2014 Conference FAQ


Conference Venue
GSU Student University Center
44 Courtland Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
The University Student Center is located on the Corner of Gilmer Street and Courtland Street. Plenary sessions (welcome address, keynotes, and panel sessions) will be held in the Speaker’s Auditorium — map here. Parallel sessions will be held in the Capital (room 220), Lanier (room 270), and Lucerne (room 278) suites — map here.

Many of our conference participants will be staying at the Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown, conveniently located within a 5-10 minute walk of the conference venue.

Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown
134 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Conference attendees (including presenters and non-presenters) are advised to email Claire Kooy (kkooy@gsu.edu) to receive the discounted room rate of $125/night (plus tax). Please use the subject heading, “Residence Inn Discount Rate” and include your name, check-in date and check-out date within the body of the email.

Closest Airport is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (code ATL)

Travel from the Airport to the Conference Venue and Hotel
Train: Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is at the end of the MARTA train line, so any train you catch will get you to the Conference Venue or to the Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown hotel. Purchase a re-loadable Breeze Card from the machines at the airport station (cost $1), load it with some credit, and each ride (anywhere on the system map) will deduct $2.50 from your Breeze Card credit. Get off at Five Points (central station) for the Conference Venue, or Peachtree Center for the Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown hotel.
UBER: approx $30
Taxi: approx $40

Parking Garage near the Conference Venue
Conference delegates may park their cars in G Deck for $7.00 on Friday and for free on Saturday and Sunday, though note that only the Collins Street entrance is open on the weekend.

Conference Dinner
The conference dinner costs $45 (tax and tip included) and it is essential to reserve a seat. Delegates with seat reservations can join us at 6.30 pm on Saturday, September 13th at Alma Cocina restaurant, 191 Peachtree St NE in downtown Atlanta. (If you already confirmed your dinner reservation with us and we received your check then you need not do anything further.)

Internet Access Information coming soon.

Academic Matters: Nicole Vincent at nvincent@gsu.edu or (347) 341-0467
Posters/Students: Stephanie Hare at share1@student.gsu.edu
Practical Matters: Claire Kooy at kkooy@gsu.edu or (404) 413-6129



In what room is my talk?
The room in which your talk will be held will be indicated on the final draft of the conference program.

May I use PowerPoint/Keynote/Prezi?
Yes, if you like. Each room is equipped with a PC (with PowerPoint software installed) and a Data Projector. If you wish to use other software (e.g. Prezi) then we recommend you run a test first to make sure your presentation works as you expect.

Can I use my own laptop?
Yes, you are welcome to use your own laptop, but you will need to bring your own cables and test the setup to make sure it works.

How long is my talk?
Contributed paper slots (in the parallel sessions) are 40 minutes long, and we request that you speak no longer than 25 minutes to allow ample time for questions and discussion. Keynote paper slots are 75 minutes long, and Panel sessions are 90 minutes long.



When is the poster session?
The student poster session is scheduled for Friday, September 12 from 5:20pm to 6:30pm.

Where will the poster session be held?
Lobby outside of Speaker’s Auditorium in Student Center.

When can I set up my poster?
To maximize exposure of the posters throughout the day, we encourage you to set up your poster right away when you arrive on Friday. When you arrive, please notify the staff-person at the registration table that you are a student presenter and wish to set up your poster. He/she will provide directions and/or set you up with one of our student helpers that can provide further assistance. Friday afternoon sessions will be held back to back with short (5-10 minute) breaks. The best time to set up your poster would be before the conference begins between 11am – 12:15pm.

Specific Instructions: Posters will be displayed on tripod easels with cardboard backing. Each presenter will be supplied with one easel, cardboard backing and a set of binder clips. It is recommended that posters be horizontally oriented with dimensions approximately 48’’ wide x 36’’ tall. To ensure that posters can be properly displayed, please do not exceed these dimensions.

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Hare at share1@student.gsu.edu with any questions or inquiries regarding the student poster session.