The EB2013 meeting will go on as planned

The Experimental Biology conference has NOT been canceled. We realize that travel restrictions in and around Boston have affected many participants, and we ask that you remain patient. EB and ASBMB officials are closely monitoring the fluid events in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. If any decision is made to alter event plans, we will release that information just as soon as we possibly can. Until that time, assume that all EB2013 events are proceeding as scheduled. Stay tuned to the Interactome, the ASBMB homepage, and the EB2013 homepage for updates, or follow @ASBMB and @bwcorb on Twitter.

As of 6:45 p.m. Eastern:

  • The T has been reopened, and authorities have lifted the request that those in the area stay indoors. Please remain vigilant.

As of 3:10 p.m. Eastern:

  • For ASBMB Graduate, Postdoctoral and Graduate Minority Travel Awardees:
    • We understand your concerns about the situation in Boston. ASBMB staff are present in the Boston Convention Center and will host this evening’s Travel Award lecture and poster session. If you are en-route to the Center, the Center will welcome you and you can proceed to room 253C to check in for the event beginning at 4:00 pm. Saturday’s Professional Development Program is scheduled to proceed beginning at 9:00 AM.
    • Logan airport is open and taxi and automobile travel is allowed throughout the area. The public transport system, T, and buses remain closed for the remainder of Friday, April 19.
    • Unavoidable travel interruptions will not impact your eligibility to receive your travel award reimbursement. We understand many of you are not able to reach Boston today due to related travel interruptions. If you are not able to join us this evening, we ask that you join us tomorrow, Saturday morning, where you will sign in at the event.  All your related questions will be answered by our onsite staff.Please travel safely.

As of 2:20 p.m. Eastern: 

  • Satellite registration will be available at the Westin and Rennaisance hotels for #EB2013 attendees. Thanks for your patience as the EB organizers and hotel staffers work to resolve issues and get these alternative-registration sites up and running.

As of 12 p.m. Eastern:

  • The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is OPEN to exhibitors! As of now, the meeting is scheduled to go on as planned.
  • Per the Boston and Brookline PDs, taxi service in Boston has been restored. Public transit is still suspended. Also, the request to shelter in place has NOT been lifted.
  • Amtrak service into and out of Boston is currently suspended. We will monitor this situation closely.
  • UPDATE: If you show up to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center or hotels in the area, you will be welcomed in. However, due to the limitation on travel around the city, once you arrive at your destination, it is strongly suggested that you stay there.

As of 11 a.m. Eastern:

  • In the last 10 minutes, EB2013 officials have said, “As of now the EB meeting is scheduled to go on as scheduled. Please continue with your plans to attend.”
  • Much remains the same in Boston. Officials are still asking that everyone shelter in place. If at the airport, travel to your hotel and stay there. Travel around the rest of the city is restricted.
  • The car wanted by the Boston PD has been found.

As of 10:30 Eastern:

  • Taxi service to and from the airport has been restored, and they are are running everywhere except to Watertown. Expect long lines at the airport when trying to catch a cab.
  • From Boston PD: “#WANTED: Police seeking MA Plate: 316-ES9, ’99 Honda CRV, Color – Gray. Possible suspect car. Do not approach.” Call 911 immediately if you see this car.
  • If you are in Boston, Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Brookline, Belmont, Cambridge, Allston-Brighton, officials are still asking that you shelter in place.
  • The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center remains closed due to an abundance of caution. There is no known threat to the Center.

As of 10:00am Eastern:

  • Taxi service has been restored, at least in part, to Boston. No word yet on other public transit options. If you arrive in Boston today, please check with local officials before venturing out to make sure your travel is safe.
  • If you are in Boston, Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Brookline, Belmont, Cambridge, Allston-Brighton, officials are still asking that you shelter in place.
  • The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center remains closed due to an abundance of caution. There is no known threat to the Center.

As of 9:30am Eastern:

  • If you are an annual meeting attendee and you are in Boston, please heed the officials’ advice and shelter in place.
  • The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is currently closed due to an abundance of caution. There is no known threat to the Center.
  • If you are traveling to Boston today, please be aware that public transit and taxi service are currently shutdown, per the Boston Police Department. Heed officials’ advice and shelter where directed.

Again, this situation remains fluid and we will update as soon as possible. As of now, the EB2013 is scheduled to go on as planned.

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