General Information

Please note that the Annual Meeting is being planned as an in-person conference, while maintaining safety and social distancing measures. However, we know that pandemic-related limitations exist, and anticipate offering a limited virtual experience for members who cannot attend, including streaming plenary sessions, streaming the society business meeting, and participation in the Gallery of Rheology Contest. Further decisions will be made about other virtual components, such as uploaded pre-recorded lightning talks, as the conference approaches.

Location

The 92nd Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology will be held in Bangor, Maine on October 10-14, 2021; with the optional short course and Rheology Research Symposium (RRS) occuring on October 9th and 10th. The technical program will take place at the Cross Insurance Center, a facility with more than 25,000 square feet of flexible, indoor meeting space. The short course and RRS will also be held there.

Bangor is the third-largest city in the state of Maine. It serves as the retail, cultural, and service center for central, eastern, and northern Maine, as well as Atlantic Canada. About 50 miles from Bangor is Mount Desert Island, home of Bar Harbor and the Acadia National Park, one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States. Further away at about 75 miles from Bangor is Baxter State Park, where one can find Mount Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain peaks at nearly a mile (5,267 feet) high and the most northern point of the Appalachian Trail.

The average high and low temperatures in Bangor during October are 59°F and 38°F, respectively, with an average precipitation of 3 inches.

Getting There

Hotel Information

The Society of Rheology has reserved room blocks at three nearby hotels for attendees of the SoR 92nd Annual Meeting. For details, visit the Lodging Information page.

Air Transportation

The conference hotels are about 4 miles southeast of the Bangor Internatonal Airport (BGR), which is served by Delta, American Airlines, United and Allegiant Air. Complimentary shuttle services between the conference hotels and the BGR airport are available. Major rental car agencies are located at the airport. However, it is recommended that rental car reservation be made as early as possible due to nationwide rental car shortage.

Ground Transportation

The Portland Internatonal Jetport (PWM) is just two hours south of Bangor. Instead of driving, one can get travel between Portland and Bangor by bus. Visit Concord Coach Lines for schedules and fares.

The Boston Logan Internatonal Airport (BOS) is less than four hours south of Bangor. Instead of driving, one can get travel between Boston and Bangor by bus. Visit Concord Coach Lines for schedules and fares.

Parking

The Cross Insurance Center and the conference hotels have free on-site parking.

Registration

Conference registration includes access to all technical sessions and the vendor display, the program booklet, and all receptions and coffee breaks. The registration fee does not include the Bingham Medal Banquet; see details on the meeting registration info page.

On-site registration will be held on Sunday October 10th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Prefunction Area of the Cross Insurance Center. Registration will also be held Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the same location.

Events

Rheology Research Symposium (RRS)

This event will bring together students and professionals to explore career development in the field of rheology. The symposium will be held from October 9-10.

Welcoming Reception

The Welcoming Reception will be held on Sunday October 10th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Prefunction Area and the Ballrooms of the Cross Insurance Center.

Society Business Meeting

All attendees are encouraged to attend the annual business meeting of The Society of Rheology. This year the business meeting will be held on Tuesday October 12th from 12 noon to 1:30 pm in one of the Ballrooms of the Cross Insurance Center.

Bingham Medal Reception and Banquet

The Bingham Medal Reception and Banquet will be held on Tuesday October 12th. The reception will be held from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Prefunction Area. The reception is open to all meeting participants at no extra charge. The Bingham Medal Banquet will follow at 8:00 pm in the Ballroom 1-3 of the Cross Insurance Center; banquet tickets can be purchased with the meeting registration (see meeting registration page for details).

Poster Session and Gallery of Rheology

The Poster Session and Reception and the Gallery of Rheology will be held on Wednesday October 13th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Prefuncation Area and Ballroom 4 of the Cross Insurance Center.

Exhibits

Vendors will demonstrate their products from 8:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Wednesday in Ballroom 4 of the Cross Insurance Center. Coffee breaks will also be held in the Exhibit area. Vendors should contact a Local Arrangements Committee Chair (Albert Co) directly to inquire about exhibit space.

Deadlines

Submit Abstracts for Oral Presentations Monday 7 June 2021
Submit Abstracts for Poster Session and Gallery of Rheology Friday 13 August 2021
Make Reservation for Residence Inn Bangor Thursday September 2, 2021 or until the group block is soldout, whichever comes first.
Make Reservation for Hollywood Casino Bangor (call 1-887-779-7771 with group code RHEOLOGY) Monday September 6, 2021 or until the group block is soldout, whichever comes first.
Upload Files for Student/Post-doc Poster Competition Friday 17 September 2021
Upload Files for Gallery of Rheology Contest Friday 8 October 2021