IVEC 2018 is not only about science and technology or research papers,  but also about meeting friends, contemporaries, colleagues, would be colleagues, future employees and employers, and, of course, competitors. We have two separate events during the conference as part of our social program.

IVEC 2018 Welcome Reception
Date:  Monday 4/23/18
Time:  4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
San Carlos Ballroom Foyer, Monterey Marriott Conference Center

Get an early start to the conference by meeting with friends and colleagues at the IVEC 2018 Welcome Reception. Complete registration and enjoy beverages and light snacks in the San Carlos Ballroom Foyer at the Monterey Marriott Conference Center.

IVEC 2018 Strolling Dinner
Date and Time: Wednesday 4/25/2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Busses Leave Marriott Hotel at 6:30 PM
Location: Monterey Bay Aquarium

The conference dinner will be held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is ranked as one of the top tourist destinations in the United States and attracts nearly two million visitors every year. It is well known for its regional focus on the marine habitats of Monterey Bay, being the first institution to exhibit a living kelp forest. The aquarium has a three-story tall, 335,000 gallon tank with clear acrylic walls offers stunning views of leopard sharks, sardines, anchovies, and other creatures swimming through the towering kelp forest. The strolling dinner at the aquarium is one of the big attractions of IVEC. 

Tickets to the strolling dinner at the aquarium are made available to the IVEC registrants. Extra tickets for companions can be purchased from the registration desk on a first come first served basis. There are a limited number of extra tickets available. 

The first event of the evening is the presentation of the Student Paper Award.

Come and enjoy the exhibits in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Beverages and a buffet dinner will be served.