General Information

​​​​​MDS 2015 Symposium Venue

Washington Marriot​t Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd NW,
Washington, DC 20008, United States
Phone: 1-202-328-2000
Hotel Website

To access the Symposium Registration Desk, please use the main hotel entrance on Woodley Road. ​


The official language of the meeting is English.

Time Zone

The time zone in Washington is Eastern Standard​ Time (EDT) (GMT minus 5 hours)

Transport & arrival

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Airport Phone: +1 703 417 8000
Distance from Symposium Venue: 7 miles NW
Metro fee:  1.70 USD  (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: 30 USD  (one way)
Visit DCA Airport website​.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Airport Phone: +1 703 572 2700
Distance from Symposium Venue: 24 miles E
Estimated taxi fare: 60 USD  (one way)
Visit IAD Airport website​

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Airport Phone: +1 410 859 7111
Distance from Symposium Venue​: 34 miles SW​
Public transportation: Amtrak to Union Station- Metro to hotel; fee: 16 USD (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: 88 USD  (one way)
Visit BWI Airport website​

​​​Hotel parking

The hotels parking services are run by Towne Park. Self-Parking $21.00 0-2 Hours, $33.00 2-12 Hours and $41.00 for 12 hours - overnight guests, and Valet Parking $26.00 0-2 Hours, $38.00 2-12 hours and $46.00 for 12 hours - overnight guests. Overnight guests get in and out privileges. Call extension 2446 for any additional parking information. ​


The weather in Washington in April/ May is ideal and can be warm with occasional rain.

Visa Requirements

Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. We suggest you contact your local U.S. Consulate for official instructions on the specific visa regulations and application procedures that may apply to you. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required. A valid passport is required for entry into the U.S.A.

Official Letter of Invitation

Official letters of invitation designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries will be sent on request. It must be understood that such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the Organizing Committee or Symposium to provide any financial assistance. For an invitation letter, please send your request via the contact form on this website. Please make sure to send us your full name (as printed in your passport), full postal address and passport number. An official invitation letter will be created and sent to you by e-mail within 5-7 working days.​

Liability and Insurance

The Symposium Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

Registration & Accommodation

All participants must submit a completed registration form.

Hotel accommodation at special Symposium rates will be offered to participants. Detailed information, as well as access to the registration and accommodation form, is available by clicking the Registration or Hotel Accommodation tabs on this website.

For individual hotel reservations enquiries, please contact

Banking and Exchange

The official currency is the U.S. Dollar ($).

Most banks have 24-hour ATMs affiliated with various networks, including Exchange, Accel, Plus and Cirrus. If you use a credit card, however, you probably will be charged a small fee and incur interest on the withdrawal until you pay it back. Furthermore, if you use an ATM that doesn't belong to your own bank, you'll be charged $2 per withdrawal.

Safety and Security

Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.

Americans with Disabilities Act​

Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (ie, physical, dietary, etc). Please contact Raya Van Hugten prior to the live event at​

Agent for Italian participants ​


TWT srl
Via Cagliari 13
00198 ROMA
Tel: 0039.06.44249321
Fax: 0039.06.44249327
Ref. Mrs Romina Baldolini


Congress organizers

Kenes International Organizers of Congresses S.A.                         
Rue Francois-Versonnex 7, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 908 0488   |    Fax: +41 22 906 9140  

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