GROWTH Annual Conference
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The second GROWTH annual meeting will bring the team together to discuss time-domain science highlights from the past year, internship reports from students and postdocs, plans for the upcoming year especially with the advent of the Zwicky Transient Facility and the increased sensitivity of Gravitational Wave detectors.

Important Dates

Early Registration: June 30, 2017
Late Registration: August 31, 2017
Abstract Submission: August 31, 2017


Follow this link to register for the conference. We STRONGLY encourage you to register as early as possible so that we can reserve hotel rooms at discounted rates. If you want to give an oral or poster presentation, please leave a tentative title.


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See the list of registered participants


The conference will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Conference sessions will take places in the UWM Student Union and the new Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex . Click here to access the UWM interactive campus map.


Local organizers have reserved a number of single and double rooms for conference attendees in the Park East Hotel in Milwaukee, located 2.5 miles south of the UWM campus. The block of rooms is open now under the name “UWM GROWTH” and available until September 8, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Double rooms are reserved for undergraduate/graduate students and postdocs who are encouraged to share a room. Other participants should book a single room. When you finalize your travel arrangements and book your flight tickets, call the Park East Hotel (Tel +1.800.328.7275) to make your reservation. Mention "UWM GROWTH" to the hotel staff to ensure that you reserve a room at the preferential price offered to conference participants and that your reservation will be automatically billed to UWM. At check-in, you will be asked to provide a personal credit card for incidentals and parking if necessary. Parking is $5/night.

The room reservation includes a hot breakfast buffet every morning, 24-hour business center, complimentary wireless service, and a 24-hour fitness center. Within the hotel is Durbar Restaurant and Lounge, which offers a fusion of gourmet Indian cuisine.

A shuttle will pick up participants from the hotel every morning and drop them off at the conference venue on the UWM campus. In the evening, the shuttle will take people back to the hotel. The departure time to/from Park East Hotel will be provided in your welcome package and posted on this website. Those of you who want more flexibility and love biking, there is also a rack of Bublr bikes for rent back and forth to campus. See for more information.


The best airport to fly into is the General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) which is about 15 miles from campus (25 minutes by car/taxi in regular traffic). You can also fly to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) or Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). These airports are each about two hours from Milwaukee by bus or train. From the Chicago airports to Milwaukee, we recommend you use Coach USA bus services. If you fly into Milwaukee (MKE), you can use the GoRiteway Airport Transportation Shuttle or take a taxi. Another option is the Milwaukee County Transit Bus System (MCTS). You will need to purchase a bus pass from the driver with $2.25 in cash (1-way ticket). The Green Line will take you to the campus area; take the Green Line (see schedule from the airport to the “Kenwood” stop to arrive at the UWM campus.

Taxi services
American United Taxi: (414)220-5000
Yellow Cab (accepts credit cards): (414)271-1800


Inquiries about conference logistics including catering, venue facilities, accommodation, UWM campus and more should be directed to our local organizers

Heidi Matera

General inquiries related to the conference registration, program and reimbursement should be sent to

Ivona Kostadinova

GROWTH is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1545949. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.