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41st Annual MidWinter Meeting

 Export to Your Calendar 2/10/2018 to 2/14/2018
When: February 10-14, 2018
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Manchester Grand Hyatt
1 Market Place
San Diego, California  92101
United States
Contact: ARO Headquarters
(856) 423-0041

Online registration is available until: 2/9/2018
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Preliminary Schedule of Events:  The program Committee is working hard to bring you a full and educational program.  A preliminary schedule is available to view by click here and will be updated as we start to finalize the program.


Poster Blitz:

The ARO Council cordially invites all junior scientists, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs, to submit their poster abstract for the Poster Blitz competition. Based on scientific merit and research area, 20 submissions will be invited to the Poster Blitz session at the beginning of the ARO Midwinter meeting. Those 20 junior scientists will be given the opportunity to showcase their work to the ARO community in five-minute talks during the Poster Blitz. A diverse panel of researchers and clinicians will rank (1) the presenter’s ability to convey the impact of their work, (2) the clarity of the presentation, and (3) the overall impression of the project.


The Poster Pitch Blitz will occur on Sunday,February 11, 2018 from 4:45 – 6:15pm. This year we are changing the format so that students and postdocs will compete in their own, separate categories. The winners of the Poster Blitz will be recognized at the beginning of the Award of Merit Lecture. 


Please submit your application via the Poster Blitz Electronic Application Form by Monday,January 22, 2018.


Science Café - Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 5pm

ARO members engage the public on hearing loss topics

At the Bootlegger Bar and Restaurant


spARO Reverse Science FairSunday, Feb. 11, 2018  6 to 7pm 

Balboa Theater

The public will be invited to judge scientists' displays. We are soliciting projects from spARO members on the broad theme of Symphony and Science. There will be interactive displays and demonstrations that will engage the public in hearing research, hearing loss, speech discrimination, and music perception.


Sounds of Music – Symphony and ScienceSunday, Feb. 11, 2018 7 to 8:30pm

Balboa Theater

Jazz trio/Classical quartet/percussion duo





  The meeting will take place February 9-14, 2018 at the 

   Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, California, USA.



   Hotel Information:


ARO's group rate is $229 single / double, $254 Triple, and $279 Quad occupancy. The deadline for reservations is Friday, January 19, 2018, based on availability.  For more information or to make your reservation, please click here or to call directing: 888-421-1442 and please reference "ARO".



Ancillary Meeting Room


The ARO Midwinter Meeting offers a wonderful opportunity for groups to get together and discuss topics of mutual interest. ARO would like to offer this opportunity to conference attendees, as it was successfully received last year. ARO members are invited to organize shared interest group discussions. These meetings will take place during the ARO conference, using rooms that are available to us at no additional cost.  


In order to facilitate scheduling of rooms, we are asking each group to fill out the Ancillary Meeting Request Form. We will do our best to accommodate requests, but that will depend on how many requests we receive and how many rooms are available at the hotel. Thank you for your interest and for your patience as we work through the details. Contact with any questions, or call 856-423-0041.








Child Care Support:

ARO would like to encourage parents' attendance to the Midwinter Meeting by providing awards to help defray child care costs.  Members can apply for up to $500USD (one award per family) for the 2018 meeting to support care either at the hotel or elsewhere.  Day care costs elsewhere (e.g., at home) must be costs that exceed the family’s usual day care costs and are directly attributable to attendance at the meeting.  Child care will not be provided by ARO at the meeting as in the past. Awardees will be notified by November 30, 2017.


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