Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 6:30 PM -
Sunday, March 04, 2018 10:00 AM (Eastern Time)

Dear Colleagues & Guests:

As you know, we had to move the 2018 Annual Meeting from St. Croix due to the damage to the resort and island from two recent hurricanes.  Based on the survey sent to members, I am happy to announce that we will be going to Panama and hope you and your family will join us Feb 28-Mar 03, 2018. 

As a highlight, we have reserved the Museum and Observation Desk at the Miraflores Panama Canal for a private dinner to watch (up close and personal) the vessels going thru the canal, and is included in the registration.

In order to experience the best Panama has to offer, we will be dividing our time between two unique locations:

Gamboa Rainforest Resort (Feb 28-Mar 02)
Wednesday and Thursday nights and Saturday nights we will stay at Gamboa located in the rainforest where the scenic Chagres River meets the Panama Canal.  Sheilah has put together a full day optional tour on Wednesday Feb 28 that includes boat ride on Chagres to Monkey Island, visiting the Embera Indian Village,  Aerial Tram thru the rainforest and buffet lunch at Los Lagartos. 
Note: You would need to arrive on Tues Feb 27 to do this tour.

Westin Playa Bonita Resort (Mar 02-04)
After the meeting on Friday we will all move to the Westin Playa Bonita (45 mins), a beautiful resort nestled on a beach on the Pacific Ocean.  We have reserved all ocean and mangrove view rooms with balconies and at night you can see boats lined up to go through the canal.

January in Panama is the start of the dry season, and the tropical climate ranges from 75 to 85 degrees F.  Multiple flights are available from US airports to the Panama City, Tocumen International Airport (PTY).  Roundtrip airport transportation will be provided and included in registration.

I hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a most interesting, informative, and enjoyable meeting.

Bill Griffith, PhD


Contact Information

  • Phone: 407-234-3274
    Sheilah Jewart

Payment Instructions

  • Registration Includes:
    •2 Nights Deluxe Room
      at Gamboa Resort
    •2 Nights Deluxe Room
      at Westin Playa Bonita
    •Reception & Dinner - Wed
    •Panama Canal Dinner - Thur
    •BioMuseum - Fri
    •Reception & Dinner - Sat
    •Buffet Breakfast Daily
    •Taxes / Service Charges
    •Transportation to Westin
       with Box Lunch
    •Roundtrip PTY Transfers
      Greeted at Airport
    •Conference Materials

    Before Jan 15:
    Chair - $1580
    Guest - $450

    After Jan 15:
    Chair - $1780
    Guest - $450

    Make payable to:
    9037 Ron Den Lane
    Windermere, FL 34786