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MACNA XX in Atlanta!

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    Default MACNA XX in Atlanta!

    MACNA XX September 5-7, 2008 in Atlanta


    We are excited about this year's MACNA conference. We already have Pre-registered and paid as many as most of the total attendance of the first 15 or so MACNAs, so it should be huge. Combine that with a great hotel, great speakers, cheap flights, and the Georgia Aquarium and we have everything to try to get you guys to have a good time while in Atlanta.

    The hotel is great, and the room night of $119 can't be beat, it usually is in the $250-300 range. We were able to negotiate pretty well, but rooms are going fast.

    There is a lot to do in Atlanta if people come early or bring significant others - CNN, Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, the Children's museum, the world of Coke, and Hooters (hey, I know my audience) is within a 5 minute walk, and MARTA goes from inside the airport to the hotel for $1.75 - so no cab charges. The same MARTA can take you to the Braves, shopping centers, etc. We are also getting together a kids program (popcorn and movies in the hotel) to allow parents to go to the banquet and speakers. We will offer that at cost.

    Oh, and the banquet is food by Wolfgang Puck. No open bar like Pittsburgh, but good food inside a great banquet hall inside the largest aquarium in the world with two windows - one toward the largest indoor aquatic exhibit in the world (over 6 million gallons - the size of a football field) that includes four whale sharks and the other one toward the four beluga whales.

    Please use this thread to ask questions and I will try to check in to answer them. You can also check out our website. If your administrator could make this a sticky and add our banner that would help alot.

    So who is going and how can I help you?


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    WOOHOO!!! I definitely want to go! I might even just get a room downtown so I don't have to worry about getting back home!

    It is very true that there is a TON of stuff to do here in the big ATL... for any taste. I'd like to add the historic Fox theatre, the High Museum of Art, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Stone Mountain Park (not downtown, but worth seeing). There's more, of course, but then again who can see it all in one weekend?

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    Thanks Tracey!!


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    Macna Update....


    A MACNA teaser - our main banquet speaker....


    Joanne Ruxton

    Behind the Scenes as a Underwater Wildlife Producer for the BBC

    Joanne studied Zoology at London University and moved to Hong Kong in the 80's. She joined the World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong in 1990 to establish their Marine Conservation Programme; a significant task in a place that had no legislation to protect the coastal waters and where massive development was taking place before the handover to China. After four Marine Protected Areas had been set up, she joined the BBC

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    Very enticing!

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    This is the last chance to get the $109 price for MACNA 2008! The price for the conference is only $109 for all three days including the banquet and trade show, but will go up to $129 after December 31st, 2007.

    Other Confirmed MACNA speakers:

    Dr. Bruce Carlson
    Dr. Sylvia Earle
    Eric Borneman
    Anthony Calfo
    Dr. Alex Brylske
    Christie Williams
    Dr. Kimberly Cobb
    Michael Cottman
    Jake Adams
    Dr. Al Dove
    Ray Davis
    James Fatherree
    Cathy Sakas
    Larry Jackson
    Marj Awai
    Jim Walters
    Dr. Rob Toonen
    Scott Fellman
    Robert Fenner
    Phillip Root
    Stephen Pro
    Christine Williams
    Matthew Wittenrich
    Kelly Jedlicki
    Charles Delbeck (will confirm in April due to potential schedule conflicts)

    More speakers will be confirmed soon.

    Sign up now or pay more after December 31st!

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    Ok, time for another MACNA XX update before the price goes up at the end of the month!!! Check out our website for more information (the website is also going through a transformation by the end of the month). Let us know if we can do anything else to make your stay in Atlanta enjoyable!
    As you know, we have record numbers of attendees and exhibitors this year, and a huge number of incredible speakers!!
    We are also trying a few new things to entice you

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    This year is going to be huge - we have about 600 people pre-registered 98 days from the event!

    Tomorrow is the last day for registering at $129! Save $30 to spend on raffle tickets to Fiji!!!

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    Only 150 slots left for the Saturday night banquet. Be sure you get your full conference tickets soon before it is sold out!

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