Conference Hotel and Venue: Marriott Marquis

The Marriott Marquis is adjacent to Union Square, a historic public plaza that features shopping, hotel, and a theater district. The hotel is steps from a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train station that provides an easy, direct connection to the San Francisco International Airport. Public transportation in and around the city includes the famous San Francisco Cable Cars.

The Marriott Marquis is a modern, eco-friendly hotel and convention facility. Convention facilities at the hotel provide 117,000 square feet of flexible space for general assembly, meeting space, receptions, and ancillary meetings, all equipped with modern technology and other meeting amenities. Within a few blocks distance are multiple other hotels offering a range of affordable price levels.

Information about conference accommodations in and around the Marriott Marquis may be found on this page.


University of California San Francisco

Down on the bay, UCSF’s newly developed Mission Bay campus occupies “made land” not far from the Marriott Marquis. The university’s Mission Bay Conference Center will serve as a jumping-off space for laboratory tours, lunches, and sessions in the center of San Francisco’s booming biotechnology corridor.


University of California, Berkeley

The University of California’s flagship Berkeley campus climbs the Berkeley Hills overlooking the Bay. Participants who choose the Berkeley University Day program will take part in sessions in historic Wheeler Hall and nearby laboratories. Others will experience the Molecular Foundry and other remarkable research facilities of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, overlooking the campus.

Accessibility and Dietary Concerns

The San Francisco Marriott Marquis and all conference hotels comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act to enable access for those with mobility concerns. If you have accessibility needs, please be sure to request an “accessible room” and discuss your specific needs with your preferred hotel when you make your reservation.

Public transport is also accessible to those with mobility issues or other needs in most places. Visit and for comprehensive information on getting around the San Francisco area. If you want to explore on your own, wheelchair has excellent tips for navigating San Francisco, with special attention to hills and accessible restrooms.

Some field trips and tours will require moderate walking or walking outdoors on uneven footing. We have attempted to note these in the individual trip descriptions.

We work closely with our food and beverage vendors to provide a safe and delicious meal for all guests, but cannot guarantee items will not have trace amounts of an allergen or other ingredients. If you have allergies or other dietary concerns, please note these when you register online.