Monday, October 12: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Join us for an unforgettable evening in one of Chicago's preeminent halls of discovery and science—the historic Field Museum of Natural History. Enter the magnificent Stanley Hall and mingle among African elephants, flying pterosaurs, and Máximo, the museum’s resident Titanosaur. You’ll be treated to exciting food options, beverages, and access to the museum’s many illustrious exhibits: spot magnificent gem stones, walk through ancient Egypt, get up close with a T. Rex, or travel back in time to uncover Chicago's beer brewing history. Don't miss this memorable night for connecting with old friends and making new ones. Shuttle bus service provided to and from conference hotels.  
Monday, October 12 - Thursday, October 15

The Chicago Organizing Committee has planned diverse and exciting Technical Tours that give participants the chance to visit eight sites: S&C Electric Company, G&W Electric Company, Suzlon Wind Turbine Training Center, Chicago Architecture Center, ComEd Tech Center, John G. Shedd Aquarium, CRRC Sifang America – Railcar Assembly Facility and the Community of the Future (multiple stops).  
Tuesday, October 13 : 8:30am – 9:30am

To kickoff this year’s conference, the 2020 Local Organizing Committee is hard at work planning another spectacular Opening Session you simply won’t want to miss. Be on the lookout for special updates as we finalize details and announce this year’s keynote speaker.  
Tuesday, October 13 : 11:30am – 1:00pm

Tuesday marks the opening of the exhibit hall with companies from around the world ready to show you the newest products and services. What better time to see these new products and technologies than during the Conference Luncheon, conveniently served to you in the exposition aisles.  
Wednesday, October 14 : 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Mingle with leading product specialists, experts and industry leaders over hors d’oeuvres and beverages during the exhibit hall Networking Reception. During the conference you will have heard from the best minds covering a wide range of topics that explore and aim to improve our industry. This is your opportunity to explore the exhibit halls, chat with these experts and experience firsthand how some of the new technologies, products and services are being used.  
Wednesday, October 14 : 5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Poster Session and Reception provides a relaxed environment for registered conference attendees to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while viewing more than 300 accepted papers in poster format. Here you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the authors and even tour competing papers from the Student Poster Contest.  
Thursday, October 15 : 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Join the fun while we toast our new Chicago friends, thank them for a great event and are greeted with beverages and party snacks by the 2022 New Orleans Local Organizing team. Drop your registration badge on the way in for a chance to win one of many great prizes.  

Make the most of your stay by visiting to discover the Windy city’s many culinary, entertainment, shopping and outdoor recreational experiences.