Boston,the 24th most populous city in the US, is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States, founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from the English town of the same name. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing more than 20 million visitors per year. Walking trails, museums, art galleries, sports events, even Swan Boats and historic sites all compete for your time in Boston.

For those who cannot make it to the venue in person, Virtual Boston offers virtual experiences of many of the city's attractions.

Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

GECCO 2022 will be held at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Between sessions, you can explore the vibrant Seaport District right outside the hotel doors. The conference location provides easy access to Logan Airport and is just minutes from Boston Harbor, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Blue Bank Pavillion and TD Garden, the home arena of the Boston Celtics. It is close to Boston's legendary HARBORWALK, a 38-mile waterfront walkway that offers unparalleled views of Boston Harbor, as well as easy access to popular landmarks. There is also convenient access to attractions along Boston's historic harbor via water taxi transport.

There will be a conference attendee discount for rooms at the hotel at 199USD + VAT. Book your room here by 9 June!

The safety measures in place at Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

Conference Banquet at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston

The conference banquet for GECCO 2022 will be held at the ICA Boston. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is an art museum and exhibition space located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. The museum was founded as the Boston Museum of Modern Art in 1936. Its current home was built in 2006 in the South Boston Seaport District and designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. It is located within walking distance of the conference venue, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Institute Of Contemporary Art, Boston
Smart Destinations from Boston, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Eating options

A number of eating options around the conference venue can be found by searching online for restaurants in the "Boston Seaport District". E.g. there is a selection of restaurants about a 10 minute walk from the conference venue westwards along Seaport Blvd or Congress Street.

Local COVID-19 information

Official information related to COVID-19 relevant to visiting Boston, USA can be found at:

  • Boston MA, US. Please note that in Massachusetts different towns can have different regulations, e.g. if you are in the neighboring town of Cambridge MA, US.
  • Massachusetts, US
  • Federal US government information related to federal regulations and travel instructions, e.g. at the CDC.

The health and safety of the GECCO'22 community — participants and volunteers alike — is a top priority. With a focus on coming together safely this July, we will be implementing the safety protocols below for all in-person attendees:

  • Face Coverings: We are requiring all people attending indoor events at the conference to wear masks. We strongly encourage you to bring your own masks.
  • Social Distancing: Space planning in all meeting rooms will include social distancing whenever possible.
  • GECCO may enforce additional requirements, particularly to align with CDC guidelines for masking and social distancing at the time of the meeting.
  • Hygiene: Hand sanitizer and masks will be readily available in the hotel.
  • We encourage all venue staff to wear masks, however, please note that we cannot enforce this due to labour agreements unless the city does.
  • If you feel unwell, then you are encouraged to get tested. The nearest COVID19 testing site appears to be this one: CVS, 3 Post Office Square, Boston 02109. If you fall ill during the event and if you wish to quarantine in your bedroom (in the conference hotel), then the hotel will honor that request and follow protocols for assisting you. Once departed the hotel will clean the room thoroughly.


Public Transportation

The MBTA runs the public transport in Boston. A subway stop for the Silver Line near to the conference venue is the Silver Line Way .


In July the weather can be quite hot and humid so remember to stay properly hydrated


A bike sharing program in Boston is the BlueBike

Poster printing options

A number of poster printing options can be found by searching online. One possible option is "FedEx Office Print & Ship Center". For a few more options, see the Technical instructions for posters.