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Hotel and Travel Information
Venue & Lodging

The 2018 SciTS Conference will be held in a lush, Gulf Coast setting - Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center in Galveston, Texas. Its beautiful, botanic setting on 242 acres of natural Gulf scenery showcases magnificent glass pyramids that house both a living rainforest, a massive aquarium and a Discovery pyramid.

From the moment you enter the open, airy lobby at this Galveston hotel, you will be mesmerized by the natural beauty of the lush tropical plants and lagoon with cascading waterfalls and fish indigenous to the Rainforest Pyramid. You will be greeted by the amazing staff and treated to exceptional service during your stay. Moody Gardens Hotel amenities include a Spa and a full-service fitness center.

Moody Gardens Hotel
7 Hope Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77554


There is a block of rooms reserved for UTMB - Inst of Translational Science at $159.00 per night, plus tax.  In order to get the special rate the special ID must be used.  Please note - this room rate expires April 29th, 2018.

For Reservations Made over the Telephone
Please call the toll free reservations number; 888-388-8484 any time between 6am and 12am seven days a week.  In order to get the special $159.00 rate the caller must ask for the UTMB - Inst of Translational Science Block.  

For Reservations Made Online  
Code : UTMB TRANS 2018

  1. Go to the Moody Gardens Hotel website:
  2. Check Rates & Availability.  Type in the check-in and check-out date. 
  3. Go to the Group Code? Enter here and enter UTMB TRANS 2018.
  4. You are now on a page that is titled UTMB - Inst of Translational Science. Select the room type you would like. After selecting room type, select BOOK. Then you have the option to enhance your reservation.
  5. On the next page you will enter all your information including your credit card information. On the left side of the page there is a summary of the days you will be staying and the cost of your room.
  6. After entering all your information, on the bottom left of the page you will need to select I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  7. You will be then directed to the final page that will show your reservation is complete.  On the top left hand side of the page it will have your confirmation number.  Print this page and keep as your confirmation.

Direct Link: Click the link below, choose the dates you want to stay, and continue your booking process. TRANS 2018

Should you have any questions while making the online reservation, you are welcome to call 888-388-8484 for assistance.

Thank you.

Parking Information

There is ample complimentary surface parking at the Moody Gardens Hotel.

What to do

Information on Moody Gardens Attractions

Galveston Island - For places to visit and enjoy on Galveston Island, go to

  • Galveston is an island getaway known for its 32 miles of beaches off the coastline of Southeast Texas. 
  • The historic strand district offers shopping, dining, art galleries, and entertainment.
  • Beaches, parks, museums, water park, and tours of the Victorian architecture are only some of the places to visit in Galveston.
  • Play in the surf, explore the rainforest, take an exciting ride at the pleasure pier...and at the end of the day, take in the beauty of a magnificent sunset.

Getting to and from the Conference

Flight Information:
We recommend Houston Hobby (HOU) as it is the closest to Galveston. You may also fly in to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Hobby Airport is approximately 40 miles from the island, and George Bush Airport is approximately 70 miles from the island.


Galveston Limousine:
Totally Texas Limousine:


Conference Contact:

Lisa Velasquez
Administrative Project Manager
[email protected]