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Transportation and Lodging

All registered participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and transportation arrangements. You are welcome to choose from any area hotels, but space and rates cannot be guaranteed.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the University of Notre Dame Morris Inn on a first-come, first-serve basis; you may use this link to reserve your room for the conference (at time of posting the reservation is available from Saturday, October 7 to Thursday, October 12). If you wish to call and make a reservation their number is 574-631-2000 (or 800 280-7256). Request a room in the “FLUCOME 2017 Conference” block to obtain our conference pricing of $155 per night. Deadline for reserving a room within the block is thirty days prior to start of conference, though all rooms in the designated block may be taken before that deadline. The Morris Inn charges $20 per day for valet parking, or there is complimentary self parking in the BK1 lot (the hotel provides a free tag and the gate code; it is approximately a 5-6 minute walk from the hotel).

Directions to Notre Dame

Notre Dame Campus Map

Other Lodging Options

Fairfield Inn & Suites South Bend at Notre Dame (walking distance)

The Inn at St. Mary’s (Offers a shuttle to/from campus, to/from the airport, and within 10 miles of the hotel)

Hilton Garden Inn (Offers a shuttle to/from campus, to/from the airport, and within 10 miles of the hotel)

Ivy Court Inn & Suites 


Obtaining a Visa

Visa Information

Non-US citizens/residents traveling to the US to attend FLUCOME 2017 may require a visa. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s webpage. As the conference organizers cannot intervene with U.S. embassies and consulates on behalf of prospective attendees, please familiarize yourself with visa requirements as early as possible, well in advance (typically several months) of the meeting. Some embassies or consulates may have long wait times for scheduling a visa interview; current visa wait times can be found here.

Letter of Invitation

If you need a personal letter of invitation, please contact Ms. Melissa Neill, Administrative Assistant in Hessert Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, with the subject line “FLUCOME 2017 Invitation Letter.”

All invitation letters will be sent via regular mail as most embassies and consulates do not accept invitation letters by email or fax. Please allow 14 days for the letter to be sent out to you and please provide the following information in your request:

  • Full name (please specify family name and given name)
  • Title (Professor, Dr, Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms, etc.)
  • Organization
  • Full mailing address
  • Telephone and fax numbers
  • Email address


About ND

The University of Notre Dame was founded in November 1842 by Edward F. Sorin, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, a French missionary order. It is located adjacent to South Bend, Indiana, the center of a metropolitan area with a population of more than 300,000. Chartered by the state of Indiana in 1844, the University was governed by the Holy Cross priests until 1967, when governance was transferred to a two-tiered, mixed board of lay and religious trustees and fellows. Notre Dame has grown from the vision of Father Sorin, who sought to establish a great Catholic university in America, and has remained faithful to both its religious and intellectual traditions. Over the years, Notre Dame has been a place where the Catholic Church could do its thinking. The first national study of Catholic elementary and secondary education was done at Notre Dame, as was the most extensive study of Catholic parish life and a landmark historical study of the Hispanic Catholic community in the United States. One of America’s leading undergraduate teaching institutions, Notre Dame also has been at the forefront in research and scholarship. The aerodynamics of glider flight, the transmission of wireless messages, and the formulae for synthetic rubber were pioneered at the University. Today researchers are achieving breakthroughs in astrophysics, radiation chemistry, environmental sciences, tropical disease transmission, peace studies, cancer, robotics, and nanoelectronics.

Notre Dame always has been heavily residential, with about four in five undergraduates living on campus. Students come to Notre Dame to learn not only how to think but also how to live, and often the experiences alumni carry from residence hall communities at Notre Dame remain vivid over a lifetime. The University always has attracted scholars who are interested in teaching and scholarship, men and women who know that a Notre Dame education is more than what is taught in classrooms and laboratories. Notre Dame has a unique spirit. It is traditional, yet open to change. It is dedicated to religious belief no less than scientific knowledge. It has always stood for values in a world of facts. It has kept faith with Father Sorin’s vision.