9.16.08 Hi everyone! Thanks to all those who attended RAW this year. It was another great conference with lots of great information shared and stories told. Some of asked about the final attendance. It looks like the final count was 173 attendees. You can see the final list here.


Also, we've got information on RAW 2009 already to send out to everyone and the registration form is available HERE. So get those budgets in! And make sure you make it to Newport, Kentucky for the conference hosted by the Newport Aquarium! Contact Jeff Gibula at JGibula@newportaquarium.com if you've got any questions.


General Information for the RAW 2009:


Host Institution: Newport Aquarium: Newport, KY



Main Hotel:

Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront

668 West Fifth Street , Covington, Kentucky 41011

Reservations: (888) 201-1718 US Toll Free

Telephone: (859) 491-1200 Fax: 859-491-8698




When: June 8th June 13th

Tentative Outline for the Week:

TAGs, AQIG meetings                                                                     June 8th  

Jellyfish Symposium                                                                       June 9th

Main Conference (Icebreaker June 9th, paper sessions 10th) June 9th-12th

Post Conference Trip - TBD                                                           June 13th




$50 / attendee if postmarked prior April 1st , 2009

$85 / attendee if postmarked after April 1st , 2009


Room Rates:

At Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront:            $119 / per night plus tax


Post Conference Trip:

~ $25 / attendee pre-conference booking*

~ $50 per attendee post / during-conference booking*


Airport Options:

Airport Name                                                                        Drive Distance to Radisson

Cincinnati International Airport (CVG): Covington, KY                   15 minutes (shuttle)

Dayton International Airport (DAY): Dayton, OH                           45 minutes

Bluegrass Airport (LEX): Lexington, KY                                       60 minutes

Port Columbus International Airport (CMH): Columbus, OH           110 minutes

Louisville International Airport (SDF): Louisville, KY                      115 minutes

Indianapolis International Airport (IND): Indianapolis, IN                 120 minutes


* Pricing is preliminary and there to be used for budgeting purposes however it is subject to change by Newport Aquarium. We are diligently working to keep costs at the bare minimum.


5.19.08 We've updated our list of attendees, and there are over 100 people now registered! OK, you procrastinators....get those registrations in! You can find the registration form HERE.


5.17.08 One more month to the conference! We're really excited to see you there.


We're hoping to get more presentation submissions, so we've extended the call for presentations for another week. If you're on the fence about presenting, we encourage you to share your experiences with your peers in an easy going atmosphere.


Also, we've put together a rough schedule for the conference which you can find here.


4.24.08 Finally, some more updates! Well, we've started to have some registrations trickle in, but now's the time for us to really push for people to start sending in those registration forms! It always helps out the team planning RAW to have a better idea of how many people plan on attending, so we hope you can get registered soon. Check out the early list of folks who are signed up and where you can get the registration form by clicking HERE.

3.8.08 Well, we've finally got some updates for you! Sorry for the delay! We are now ready to accept registrations. You can download the form as a Word document by clicking HERE or as a web page by clicking HERE. Please note that due to continued rising costs, there has been a slight increase in the registration fee. Early registration is $50 before May 1st, and $75 thereafter.

Start thinking about that killer presentation you're gonna make, because the official call for papers is now out! Details are the same as previous years. Details on topic groupings will be coming soon. Check out info on presentations here.

Also, our usual need for valuable sponsorship commitments has begun. If you are interested in sponsoring this year's conference, please click over to the sponsorship page for the usual information.

Dec 2007

Hello all,

The new RAW website for 2008 is under construction. However, RAW is all set for 2008.  The official dates for the hotel rooms are Sunday June 15th-Friday June 20th. As of now, TAG meetings will take place on Monday, June 16th, with the conference lectures on Tues, Wed, Thurs and Olympics on Thurs.

Hotel space is very limited out in the boonies here, so I STRONGLY recommend making your room reservations NOW.  The hotel is giving me blocks of 40 rooms and once they are taken, they'll give me another 40, etc.  The Best Western hotel, http://www.bestwesterneastend.com/, (where the conference will be held) has 100 rooms, and there is one other large hotel (Holiday Inn Express) about 5 minutes from there if needed. 
The other reason to get your rooms now is June is the beginning of our summer season out here and the rooms will fill up quickly if we don't grab them, plus there are lots of June weddings which will also take up the rooms.
So, looking forward to seeing all of you but you'll first need to call the Best Western at:
631-369-2200 and reserve your room(s) under "RAW 2008".
We'll be posting more info on the 2008 RAW website soon.
Truly looking forward to it!

Joe Yaiullo
Curator and Cofounder, Atlantis Marine World, NY USA

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