Meeting Resources

The 13th International Conference on the Technology of Plasticity

July 26-31, 2020 • The Ohio State University, Ohio Union • Columbus, Ohio, USA

Housing & Travel

Conference Location

Ohio Union at The Ohio State University
1739 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA

Housing Information

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus-University Area

3232 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 614-263-7200
Fax: 614-263-7201
Group Code: ICTP
Rate: $149

The Hilton Garden Inn is located near the Ohio State University’s campus. The hotel is also minutes from the Short North Arts District and includes a complimentary local area shuttle service. The hotel includes free WiFi and wired internet, an indoor pool and whirlpool, an outdoor patio, and a modern fitness center. Cooked-to-order breakfast can be ordered from the Garden Grille for an additional fee. Parking at the hotel is complimentary.

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-University Area

3160 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 614-268-8700
Fax: 614-268-8701
Group Code: ICTP
Rate: $149

The Hampton Inn & Suites is also located near the Ohio State University’s campus and the Short North Arts District. The hotel includes free WiFi, an indoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Stays at the hotel include a complimentary breakfast buffet or breakfast bag. The hotel also includes a local shuttle service. Parking at the hotel is complimentary.

About the campus

There are a variety of facilities and services on campus of The Ohio State University, including cafes and bistros, sporting venues, libraries, special collections, and art and theater venues. For more information, click here.

The edge of OSU’s campus is marked by High Street. Choose from a variety of restaurants along it or walk down it to “the art and soul of Columbus”—the Short North.

Parking and Transportation

Information on parking at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University can be found at

John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) is 9.4 miles away from The Ohio State University’s campus. Transportation options to and from the airport include Taxis, Uber and Lyft

Once on campus, you can make use of CABS, the campus area bus service, to get from one end of the campus to another.

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Visa Application Process

Meeting attendees from countries that require a visa to enter the United States are reminded that the process of obtaining a visa takes a minimum of three months. You are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and begin the application process early.

The U.S. State Department website website includes visa information concerning temporary visitors to the United States that may be helpful to you.

Please note that the Department of Homeland Security is implementing the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, which is expected to be mandatory for Visa Waiver Program travelers. Complete information is available on the Visa Waiver Program page of the U.S. State Department website.

Generate a Visa Letter

To generate an official visa invitation letter for this congress, please select an option below based upon your attendee status, then use your TMS login information to initiate the request. If you do not have a TMS account, you will be asked to create one before placing a request. To personalize the letter, follow the instructions and type in the information in the appropriate places. Then, print the letter and submit it along with other required documentation to the appropriate Consulate/Embassy. Please note that this letter does not guarantee you will be granted a visa. If you need additional assistance, e-mail Diana Grady, or call at 1–724–776–9000 ext. 211.



Letters for use in visa application packages will only be provided to individuals known to TMS, including:

  • TMS members
  • Presenters
  • Exhibitors and/or sponsors
  • Registrants
  • Attendees of one or more past TMS events

If you are neither a TMS member, nor a presenter, exhibitor, sponsor, or past attendee, then you must register and agree to attend the event for which the letter is requested.

TMS cannot send the letter to an embassy or consulate for you nor can we contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to the United States. It is crucial for the success of the application to apply at least three months in advance. TMS may contact program participants (abstract submitters) to follow up on specific visa requirements and may provide customized letters and supporting documentation as needed. If you do not receive a timely response from TMS, please check your spam filter or junk e-mail folder for your letter.

For More Information

For more information about this meeting, please complete the meeting inquiry form or contact:

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5700 Corporate Drive Suite 750
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
U.S. and Canada Only: 1-800-759-4867
Other Countries: 1-724-776-9000
Fax: 1-724-776-3770