The Classic Center

The Classic Center is northeast Georgia's premier award winning convention center and performing arts theatre. Located in the heart of downtown Athens, Georgia, The Classic Center provides unique meeting space, outstanding special events services and a wide range of entertainment options, making this unconventional convention center the choice for conferences, meetings and special events! -

The Symposium will be held in the Athena Ballroom.
300 North Thomas St. Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706-208-0900

T he Classic Center: Image Courtesy of  Michael Rivera

The Classic Center: Image Courtesy of Michael Rivera


The Center for Applied Isotope Studies

Founded by J. Noakes in 1968, the Center for Applied Isotope Studies is one of the largest and most comprehensive radiocarbon and isotope geochemistry facilities in the world. CAIS houses more than 20 instruments capable of measuring stable isotopes, and two AMS instruments dedicated to the measurement of radiocarbon. Our scientists collaborate annually with hundreds of universities and government agencies around the globe for research in archaeology, marine science, ecology, geology, geography, nuclear forensics, and art history, to name a few.

120 Riverbend Rd. Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706-542-2212

Athens, Georgia, USA

Known as "the Classic City" Athens, GA has a rich history dating back to the 18th century. A college town built in concurrence with the University of Georgia, Athens is often viewed as the educational and intellectual center of the US south. In addition to its ties to the university, Athens is known for its historic downtown, famed music scene, and eclectic dining options. 

Image Courtesy of Richard Chambers

Image Courtesy of Richard Chambers


The University of Georgia

Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America — launching our nation’s great tradition of world-class public education. What began as a commitment to inspire the next generation grows stronger today through global research, hands-on learning and extensive outreach. A top value in public higher education and research, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges, from combating infectious disease and creating a dependable food supply to advancing economic growth and strengthening cyber and global security. -

UGA is also home to the Georgia Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Natural History, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Sanford Stadium - home of the Georgia Bulldogs, and the Center for Applied Isotope Studies 

Where to Eat

Designated as one of the South’s most underrated food cities by USA Today, Athens, GA is a rising star on the food scene. Blending traditional Southern staples with contemporary fare, this city’s award-winning restaurants have contributed to Athens’ burgeoning foodie culture...Authentic dining experiences abound in Downtown Athens. From Mediterranean-inspired dishes to Italian fare to modern twists on traditional cuisine, you’ll find something to suit your palate at Athens’ esteemed Downtown restaurants. -

Soul Food: Image couretesy of  Jennifer Woodard Maderazo

Soul Food: Image couretesy of Jennifer Woodard Maderazo

Georgia Theatre: Image courtesy of  paulbr75

Georgia Theatre: Image courtesy of paulbr75

Things to Do

Situated just below the foothills of the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, Athens is known for its eclectic mix of Southern heritage, modern attractions and a vibrant arts scene. Visit one of its historic house museums, or enjoy a night out at a live music club. As you’re out and about in Athens, make sure to view the dozens of bulldog statues located throughout the town. For art aficionados, the Georgia Museum of Art is a must-see, and there are numerous Downtown galleries and boutiques that put local artists’ works on display. -