When/where is the Congress being held?

The Third World Congress is being held from March 16 – 19, 2017 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, California.

When should I plan to arrive?

The Third World Congress will kick off with a Welcome Reception to be held the evening of Thursday, March 16, 2017. Sessions begin on the morning of Friday, March 17, 2017.

Do I need to stay in the Congress hotel?

It is strongly recommended that you stay in the Congress hotel. Your ability to network and socialize with other Congress attendees is heightened tremendously by being at the center of the action. SBA works to secure competitive rates with the host hotel to provide this opportunity to you. These reduced rates are in part contingent on attendees filling a certain number of rooms. If the Congress is unable to fill the agreed upon number of rooms, it can make securing future sites difficult and compromise SBA’s ability to hold a cost effective event.

When will I know what sessions are being offered at the Congress?

As soon as the schedule is available, it will be posted on this website. The schedule will not be finalized until all abstracts have been reviewed

What  is included in your registration cost?

The Registration fee includes access to all breakout sessions, plenary sessions and all conference meal functions.

When does Congress begin?

The Congress begins with the Opening Reception on the evening of March 16, 2017.

When does Congress end?

Congress ends the early afternoon on March 19, 2017.

What do I need to do if I plan on attending from outside of the United States?

Participants are strongly advised to make sure they fulfill all legal requirements to enter the United States. Besides a valid passport, an entry visa may also be required. It is highly recommended to start the process a minimum of 2 ½ months prior to your arrival in the United States.

If you require a letter of invitation to apply for your visa please contact Debra Marshall at debra@sswmeetings.com and provide the following information:

  • Embassy or consulate address that you are applying through
  • Full name including your organization and address
  • Passport number
  • Date of issue
  • Date of expiration
  • Country issued by