About Portland and Symposium Site

Symposium Venue:
Portland, Oregon, USA, home of Portland State University, is the host city of the ISMVL 2000 Conference.
Most events will take place in Smith Memorial Center at PSU Campus, downtown Portland, and few minutes walk from all downtown hotels.

The Portland metropolitan area has research, design, and manufacturing facilities as well as undergraduate, graduate and professional educational institutions serving a wide range of industries.

Portland, the ``City of Roses'', is located at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Portland parks include the world-famous Rose Gardens and the exquisite Japanese Gardens.
Downtown Portland offers museums, a library, fine shopping, running and walking paths and a wide variety of restaurants. Within a short drive is the Columbia River Gorge's numerous hiking trails and splendid waterfalls. An hour west is the Oregon coast's easily accessed beaches, and to the east are Mt. Hood and the Mount St. Helens volcano.

Oregon's abundant wine country is also easily reached from Portland Conference Hotels and from PSU. All conference activities will occur at the campus.

Weather and Dress: The average Portland temperatures in June range between 80 degrees in day to 56 degrees at night. We advise you to bring a jacket in the event of rain or cool evenings. The ISMVL 2000 Technical Sessions will be business dress. The ISMVL 2000 Registration Reception and Dinner Banquet will be business-casual dress. All tours and the river cruise will be casual dress.

Airport Transportation: A Raz Transportation shuttle can be taken from the Portland Airport to the Portland Marriott. Please contact the Portland Marriott (phone: 503-226-6700) for details on fares and shuttle times. The approximate cost (one-way) is $10.00.

Other Transportation: Public transportation in Portland includes the Tri-Met bus system and MAX (Portland's light rail system). Both offer free rides within downtown Portland. For a small fee, you can ride Tri-Met throughout the city and the metropolitan area. The downtown transit mall, from where buses arrive and depart, is located within walking distance of the Portland Marriott, Portland Hilton, Days Inn, DoubleTree, or other major hotels.

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