Gordon Research Conferences shares the concern of many scientists worldwide that the U.S. government's recent executive order
may have a chilling effect on the participation of international scientists in expanding the frontiers of science at our many conferences.
GRC was created as an international forum for collaboration to advance those frontiers. We take pride in our Mission Statement which
highlights our aim to influence the culture of science to be inclusive, open to new ideas, and engaged with all communities,
as well as to make each of our conferences responsive to the needs of the worldwide scientific community.
We host over 300 conferences annually in the United States, Europe and Asia, attended by nearly 35,000 scientists each year,
over 14,000 of which are from countries other than the U.S. We recognize, and fully value, the contributions of every one of our
attendees from all corners of the world.
Because the executive order may introduce challenges to travel to our conferences, we urge advance planning and early visa application
for all non-U.S. citizens travelling to the U.S. It is possible that the visa application process could take from three to six months
or more. The links below should be instructive for purposes of understanding the visa process and certain travel restrictions.
Those needing a letter of support for their visa application can obtain one by contacting their conference chair.
Visit the U.S. Department of State for official
information regarding visa policies and procedures. For travelers from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria and Yemen, please contact the
U.S. embassy or consulate in your jurisdiction and see the
Customs and Border Protection
webpage for the most up-to-date information.
Please keep your conference chair and conference operations associate informed of your visa status if you are a non-U.S. citizen
travelling to the U.S. We remind you that GRC has a cancellation policy in effect that does not refund all charges in all circumstances.
If there are extenuating circumstances regarding your planned travel to the U.S. for an upcoming GRC, please contact your conference
operations associate to discuss.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and participation.