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Venue, Lodging, and Travel

Columbus Venue

The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET)


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The Columbus Center is the home of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET). IMET is a joint University System of Maryland research institute capitalizing on the strengths of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the University of Maryland Baltimore. By drawing faculty and students from the University System of Maryland and scientists from around the world, IMET faculty conduct research into marine and coastal environments. Towson University's Center for STEM Excellence also furthers this mission at the Columbus Center, by serving Maryland's K-12 schools through outreach programs supporting science education.


The Columbus Center is also a hub for Maryland’s blossoming tech-startup culture and offers prestigious office spaces, wet labs, meeting rooms, and inspiring event spaces.

Conference Lodging

Tru by Hilton

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The Tru by Hilton at Baltimore East is located in downtown Baltimore within walking distance of Little Italy and Harbor East. The Johns Hopkins Hospital is one mile away, Camden Yards is 2.5 miles from the hotel, and it's just 15 minutes from the Baltimore Harbor. If you would like to learn more about local favorites to check out while you are here, the hotel welcomes you to chat with their friendly staff for suggestions. In addition, you will be able to enjoy free WiFi and breakfast plus access to their fitness center during your stay.


411 S Central Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland 21202, USA

Lodging Information

We highly encourage conference attendees seeking accommodations to book through the AEES room block at the conference venue, Tru by Hilton Baltimore East Harbor Hotel. A Conference Group Rate is available at the Tru Hotel for $89.00 plus tax. Our reservation link includes pre and post stay on Sunday, June 19th and checking out on Friday, June 24, 2022. Please press the edit button to make changes to the dates you will be staying at the Tru Hotel. The last day to book a hotel room and get the $89.00 a night price is Friday, May 27, 2022.

To make a reservation, please visit their website by clicking the button below or call the hotel directly at 
(410) 291-7500 or toll-free at 1 (800)-HILTONS, and state that you are part of the 'University of Maryland Education Conference Group Rate.'

Alternative Lodging

Suggested Hotels

Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor | 401 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201 | (443) 573-8700 

Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore Downtown, MD | 8 E Pleasant St, Baltimore, MD 21202 | (410) 576-1200 | \

Holiday Inn Express Baltimore at the Stadiums, an IHG Hotel | 1701 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230 | (410) 727-1818

Local Travel to and from Baltimore

Washington, DC Airports

We have three major airports in the Washington, DC region:  Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) this airport is the closest to the 21st AEES Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. There are two more airports – Ronal Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and finally Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). In order to discover the best option for your transportation needs, please see the websites below:

Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) 

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Baltimore Public Transportation

If you are looking for transportation to get back and forth in Baltimore during your visit, Baltimore offers a variety of public transportation options, the metro subway, Uber, Lift, local express and neighborhood buses, Light Rail, MARC train, taxis and more. To learn more about the most convenient transportation option for you, please click here.

Student Travel Grants

Student travel grants will be awarded to help offset conference expenses for students. Students may apply for travel grants by filling out the application at the link below.


Student conference grant applications will be accepted from March 15th to April 1st. More information will be emailed directly to students with accepted abstracts. Awardees will be notified by April 15, 2022 of the award level. Grant payments will be issued as a reimbursement following the conference; additional instructions for requesting travel grant payments will be provided with the award notification email. Students awarded a travel grant are required to stay at the conference hotel, and priority will be given to those students presenting at the conference.

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