Cnidofest 2022

UC Davis Arboretum

September 7-10, 2022
University of California Davis

Important information (NEW!)

Registration is open

We are now accepting abstracts

Keynote and Technology Speakers

COVID-19 Policies

Meeting Scope

We welcome abstracts from any scientist using a cnidarian as a model organism to understand the molecular basis of fundamental biological processes. We strongly encourage trainees to submit abstracts for oral presentations. For Cnidofest 2022, there will be an emphasis on sharing tools that facilitate this kind of research in cnidarians. Sessions will be organized according to the following themes:

  • Neurobiology
  • Development
  • Evolution
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Symbiosis
  • Ecology (with a molecular focus)
  • Physiology

Tentative Schedule

Time Wednesday
September 7
Thursday
September 8
Friday
September 9
Saturday
September 10
9:00 AM   Session 2 Session 6 Keynote 🔑♫
10:15 AM   ☕️ Coffee Break ☕️ Coffee Break ☕️ Coffee Break
10:45 AM   Session 3 Session 7 Session 10
12:00 PM   🥪 Lunch 🥪 Lunch 🥪 Lunch
1:15 PM   Session 4 Session 8 Session 11
2:30 PM   ☕️ Coffee Break ☕️ Coffee Break ☕️ Coffee Break
3:00 PM Registration Opens Session 5 Session 9 Session 12
4:15 PM ↓ ☕️ Coffee Break ☕️ Coffee Break 📸 Group Photo
4:45 PM ↓ Lightning Talks Lightning Talks Free Time
5:15 PM ↓ Poster Session 1 Poster Session 2 🍹 Cocktails
6:00 PM Reception ↓ ↓ 🍽 Banquet Dinner
7:30 PM Welcome Remarks 🍽 Dinner 🍽 Dinner 🏆 Awards Ceremony
7:45 PM Session 1 ↓ ↓  
8:00 PM ↓ ↓ ↓ 🕺 Music and Dancing 💃
9:00 PM End of Day’s Events End of Day’s Events End of Day’s Events ↓
11:59 PM       End of Conference

Lodging

We have reserved rooms at several hotels close to the UC Davis campus. Further information about these accomodations can be found on the official registration page.

Traveling to Davis

UC Davis is located near two international airports - Sacramento International (SMF) and San Francisco International (SFO). Depending on where you are coming from, you will likely fly into one of these airports and then take ground transportation to Davis or Sacramento. There are a number of transportation options from each airport depending on how much money and time you wish to spend, including the Davis Airporter, Lyft, and Uber, or other rideshares and public transit like Yolobus or Amtrak.

When choosing flights, please keep in mind your arrival time, as SMF is typically a 25-45 minute trip to Davis and SFO can take between 2-3 hours depending on the time of day.

From SMF to Davis

The Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is just over 20 miles (32 km) from UC Davis which can take between 25 minutes to an hour, depending on the time of day and traffic. It is advisable to use a map application (like Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps, etc,) to estimate travel time when deciding upon transportation options. If you are headed to a location in Sacramento from SMF, the distance is shorter so taxi and ride sharing services will be less expensive; YoloBus will cost approximately the same amount.

  • Davis Airporter is a private airport shuttle service used by many residents of Davis. This is a door-to-door service that must be arranged in advance for one or more persons. All reservations must be made at least three days in advance. For more information, visit their website.
  • SuperShuttle is a shuttle service between San Francisco Airport (SFO), Davis and Sacramento Airport (SMF). The shuttle bus will pick you up at the airport and drop you off at your residence in Davis. It is not required to make a reservation beforehand, but it is highly recommended. For more information, visit their website.
  • Yolobus is a public transit system that services Yolo County and the surrounding area. Two Yolobus routes provide hourly transportation between SMF and Davis, and they do not require advance reservations. Students need to know which bus stop is closest to their apartment or house before boarding the bus. Go to the Yolobus website for more information.

From SFO to Davis

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is just over 80 miles (120 km) from UC Davis which can take between 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes, depending on the time of day and traffic. It is advisable to use a map application (like Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps, etc.) to estimate travel time when deciding upon transportation options. If you are headed to a location in Sacramento from SFO, the distance is farther so Amtrak, taxi and ride sharing services will be slightly more expensive. You may also choose to contact SuperShuttle (see abobe) for an airport shuttle option.

Travel Awards

We have applied for NSF support for Cnidofest 2022. If awarded, we plan to use the funds to issue travel awards to trainees who have registered for the conference.