CERF 2023 Onsite Attendee Know Before You Go

Please review the information below for a seamless event experience!

Registration Hours  |  CERF 2023 Mobile App  |  Schedule  |  WiFi Information  |  Oregon Convention Center  |  Parking  |   Dining  |   Presenting  |  Field Trips  |  Childcare  |   Inclusive Culture  |  Silent Auction

Registration Hours 

The onsite registration desk will be open daily in Prefuntion D of the Oregon Convention Center (OCC). Badges are required for entry at conference events. Be sure to plan ahead and make sure to have your badge with you at all times!

Saturday, 11 November: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM PT
Sunday 12 November:
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT
Monday, 13 November: 
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT
Tuesday, 14 November: 
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT
Wednesday, 15 November:
 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT
Thursday, 16 November: 
7:00 AM – 4:30 PM PT

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CERF 2023 Mobile App

Use the CERF 2023 mobile app to access the most up-to-date information about the conference. Abstracts for oral presentations, posters, and a full author/presenter index is available. You can even customize your own schedule!

How to Download the Mobile App

  1. Visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store on your mobile device and search for “CERF 2023”.
  2. Click “Download the App.”
  3. Open the app and log in with the email you used to register.
  4. From here, you will be asked to create a password or send yourself a magic link to log in.
  5. Start exploring! Don’t forget to turn on notifications so you can stay up-to-date!

The conference schedule on the app will display in your current time zone. The times on the schedule will not be accurate until you are in the Pacific Standard Time Zone.

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Conference Schedule

While the full conference schedule can be viewed from the app, there is also a web browser version available. There will not be a printed program provided for this conference. If you would like to print the CERF 2023 schedule on your own, you can download a spreadsheet version that includes all of the conference events. We recommend printing it front and back as it is 21 pages long. There is so much to do at CERF 2023! 

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WiFi Information

Free WiFi is available in all convention center meeting rooms and the exhibit hall via the CERF2023 network. The password to access the network is CERF2023.

Oregon Convention Center

The Oregon Convention Center's central location makes getting there easy, and Portland’s modern public transit system is the best! 

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232 

Public Transportation

Portland’s TriMet MAX light rail stops 300 times a day at the front door of the OCC, connecting riders to downtown, surrounding neighborhoods, the Oregon Zoo, and Portland International Airport. Each attendee can pick up a complimentary TriMet Transit pass at registration desk located in Pre-Function D of the OCC.

The Portland Streetcar Central Loop stops at the OCC's MLK Lobby entrance every 15 minutes.

TriMet’s Bus Line No. 6 also stops at the MLK Lobby entrance and provides access to downtown stops and outlying areas. 

On days with a busy event schedule, public transportation provides the easiest arrival and departure experience.

Cashless Venue

To provide a faster, more efficient transaction process, the OCC will only accept credit/debit cards and touchless payment methods. Cash-to-card machines, also known as reverse ATMs, are free to use and are located on Level 1 near the South Ginkoberry Entrance and in the Pre-Function B area near the ATMs.

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Parking at OCC

Onsite parking is provided in the convention center's underground garage. You may enter the garage through either the NE Lloyd Boulevard (P1) or NE First Avenue (P2) entrances. Clearance on the P1 Level is 7 feet; clearance on the P2 Level is 9 feet. There is a total of 800 spaces. The standard daily parking rate is $12, but a dynamic rate of $12 - $20 will be charged at parking garage entry during events. The OCC is a cashless venue and only accepts credit/debit cards and touchless payment methods.

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Dining at CERF 2023

While light appetizers will be served at the receptions and poster sessions, all meals at CERF 2023 will be done on your own. Attendees can dine at an on-site eatery or visit local restaurants near the OCC. We encourage you to bring your own water bottles and travel mugs to reduce waste! 


During the CERF conference, the Oregon Convention Center will have Portland Coffee Roaster's II located at the South Ginkoberry Concourse (open 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM PT) and Lovejoy's Eatery located at the Ginkoberry Concourse and Exhibit Hall D (open 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM PT). The OCC is a cashless venue and only accepts credit/debit cards and touchless payment methods.

View Portland Coffee Roasters Menu
View Lovejoy's Eatery Menu


See a collection of nearby restaurants curated by Travel Portland. 

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Are You Presenting at CERF 2023?

Be prepared. Please review the 2023 Presenter Resources webpage, oral presentation guidelines, and poster presentation guidelines prior to the conference.

The Speaker Presentation Room is located in F151 at the OCC.

Sunday 12 November: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM PT
Monday, 13 November: 
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT
Tuesday, 14 November: 
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT
Wednesday, 15 November:
 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT
Thursday, 16 November: 
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM PT

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Field Trips

All field trips will take place on Sunday, 12 November. Attendees will receive a separate email with more detailed field trip information. If you did not sign up for a field trip, please take a look at our self-guided options

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Onsite Childcare

CERF strives to provide a supportive atmosphere for parents and caregivers attending our conference. Children are welcome at sessions, workshops, in the exhibit hall, poster sessions, and receptions, provided that they are accompanied at all times by registered adult attendees. Children can even get their own conference badges at the registration desk! Please keep in mind that alcohol will be served at evening events. Parents are asked to show consideration to the presenters and other attendees by being proactive to avoid disruptions to the scientific program.

KiddieCorp is providing onsite childcare and youth programs for children ages six months to 12 years in G131-132 at the OCC. There are only 9 spots left and these will be first come, first serve.

A family lounge with suites for nursing parents, a working parent meetup, scavenger hunt, and kids poster session are all part of our family friendly offerings.

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CERF 2023 Inclusive Culture Hub

At CERF, we are dedicated to expanding the reach and impact of coastal and ocean sciences by championing diversity in all its forms. Our commitment to inclusivity encompasses a wide spectrum of social identities, including race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, veteran status, and socioeconomic background. We also recognize and embrace the diversity within our scientific community, spanning various disciplines, career paths, and life experiences. View our Inclusive Culture Hub webpage to learn more about all of the activities that underscore our respect for and celebration of this diversity.

CERF is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all who participate in CERF events. CERF prohibits and will not tolerate any form of harassment, bullying, or discrimination. Please read and abide by the Code of Conduct, and report any violations. We also have a Conference Ombuds onsite who will serve as a neutral, independent, and off-the-record resource

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CERF Silent Auction

We are excited to feature one of our favorite in-person CERF conference events by once again hosting a Silent Auction at CERF 2023. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Odum/Nixon Fund.

Only attendees of the CERF conference may make bids. Bidding opened on 31 October 2023. Auction items will be displayed on site, but bids will be taken on the Bidding Owl website. Bidding will end Wednesday, 15 November at 6:00 PM PT. All items must be paid for by Thursday, 16 November at 12:00 PM PT. If items need to be shipped, the shipping fees will be passed onto the winning bidder.

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