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Transportation and Local Information

Getting Here

All participants, including invited speakers, are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

The conference will be take place at the Ken and Claire Mossman Mossman Building. The closest major airport to the University of Tennessee Knoxville is McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), which is approximately fifteen (15) minutes from campus. Driving directions can be found below:

Important: international airfare must be purchased through a U.S. flag carrier airline in order for the reimbursement to be paid (this is a stipulation of the NSF grant).

Under the Fly America Act, federal grant sponsors require that any participant wishing to receive travel reimbursement fly with a U.S. flag carrier airline. For international travelers, funding may be limited if airfare is not purchased through a U.S. flag air carrier (i.e., Delta, American, United) or through a foreign flag air carrier under an “Open Skies” agreement between the United States and the foreign government.

Hotel Information

All lodging receiving conference rates will be booked through the University of Tennessee, whether you are requesting financial support or not. The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park.

Downtown Knoxville

The University of Tennessee Knoxville campus is located within walking distance from downtown and Market Square.

World’s Fair Park

The University of Tennessee campus is within walking distance from the World’s Fair Park and the Sunsphere, which were featured in S7E20 of the Simpsons: “Bart on the Road“.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The UT campus is located approximately fifty (50) miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Fun Facts About Knoxville

  • Knoxville is considered the “cradle of country music” it is the place where country music first came down from the hills.
  • Knoxville is 20 miles south of Oak Ridge National Laboratory which was instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb.
  • Knoxville Zoo is the Red Panda Capital of the World, having the greatest success in breeding and survival of baby Red Pandas.
  • The soft drink Mountain Dew had its beginnings with Hartman Beverages in Knoxville in the late 1940s.
  • Here is a list of famous people whose root are in Knoxville.