The 2017 Water Microbiology Conference will take place at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, located a few miles from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s main campus.

A list of offering conference rates hotels near the Friday Center can be found on our Accommodations page. If you are booking accommodations beyond our suggested options, please be aware that while a free public bus system is available throughout Chapel Hill, timely transportation from hotels or other locations closer to campus or downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC may not always be available.

The nearest airport to the conference is Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU). Please note that arranging for transportation from Charlotte, Greensboro, or other North Carolina airports to Chapel Hill will be very expensive and time-consuming and thus is not advised.

More information about the venue, the university, and the town of Chapel Hill follows:

William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

The William and Ida Friday Center
The location for the conference is the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Situated on quiet, beautifully landscaped grounds, with convenient access from all points in the Triangle, the Friday Center provides an ideal setting for the symposium. This modern facility hosts more than 600 events with more than 50,000 participants annually. The building has 23 meeting areas, including a 420-seat auditorium, that are equipped with built-in audiovisual support systems. Facilities management staff and AV technicians provide on-site support to program planners.

The Friday Center is located at 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, approximately three miles east of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, just off Highway 54 East (Raleigh Road). The Center is a short distance from Interstate 40 (from Raleigh, I-40 exit 273A; from Greensboro, I-40 exit 273).

For more information about the Friday Center, visit its website at: www.fridaycenter.unc.edu

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Old Well at UNC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the nation’s first state university to open its doors and the only public university to award degrees in the 18th century. Authorized by the N.C. Constitution in 1776, the University was chartered by the N.C. General Assembly Dec. 11, 1789, the same year George Washington first was inaugurated as president. Today, UNC is widely recognized as one of the best universities in the country both in terms of academics and in value.

To learn more about UNC, visit its website at: www.unc.edu.

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill skyline

Chapel Hill, nicknamed “The Southern Part of Heaven,” is nestled in central North Carolina, on the east coast of the United States. As a college town of just more than 50,000 residents, Chapel Hill maintains its status as a close-knit community while simultaneously being a major research hub and center of arts and culture. Joining state capital Raleigh and Durham, Chapel Hill helps form an area known as The Research Triangle, which is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies.

For more information about Chapel Hill and to learn what events are happening in the area, visit its website at: www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us.