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Anthony Griffiths, PhD
Wyndham Lathem, PhD

Program Committee Members

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"This is a great meeting to see the latest in research and developing policies concerning agents of biothreat interest."
Audray Harris, Stadtman Investigator, NIH

Hotel & Travel


Rooms will be available at the rate of $239.00 per night for single/double occupancy plus tax and applicable fees. Limited government rates are available to those who qualify on first-come, first-served basis. 

Make Reservations

To reserve your room, click here

By phone: Call the Marriott at 1-877-212-5752 or +1 (202) 328-2000
You must reference "2017 ASM Biothreats" to receive the discounted rate. 

About Meeting Hotel

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20008

The Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel located in Washington, DC is the host hotel for the 2017 ASM Biothreats meeting. This grand hotel has an intriguing espionage history and also served as the home to a number of politicians and three U.S. presidents. Located in a charming neighborhood filled with amazing restaurants and quaint shops, just a few steps away, you’ll discover the ethnic cuisine of Adams Morgan or the exciting night life of Dupont Circle. With a Metro stop just outside the doors and area airports close by, it’s a premier city destination just two Metro stops from everything DC has to offer. The Washington Marriott Wardman Park is just 8 miles from Reagan National Airport and 28 miles from Dulles International Airport.

Additional Hotel Information

Meeting reservation rates are not guaranteed after Monday, January 16, 2017. ASM will provide reservations support only for rooms booked within the official room block. ASM is not responsible for hotel reservations booked outside of the official housing block. Attendees that choose to book outside of the official block will be subject to the terms and conditions outlined for that reservation and outside of ASM's control.

Airport, Transportation, and Driving Information

Please visit the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel website for travel information.

Hotel Parking Information

Self-parking is available at the hotel reduced rate of $30 per day for local and overnight attendees.  Valet parking is also available at a fee of $50 per day.

Metro Information

Meeting attendees are also encouraged to use alternate forms of transportation. The Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel is located less than 0.1 miles from the Woodley Park – Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro station on the red line. Please visit the Metro website for more information.

International Travel 

The American Society for Microbiology invites and welcomes scientists from every part of the world to attend and participate in the 2017 ASM Biothreats Meeting. Attendees are not required to present a poster in order to attend the meeting. Please allow ample time for visa processing, as the application process can take several months in some countries.

Letter of Invitation 

Traveling to the United States

The United States welcomes international visitors. All international visitors (foreign nationals) entering the U.S. are generally required to present a passport and valid visa issued by a U.S. Consular Official.

Temporary International Visitor Requirements

  • For information on applying for a Visa, travel without a Visa, and the Visa waiver program, visit the Visa Applications page.
  • To find out if you need a Visa, or for more information on the application process, visit the National Academies websitePlease allow ample time for visa processing, as the application process can take several months in some countries
  • If you need a Letter of Invitation for your Visa application, you may download a welcome letter, not currently available, from the National Academies website.


A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid passport issued by the visitors home government is required to enter and leave the United States. Passports should be obtained in the visitors home country. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify United States passports.

Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers, (citizens of other countries), coming to the U.S. temporarily. This visa allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security immigration inspector to enter the U.S. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States.

International travelers come to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel. While in the U.S., temporary visitors are restricted to the activity or reason for which their nonimmigrant visa was issued, with few exceptions. The Consular Officer at your embassy or consulate will decide what kind of visa you need, when you apply.

ALL persons traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport or Air NEXUS card.

Citizens of Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda

Currently, Canadian citizens need proof of both their identity and citizenship in order to apply for entry into the U.S. Citizens of Canada traveling to the U.S. do not require a nonimmigrant visa, except under unique circumstances. Citizens and permanent residents of Mexico generally must have a passport and a nonimmigrant visa or Border Crossing Card (also known as a "Laser Visa"). A visa and passport are not required of a Mexican national who is in possession of a Form DSP-150, B-1/B-2 Visa and Border Crossing Card, containing a machine-readable biometric identifier, issued by the Department of State and is applying for admission as a temporary visitor for business or pleasure from contiguous territory. If the traveler is not coming from the Western Hemisphere, a passport is required.

Citizens of the British Overseas Territories of Bermuda do not require a visa unless they have a criminal ineligibility, or have previously violated the terms of their immigration status in the United States. Currently, citizens of Bermuda need proof of both their identity and citizenship in order to apply for entry into the U.S. Citizens of all of these countries and territories are advised to visit the following website to verify their travel documentation needs should look at this site.

Arriving in the U.S.

On the airplane, you will be asked to complete a short arrival/departure form. You will need your visa and/or passport handy. You will need to present your visa and/or passport at the port of entry in the United States. Most often that port of entry will be the airport where you land.

When you deplane, follow signs for non-citizen entry. At that location, a Department of Homeland Security official will interview you and verify all of your paperwork. Under the US-VISIT Program of the Department of Homeland Security, most people arriving in the U.S. will submit to a finger scan of the two index fingers and a photograph. Once admitted, you will receive an immigration stamp and proceed to baggage claim and customs. For information about arriving in the U.S., including arriving by land or sea, see US-VISIT.

Upon arrival in the U.S., certain foreign citizens are required to register under Special Registration, which is the National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program. Registration under NSEERS is a distinct process from US-VISIT.