FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How Do I Receive My Tickets?

You can register online now here, or call 831-429-6362. No paper tickets will be issued. Please bring a copy of your email invoice to the event to ensure smooth processing at registration. Photo ID will be required if no invoice is present. Cash or checks must be received in our office at 1115 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, by April 5, 2017 in order to secure a registration. In cases when payment is not received before the event, we reserve the right to refuse admission to the event. Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card. On-site registrations will be accepted if space is available. Psychedelic Science 2013 sold out, so we recommend that you register ahead of time!

What Are the Registration Deadlines?

Advance registration rates are available until November 14, 2016, at 11:59 PM PST. Early Bird registration rates are in effect from November 15, 2016, at 12:00 AM PST until February 14, 2016, at 11:59 PM PST. Regular registration rates will then be available from February 15, 2016, at 12:00 AM PST until online tickets sales close.

Are Discounts Available?

Advance ticket sales are a 15% discount compared to regular price. Early Bird ticket sales are a 10% discount compared to regular price. Student and veteran/active duty military discounts are available on the main registration page. You must bring a valid student or military ID to the conference check in desk, or you will be asked to pay the difference. For speaker discounts email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Are Day Passes Available?

Depending on availability, day passes for the Three-Day Conference (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) will be available in late February 2017. Due to room capacity restrictions, we cannot guarantee that day passes will be available.

Can I Get a Free Ticket If I Volunteer?

Unfortunately, we are unable to give out free tickets to volunteers. A limited number of discounted tickets are available at $125 through our Work Trade program. Those awarded Work Trade tickets must also volunteer for 12 hours during the conference. Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form to be notified of work-trade opportunities.

Can I Receive Continuing Education (CE) or Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit for Attending?

Continuing Education (CE) credits will be available for psychologists, social workers, MFTs, and nurses. At our 2013 conference, over 85% of sessions were eligible for CE credit. Selected conference presentations and workshops will qualify for CE credit. CE is available for $50, payable online or at the event. All CE forms will be available at the event. We are in the process of requesting physician Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation for sessions at Psychedelic Science 2017. Check back soon or sign up for the MAPS Email Newsletter for updates about CME credit at Psychedelic Science 2017.

Where Can I Stay?

Overnight accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Special discounted conference rates are currently available at the Oakland Marriott City Center. You must contact the hotel directly to receive the discount. We recommend booking early to secure these rates, as availability is limited and not guaranteed. The group rate is only accessible through this link, or by calling +1 (877) 901-6632 (toll free) or 1 (506) 474-2009 (local), and mentioning Psychedelic Science 2017. We also recommend the Courtyard Marriott Oakland Downtown (0.1 miles from venue) or the Clarion Hotel Downtown Oakland City Center (0.3 miles from venue). Group rates are only available at the Oakland Marriott City Center for a limited time. You can also explore other accommodations in the area through AirBnB, Booking.com, Hotels.com, or Hostelworld.com.

Are Meals Included?

Continental breakfast is provided from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM on April 21 (Friday), April 22 (Saturday), and April 23 (Sunday) in the Marketplace for registered Three-Day Conference attendees. You are on your own for the mid-morning, lunch, and mid-afternoon breaks. There are dozens of small, friendly restaurants near the hotel (detailed list here). On Friday, April 21, from 8am-2pm, the Old Oakland Farmer's Market (one block from the hotel) will be open. The Sunset Cruise on Friday, April 21, 2017, includes a casual dinner and cash bar. The Comedy Banquet also includes dinner and will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Banquet admission is not included in the conference pass, and must be purchased separately. Space is limited.

Are There Restaurants Nearby?

The Oakland Marriot City Center Hotel has a wonderful list of onsite and nearby restaurants. You can find the detailed list here.

How Do I Get There?

Travel is not included in the conference fee. The Oakland Airport (OAK) is the closest airport. Alternatively, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) are also nearby if you are able to book a flight at a better rate. The subway (BART) station is located on 12th Street, two blocks from the hotel. Conference organizers are not liable for any non-attendance resulting from delayed or suspended transportation or weather-related travel conditions. More information, including parking information, is available on the Hotel and Travel page.

What Is the Cancellation Policy?

Cancellations received in writing by March 30, 2017, will be refunded in full, minus a 3% accounting processing fee. Notice of cancellation must be made in writing by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail addressed to MAPS, 1115 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Should you need to cancel your registration after April 1, 2017, a transfer (giving your ticket to someone else) will be accepted. No refunds will be made after April 1, 2017.

Can Someone Else Attend in My Place?

Transfers are acceptable at any time. Please send a signed letter to MAPS at 1115 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. The letter must clearly state your name and who will receive your tickets. Email and fax are acceptable as long as the document has been signed and scanned. Emails may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and faxes may be sent to +1 (831) 429-6370.

Does MAPS Share Personal Information?

Absolutely not. We keep all personal information entered during registration confidential. When we do collect personally identifiable information, it is always voluntarily submitted by you (e.g., when you fill out registration pages or send us feedback). The information collected is used to send our registrants email reminders and other information about MAPS that we think will be of interest. If, for any reason, you would like to be removed from our email list, you can unsubscribe through the link at the bottom of our email messages.

What Happens if the Venue Changes or the Conference is Cancelled?

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the conference organizers to alter the venue, content, or the timing of the program. We will try to keep you informed of such changes, but any reasonable change to the conference format will not constitute a reason to refund the conference fee. In the event that the conference is canceled by the organizers, the registration fee shall be refunded in full. The liability of the organizers shall be limited to that refund and the organizers shall not be liable for any other loss, cost or expense, whatsoever caused, incurred or arising.

What Happens if I Have an Accident or Lose Something?

While every effort has been made to ensure the safety of all attendees, the organizers cannot be held responsible and/or liable for any personal accident, loss, or damage to private property of those attending the conference. For lost items, please check with the Oakland Marriott City Center hotel staff.

Will There Be Photo and Video Recording at Psychedelic Science 2017?

Psychedelic Science conferences attract significant interest from journalists and filmmakers. By entering the event premises and by participation in this event, you are consenting to the use of your photograph, likeness, or video or audio recording in whole or in part without restriction or limitation for any educational, promotional, or any MAPS and MAPS affiliates purpose for distribution online and in printed publications or publication in other media. You release MAPS, their officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitization, or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, or video and/or sound recordings. We are happy to remove your image from any web or social media site over which we have control upon your request.

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