The 53rd Annual Meeting of the WSM will take place on June 14-19, 2020, at the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, B. C., CICESE or Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The official language of the meeting is English, but in order to encourage the participation of students from Latin-American countries, abstracts can be submitted in English or in both English and Spanish, and talks may be given in Spanish with the slides in English. Posters must be written in English.

Venue and accommodations:
The venue is located on a small hill with an awesome ocean view, close to hotels and restaurants, including a dining room and convenience shops. The event will take place in the Institutional Auditorium and at the multi-use rooms for the talks and posters sessions. The Autonomous University of Baja California is in front of CICESE, where the 2016 meeting took place.

There are a few hotels nearby (~$116-124 USD per night).  Downtown hotels (around 5 km) are cheaper (~$70 USD), although transportation is needed (~5-15 min). There is local public transportation, plus taxis and Uber to get around.

The closest airport is Tijuana (TIJ), but it has no direct flights to the US. Flying from the US to Tijuana requires a stop in another airport in Mexico, typically Mexico City or Guadalajara. The closest international airport is San Diego (SAN). In the past, transportation could be arranged by the organizing committee, but we need to adjust due to stronger federal laws. We´ll update the information later on.

There are many other alternatives to go to Ensenada from across the border, including rental car (check with rental company if border crossing is allowed) or personal car (Mexican Insurance needed). There is also a coach service from the border to Ensenada (Mexicoach, hourly, ~$26.00 USD round trip).

Travel requirements for Mexico from the USA and Latin-American countries:

U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card or foreign passport with U.S. multiple entry visa or permanent resident card (“green card”). Passport must be valid during the stay in Mexico, but a six month prior to until-valid-date is recommended.

Tourist Card (FMM), required for those traveling south of Maneadero (south of Ensenada) or staying for more than 7 days (It is easily obtained at an INM office at the border, not available online, nor it is included in the airfare if flying to Mexico); to obtain the FMM Mexican authorities require a valid passport or passport card and the cost is ~ $22 USD) per person. Important: keep card and proof of payment until you leave the country.

If traveling from a Latin-American country, please check if a visa is needed. Visa may be required to enter Mexico.

Miguel Angel del Rio Portilla

WSM President