Useful Information

This page has helpful information about the conference and your stay in St. Louis.

Contact Conference Organizers

For program-related issues, contact the program committee: sed.stlouis.2019@gmail.com
For St. Louis City-related issues, contact local organizers: local.sed.stlouis.2019@gmail.com

Passport, Visa, and Letters of Invitation

To request an invitation letter for the purpose of obtaining a visa to the United States of America, please send an email to SED2019letters@gmail.com. For additional travel and visa information, consult the U.S. Department of State.

Receipts and Letters of Participation

The local organizers are unable to provide receipts and participation letters.

Climate

St. Louis enjoys a variety of weather throughout the year, including conspicuous fluctuation in temperature at times. In June, St. Louis receives an average of 4 inches of rain, with an average temperature of 75⁰F (24⁰C) and 60 percent humidity.

Electricity and electronic equipment

In the United States, power plugs and sockets are type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V, and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.

Emergency services and important phone numbers

9-1-1 is the emergency service number in the United States. The emergency contact number for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is (314) 444-7300; the emergency contact number for Washington University is (314) 935-5555.

Restaurants

St. Louis is well known for its BBQ and also offers an eclectic mix of dining experiences throughout its many neighborhoods including Clayton, University City, the Central West End, South Grand, Soulard, and the Hill. Food lovers can sample local delicacies including toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, pizza from Imo’s, frozen custard at Ted Drewes, and beer at the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour or at one of the many of the local microbreweries.

Smoking Policy and Bottle Water Ban

Smoking: All Washington University in St. Louis campuses are entirely smoke and tobacco free. Under the policy, smoking and the use of all other tobacco products is prohibited on the entire campus. Smoking also is prohibited inside vehicles parked in campus parking lots. This policy applies to all university community members, including visitors. For additional information check here.

There is no statewide ban on smoking in the state of Missouri. Several Missouri cities, including St. Louis and Clayton, have strict smoke-free laws with very few exceptions.

Bottled Water Ban: On January 1, 2009, Washington University in St. Louis became the first North American university to ban the sale of bottled water on it's campuses in order to reduce the upstream and downstream impacts from single-use bottles. The university has a large number of water filling stations and the local organizers are providing reusable water bottles to use during the conference.

Tipping

When you receive good service at a restaurant, it is customary to tip the server 15% to 20% of the (pre-tax) bill.