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20th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence

9-13 July 2012, Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA


The 20th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence is sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and organized by the AMS Committee on Boundary Layer Turbulence. This conference will be held jointly with the 18th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction, which is also sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and is organized by the AMS committee on Air-Sea Interaction. The conferences will be held 9-13 July, 2012 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.


Interested Sponsors may contact Jen Ives at or (617) 226-3674


Abstract Submission Deadline: 12 April
Acceptance E-Mails Out, Registration & Hotel Reservations Open: 4 May
Pre-Registration Deadline: 29 May
Hotel Reservation Deadline: 3 June
No Registration Refunds After: 29 June
Manuscript Deadline: Fri. 13 August


All meeting sessions for the conferences will be held on the third floor of the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.

Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.
A block of rooms have been reserved at the hotel for all meeting attendees at a special rate of $183 single/double plus tax. To receive the special meeting rate, attendees must request a room under the AMS block by using the Group Affiliation: AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY.

Thank you in advance for booking your sleeping room at the meeting host hotel. In doing so, you’re helping AMS maintain a strong pick-up history for future hotel contract negotiations, helping to keep registration rates as low as possible.

Reservations may be made directly on-line: or by phone: 1-888-627-7216


Pre-registration. All attendees are encouraged to pre-register for the meeting. Attendees can register online until 13 July or via paper registration form by 18 June.  can be submitted by fax or mail (# and address can be found on the form).  All registrations received by 29 May will qualify for our lower, early bird rates. Any registrations received after 29 May and onsite will be subject to the higher rate. All rates are listed in the table below.

On-site registration. The AMS registration desk on the third floor of the Westin Copley Place will be open for registration on Sunday, 8 July from 5:00-7:00 p.m., and Monday-Friday during the hours of the conference.

Conference Registration Rates:







By 29 May   

After 29 May

By 29 May  

After 29 May

AMS Full Member;
Program/Session Chair 






Non-member Speaker, Poster Presenter; AMS Associate Member; Cosponsoring Society Member












Retired Member






AMS Student Member






Student Non-Member






FULL-WEEK PACKAGE includes: Admittance to the conference and exhibits, all conference materials, certain food functions and all coffee breaks.
ONE-DAY PACKAGE includes: Admittance to the conference and exhibits, all conference materials and all coffee breaks for one calendar day.

REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT PAYMENT. Payment may be made with check, money order, purchase order, or credit card (MasterCard/VISA/American Express). Checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. dollars. Refunds (less a $25 processing fee) will be granted only for cancellations received by 29 June 2012.

Conference Events

Formal Poster Viewings
The poster setup/teardown schedule for this meeting will be (Posters will remain up for the duration of the conference):
Set-Up: after noon on Monday, 9 July
Tear-Down: before 5:30pm on Thursday 12 July

Please note AMS is not responsible for posters not taken down by the tear down time.

BLT and Joint Posters will be located in the Staffordshire Room
Air-Sea Posters will be located in the St. George BCD Room

Wednesday Excursion: Duck Tour (additional fee)
There will NOT be a Wednesday evening banquet at the 20BLT/18Air Sea Conference.
Instead, attendees are invited to purchase a ticket (for an additional fee) and see the Boston sights aboard a Boston Duck Tour. 

Tickets will be available for purchase through the online registration system, and the paper registration forms for $30 until June 29, or until the tickets are sold out.

The tour will leave the Duck Tour drop off location, 53 Huntington Avenue, Boston, at 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 11.  Please arrive at 6:00pm to board the Duck. The tour will end at 7:50pm in the same location.
For more information on Boston Duck Tours, visit:


Flying to Boston
Logan International Airport is approx. 5 miles and a 15-minute drive from the Westin Copley Place.

Ground Transportation
Taxi service costs approx. $25-$30
The MBTA or “T” costs $2 from the airport:

  1. Take the shuttle bus from the terminal’s ground transportation to the Blue Line’s Airport Stop
  2. Take the Blue Line to Government Center Center
  3. Take the Green Line to Copley Station

The Westin Copley Place is within walking distance to many restaurants, shops, and areas of interest. The MBTA, or “T” is also located adjacent to the hotel, linking you to all points downtown.

Car Rental
Enterprise is the official rental car agency for this meeting and special rates are available. Advance reservations may be made on-line at Select “Corporate Account” then “Make a reservation”. Then you simply enter this account # 10AT034 and the first three letters of the account name (AME) or by calling Enterprise at 1-800-593-0505. When making a reservation, please mention the AMS Corporate account number.

Overnight valet parking is available to hotel guests for $46 per day.

Beyond the Conference

Maps, Visitor Guides, and Discount Books will be available at the AMS Registration Desk. For more information on the Boston area, please visit:


It is our sincere desire to comply fully with both the letter and the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Attendees with special needs should call the AMS Meetings Department at (617) 227- 2426 and press 4, 4–6 weeks prior to the meeting to request special arrangements. Special housing needs should be requested when making hotel reservations.


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