11th IVS General Meeting

Annapolis, Maryland, USA

March 22 – 28, 2020

Key Dates


Registration and abstract submission will open at a later date. If you would like to be notified directly at this time, please provide your email address.


The 11th IVS General Meeting will be held in the Historic Inns of Annapolis in downtown Annapolis — the capital of the state of Maryland. The oldest state capital and one-time nation's capital, Annapolis is a beautiful harbor town and a short step to the modern capital of Washington. The Historic Inns are noted for being the site of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris.

All three building of the Historic Inns have been reserved for the IVS GM and attendees are encouraged book soon as space is limited. To book using the group reservation, phone +1 (410) 263-2641 and mention the IVS meeting, or using the button below.

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Governor Calvert House Exterior Governor Calvert House Interior Dining room Sitting room


Three airports service the Washington/Baltimore area: BWI, DCA, and IAD. Of these, BWI is the closest, about 30 minutes by car, and has plenty of international flights. DCA is the second closest, about 45 min by car, but mostly services domestic and Canadian routes. Dulles (IAD) also has a lot of international flights but is about 1 hour 15 min by car from Annapolis.

Public transport from the airports to Annapolis is poor, so you will need to use a shuttle or taxi service. Shuttle services can be booked in advance such as SuperShuttle, or taxi/ride-sharing services such as Uber of Lyft can be booked on arrival. Note that the United States has a strong tipping culture you are typically expected to tip about 10-20% for these services in this area.

Annapolis is a small city with plenty of venues in easy walking distance. It is also typically difficult and expensive to park, so you will likely be better off without a rental car for the period of the meeting.

Visa Waiver

Many international visitors are eligible to visit the United States for short periods without a visa though the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The qualifications using the VWP can be found on the US Department of State website. If you are eligible to use the VWP, you must to apply for authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system. Be sure to do this well in advance your travel in case of any difficulty.

In most cases, your ESTA will be valid for two years. You do not need to apply for a new authorization if yours is valid.

Apply for an ESTA


Attendees not eligible for the Visa Waiver Program will need to apply for a visa, likely a B-1. If you require supporting documentation from the IVS GM local organising committee, use the button below and fill in the form. Be sure to start the visa process well in advance, as it will take several months.

Request Invitation Letter


Local Organizing Committee

Program Committee