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General Information

Meeting Location
The 78th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.  The Center is conveniently located  within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, light rail, nightlife, cultural, and sporting events. 

Banking and Foreign Exchange
The official currency in the United States is US Dollars. The US Dollar ($) is divided into 100 cents; notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1. Banking hours in the United States are generally Monday through Friday, 09:00 – 17:00. A few banks are open on Saturdays as well. You can withdraw money from ATM bank machines using your credit card and make purchases in stores and restaurants. Signs display accepted credit cards or you can ask the retailer. Check with your local financial institution to verify if you are able to use your home bank card or credit card prior to travel.

Child Care
A Family Room will be available for use daily during session hours. It will not be staffed; parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision and safety of their children and personal belongings.

The average temperature in October is 71 degrees Farenheit (22 degrees Celsius) during the day and 44 degrees Farenheit (7 degrees Celsius) in the evening with a relatively low humidity of 43%.

Dialing Codes
The area code in Albuquerque, NM is 505.  While in the United States, you can call the directory information service number 411 for assistance in finding a phone number. Calls to area codes 800, 877, and 866 are toll-free in the United States. To make an international call, dial 011 followed by the country code, city code, and telephone number.

Eating Out
New Mexican cuisine has as chile as its defining ingredient. Chile comes in two varieties: red or green. Which one you will prefer is up to your palate. When asked "Red or green?" you can say "Christmas" if you want to sample both, and don't be afraid to ask for the chile on the side if you're not sure about either!
For an authentic taste of Native American fare, you can visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for a sample of fry bread, posole (hominy stew with chile) and other traditional feast day foods.
Albuquerque restaurants also include steak houses and a variety of international foods as well. For a listing of restaurants visit

Voltage in the United States is 120 volts (60 HZ). Outlet sockets use either a Type A plug which is a class II ungrounded plug with two flat parallel prongs, or a Type B plug which is a class I plug with two flat parallel prongs and a grounding pin

The official language of the meeting is English. Translation services will not be provided.

Letters of Invitation
For security purposes, letters of invitation can only be sent to individuals registered for the meeting.  To request a letter of invitation please contact

Name Badge
The SVP badge must be worn at all times for admission to the scientific sessions, exhibits, and social events.

Smoking Policy
The Albuquerque Convention Center is a non-smoking facility.
The current total sales tax rate in Albuquerque, NM is 7.31%.


Wait service (sit down): 15-20%, pre-tax
Wait service (buffet): 10%, pre-tax
Take Out: No obligation; 10% for extra service (curb delivery) or a large, complicated order
Home Delivery: 10-15% of the bill, $2-5 for pizza delivery depending on the size of the order and difficulty of delivery
Bartender: $1-2 per drink or 15-20% of the tab
Tipping jars: No obligation; tip occasionally if your server or barista provides a little something extra
Restroom Attendant: $0.50-$3, depending on the level of service
Valet: $2-$5. Tip when the car is returned to you

Transportation to AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque International Sunport
The airport is located five miles from the Convention Center. Albuquerque is served by eight major commercial airlines: American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways. It also receives regular service from two commuter airlines: Great Lakes Airlines and New Mexico Airlines.

Transportation in Albuquerque:  ABQ RIDE is dedicated to getting you where you need to go in the fastest, healthiest, and most environmentally-friendly way possible.

VISA:  Please visit the International Visitors Office website at for information. Travelers are advised to apply for a visa as early as possible, at least three to four months ahead of the meeting. Please check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy to find out the earliest that you may apply for a visa or the US Department of State: Click here to check on wait times for scheduling visa interviews. Click here for more information regarding U.S. visas. 

If you are experiencing a significant visa delay, you may wish to fill out the visa survey here at the International Visitor Office website of The National Academies of Science. This will allow them to follow up with the U.S. Department of State. 

Visitor Information:  there are many attractions to enjoy. Check out the Visitor’s Center website at
Below are a few popular attractions:

The ABQ BioPark hosts four popular attractions.
Aquarium | Botanic Garden | Tingley Beach | Zoo

Old Town Albuquerque
Old Town's history in Albuquerque is long and storied. Visit Old Town.