PORTLAND, one of the most eclectic and vibrant cities in the U.S., is located in the Pacific Northwest with the “expected” clean air and moderate summer weather with flora and fauna galore. That alone makes for a delightful visit but … it’s the unique and voluminous “unexpected” features of Portland that amaze visitors.
With an abundance of activities to be experienced in the downtown area or various neighborhoods, you must learn to slow down and smell the roses, drink the area brews or fruit of the vine, and savor the local cuisine.
The compact downtown offers access to parks, museums and TAX FREE shopping. With no state sales tax, your spending money goes much farther than elsewhere so shopping in the local boutiques or even the major department stores is a fiscally-responsible experience! Active outdoor enthusiasts can hike along forested trails or jet-ski on the river, but if you don’t want to be THAT active, then simply walk along endless paths of flowers in the International Rose Test Gardens.
Across the river from Portland’s downtown is the Lloyd District, home for the NSREC in July. The actual conference venue will be the modern Oregon Convention Center (OCC), a short four blocks from the host hotel. With the meeting space (upstairs, Level 2) and exhibit space (downstairs, Level 1), there is more than ample space for the conference in this state-of-the-art, ecology-oriented (green) facility.
The host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, is a short four blocks from the OCC. Although the walk is easy, the city of Portland is providing one complimentary ticket to each registered conference attendee for the following TriMet transport services: MAX Light Rail, Portland Bus or Portland Streetcar. The ticket will be applicable on Monday through Friday during the conference and will be included in each attendee’s registration packet.
ALL of the above have made Portland into an excellent site for the conference attendees and for family members who choose to accompany them. Join us this summer to explore this laid-back, casual city, Portland – the city of Roses.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Breaks
The 2016 IEEE NSREC will provide continental breakfast (at the DoubleTree) and refreshments at breaks (at the OCC) during the NSREC Short Course and Technical Sessions. Lunch is included for Short Course attendees on Monday. A light lunch will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Exhibit Hall at the OCC. These meals and refreshments are for registered conference attendees only. Please see the schedule for times and locations.
The Oregon Convention Center has contracted with a company called “Eleven Wireless” to operate a self-service business center that includes facilities for photocopying, faxing, and computer printing. For additional services, they list contact information for the local UPS Store, which can handle large print jobs, banner creation or small individual shipping services. The OCC Business Center is open seven days a week (but only when OCC is open due to active events) from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Costs associated with this center must be paid by credit card.
Rooms for Side Meetings
Several meeting rooms are available for use by any registered conference attendee at the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) on a first come, first served basis. NSREC encourages side meetings to be scheduled at times other than during technical sessions. Contact ETCic at 720-733-2003 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to make side meeting reservations before the conference. To make a side meeting room reservation during the conference, see the NSREC Registration staff in room A103 on Level 1 of the OCC.
Note: You must register for the conference before a side meeting room can be reserved! All audio/visual equipment and refreshments must be coordinated directly with the OCC and are the responsibility of the attendee hosting the meeting.
Child Care Reimbursement
The 2016 Conference is offering child-care reimbursement of up to $400 per family to assist conference attendees who incur additional childcare expenses by attending the conference. This program, funded by the NPSS AdCom, will also be carried out at other NPSS Conferences during 2016. Limited funds are available, and preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers who are IEEE NPSS members. Up to five candidates will be selected.
Families where both parents are registered attendees at the conference
Parent (registered attendee) who brings child(ren) to the conference
Parent (registered attendee) who incurs additional expenses at his or her home location, above normal child-care expenses, while attending the conference.
Allowable expenses include:
Babysitting or child-care expenses at the conference location while the parent(s) attend the conference
Additional baby sitting or child-care expenses incurred in leaving a child home while parent(s) attend the conference
Transportation expenses for a child-care provider to care for child(ren) during the conference. Reimbursement is only allowed for an adult or relative that does not share your home residence.
Expenses must be documented by receipts. An expense report, accompanied by receipts, must be received by the conference finance chair within two weeks of the end of the conference (July 29, 2016). If the report is not received by that date, no reimbursement will be made. All reimbursements will be made after the conference.
To apply, an attendee must register for the conference technical sessions, and then complete the application form to request reimbursement for child care. The application must be received no later than May 26, 2016. Applicants will be notified whether they qualify for these funds within two weeks after the deadline. Due to limited funding, it is likely that not all qualified applicants will be eligible for reimbursement. The application form is available on the website for the 2016 NSREC.