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ICIW 2011
17-18 March, Washington, DC, USA
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Venue and other Practical Information

The Jefferson Memorial

The George Washington University campus

The Washington Monument

The Capitol building complex

The GWU quadrangle

The Lincoln Memorial

The GWU Campus

US Supreme Court

Some photos courtesy of Wikipedia

Registered participants will receive specific joining instructions approximately two weeks before the conference. In the meantime, we hope the following, general information will be helpful.

Conference location

The George Washington University
The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
800 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

( Marvin Center Operations at  202-994-7470 (or  202-994-3605 after 6pm or on weekends)

Click here for the conference key locations on Google Maps. Or type ICIW 2011 Washington into Google Maps

University information

"The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of the Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders.

Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. We have more than 20,000 students—from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries—studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy.

Our University actively engages Washington, D.C., and the world. Our location in the heart of Washington places us at the core of U.S. government, policy and law. We sit where the worlds of science, technology, media and the arts converge. Our students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world."

The building has entrances both on H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets, and on 21st Street between H and Eye Streets. If you have any questions, please contact Marvin Center Operations at  202-994-7470

You can find more information on the university website. Click the link for a comprehensive guide to the GWU campus

Conference accommodation

The Conference hotel is the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. It is conveniently located a short walk (about 6 minutes) to the metro (Rosslyn Station) that will take you to the University (Foggy Bottom/GWU station) just a one stop away. To reserve hotel accommodation at the conference rates, see the registration page for a link directly into the Hotel’s reservation system. Accommodation is limited at the special rate so please book early.

Conference dinner venue

The Venue for the Conference dinner is the Sea Catch Restaurant located in Georgetown. Your conference registration fee includes your place at the conference dinner. If you would like to bring a guest to dinner, please consult the conference registration page.

General information

Washington, D.C., is the capital of the United States of America.  It is home to over 170 embassies and cultural missions, as well as numerous international organizations. It also is home to the Smithsonian Institution and many other tourist attractions.

Washington DC has a population slightly over half a million persons and has a temperate climate, which tends towards the hot and humid in late summer. In spring it is known for its blooming flowers and cherry blossoms. Many of the cherry trees that grace downtown DC were originally gifts from the people of Japan. The Cherry Blossom festival is held annually in the late March, early April time frame and attracts visitors from all over the world. See http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/  for more information.


Getting to Washington

By Plane


There are 3 major airports serving the greater Washington, DC area. They are the Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), the Dulles International Airport (IAD), and the Thurgood Marshall International Airport (also known as the Baltimore Washington International Airport, or BWI)

By Train

If you are traveling by train, you will arrive at Union Station and can take a taxi for the approximate cost of $7. You can also take the Metro Red Line (heading toward Shady Grove). When you reach the Metro Center stop, transfer to the Blue Line (heading toward Franconia-Springfield) or the Orange Line (heading towards Vienna). Exit at the stop marked Foggy Bottom-GWU. Further train information can be found at www.amtrak.com and at www.unionstationdc.com

By Bus

Various coach companies offer services to Washington DC from various points in the United States. Some examples are http://www.2000coach.com/newyorkdcrt.html  and http://www.greyhound.com

By Car
            • From North
            Interstate 95 south to Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway) toward Silver Spring/Northern Virginia. Take exit 33, heading south on Connecticut     Avenue for about 9 miles. Turn right onto Florida Avenue (just past the Washington Hilton) and turn left immediately onto 21st Street. The      Marvin Center is located at 800 21st Street (between H and Eye Streets).

            • From Northwest
            Interstate 270 to Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway) toward Silver Spring. Take exit 33, heading south on Connecticut Avenue for about 9   miles. Follow directions as given in From North.

            • From West
            Interstate 66 and Route 50 both connect with the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. Cross the bridge and exit left at E Street, then again at       Virginia Avenue. Bear left, following signs for 23rd Street. Turn right on 23rd Street and continue a few blocks to campus. Turn right on H     Street. The Marvin Center is on your left between 22nd and 21st Streets.

            • From South
            Interstate 95 to Interstate 395 Arlington Memorial Bridge exit. Cross the bridge and bear left at the Lincoln Memorial. Turn left onto 23rd       Street, NW, and follow directions as given in From West.

Please note that the DC area can be a very scary place to drive. The streets tend to be confusing, in that some of them are one way and other tend to be very poorly marked. There is a very good public transportation system that visitors are encouraged to use (see details below). It includes both subway trains and buses. Information for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system (aka the metro) can be found on their website, which includes maps, fare calculators, and time calculators: http://www.wmata.com/

The Marvin Center Garage operates from 7am - midnight Monday through Friday and is closed on weekends. Make sure you have your car out by 11:45pm. A visitor's parking garage is located between 23rd and 22nd Streets and H and Eye Streets. The visitor entrance is on Eye Street.

Parking on campus is at a premium and visitors are encouraged to use public transportation when visiting the campus. The nearest METRO stop, Foggy Bottom/GWU located on the Orange/Blue lines, is a short 3 block walk from the Marvin Center.


To learn more about local happenings click on the Washington Times or the Washington Post.

Climate in conference month

The average temperature in March is 13C with a range from 7 to 21°C

To find current weather information in Washington click here

Currency and exchange rates

Click here for up to date currency exchange rates

Time zone

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +5 hours

Dialling codes

Click here to find the International Dialling Code

Arriving by air?


To and From the Airports

From the Ronald Reagan National Airport, you can reach the campus by taxi, which will cost approximately $17. You can also reach campus by taking the Metro Blue Line (heading in the direction of Addison Road). Exit at the stop marked Foggy Bottom - GWU.

From the Dulles International Airport, you can take the Washington Flyer Shuttle Bus to downtown Washington. The fee for the bus is $16 one-way and $26 round trip (cash only). Tickets can be purchased at the airport. The bus will stop at the Washington Convention Center - you can then take a taxi to GW. You may also take a taxi directly form the airport. Please note that prices subject to change.

From the Thurgood Marshall International Airport (also known as the Baltimore Washington International Airport, or BWI), you can take a train to Union Station in DC and then either take metro or a taxi to GWU.

Taxis from IAD and BWI are likely to be extremely expensive, so that is not a recommended option. If you are flying into either IAD or BWI, consider other transportation options (see above). If you must take a taxi, here are the approximate costs:


From IAD to GWU: approximately $80 

From BWI to GWU: approximately $80

From DCA to GWU: approximately $15

Washington’s transport network

The Washington Metropolitan  Area Mass Authority provides extensive coverage offering both light rail and bus services. Rail and bus maps, fares, and further information can be found on the WMATA Web site.

Getting from the conference hotel to the Conference site

Directions will follow once a conference hotel has been chosen.

Other useful links

Please note: ACL are not responsible for the content on external sites.

The official city site for Washington DC:  www.dc.gov

The official tourism site for Washington DC: www.washington.org 

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Updated 29 July 2010




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