2016 Conference Theme:  “The Science and Technology of a Sustainable Sugar Industry”

The venue is the Marriott Hotel in Walnut Creek, CA and is mid-way between San Francisco and Napa.  The conference program includes a tour of the nearby American Sugar Refinery C&H facility in Crockett, California.  A post conference tour of the California wine country in Napa is being planned.  San Francisco is also a short drive from Walnut Creek for those wanting to tour this famous city by the bay.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA at sunset.
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA at sunset.
Enjoy the wine in Napa
Enjoy the wine in Napa
C&H Sugar in Crockett, CA
C&H Sugar Refinery in Crockett, CA


The Schedule of Events for the 2016 Conference schedule is as follows:
Sunday, February 21, 2016
6:00pm. Conference Reception

Monday and Tuesday, February 22-23, 2016
Technical Sessions & Vendor Displays

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Tour of the ASR Group C&H Refinery in nearby Crockett, CA

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Post conference tour of the several of the wineries in the Napa area.  Some of the more upscale wineries have been selected for touring and tasting.  For those wishing to tour the famous city by the Bay, San Francisco, it is only a short drive away and can also be reached using the BART.

SPRI will begin to plan for a “guest itinerary” in the very near future and the organization would encourage spouses and guests to participate in the conference events.

Travel Directions:
The hotel in Walnut Creek can most easily be reached using the Oakland International Airport (OAK, 27 miles distance) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO, 37 miles distance).  Rental cars are available and will take about an hour drive (more or less depending upon traffic) to reach the Marriott in Walnut Creek from either airport.

Taxis will cost about $80-130 depending upon which airport and the traffic conditions.  Shuttle services vary in price from $75 and higher.

From OAK or SFO, the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transport system) can provide service to within 0.6 mile of the hotel.  Oakland airport to Walnut Creek is less than one hour for about $10.   San Francisco to Walnut Creek is about an hour and 10 minutes for about $11.  The hotel has a complimentary shuttle to the BART station and taxis are also available there.

To make hotel reservations, use the Marriott Hotel link or call 1-800-828-5613
To register, please fill out the SPRI Conference Registration Form
To submit a technical paper or poster, contact SPRI

For more information and to be included in further conference mailings please contact:  SPRI