Conference Site

The IAWE 2013 Conference will be held at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA. All the sessions will take place on the second floor of the Memorial Union (MU), located at the heart of the Tempe Campus (see Campus Map and MU Floor Plan).

Arizona State University is situated in the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun. One of the largest research universities in the United States, ASU and its surrounding community offer a wide variety of amenities within walking distance, including hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs and shops.

Local Information

Description: A view of Phoenix from atop South MountainAirport. The Tempe Campus is within 4 miles of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) with direct flights to over 100 U.S. destinations. From the airport, you can use the bus or light rail service to get to campus, or use the shuttle service provided by your hotel.

Local Transportation. ASU and the City of Tempe offer various transportation options. You can walk to many hotels, restaurants and shops or use various forms of public transportation. FLASH (Free Local Area Shuttle) and Orbit provide free transportation around Tempe campus and to the Mill Avenue District. In addition, Valley Metro provides bus and light rail services throughout the week.

Parking. Convenient parking options for visitors are available at Apache Boulevard Parking Structure (PS1) and ASU Fulton Center Parking Structure.

Dining Options. Refreshments will be available in the exhibit area on all three days. During lunch time, the Memorial Union offers various lunch and dinner options including Engrained Cafe, a cafeteria, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, and ice cream and frozen yogurt shops as well as a convenient store. The College Avenue Marketplace, located just a few minutes North of MU (next to the ASU Foundation Building), also features a number of casual restaurants.

For dinner, the Mill Avenue District, a vibrant dining and shopping area within a few minutes from ASU Tempe Campus, provides a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, and shops. In addition, there are many great restaurants throughout the valley. Feel free to ask Symposium Assistants for recommendations.

Internet Access. ASU provides free Wi-Fi access to visitors throughout campus. Some hotels and coffee shops also provide access to the Internet.

Copying Facility. Photo-copy machines are located at the Express Copy Center (480-965-7251) in the basement of the Memorial Union (Monday-Friday) and in the Hayden Library.

ATMs. Several ATMs are available in the Memorial Union.

Questions. If you have any questions or need help with local information, you can ask a conference volunteer wearing a IAWE 2013 button.

Area Information

Description: ASU Heyden LibraryOne of the largest research institutions in the 5th largest metropolis in the United States, ASU and the Valley of the Sun offer many amenities of a large urban campus.
You will find various exhibits around ASU campus. Take a break from intense intellectual conversations and enjoy a walking tour of public art and many fine art collections located throughout the campus.

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is one of the most well-known landmarks on campus. ASU is also known for its public arboretum spread through the entire Tempe Campus, featuring many species of local plants. Among the many noteworthy spots is Palm Walk, a walkway outlined by 90-foot palm trees.

For hiking enthusiasts, "A" Mountain, just North of campus provides a trail for a nice short hike before hitting the night scene in the Mill Avenue District. More serious hikers might enjoy visiting Papago Park and South Mountain Park, among other popular hiking trails.

The Valley also boasts many museums, including the Heard Museum of Native American Culture and Art, Phoenix Art Museum and Phoenix Museum of History. The Phoenix Symphony also offers a variety of programs.

If you love shopping, this is just the place for you! Valley Metro Bus Route 27 will take you directly from the College Avenue Market Place to Scottsdale Fashion Square (North Bound) or Chandler Fashion Center (South Bound). Tempe Marketplace is also a few miles away. There are several other large shopping malls in the area, including Arizona Mills (an outlet mall) and Fiesta Mall.

For those with children, Tempe Town Lake is just a few blocks away, and Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden are just across the Salt River (Rio Salado). Small children might also enjoy Phoenix Children's Museum, or train rides at Desert Breeze Park in Chandler and McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale.

Description: The grand natural beauty of Arizona is only a few hours away.To enjoy the flavor of the Wild West, you can visit Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass. If you wish to try hourseback riding, there are many riding stables in the vicinity, including Papago Riding Stables and Ponderosa Stables.

A major vacation destination, Arizona offers a wide variety of natural and historic attractions, including Grand Canyon National Park, Sedona, the Petrified Forest, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Navaho National Monuments, and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument--all within a few hours from ASU.

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