Special Events

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The conference setting on the campus of The Ohio State University offers networking and cultural opportunities in an affordable, pedestrian-friendly campus setting. As one of the largest universities in the US, the Ohio State University campus extends over 7 sq. km. (1700 acres) and has nearly 60,000 students, 6000 academic staff and 22,000 administrative staff. It is home to 12,000 courses, 18 colleges and schools, and more than 200 academic centers and institutes, including the first technical program in ceramics (1894, Edward Orton, Jr) and the only ABET-accredited undergraduate program in welding engineering in North America.

Many of the events are designed to leverage the amenities at the university and maximize interaction, convenience, and fun. They include:

Sunday Tour: The National Museum of the US Air Force
Ticket price: $45

This event is optional and is available as an additional ticket purchase on your registration form. Package includes round-trip bus transportation, a boxed lunch at the museum, and admission to the Museum Theater; museum admission is free. Guests of registrants are welcomed to purchase tickets for the tour. Deadline to register for the tour is June 15. A minimum number of registrants is required for this tour to be held.

About the Museum: The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. The museum is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, approximately one hour by bus from The Ohio State University.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force's history, heritage and traditions, as well as today's mission “to fly, fight and win ... in Air, Space and Cyberspace” to a global audience through engaging exhibits, educational outreach, special programs, and the stewardship of the national historic collection. Take a virtual tour of the museum.

Sunday Welcome Reception: The Big Bar & Grill

Located just steps from the Ohio Union, The Big Bar & Grill offers an authentic college bar experience for the Sunday Welcome Reception. The ICSMA group will meet on the rooftop patio for drinks and a casual dinner.


Photo credit: ICSMA 17

Poster Session Receptions
Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17

Join colleagues for two interactive poster sessions and networking receptions at the Ohio Union’s Performance Hall and Potter Plaza. Includes complimentary snacks and drinks.

Social Tours
Wednesday, July 18

Explore the University’s many landmarks for art, culture, and science through social tours of venues, such as:

For information about tour availability or to sign up for a tour, visit the registration desk in the Archie Griffin East Ballroom foyer of the Ohio Union during registration hours.


Photo credit: The Faculty Club at The Ohio State University

Networking Reception in Honor of Professor John Hirth and Professor Hael Mughrabi

Join us as we honor these leaders in the field at the historic Faculty Club at The Ohio State University. Includes complimentary appetizers and drinks.

Conference Banquet at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
Thursday, July 19

This conference tradition will include complimentary drinks, a full-course banquet, and the announcement by the International Scientific Committee of the site for ICSMA 19 in July 2021.