Social Program

(Please note that registration for organized tours will begin on Wednesday, April 10.)

Reviewers' Lunch: Monday, July 8

(included in registration, must indicate during registration)

This lunch is open to all registered attendees who participated in the review process for APS-URSI.

Date:Monday, July 8
Time:12:00 - 13:00
Location:Palm Ballroom I & II

Women-In-Engineering Reception: Monday, July 8

(included in registration, must indicate during registration)

The IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Reception is open to all conference participants. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. The scopes of interest of the WIE include increasing the participation of women within IEEE, gathering and disseminating information regarding the status of women, and initiatives for, by and on behalf of women in engineering and science.

Date:Monday, July 8
Time:17:30 - 19:30
Location:Palm Ballroom I & II

Student/GOLD Reception and Lunch: Tuesday, July 9

(included with student and recent graduate registrations; advisors/sponsors must pay a small extra fee. Indicate during registration.)

The Student/GOLD Reception and lunch is open to all STUDENT registrants and their advisors, as well as Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD).

Date:Tuesday, July 9
Time:12:00 - 13:00
Location:Palm Ballroom I & II

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Walt Disney World ® Resort, Epcot®: Tuesday, July 9

Imagine having your own private space to watch a spectacular laser light and fireworks display in one of the most magical places on earth. And while experiencing the original musical score and the well-choreographed kaleidoscope of color, you're also satisfying your sweet tooth at an expansive dessert reception. After the show ends, you may take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours Benefit to explore the park on your own. You won't want to miss this!

Join all the APS 2013 attendees for a private reception at Epcot® World View Plaza on the edge of World Showcase Lagoon. Your evening "begins in the afternoon," when you may request an "After 4pm" park pass, a specially-priced Disney Meeting/Convention Theme Park Ticket available to APS/URSI attendees (note that on Tuesday, July 9, the technical sessions end following the afternoon break at 3:20 pm). Spend a few hours in the park, dine at your leisure and at 8pm, meet your friends and colleagues at Worldview Plaza for dessert. The fireworks show, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, begins promptly at 9:00pm.

Epcot® remains open until 11pm that evening (the Extra Magic Hours Benefit), which allows you to continue the fun through the Epcot® attractions, exhibits, dining outlets and shopping venues. Regularly scheduled resort hotel transportation will be available as the park closes for your return to the Hilton Lake Buena Vista, or if you prefer, you may return to the Hilton Lake Buena Vista via the conference's private, chartered motor coaches immediately following the dessert reception and fireworks.

If you prefer to only join the reception and fireworks display and not visit Epcot® earlier in the day, motor coach transportation will be available from the Hilton Lake Buena Vista departing just prior to the reception at 8pm. You will be met at the park and escorted to World View Plaza.

Please note, when you are registering for this event:

  1. You may purchase a reduced rate "After 4pm" park pass for $40 for you and your guest(s). This gives you the opportunity to enter the park from 4pm on, enjoy Epcot® at your leisure, then meet at the World View Plaza for the laser show, fireworks display, and dessert reception. The park is open until 11pm that evening, and your return transportation will either be part of the regularly scheduled resort hotel transportation from Epcot® to the Hilton Lake Buena Vista or you may depart immediately following the reception area by the conference's private, chartered motor coaches, also returning to the Hilton Lake Buena Vista. This ticket covers the dessert reception only and does not include dinner.
  2. If you choose to only attend the reception and laser show and fireworks display, you must take our pre-arranged transportation from the Hilton Lake Buena Vista to Epcot®, as you will need to be brought to a specific park entrance and escorted to the World View Plaza. There is no charge for this ticket. The park is open until 11pm that evening, and your return transportation will either be part of the regularly scheduled resort hotel transportation from Epcot® to the Hilton Lake Buena Vista or you may depart immediately following the reception area by the conference's private, chartered motor coaches, also returning to the Hilton Lake Buena Vista. Please note that all of the buses will load and leave at the same time, so if you do not wish to stay in the park you must leave with the rest of the guests returning to the hotel immediately after the "Illuminations" presentation.

Awards Reception and Banquet: Wednesday, July 10

The 2013 Awards Banquet will take place at the Palm Ballroom, Hilton Lake Buena Vista, and is open to all conference registrants, but requires a separate ticket purchase. The event honors the distinguished accomplishments of the society's professional community, and includes recognition of the 2013 IEEE APS Fellows.

Please remember to add a Banquet Ticket when you register for the conference. If you need to add one later, please e-mail us at registration@2013apsursi.org.

Date:Wednesday, July 10
Reception:6:15pm, Palm Ballroom Foyer
Banquet:7:00pm, Palm Ballroom I & II
Cost:$50 (Advance Rate); $75 (On-Site Rate*)

(*Please note that a limited number of tickets will be available for sale at the On-Site Rate. Attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets prior to the close of Advance Registration.)