The entire conference program will be held on the Stanford University campus. Please refer to the map below for venues where conference events will be taking place. Click on the menu button in the upper-left corner of the map to view the full list of conference venues, the conference hotel, public transit info, parking locations, and directions. For more detailed information about where each session/event will be held, please visit the conference's online program.
The majority of the conference program will be held at two locations, which are a 10-minute walk apart:
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center (326 Galvez St, Stanford)
All four keynote talks, opening reception, JBS Breakfast Session, AABS Member Meeting, Baltic Exceptionalism Roundtable, Graduate Student Luncheon, BAFF Reception, and poster sessions will be held in this building from June 1–3. The Registration/Badge Pickup Desk is also located here.
History Corner (450 Serra Mall Building 200, Stanford)
Almost all academic sessions (panels, roundtables, workshops) of the conference will be held in this building.
Other conference venues include:
Language Corner (450 Serra Mall Building 260, Stanford): two academic sessions featuring workshop/film screening elements will be held here on June 2–3. The building is a 3-minute walk away from the History Corner, where other academic sessions are held.
Braun Music Center (541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford): one academic session in Musicology Division featuring piano performances will be held here on June 2. The building is a 5-minute walk away from the History Corner, where other academic sessions are held.
Meyer Green (Escondido Mall, Stanford): An Open-Air Celebration of Baltic Culture will be held here on June 2.
Education Building (485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford): Ashes in the Snow film screening and the closing reception of the conference will be held here on June 3.
Cecil H. Green Library (557 Escondido Mall, Stanford): The Baltic Way: History and Culture in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania 1918–2018 exhibit will be open here on June 1–3.
Stanford Shopping Center: Center Pavilion (660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto): Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100 exhibit will be open here on June 1–3; Masters of Our Own Homes exhibit opening, featuring a roundtable on “No Boundaries: An Oral History Project about Estonia’s Transformation in the Digital Age” will be held here on June 2.
White Plaza: Birdcage Stage (in front of Braun Music Center, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford): “Stories of Exile, Reckoning, and Hope: A Reading by Ruta Sepetys, Julija Sukys, and Inara Verzemnieks” will be held here on June 3.
Stanford Visitor Center (295 Galvez St., Stanford): tours of the Stanford University campus will begin here on June 1.
The conference hotel Sheraton Palo Alto (625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto) is located just outside the Stanford University campus. We recommend walking from the hotel to the main conference venues (Alumni Center, History Corner) – the Alumni Center is 20 minutes from the hotel while the History Corner is 25 minutes from the hotel. The campus is beautiful and a walk helps to remedy your jet lag, should you be suffering from one!
On Friday, June 1, a free shuttle Marguerite Line Y runs from the Palo Altro Transit Center (next to the hotel) to the Galvez @ Alumni Center stop (in front of the Alumni Center). On Friday, a free shuttle Marguerite Line P also runs between the Palo Alto Transit Center and the Campus Oval, the bus stop closest to the History Corner. The shuttles will not be in service on June 2–3 or on Friday evening. See the map above for the exact locations of these stops.
When ordering a taxi or a rideshare, use either Frances C. Arrilaga Alumni Center (326 Galvez St., Stanford) or the Campus Oval (Palm Dr.) as your destination.
If you will be driving and need parking on Friday, June 1, please park at the Galvez Lot (L-96), across the street from the Alumni Center. Please use code 4879 to purchase a discounted $8.00 daily parking permit at one of the pay machines. Parking is enforced in most areas of the campus until 6:00 pm on Friday, June 1. After 6:00 pm on Friday and during the weekend, parking is free at the Galvez Lot, Campus Oval Parking Lot, on Galvez St., Serra St., and Roth Way. Parking is free at all times at the Stanford Shopping Center.
The conference organizers have negotiated a group rate for Double-Double and King rooms in this hotel for stays between May 30 and June 4. The nightly price, excluding taxes and fees, for both types of rooms is as follows:
May 30: $359.00
May 31: $289.00
June 1: $139.00
June 2: $139.00
June 3: $139.00
June 4: $359.00
Please visit this site to secure your reservation. Please be advised the group rates are available until April 30, 2018, on a first-come, first-served basis. We advise conference participants to make reservations well in advance, and encourage them to share rooms, if possible.
Other hotels in the area include:
The Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian societies in the San Francisco Bay Area are working to provide some free rooms for conference participants in the homes of members of the Baltic community in the San Francisco Bay Area. These rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for conference participants traveling from the Baltic states. If you are interested in opting for homestay accommodation, please reach out to the local Baltic societies by using the contact info below:
San Francisco Estonian Society, Mai-Liis Bartling: email@example.com There are no more Estonian home stays available at this point.
Northern California Latvian Society, Taira Zoldnere: firstname.lastname@example.org There are no more Latvian home stays available at this point.
San Francisco Lithuanians: Eduard Nuculiak: email@example.com There are no more Lithuanian home stays available at this point.
There are three major airports in the San Francisco Bay Area that serve both domestic and international airlines:
We advise checking flights to/from each of these airports to find the one that best suits your itinerary.
We suggest using public transit for traveling from SFO, SJC or OAK airports to the Palo Alto Transit Center, which is next to the conference hotel. Additionally, all airports are served by local taxi companies as well as app-based ridesharing services (Uber, Lyft). There are also Rental Car Centers in all three airports.
SFO airport is served by Millbrae Caltrain Station, which can be reached by taking Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, from the San Francisco International Airport Station (located just outside the airport’s International Terminal). Caltrain provides rail service to Palo Alto Transit Center at least once an hour from early morning until about 10 pm. Alternatively, there are also SamTrans buses that take you from SFO (Terminal G) to Burlingame Caltrain Station (line 292) or to Palo Alto Transit Center (line 397, operates only at night). Tickets for BART, Caltrain and Samtrans can be bought at stations. More info about these options can be found on SFO’s website.
SJC airport is served by Santa Clara Caltrain Station that can be reached by taking a free shuttle line 10 from SJC (the bus stops at both terminals). Tickets for Caltrain can be bought at the Santa Clara Station. More info about public transit options for SJC can be found on SJC’s website.
OAK airport is served by the Oakland International Airport BART station (Terminal 1). The quickest way to reach Palo Alto is to take Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, from OAK to Union City Station (through Coliseum Station) and switch to the Dumbarton Express Westbound. More info about BART’s service at OAK can be found on OAK’s website. More info about the Dumbarton Express can be found on its website. Tickets for both can be bought at stations.
All conference attendees are responsible for their travel expenses. Below are some resources for various grants and scholarships that could be used to cover the cost of attending the 2018 AABS conference:
Kristjan Jaak / Short Study Visits (Kristjan Jaagu välislähetuse stipendium)
This scholarship provides funding for short-term (up to 30 days) study-related visits abroad, including participation in conferences. March 1, 2018, is the deadline to apply for grants that would cover visits taking place between April 1 and September 30, 2018.
Dora Plus short study visits (Dora lühiajalise õpirände tegevus T1.1)
Dora Plus provides support to M.A. and Ph.D. students and junior scholars of higher education institutions in Estonia for participation in conferences, seminars, courses or other learning and research related activities abroad that last up to 30 days. Individual applicants should contact their home institutions in Estonia that are responsible for selecting the grantees. The scholarships to grantees are paid out by Archimedes Foundation.
EKKAV grant for lectures on Estonia (EKKAVi Eesti-teemaliste loengute toetus)
The EKKAV grant provides funding for Estonian citizens or foreigners who speak Estonian for conducting lectures on Estonia at foreign higher education institutions. Application deadlines are October 15, 2017, and March 15, 2018.
The Fulbright Scholar Program in Estonia
The Fulbright Scholar Program in Estonia offers research grants for Estonian scholars and researchers to conduct research at universities or special libraries/collections in the United States in all fields, except for medical studies involving direct patient contact. Candidates may be university teachers or researchers, or professionals whose expertise would be enhanced by further study or research in their field. Grants are awarded for a period of three to nine months within one study year. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are subject to fund availability.
The University of Latvia Fund (Latvijas Universitātes fonds)
The University of Latvia Fund offers various scholarships and grants to students as well as advanced researchers. Deadlines vary and are listed on their website.
The Fulbright Scholar Program in Latvia
The Fulbright Scholar Program in Latvia offers grants for Latvian research scholars and university lecturers for up to 5 months to conduct research and/or deliver lectures at U.S. universities in any field, except medicine, but including public health. The application deadline for Academic Year 2017-2018 is November 14, 2017.
The Fulbright-Schuman Program in Latvia
The Fulbright-Schuman Program, financed by the U.S. Department of State and the Directorate- General for Education and Culture of the European Commission, awards grants to citizens of the U.S. and EU Member States to further understanding of the EU and to promote U.S.-EU relations. Grants are awarded to EU citizens to study, research or lecture at universities or institutions in the United States on the development of the EU, EU policies, and the U.S.-EU transatlantic agenda.
Support for visits of researchers and PhD students (Lithuanian Research Council)
This measure supports participation of researchers and PhD students in scientific events abroad up to 14 days to present research outcomes. More info about the application procedure and deadlines can be found on the Lithuanian Research Council’s website.
The Fulbright Scholar Program in Lithuania
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers grants for Lithuanian scientists, research scholars and university lecturers for up to 9 months in exact sciences, and up to 6 months in social sciences and humanities to conduct research and/or deliver lectures at U.S. universities in any field. The application deadline for Academic Year 2017-2018 is October 1, 2017.
The Fulbright-Schuman Program in Lithuania
The Fulbright-Schuman Program funds graduate and post-graduate study, research, and lecture proposals in the field of U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions.
U.S. Embassy Vilnius’ Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program
U.S. Embassy Vilnius’ Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program provides funding to organizations and, in some cases, individuals who implement projects that support U.S. Embassy priorities. The Annual Program Statement describes the general project themes the Embassy will focus on during the fiscal year. The program now accepts applications for 2018.
The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation’s 2018 AABS Conference Travel Grants
The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation is pleased to support the 2018 AABS Conference by offering travel grants to Baltic citizens (scholars, graduate students, government and public organization representatives) residing in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, whose proposals for papers, posters, panels, roundtable discussions, or workshop sessions are accepted for inclusion. Applications from presenters who do not have other sources of travel support are preferred. The application deadline is February 1, 2018.
The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Travel Grant for 2018 Conference
AABS is pleased to offer five $1,500 travel grants to scholars and government and public organization representatives residing outside of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, whose proposals for papers, posters, roundtable discussions, or workshop sessions have been accepted for inclusion in the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University and who do not have other sources of travel support.
Conference chairs, discussants, and members of roundtables may apply for funding but preference is given to those scholars who submitted proposals (including panel and roundtable proposals) and will be presenting papers or posters. Students (including graduate students) are not eligible for this grant.
The deadline for submitting an application is March 15, 2018. The grant awardees will be announced by April 15, 2018. Submit your application now.
The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Travel Grant for 2018 Conference, Business and Economics Division
Thanks to a generous contribution by Jeff Nelson, Lithuanian Honorary Consul in Virginia, AABS is pleased to offer one $2,500 travel grant to a scholar, student or a government/public organization representative residing in the Baltic countries, whose proposal for a paper, poster, roundtable discussion, or workshop session has been accepted for inclusion in the Business and Economics Division of the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University and who does not have other sources of travel support.
Conference chairs, discussants, and members of roundtables may apply for funding but preference is given to those scholars who submitted proposals (including panel and roundtable proposals) and will be presenting papers or posters. Preference will also be given to scholars, students, and government and public organization representatives residing in Lithuania.
The deadline for submitting an application is March 20, 2018. The grant awardees will be announced by April 15, 2018.
Submit your application now.
The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Grants for Student Travel
To assist students with travel and accommodation costs, AABS expects to offer small travel grants to all students accepted to present at the 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University. AABS will notify the grantees by April 1, 2018.
Additionally, due to generous funding received from the Baltic Studies Program of Yale University, AABS will be able to issue two $1,500 grants to students who are citizens and residents of Lithuania, Latvia, or Estonia to attend the conference at Stanford. AABS will notify the grantees by March 1, 2018.
For more info about both grants, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne Vucinich Fellowship (Stanford Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies)
The Wayne Vucinich Fellowship is a twelve-week residential fellowship at the Stanford University Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) to be offered from April-June 2018. During the fellowship period, the Vucinich Fellow is expected to pursue her or his independent research in residency and to participate actively in the scholarly activities of the Center. The fellow will have access to Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library and Archives as well as a community of scholars at Stanford. The fellow will hold a lecture, seminar or workshop on his or her research, organized by CREEES. The application deadline is January 10, 2018.
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