MACNAXX in Atlanta!!

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    MACNA XX September 5-7, 2008 in Atlanta

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    We are excited about this year's MACNA conference. We already have Pre-registered and paid as many as most of the total attendance of the first 15 or so MACNAs, so it should be huge. Combine that with a great hotel, great speakers, cheap flights, and the Georgia Aquarium and we have everything to try to get you guys to have a good time while in Atlanta.

    The hotel is great, and the room night of $119 can't be beat, it usually is in the $250-300 range. We were able to negotiate pretty well, but rooms are going fast.

    There is a lot to do in Atlanta if people come early or bring significant others - CNN, Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, the Children's museum, the world of Coke, and Hooters (hey, I know my audience) is within a 5 minute walk, and MARTA goes from inside the airport to the hotel for $1.75 - so no cab charges. The same MARTA can take you to the Braves, shopping centers, etc. We are also getting together a kids program (popcorn and movies in the hotel) to allow parents to go to the banquet and speakers. We will offer that at cost.

    Oh, and the banquet is food by Wolfgang Puck. No open bar like Pittsburgh, but good food inside a great banquet hall inside the largest aquarium in the world with two windows - one toward the largest indoor aquatic exhibit in the world (over 6 million gallons - the size of a football field) that includes four whale sharks and the other one toward the four beluga whales.

    Please use this thread to ask questions and I will try to check in to answer them. You can also check out our website. If your administrator could make this a sticky and add our banner found on our website that would help alot.


    So who is going and how can I be of assistance?

    Steve
    MACNA XX Atlanta
     
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    Alexander

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    ill be there! wait............. what?
     
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    Great! (I think)
     
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    Macna Update....

    A MACNA teaser - our main banquet speaker....

    Joanne Ruxton

    Behind the Scenes as a Underwater Wildlife Producer for the BBC

    Joanne has been involved in many BBC and Discovery Channel projects, including the acclaimed Blue Planet series.
     
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    This is the last chance to get the $109 price for MACNA 2008! The price for the conference is only $109 for all three days including the banquet and trade show, but will go up to $129 after December 31st, 2007.
    Other Confirmed MACNA speakers:
    Dr. Bruce Carlson
    Dr. Sylvia Earle
    Eric Borneman
    Anthony Calfo
    Dr. Alex Brylske
    Christie Williams
    Dr. Kimberly Cobb
    Michael Cottman
    Jake Adams
    Dr. Al Dove
    Ray Davis
    James Fatherree
    Cathy Sakas
    Larry Jackson
    Marj Awai
    Jim Walters
    Dr. Rob Toonen
    Scott Fellman
    Robert Fenner
    Phillip Root
    Stephen Pro
    Christine Williams
    Matthew Wittenrich
    Kelly Jedlicki
    Charles Delbeck (will confirm in April due to potential schedule conflicts)
    More speakers will be confirmed soon.
    Sign up now at MACNA XX Atlanta or pay more after December 31st!
     
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    So is anyone from livingreefs going to attend this year??? Hoping I might get a chance to hang out with some if you guys/gals!
     
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    Ok, time for another MACNA XX update before the price goes up at the end of the month!!! Check out our website at www.macnaxx.com for more information (the website is also going through a transformation by the end of the month). Let us know if we can do anything else to make your stay in Atlanta enjoyable!

    As you know, we have record numbers of attendees and exhibitors this year, and a huge number of incredible speakers!!

    We are also trying a few new things to entice you – including a Children’s Program involving local venues within walking distance of the hotel for those of you that want to appease your family (ages 5-12) to justify the massive amounts of money you pay for raffles and other goodies. The Children’s Program is being offered at cost, and can be pre-registered on our website starting later this week.

    Also, UPS will have a booth in the trade show to allow easy shipment of all your animals and equipment (or your family if they object to your purchases!)

    You may have heard about the tornado that went through downtown Atlanta a few months ago, damaging the Westin Hotel (but missing the Georgia Aquarium). There was damage to many windows, which are in the process of being replaced, but there was no structural damage and it is basically business as usual. Friday they gave us another 20 rooms, and they will go fast, so if you want to be at the conference hotel, you had better hurry! We also have contracted at other hotels next door at the same low rate, so there will be plenty of room.

    You may have also heard the exciting news that the Georgia Aquarium is now expanding to include another 1.3 million gallons – making the total 9.5 million gallons. That is the good news. The bad news is that this new section will not be ready for this year’s MACNA. The general exhibits at the Georgia Aquarium will not be affected by the construction at the time of MACNA (other than possibly the outdoor sea lion exhibit).

    The following is the schedule (subject to change). The workshops are limited to a small number of pre-registrants to allow more of an intimate atmosphere. There is a nominal charge to ensure that the workshops are filled. The proceeds will be donated to a non-profit charity of the speaker’s choosing. You should be able to sign up for workshops by the end of this week.


    MACNA XX – Conference Schedule

    Friday – September 5, 2008
    09:00 am MASNA Board Meeting
    11:00 am MASNA Member Preview of Trade Show
    11:00 am Raffles Begin
    12:00 pm Tradeshow Opens
    12:00 pm Welcome
    12:00 pm Dr. Hugo Freudenthal: The Role of Zooxanthellae
    01:00 pm Children’s Program: Children’s Museum ($27.50)
    01:15 pm James Fatherree: The Latest Advances in Aquarium Lighting
    02:15 pm Dr. Bruce Carlson: Status of Reefs in the Wild
    02:15 pm Workshop: Jake Adams: MacGyver Aquarium Techniques
    03:15 pm Scott Fellman: Authentic Biotope Presentation for the Aquarium
    04:15 pm Eric Borneman: Conservation and Coral Nutrition on the Reef
    04:15 pm Workshop: Dr. Al Dove: Test Kits and What do they really mean?
    05:15 pm Matthew Wittenrich: Fish Breeding Techniques
    06:15 pm Steven Pro: “I touched it – NOW WHAT?” Reef Toxins
    06:15 pm Workshop: Bob Fenner/Marj Awai: Photography
    07:00 pm Silent Auction Begins
    07:00 pm Children’s Program: Young Chef’s Academy ($32.50)
    07:30 pm Cocktail Party: Speaker: Koji Wada: Japanese Aquariums

    Saturday – September 6, 2008
    07:30 am SaltwaterU Teen Program – Teen Presentation for 2008 trip
    08:00 am Children’s Program: New World of Coke ($27.50)
    08:00 am Dr. Sylvia Earle: Sustainable Seas: Recognizing Finite Resources
    08:00 am Trade Show Opens
    09:15 am Ray Davis: Whale Shark Research
    09:15 am Workshop: Jake Adams/Tim Woolston: DIY Filtration/Plumbing
    10:15 am Cathy Sakas: NOAA Resources for Educators
    10:15 am Jim Walters: New and Unusual Fish for Nano Reef Aquariums
    11:15 am Larry Jackson: Reef Travel Destinations
    11:15 am Workshop: Anthony Calfo: Coral Propagation
    01:00 pm Children’s Program: CNN Center ($27.50)
    01:00 pm Dr. Nancy Knowlton: TBA
    01:00 pm Tom Wyatt: Advanced Aquarium Chemistry
    02:00 pm Dr. Rob Toonen: What can deep coral reefs tell us about coral bleaching, reef resilience and reef aquaria?
    02:00 pm Workshop: Kelly Jedlicki: Fish Necropsy
    03:00 pm Bob Fenner: TBA
    03:00 pm Christine Williams: Keeping Fishes Healthy and Treating Diseases
    04:00 pm Scott Fellman: Marine Plants and Algaes
    04:00 pm Workshop: Julian Sprung: How to grow your own food
    05:00 pm Special Behind the Scene Tours of the Georgia Aquarium
    07:00 pm Children’s program: Pajama Party with Pizza/Movie ($24.50)
    07:15 pm Banquet in the Georgia Aquarium by Wolfgang Puck
    Speaker: Joanne Ruxton – Behind the Scenes as an Underwater
    Wildlife Producer for the BBC

    Sunday – September 7, 2008
    08:00 am Children’s Program: Georgia Aquarium ($32.50)
    08:00 am Dr. Alex Brylske: Uses of the Reef in Medicine and Industry
    08:00 am Trade Show Opens
    09:15 am Charles Delbeek: Coral Diseases and Pests
    09:15 am Workshop: Anthony Calfo/Phillip Root: Large Aquaculture Techniques
    10:15 am Dr. Kim Cobb: Records of Climate Change through Coral
    10:15 am Kim Hall: The Tropical Diver Exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium
    11:15 am Michael Cottman: Researching a Sunken Slave Ship: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie
    11:15 am Workshop: (Panel) How to prepare, bid for & plan a MACNA
    01:00 pm (Panel) The Future of the Reef-Keeping Hobby
    02:00 pm Grand Finale Raffle Drawing
     
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    Ill be going, and several others from my local reef club. Any members of livingreefs going to make it?
     
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    I would love to, but no promises
     
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    i might try, im only 30 minutes down the road
     
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    dude if i were only 30 min away i could not not go. I would lose my job to go.
     
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    i also dont have a car so its not that easy for me
     
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    I would walk, ride a bike, or get a taxi there if I were you
     
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    busssssss :D
     
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    maybe its because im slightly retarded but what is so special about this event
     
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    maybe it is cause your slightly retarded!!! :bounce:
    JK! Do you ever go to frag swaps and local club meetings? do you ever read books on reef keeping? do you ever have questions about reefkeeping that you would like to hear a scientific researched response to? Do you like to scialize with other hobbiests? there will probly be over 1200 people from all over the world coming. and every book that is written about reef tanks will probly have the author there. Something you have to consider is it will probly never be this close to you again. it is in major cities every year, and unless you want to fly you wont have the opertunity again.
     
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    This year is going to be huge - we have about 600 people pre-registered 98 days from the event!

    Tomorrow is the last day for registering at $129! Save $30 to spend on raffle tickets to Fiji!!!
     
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