Conference registration is now open.
- $825 Early registration on or before May 18, 2018
- $975 Standard registration starting May 19, 2018
- $675 Graduate Students and Post-docs
The FOMMS 2018 conference fee includes the opening reception, continental breakfast every morning, refreshments during program breaks and poster sessions, evening hospitalities, and the conference banquet.
Outing Options and Fees (for Tuesday, July 17)
Zip Line Canopy Adventure
Experience an absolutely thrilling Zip Line Adventure in Lake Geneva with the 2 to 2 1/2-hour guided Zip Line Canopy Tour. Soar through the trees on 8 different zip lines, 5 sky bridges, 3 spiral stairways and a one-of-a-kind “floating” double helix stairway which wraps around a breathtaking ash tree. The 1,200-foot Racing Zip Line is the grand finale, weather permitting. This “living tour” built in the trees of a 100-acre forest is an ecological sightseeing adventure with a bird’s eye view of Lake Como, the surrounding countryside and a variety of wildlife. The Ground School will provide you with the basics of zip lining (such as hand signals, positioning, breaking and self-rescue). Your first zip is a short one to get you warmed up. By the time you reach The Beast, the longest zip line in the Canopy Tour at 841 feet, you will be ready for anything! Your tour guide will wow you with fascinating facts on the ecology, biology, geology and local history of the Geneva Lakes area. They also have several miles of beautiful hiking trails, a gift shop and snack bar (serving alcohol J). Participant Requirements: Ages 7 and up. Weight 70-250 lbs. This tour does NOT include lunch and the bus will be scheduled for pickup at Lake Lawn Lodge after lunch. Details to follow in June. Cost is $79 per person.
Called “The birthplace of modern astrophysics”, the Observatory was established in 1897 and is operated by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago. It is on a beautiful 77-acre site just off Lake Geneva in Williams Bay. This is a private, expanded tour. Guides describe the Observatory’s history, the interior and exterior architectural detail of the building and a look inside the 90-foot dome at the 40-inch refractor telescope. This expanded tour will offer demonstrations on the working of the refractor telescope as well as the operation of the 90’ dome and 75’ elevator floor. Guests can visit their gift shop after the tour. This tour does NOT include lunch and the bus will be scheduled for pickup at Lake Lawn Lodge after lunch. Details to follow in June. The tour will last a little over one hour. Cost is $20 per person.
Lake Geneva Boat Tour with Lunch
There is no better way to experience the amazing estates and natural beauty of Geneva Lake than on board the Steam Yacht Louise. Her charm comes from not only polished brass and gleaming mahogany, but also from the engineer operating a vintage steam engine. The Louise has two decks for 360 degree viewing and has an enclosed cabin for lunch. Enjoy lunch and a first class front row seat on the Steam Yacht Louise built in 1902 for one of Chicago’s wealthiest residents. See how the other half lived and hear history of how Lake Geneva became the “Newport of the West”. The entire tour takes about 2 & ½ hours. Due to the size of the boat, there is a max 50 persons. First come, first served. Cost including lunch is $84 per person.
Please note due to guarantee policies, ALL tickets must be purchased prior to arriving at the conference. We cannot take reservations for these outings onsite.
Other Optional Fees
Guests may attend the welcoming reception and the banquet for additional fees. Guests are also welcome to participate in any of the outings and the attendee must purchase a separate ticket for him/herself AND guest in advance.
All additional fees NOT included in the registration fee are:
- $45 Guest Reception - July 15 - for guests ONLY (reception is included in the registration fee for attendees)
- $95 Guest Banquet - July 19 for guests ONLY (banquet is included in the registration fee for attendees)
- $79 Attendee and/or Guest for the Zip Line Canopy Adventure
- $20 Attendee and/or Guest for Yerkes Observatory
- $84 Attendee and/or Guest for Lake Geneva Boat Tour with Lunch
For questions and information, send an email to manager[at]fomms[dot]org
Note that accommodations are NOT included in the registration fee. You must make your accommodation arrangements separately. Detailed information on lodging at the conference venue – Lake Lawn Resort – can be found at this link: lodging