Search for Life Beyond the Solar System: Exoplanets, Biosignatures & Instruments

Tucson, Arizona
Sunday, March 16, 2014


The conference will be hosted at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona. The Hilton El Conquistador offers an excellent environment with a large meeting room, restaurant, cafe and bar, and a medium-sized room for breakout sessions. The Conquistador also offers an outstanding golf course and other recreational amenities. The hotel offers a block of rooms at discounted rates for participants who register 3 months prior to the conference. After that date the discount will not be available.

We recommend that the participants stay at the conference hotel; while other accommodation options are available, these will all require the use of rental cars.

Room Reservations: Reservations will be made directly by the attendee through a dedicated webpage or by calling the Hilton El Conquistador toll-free number 1-800-325-7832.

Discounted Rooms: The discounted conference group rate is available for online or phone reservations until February 15. When making your reservation, please be sure to use the reference code EBI2014.  Upon making the reservation, the hotel will require the first night's deposit with a major credit card.  All credit cards used to prepay the reservation will be charged immediately.  A refund will only be available up to 3 days prior to the arrival date. Attendees are responsible for room, tax, and incidentals. 

Please note the hotel has extended the conference room rate for attendees who wish to increase their stay either pre  / post conference dates. 


Fairfield Inn & Suites Tucson North/Oro Valley
: 10150 North Oracle Road, 0.2 miles north of conference venue. About $160-$170/night pre-taxes. Free breakfast, high-speed internet/wireless access. Complimentary on-site parking. No airport shuttle. Outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, exercise room. No pets.

Holiday Inn Express Oro-Valley Tucson North
: 11075 North Oracle Road, 2.6 miles north of conference venue. About $117-126/night pre-taxes. Free breakfast, high-speed internet/wireless access. Rooms have microwaves and refrigerators. Complimentary on-site parking. No airport shuttle. Outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, new large fitness center. No pets.

Quality Inn & Suites: 7411 N. Oracle Rd., 3.9 miles south of conference venue. About $110-130/night pre-taxes. Free breakfast, high-speed internet/wireless access. Rooms have microwaves and refrigerators. No airport shuttle. Outdoor heated pool, whirlpool. Pet friendly.


Travel by Air: We recommend that out-of-state participants fly into the Tucson airport (TUS) and use the pick-up service provided by the conference hotel.

Arrival in Tucson: Tucson has a well-connected international airport (TUS) with regular flights from most major US hubs. The Hilton Conquistador is a 40-minute car ride from the Tucson airport. The Conquistador will provide scheduled airport pick-up service for conference participants at competitive prices.

Arrival in Phoenix: Tucson is about a 1.5-hour drive from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). If you wish to arrive in Phoenix, Arizona Shuttle provides a shared van service for $39 (one-way) to three locations in Tucson. Rental cars are also available at the airport.

Car Rental:
Enterprise / National Car Rental are offering participants of the EBI2014 conference University of Arizona rates during their visit to Tucson.

The UA rates apply to Arizona travel. This website only makes the reservation. Payment must be made at the time the vehicle is picked up at the designated location and is the responsibility of the individual making the reservation, not the University of Arizona. You may legally drive in Arizona using a valid driver’s license from another country. Vehicle rental companies may have additional requirements. Please be sure to check with them first.


Tucson Attractions Passport
Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance
Organized group events/activities



Outdoor Activities

Nearby Attractions (1-2 hr drive)

Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley:

Tucson is a six hour drive from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and from many other nearby spectacular locations such as the Horseshoe Bend, the Antelope Canyon, or the Glenn Canyon and Lake Powell National Recreation Area. Somewhat further is Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.
The end of March is a great time to visit these locations.


Citizens of most EU countries can enter the US with the Visa Waiver program. If you need a visa to enter the US, please contact us at least 8 months prior to the conference.

VISA Process

If you are planning to attend our EBI2014 conference we encourage you to visit the following websites for visa procedures, applications and updates. Please allow ample time for visa processing.

U.S. Visa Policy

Electronic System for Travel to USA Authorization

U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Business Visa Center

Letter of Invitation:
If you need a personal letter of invitation to attend the conference, please email us.

Please include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Complete mailing address (including phone and fax number)
  • Passport number
  • Country issued
  • Passport expiration date
  • Date of birth
  • Gender

Your letter of invitation will be emailed to you as a PDF attachment and also sent via postal mail. Please be sure to submit this request well in advance to allow time for processing. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Confirmation of PAID registration:
After completing your registration payment, a receipt will be generated and sent to you. A copy of this document can be attached to your visa application as a proof of paid registration. We understand that you might have planned to complete the registration after obtaining your visa. However, to be a genuine conference participant you must fully pay the registration fee. To encourage participation at the conference and reduce the financial risk to potential participants, we have made a ‘special visa refund’ policy, in the case of visa rejection.


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Important Dates:

    August 30, 2013:
    Abstract submission opens

    September 15, 2013
    2nd Announcement

    November 1, 2013: 
    Early Bird Registration Ends

    November 11, 2013:
    3rd Announcement

    December 1, 2013: 
    Deadline for School applications

    November 15, 2013:
    December 6, 2013: 
    Abstract submission closes

    December 7, 2013
    Late abstract submission opens
    (posters only)

    January 3, 2014:
    Conference program announced

    February 1, 2014:
    Regular registration ends, late registration opens

    February 15, 2013:
    Deadline for hotel reservation at reduced rate

    March 14-16, 2014:
    Astrobiology School at Biosphere2

    March 17-21, 2014:
    EBI2014 Conference

    March 22-25, 2014:
    LBT Science Workshop

    Scientific Organizing Committee
    Daniel Apai (UA, Co-Chair)
    Paul Gabor (Vatican Obs., Co-Chair)
    Ariel Anbar (ASU)
    John Baross (UW)
    Malcolm Fridlund (DLR)
    Thomas Henning (MPIA)
    Phil Hinz (UA) 
    Chris Impey (UA)
    James Kasting (PSU) 
    Peter Lawson (NASA JPL)
    Mercedes López-Morales (CfA)
    Jonathan Lunine (Cornell)
    Dante Minniti (PUC Chile) 
    Lynn Rothschild (NASA Ames)
    Daniel Rouan (Obs. Paris)
    Sara Seager (MIT)
    Wes Traub (NASA JPL)

    Local Organizing Committee
    Daniel Apai (UA, Co-Chair)
    Paul Gabor (Vatican Obs., Co-Chair)
    Nick Ballering (UA)
    Cathi Duncan (UA)
    Davin Flateau (UA)
    Kate Follette (UA)
    Juan Lora (UA)
    Benjamin Rackham (UA)
    Timothy Rodigas (UA)
    Andy Skemer (UA)
    Johanna Teske (UA)
    Donna Viola (UA)
    Ya-Lin Wu (UA)
    Rob Zellem (UA)

    Cancellation Policy
    Regarding February cancellations, as a rule, 75% of the registration fee will be refunded. Later cancellations will not be refunded unless special consideration is warranted.
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