Social & Networking Events

Catching up with friends and colleagues from around the world is one of the best parts of attending the meeting so be sure to join us at the welcome reception. Once you’ve settled in at the hotel and visited the registration desk, join us at 6 PM, July 20 for a drink, some nibbles, and a catch-up with old and new friends!


Join fellow delegates on this trip to Navy Pier, where a plethora of shopping, dining, rides, games and more await to be explored at your leisure, or venture downtown to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, only a short walk away from the Pier. Click here for more information.  Assemble at 3:50 PM for departure at 4:00PM. Buses will depart Navy Pier at 9:30PM to return to the hotel.

No refunds are available for social activities.

$10 per person

International Cryobiology Young Researchers invite you to set sail! Departing from Navy Pier at 5:00 PM, this 75 minute narrated river cruise is the best way to get up-close views of Chicago’s unique architecture and famous landmarks. Click here for more information. 

Space is limited.

***Bus transportation to/from Navy Pier is included in the ICYR price. You do NOT need to also purchase a bus ticket***

No refunds are available for social activities.

$55 for non-students
$35 for students

Celebrate the culmination of CRYO2020 with our awards ceremony and banquet at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare. Always a popular fixture, the awards ceremony celebrates the winners of our student prizes winners and recognizes the service of outgoing Society for Cryobiology Governors. Following this, the banquet promises to be an evening to let your hair down with great food, dancing, and great company.

You’ll have your choice of the following entrees:

  • Stuffed Chicken Saltimbocca, filled with Spinach, Sage, Parmesan and Prosciutto, topped with Lemon Beurre Blanc, Orzo and Seasonal Grilled Vegetables
  • Grilled Salmon, Maitre d’ Butter, Asparagus, Roasted Yukon Potatoes
  • Baked Panko Crusted Tofu, served with Chili Pepper Hummus, Rice, Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes, and Baby Greens (Vegan & Vegetarian)

No refunds are available for social activities.

$75 for non-students
$50 for students