It is once again time to start your planning for the 47th Annual IAAAM Conference to be hosted by the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach, VA on May 21-26. Everything that you need to know will be posted later this week on the IAAAM website at including a detailed event brochure prepared by our meeting organizers at Delaney Meeting and Event Management, a link to the conference registration page and another link for abstract submission. AQUAVET has partnered with IAAAM this year to hold their 40th Anniversary Conference at the Virginia Beach Hilton with a banquet on Friday night May 20 and scientific presentations on Saturday May 21 before the IAAAM Ice Breaker. Separate registration will be required for the AQUAVET activities but you can access those links on the IAAAM website as well.  You should plan for a full week of activities and attend a one of several great IAAAM workshops on Thursday May 26. The list and descriptions of workshops will be included in the registration portal as details become available and you can add a workshop or modify your registration later in the spring if needed by reopening your registration using your unique Registration ID.

The deadline for abstract submission will be January 31, 2015. We are anticipating the usual large number of abstracts this year so are asking your preference for oral vs poster presentations and may need to ask some presenters to switch to a poster if sessions become too full. The link for abstract submission is .  Please follow the abstract submission instructions and be sure that you format your document correctly before it is submitted or we will not be able to include it in the scientific sessions and electronic proceedings. 

Conference registration is now open!  Your registration fee includes admission to all Scientific Sessions as well as Evening Events, a thumb drive of all session abstracts, and a conference giveaway.  Guest Registration is also available which provides access to all Evening Events and a giveaway.  Post-Conference Workshops will be announced in early February and will be available at an additional cost.  Additional tickets for the evening events can also be purchased.

To register online for the 2016 IAAAM Annual Meeting, click here: .  If you have any questions about registering, of if you experience any issues during the online process, please contact the Conference Office by calling 802-865-5202 or emailing

2016 Registration Fees
Registration Option Member Non-Member After May 10
Full Registration $400 $500 +$100
Student Full Registration $150 $200 +$100
Guest Adult $275
Guest Child (4-13) $175
Guest Child (3 & under) FREE
One Day Registration $150
Post-Conference Workshops TBD


The conference will be held at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Virginia with offsite events held at the host facility; the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. The hotel was recently named to the “Best Hotels in 2015” List by U.S. News & World Report for its high-quality amenities and exceptional guest experience. The Hilton is located just steps from the sun-soaked oceanfront and boardwalk.  For more information about the hotel and its amenities, please visit  Overnight accommodations are available at a discounted group rate of $175/night plus state and local taxes. To make reservations on line go to  You can also call 1-800-HILTONS and reference IAAAM to be guaranteed the group rate.  The rate is available until April 26, 2016 or until the block is sold out.


Printable PDF of the Conference Agenda


There are two international airports within a 1 hour drive to the hotel, and plenty of transportation opportunities once you get there.


Drive Time/Distance to Hilton: 27 min/20.1 miles
(757) 857-3351 


Drive Time/Distance to Hilton: 52 min/44.7 miles       
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Rental Car Companies

Alamo (800) 462-5266
Avis (800) 831-2847
Budget (800) 527-0700
Dollar (800) 800-4000
Enterprise (800) 736-8222
Hertz (800) 654-3131
National (800) 227-7368
Thrifty (888) 400-8877  

Taxi Companies

Andy’s Cab Co. (757) 461-8880            
Black & White (757) 855-4444            
City Wide Cabs (757) 319-3368                
Duke Cab Co. (757) 202-3564            
East Side Cabs (757) 718-0937            
Eden Cab Co. (757) 724-5555    
Norfolk Checker (757) 885-3333
Oceanside Taxi (757) 455-7602
Southside Cab Co. (757) 735-2198
Waterside Taxi Company (757) 531-6430


There is a wide array of things to do in Virginia Beach and some of the top activities are right onsite. Our oceanfront hotel features beach activities and cabana services, a refreshing indoor pool, an outdoor rooftop infinity pool, a fitness room, and easy access to the 3-mile boardwalk where you can walk, run or ride a bike.

Families love our beach playground and kid-friendly children’s menu. And when you feel like exploring the area, enjoy some of our favorite Virginia Beach attractions and activities below.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Located just steps from the hotel, the three-mile Virginia Beach Boardwalk, which was named one of the “Top Ten Boardwalks in the World,” features a bike path, an array of museums, a Ferris wheel, arcade and live entertainment stages. There is also easy access to a great fishing pier.

Neptune’s Park
Adjacent to the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront on 31st Street, this outdoor venue features nightly entertainment throughout the summer. The free Summer Concert Series includes a prominent series of talented national recording artists.

Located across from our hotel is a boutique shopping and dining mecca on the beach, 31Ocean. Shops include Beecroft & Bull, Mango Bay, The Lemon Cabana, as well as a variety of salons and specialty gift shops. 

First Landing State Park
Located by the Chesapeake Bay, First Landing State Park offers an abundance of outdoor fun such as boating, swimming, nature and history programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, cabins and 20 miles of trails on 2,888 acres. The park is also home to campsites with water and electric hook-ups.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark
Ocean Breeze Amusement Park is a family-friendly Caribbean paradise home to 16 waterslides, the 1 million-gallon Runaway Bay wave pool, the Buccaneer Bay Water Playground and other wet and wild attractions.

Military Bases in Virginia Beach and Norfolk
Virginia Beach and nearby Norfolk are home to several military bases and related attractions, such as Norfolk Naval Base, the largest naval base in the world, and Battleship Wisconsin. The area also boasts the Training Support Center Hampton Roads, the Joint Expeditionary Base East located at Cape Henry and NAB Little Creek in Norfolk.

This maritime-themed science center in Norfolk offers interactive and educational displays for children about the economic and naval power of the sea. Nauticus is also home of the esteemed Battleship Wisconsin.

Norfolk Botanical Gardens
Adjacent to the Norfolk International Airport, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens encompasses 155 acres of themed gardens, including a children’s park, the Bristow Butterfly Garden, the Colonial Herb Garden, the Conifer Garden, the Flowering Arboretum and much more.

Virginia Zoo in Norfolk
Just 15 miles away, the Virginia Zoo offers 53 acres of wildlife. Enjoy close encounters with elephants, lions, kangaroos, meerkats and many more animals. More than 100 years old, the zoo also boasts beautiful horticulture in addition to various species of animals.

Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA
Only 45 minutes from the hotel, Busch Gardens is a 383-acre amusement park widely known for its collection of thrilling roller coasters, especially Apollo's Chariot, which won #4 best steel coaster in 2012 from the Golden Ticket Awards, as well as its high-tech dark ride, The Curse of DarKastle.

Colonial Williamsburg
Also just 45 minutes away, Colonial Williamsburg takes you back into America’s storied past. Walk along the path of freedom and linger in the footsteps of the ordinary men and women who created a new country.


And please continue to consider sponsoring part of our wonderful conference. The Sponsorship Brochure is available on the website. Please consider if you, or your institution, or a partnering business of yours might be willing to support us.   If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me ( or Cindy Sherwood at 802-865-5202 or