World Polymer Congress - June 24-29, 2012 - Virginia Tech Campus - Blacksburg, VA - USA
Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions are divided into three categories:

  1. Travel logistics to IUPAC 2012 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA USA
  2. Meeting logistics of IUPAC 2012
  3. Location logistics at IUPAC 2012, including information regarding Lodging, Dining, Area, and Excursions

Travel logistics to IUPAC 2012 in Blacksburg, VA USA

A. 1. What is the easiest way to get to Blacksburg, VA using air travel?

The most popular and direct route to Blacksburg, VA and the Virginia Tech campus using air travel is the Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA). Other options include the Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Chantilly, VA and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC.

See Travel for more information.

A. 2. How can I get to Blacksburg, VA from either Dulles or Charlotte international airports?

The IUPAC meeting organizers have arranged chartered buses to provide round-trip transportation from both Dulles or Charlotte international airports. There will be scheduled departures from each airport on June 23 and June 24, and scheduled return departures from Blacksburg on June 29 and June 30. Chartered bus times will coincide with international arrival and departure times.

The IUPAC meeting organizers have reserved a receiving room at a nearby hotel at both Dulles and Charlotte airports to allow attendees to relax in this room while waiting to be picked up by the IUPAC chartered buses. The hotels will provide a complimentary shuttle bus service from the airports to the receiving room. Light refreshments and beverages will be available in the receiving room. Attendees are responsible for securing additional overnight accommodations if needed. The receiving room will be available for several hours prior to the charter bus departures.

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A. 3. Will it be difficult to get around from the international airports and receiving center if I do not speak English?

No. The IUPAC meeting organizers will have foreign speaking senior researchers at each receiving room to help with interpretations. Directions from the airport arrival gates to the receiving rooms will be posted in several languages prior to the meeting. Both international airports use icons in international sign language to get around the airport.

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A. 4. How can I get to Blacksburg, VA from Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA)?

The IUPAC meeting organizers have arranged shuttles to provide round-trip transportation from ROA for a minimal fee. There will be several departures from ROA June 23 and June 24, and several return departures from Blacksburg on June 29 and June 30.

See Travel for more information.

A. 5. May I travel by train or other public transportation modes to Blacksburg from either Dulles or Charlotte-Douglas International Airports?

No. There is no public transportation from these airports; please see Travel for more information.

A.6. What is the currency used in the United States?

The United States dollar ($, USD, US$) is the official currency of The United States. While traveling in the US most locations will accept charge and debit cards, and this will be the easiest method for payment of services and items.

A.7. How can I exchange foreign currency to the US Dollar?

Foreign currency can be exchanged to the USD at both Charlotte and Dulles international airports. At CLT, the First Citizens Bank currency exchange bank is located at the ticketing lobby of the main terminal. At IAD, there are several Travelex Foreign Exchange counters located in the terminals and main terminal upper level. However, the IUPAC organizers strongly encourage that you exchange your currency to the USD before you travel. Opportunities to exchange currency while in Blacksburg, VA are VERY limited.

Meeting logistics of IUPAC 2012

B. 1. Do I have to wait until my abstract is accepted before I can register?

No, you can register at any time once registration opens. (See Registration for more information.) For the most current deadline dates regarding abstract acceptance and registration please see Important Dates.

B. 2. Does the registration fee include meals?

Your registration fee does NOT include meals. All meals Sunday through Friday are purchased separately either with a food plan using University food services or in local restaurants in the area The only group meal available for purchase is the Thursday night banquet. See Dining for costs and ticket purchases.

Location logistics at IUPAC 2012, including information regarding Lodging, Dining, Area, and Excursions

C. 1. Are there enough housing options to accommodate all the IUPAC participants?

Yes, IUPAC attendees may choose to stay in a hotel or in a dorm room on the Virginia Tech campus. Please see Location and Lodging for additional details.

C. 2. What does a dormitory room look like and what is provided with dormitory rooms?

All dormitory (dorm) rooms are air-conditioned. Dorm rooms have several different styles, but most dorm rooms are suite style meaning you will share a bathroom with others. Each guest will receive two sheets, two towels, pillow and pillowcase, wash cloth, and blanket, that will be in their room when they arrive. Daily maid service is not available. Dorm rooms are sparsely furnished small rooms, which have a bed(s), dresser, and closet. Bathroom facilities are a very short distance from the dorm room. This setup is ideal for graduate students traveling together. Dorms provide a comfortable living area at an affordable cost. Dorm rooms are centrally located on the Virginia Tech campus. See Location and Lodging for more information.

C. 3. What options exist for dining during the conference?

You may choose to purchase a campus meal plan (even if you are lodging at a nearby hotel) that will cover many of the meals during the week. There are several choices available. NOTE: All meal plans must be purchased in advance. Or, you may elect to eat all of your meals on your own. Blacksburg has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, many of them within walking distance of the campus. See Dining for details.

C.4. Can I stay at a local hotel and purchase a campus meal plan?

Yes, we encourage you to consider purchasing a meal plan. Several different options are available to suit your needs and are available for purchase whether or not you are staying in the dorms on campus. Please see Dining for details.

C.5. Is shuttle service provided between local hotels and the Virginia Tech campus?

Yes, transportation will be provided for attendees between hotels listed on the Location and Lodging page and the Virginia Tech campus. Shuttles will not be provided to/from hotels not listed on this page. If you elect to make reservations at another hotel, you will be responsible for transportation to campus.

C.6. Will I need a parking permit if I park my car on campus?

Yes, everyone parking a vehicle on campus will need a parking permit. Please be sure to request a parking permit when you check-in at registration.

C.7. What is the weather like in Blacksburg?

The weather in Blacksburg in late June is typically warm and humid. Temperatures typically range in the low 80s to mid-90s during the day (26 to 32 °C) and 60s overnight (16 °C) Rain is a good possibility; we strongly advise that you dress in layers and plan to carry an umbrella.

C.8. Are spouse and children excursions available?

Yes, several excursions are planned for this event. Please visit the Excursions page for information. Planned excursions include (depending on participant registration):

  • Shopping Trip to Concord Mills Outlet Mall in Charlotte, NC
  • Carowinds Amusement Park in Charlotte, NC
  • Visit to Monticello the Home of Thomas Jefferson and Lunch at Michie Tavern
  • Outdoor Adventures Including Hiking, Biking, And Canoeing
  • Tour and Lunch at Local Wineries on The Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Golf and Lunch at The Pete Dye River Course
  • Tour of the Virginia Tech Campus

C.9. If I bring my family, are there things to do in the area?

Yes, there are many sites that your family can visit while in Blacksburg. See Area Attractions for information. The Town of Blacksburg Parks and Recreation has 20 parks (over 500 acres) of open space for the public to enjoy for active and passive enjoyment. Some fun and exciting places and events for children to visit include:

  • Hand in Hand Playground
  • Blacksburg Aquatic Center
  • Huckleberry Greenway
  • VT Duck Pond
  • Summer Art and Music Events in Blacksburg
  • Evening and afternoon music and shows at the Lyric Theater Downtown
  • Regal New River Valley Stadium 14 Movie Theater
  • Summer Solstice Festival

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