Meeting Resources

The 13th International Conference on the Technology of Plasticity

July 25-30, 2021 • 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

Blocks of rooms will be coordinated at these hotels at a special rate for 2021, and the links to book a hotel will be provided in August 2020. If you reserved a hotel for the conference's 2020 dates, it is your responsibility to cancel your prior reservation.

The Blackwell Inn

2110 Tuttle Park Pl., Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-247-4000

Group rate: $159 per night, plus tax

The Blackwell Inn, located on the campus of The Ohio State University, is your upscale choice when staying in Columbus. The group rate is $159, plus tax and valet parking, per evening for a room with either a king bed or two queen beds (indicate your preference upon booking). Reservation requests must be made by the housing deadline to receive this rate. If you are requesting a reservation after this date, please contact the hotel directly for availability, toll-free at 866-247-4003. The Blackwell Inn has the following onsite dining options: Bistro 2110, our full-service restaurant featuring breakfast and lunch buffet as well as our full menu; Lobby Lounge, featuring a limited menu and hand-crafted cocktails; and in-room dining service, available from 6: 30 a.m. until midnight. The hotel also offers complimentary local transportation within a three-mile radius of the hotel. Transportation reservations are encouraged; please contact the concierge at 614-247-4000. Please note, it is on a first come, first serve basis for availability. Valet parking is available for all guests and attendees; overnight rates are $25 and may be applied to your room. We look forward to welcoming you to The Ohio State University and to Columbus, Ohio!

The Graduate Columbus Hotel

750 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-484-1900

Group Rate: $149 per night, plus tax

Located in the heart of the Short North Arts District, Graduate Columbus is surrounded by dozens of shops, galleries, and restaurants, and is convenient to The Ohio State University campus. Settle into our warm, tailored spaces, where plaids in scarlet and gray mingle with punchy pops of color. The Graduate is pet-friendly and offers unexpected amenities such as a cafe, complimentary bicycle rental, valet parking, and a 24-hour fitness center with a Peloton bike and free weights.

Hyatt Regency

350 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-463-1234

Group Rate: $147 per night, plus tax

Stay in one of 633 stylish rooms, including 18 suites, in downtown Columbus with contemporary conveniences including sleek granite-top workstations and Portico bath features. Choose a deluxe room for impressive views of the Columbus skyline, the Arena District, or the Short North Arts District, or stay in a suite with a conference table, perfect for small meetings. The hotel's amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, laundry service, on-site restaurant and business services.

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, contact the summer conference housing office.

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 Arts District. The distinctive lighted arches over High Street add charm and character to this creative neighborhood filled with art galleries, local boutiques and hip restaurants and bars. The recently opened Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art features rotating exhibitions of modern works. Accessible via CoGo Bike Share, the free CBUS downtown circulator, several local and express bus lines and best explored on foot, the neighborhood stretches a mile and a half along High Street from Nationwide Boulevard to King Avenue.

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. AirConnect is the best option for guests getting to and from High Street and John Glenn International Airport. The cost is $2.75 per trip. Guests staying at The Graduate and Hyatt Regency will want to use AirConnect (bus stop #8136).

Other transportation options to and from the airport include taxis, COTA, charter bus, Uber and Lyft:

  • Taxi: approximately $25-$40 depending on time of day
  • Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)
    • Fares and routes vary, depending on destination. Use the COTA Trip Planner tool for more information.
    • COTA can also be used to get between the airport and The Blackwell (bus stop #7542). It involves a bus transfer mid-trip, each way.
  • OSU Charter Services:
    • This option is ideal for groups. Prices vary and reservations must be made at least 10 days ahead of time. Use the online reservation form to book a charter bus.

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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