General Information

Meeting Venue


All sleeping rooms, session, meetings, poster presentations, oral presentations, symposia, and exhibits will be held at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Boulevard, Austin, Texas, for the 2017 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

The hotel has a video tour.  Check it out here!

Greening the Meeting

At the 1997 meetings in Seattle, it was decided that the Environmental Quality Committee (now the Conservation Committee) would develop recommendations to minimize the environmental impact of the Society’s activities. The committee has developed a list of possible actions relating to the annual meeting that can be implemented with minimal inconvenience to the organizing committee and to the membership at large. Many of these suggested actions are dependent on a decision by the Society as to whether and how much members are willing to trade off convenience for cost in the process of reducing environmental impacts (fortunately, many proposed actions are actually money-savers). Our objective in these “greening” efforts is to fulfill the general mission of the annual meeting in the most efficient, environmentally sound, and economic manner possible. For additional information about the ASIH Conservation Committee, contact Frank McCormick.


Conference Attire

Casual dress is appropriate throughout the meeting. For comfort in the air-conditioned meeting rooms, a light jacket or sweater is suggested. Some suggested items that will be helpful in making your stay pleasant include an umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, and several extra changes of clothing.

Internet Access

Tier 1 Internet access will be provided to all JMIH attendees in the guest and meeting rooms of the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

Food and Beverage Information

Morning and afternoon beverage breaks will be served with the exhibitors in the Plaza Foyer and the Ria Grande Exhibit Hall of the Renaissance Austin Hotel. A cash bar will be available during poster sessions, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Friday, 14 July and Saturday, 15 July. Lunch is on your own each day. A variety of restaurants are available within walking distance of the Renaissance hotel in the Arboretum area. Find more information here.

Child Care

ASIH has arranged subsidized childcare at the meeting, which will be available to parents from all JMIH societies. The cost will be approximately $10 per hour per child, depending on the demand for the service. Licensed provider, Grandparents Unlimited will be available 7 hours during the day and 3 hours in the evening. If you are interested in childcare, please contact Adam Summers ( and ASIH will be in touch about logistics before the meeting.

*Note:  Neither Kansas State University nor its representatives are in any way associated with the management or procurement of the offered child care services.*