This event brings together 5,000+ toxicologists and those working in areas related to toxicology to share the latest science and technology in the field, as well as to make new connections, gather with friends, and engage in mentoring and professional development.
More than 70 Featured and Scientific Sessions will take place alongside 2,000+ poster presentations and the three-day ToxExpo featuring 250 companies.
The atmosphere during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo is relaxed, yet lively, with attendees dressed in business casual attire. The science is taken seriously, but presenters and registrants are friendly and approachable.
The Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City first opened in 1996 and underwent major expansions in 2000 and 2005. Since SOT was last in Salt Lake City for the 2010 meeting, a Hyatt Regency was built adjacent to the convention center and will serve as the SOT headquarters hotel, where many receptions and other events will take place.
Salt Lake City boasts many restaurants, museums, music venues, shopping areas, and more for the enjoyment of meeting attendees. The city also has discount passes available for those interested in a wide variety of dining and entertainment experiences. The “Visit Salt Lake” microsite for the SOT meeting has more information.
The ToxExpo Exhibit Hall features companies and organizations that support toxicologists and the toxicology community. Exhibitors include:
SOT has reserved rooms and negotiated exclusive rates at many hotels near the Salt Palace Convention Center. While SOT recognizes that other housing arrangements are possible, booking through Connections Housing helps reduce SOT expenses, allowing the Society to support its mission and various programs throughout the year.
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is seven miles east of downtown Salt Lake City. SLC is home to 12 airlines, with more than 340 daily flights and nonstop service to 98 markets. SOT has compiled information on many transportation options once you arrive, as well as some airfare and rental discounts.
Badges will be distributed on-site at the Salt Palace Convention Center—no badges will be mailed—so review the on-site registration hours and plan accordingly. Admission for add-on events will be tied to the scannable code on your badge, so no paper tickets are needed.
Services available at the Salt Palace Convention Center include, restaurants and concessions, coat and luggage check, and free Wi-Fi. More information on these services is available on the “On-Site Services” web page.
SOT and the Salt Palace Convention Center are committed to providing an inclusive, accessible, and enjoyable experience during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. Available resources are listed on the “On-Site Services” website, while information on health, safety, and equality in Salt Lake City is available on the “Health and Safety” web page. If you need any services not listed on those web pages, please indicate your needs while registering for the meeting and contact Maureen Bayley at SOT Headquarters by email or phone (703.438.3115).
One of the Salt Palace Convention Center’s core values is “responsibility to the environment,” and that is reflected in the facility’s ongoing practice to reduce, reuse, and recycle. In-house partners and all departments participate in a diversion tracking system so that they can collect data on their green practices and work toward a goal of 70% diversion.
The Salt Palace Convention Center is one of only a few convention centers in the nation that generates Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) through its 600,000 square foot solar array, which helps generate about 17% of the building’s power. In addition, LED lighting is in use in the building, and the convention center has adopted an energy conservation policy.
Practices are in place to capture most of the materials left over from meetings and exhibits through single stream recycling. Signage from events finds a new home in surrounding school districts classrooms. Leftover lanyards, bags, and other giveaway items from events are donated to a summer camp program. Carpet, exhibit booth materials, and other construction items are donated to Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store.
The Salt Palace Convention Center also engages in water conservation through the use of waterless urinals, drip irrigation, and drought-tolerant landscaping.
SOT is printing badges on-site, eliminating the use of mailing materials, and using recycled materials for the badges. SOT also is limiting paper waste by making meeting materials available exclusively in electronic format.
Attendees are encouraged to use the Salt Palace Convention Center’s recycling containers and to bring refillable water bottles to reduce plastic waste as water bottle filling stations are available throughout the facility.
The Salt Palace Convention Center is a sponsor of the Salt Lake City GREENbike program with multiple bike stations on facility grounds. SOT members also are encouraged to share rides when possible to limit traffic emissions.