Local Information & Travel

The 2017 Joint Statistical Meetings will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Time Zone

Baltimore is in the Eastern Time Zone.


Baltimore is generally hot and sunny in late July into early August. The temperature can be very warm during the day, but be prepared for a strong breeze off the Chesapeake Bay. When packing for Baltimore, we recommend checking the weather beforehand. Websites providing basic weather information include www.weather.gov and www.weather.com.

July/August Averages:
High: 85° F
Low: 63° F

Suggested Attire

We suggest dressing in light-weight layers or business casual clothes and comfortable shoes for walking around the city and convention center. Be prepared with a light-weight jacket or sweater for evenings and when attending sessions and meetings, as the convention center and hotels are air-conditioned.


What makes Baltimore dining so enticing is the variety it offers. The city’s mix of regional culture and ethnic cuisines is spread out among the many neighborhoods in the area. Once you’ve enjoyed the local crab specialties you’ll find in Fell’s Point and the Inner Harbor, you might savor authentic Mexican cuisine in Federal Hill, tickle your taste buds in Mount Vernon with an Indian or Afghan meal, treat yourself to a Greek feast in Canton, or satisfy your stomach with some good old American dishes in Hampden. For homemade pasta and Italian pizzerias, you best head to Little Italy.

Baltimore Attractions

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is an attraction in itself. But, surrounding this urban waterfront park, you’ll discover a number of family-friendly places to visit. The National Aquarium features more than 16,000 animals, from sharks to a giant sea turtle, while the Maryland Science Center’s highlights include two-story dinosaurs and interactive exhibits to keep the kids busy. The Port Discovery Children’s Museum features more activities for the little ones, and, a short ride away, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park engages young and young at heart with the giraffe-feeding station and more. And, if it’s the unexpected you seek, head over to view the oddities at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Child Care

We have partnered with leading child care provider KiddieCorp to offer JSM attendees child care for children 6 months to 12 years old. Care will be located within the Baltimore Convention Center for $12/hour. Snacks and beverages will be included, but meals should be provided by parents. Details, pricing, and reservation information are available on the KiddieCorp–JSM 2017 web page. Space is limited, so reserve early.

All policies are established by KiddieCorp, and all questions should be directed to KiddieCorp

Travel Information

Baltimore is served by three major airports. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is located 15 miles from the Baltimore Convention Center, but attendees can also fly into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Airline Discount – Delta
Reservations and ticketing are available via Delta. When booking online, use the discount code NMQFC.

Airport Shuttle Discount – Super Shuttle
10% off your online reservation Discount Code: 36PXG Discount Dates: July 26 – August 5, 2017

Car Rental
Hertz is offering JSM attendees discounted rental cars in Baltimore from July 22 – August 10, 2017. The discounted rates are available online or by phone at (800) 654-2240. To receive the discounted rates, be sure to use CV# 048B0010. Download this flier for more information.


Baltimore is also accessible via Amtrak and MARC trains.

Public Transportation

In addition to the MARC Train, the Maryland Transit Administration operates local and commuter bus routes, as well as a light rail system, with stations at BWI International Airport and near the Baltimore Convention Center.

Be sure to check out Baltimore’s Charm City Circulator to get around the city easily.


There are a number of parking garages near the Baltimore Convention Center, including many at the JSM hotels. More information is available from the convention center.

Accessibility Information

If you have a disability that may impede your participation, check the box during the registration process that asks if you require special assistance and include a statement regarding your needs. The ASA Meetings Department will contact you prior to JSM, but appropriate accommodations cannot be ensured without prior notification.

The Baltimore Convention Center is accessible to patrons with disabilities.

Please see the Visit Baltimore website for more information about accessibility around the city.

Most of the JSM events will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center; however, many meetings and other events will be held at the Hilton Baltimore. If you have trouble walking long distances and/or will use a wheelchair, we recommend staying at the Hilton Baltimore or Hyatt Regency Baltimore. If you plan to use a scooter, we recommend staying at the Hilton Baltimore since there is a skywalk between the Hilton Baltimore and convention center.

Equipment Rental
Northern Pharmacy, (410) 254-2055
Harford Road & Northern Parkway
Rents standard manual wheelchairs only. Will deliver.

Medical Towne-Maryland, (877) 701-6765
Rents electric scooters. Will deliver. Contact via phone for rates.

Scoot Anywhere, (855) 410-0080
Rents electric scooters. Ships UPS directly to hotel/convention center.
Contact via phone or website for rates.

Key Dates

  • May 1, 2017 11:00 AM
    Registration and housing open
  • June 1, 2017
    Early registration deadline
  • June 2, 2017 12:01 AM - June 29, 2017 11:59 PM
    Regular registration (increased fees apply)
  • June 30, 2017
    Housing deadline
  • June 30, 2017 12:01 AM - July 24, 2017 11:59 PM
    Late Registration (increased fees apply)
  • July 29, 2017 - August 3, 2017
    2017 Joint Statistical Meetings
  • Program Participants
  • July 14, 2016 - September 6, 2016 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session proposals open
  • September 30, 2016
    Online submission of Continuing Education course proposals deadline
  • October 10, 2016 - October 31, 2016 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session abstracts open
  • December 1, 2016 12:01 AM - February 1, 2017 11:59 PM
    Online submission of abstracts (all except invited papers and panels)
  • January 11, 2017
    Online submission of topic-contributed session proposals deadline
  • January 15, 2017
    Online submission of Computer Technology Workshop (CTW) proposals deadline
  • January 17, 2017 - April 7, 2017 11:59 PM
    Online submission of JSM Meeting & Event Requests
  • January 25, 2017
    Deadline to request registration extension for government agencies
  • March 30, 2017 - April 18, 2017 11:59 PM
    Online abstract editing open
  • May 17, 2017
    Draft manuscript deadline
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