), until October 12, 2012.

    If you wish to extend your stay in Long Beach, we have arranged for the block rate to be offered three days prior to and three days after the dates of the Workshop. However, these extended dates are not part of the reserved block and are subject to availability.

    The Westin Long Beach
    333 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
    (562) 436-3000

    Walking directions from the Westin to the Aquarium (see map):

    Walk west on Ocean Blvd about 0.25 miles to Pine Street.
    L onto Pine Street, continue about 0.3 miles.
    R onto Shoreline Drive, walk 0.1 miles to the light at Aquarium Way.
    L onto Aquarium Way.

    While in Long Beach, enjoy some of the local cuisine, entertainment and fun things to do around town.

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    More Information

    More information about the Workshop will be posted on this page and sent to the Network listserve as the Workshop approaches. If you have any questions about the Workshop you can contact us at

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    We are able to offer this workshop thanks to the generous support from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

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