|2013||5/28-5/31/2013||San Francisco, CA||Hyatt Regency San Francisco|
|2014||5/27-5/30/2014||Washington, DC||Hyatt Regency Washington|
|2015||5/26-5/29/2015||Washington, DC||Hyatt Regency Washington|
The SPR Annual Meetings are held during the week of the Memorial Day holiday because the hotel guest room rates are lower than earlier in May or later in June. The 2012, 2014 and 2015 annual meetings will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. The 2013 meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA. The SPR Board of Directors has planned the annual meetings at these locations for several reasons. All of the Hyatt hotel properties provide very suitable facilities for the SPR annual meetings. Due to the size of annual meeting which draws 750-800 attendees all conference programs and activities can be held in the hotel property. This provides a conducive atmosphere and physical space for networking. The meeting room quantities and sizes provide amble space for the presentations held during the conference program. In addition to the plenary sessions which are held in the largest meeting room that can accommodate 600 people there are 10-13 concurrent sessions that take place over the three day conference. The concurrent session meeting rooms can accommodate 50 to 125 people. Each hotel also has a large space for the three evening poster sessions that can accommodate up to 110 poster presentations per session. Each Hyatt property also has the audio visual equipment and staffing requirements to hold a successful annual meeting of SPR’s size. The locations of these two hotels in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco are convenient for U.S. and international travelers. The Washington, D.C. hotel located on Capitol Hill near Union Station and the Metro is convenient for NIH staff to attend, as well as, federal policy makers and administrators. The Washington, D.C. location continues to be the location that draws the highest number of attendees. Both hotels are in jurisdictions with a smoke-free policy for public spaces. Additionally, by booking multiple years at Hyatt Hotels SPR can negotiate competitive hotel guest room rates and meeting room and food and beverage costs.