The Wolbachia2018 meeting is just around the corner and we wanted to provide an information update.  This will also be on the Wolbachia2018 website.

All events are at the Salem Waterfront Hotel, except Wednesday night dinner (see below).  The registration desk will be routinely monitored for any questions/concerns. We will also announce any items that need discussion (i.e., carpooling back/travel to the airport on Friday).

Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites
225 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970 USA
Telephone: 1-888-337-2536; Fax: 978-619-1166

Travel from Boston Logan Airport is best by taxi or Uber or Lyft or special arrangements can be made ahead of time thru a variety of transport services such as those listed below:
North Shore Limo         978-927-8171
Black Tie Limo              978-373-9625
Boston Chauffer            978-921-4334
Cost should be around $95.00 US, including gratuity.   Uber/Taxi is around $50.00.

Travel can also be done by train from Logan Airport but is not straightforward and is not recommended. You will need to take a series of buses, subways, and trains to reach Salem and then it is a 15-20 minute walk to the hotel (or catch a taxi or Uber).  Total travel over 1.5 hr. From the airport, take the airport shuttle bus which comes thru every few minutes (blue markers) to the Airport T station and take the Blue Line (toward Bowdoin), change at State to the Orange Line (toward Oak Grove) and get off at North Station. At North Station, board the Newburyport/Rockport or Newburyport Commuter Rail, which both go thru Salem.

A Boston subway map is here:

From North station to Salem is outbound on the MBTA; Salem to North Station is inbound.  The website for information is
The Salem train station (T) is a 20 min walk or cab to the hotel.

By car (45 min):

  1. Follow the exit signs to RT 1A North Revere.
  2. About 2.5 miles, turn slightly left onto American Legion Hwy/MA-60.
  3. In 1 mile, enter roundabout and take the 1st exit onto MA-107.
  4. Continue for 8.5 miles
  5. Stay straight to go onto Essex St.
  6. In 0.41 miles, turn right onto Summer St/MA-114.
    (Summer St is just past Cambridge St)
    If you reach North St you’ve gone a little too far
  7. Go 0.10 miles and turn left onto Norman St/MA-114.
    If you reach Gedney St you’ve gone a little too far.
  8. Go 0.2 miles and stay straight to go onto New Derby St.
    New Derby St becomes Derby St.
  9. Go 0.25 miles – the hotel is on the right.

Please note the following:

  • Registration will be Sunday June 17 from 16:00-20:30 at the hotel (Salem Waterfront Hotel) and will continue the next morning from 07:30 until 12:00.
  • We will have someone onsite to help throughout the meeting.

Oral presenters:  Please bring your presentation on a thumb drive and preload before the sessions so we can proceed on time.  We will have Mac and PC computers.

Poster sessions:  Posters can be set up any time after arrival.  Poster sessions will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoon for all posters and presenters. Posters will be in the general presentation room and will also be available during breaks, lunches and dinners. You will be given a poster number corresponding to the poster board position in a separate email. We will provide push-pins. Posters should be no more than 3 feet wide and 4 feet high.

Program Notes:
Monday morning, June 18, the opening talk will be given by Sir Richard Roberts, Nobel Laurate.

Following this will be a new addition to the meeting: three talks that will provide an overview of Wolbachia and symbiosis.

Monday lunch will also have a new addition—a lunch designed to enable a discussion with 15 local high school teachers who are visiting the meeting for the day. They are interested in learning about teaching about Wolbachia and symbiosis. This will be held in a smaller separate room.  We are looking for a few volunteers to have lunch with them. Please notify Barton ( if you are interested in giving a short 5-10 minute presentation to them.

Tuesday afternoon: there are no sessions nor is dinner planned.  Lunch will be served for those wishing it. Salem is easy to walk around from the hotel with much to see and do. A list of potential activities/ food, etc. are provided at the following website ( or contact the hotel information desk or our registration desk at the meeting.

All meals will have vegetarian options.  Monday night dinner is a BBQ at the Salem Waterfront Hotel.  Thursday night dinner is also at the hotel and is a New England clambake with a music group playing for entertainment and dancing.

Wednesday night dinner is at the Hawthorne Hotel two short blocks away. Leave the Waterfront Hotel and turn right.  Continue walking past the second street.  The Hawthorne Hotel is in front of you.

The final presentation of the meeting will be given by Dan Distel, Ocean Genome Legacy. His talk is entitled “Ocean Genome Legacy: sharing genomes to enable science”.

The final session will include presentations of awards for best student talks and posters and a discussion of where to hold the next meeting in 2020.  If you are interested in hosting, please prepare a short description of the site, and any other relevant information.