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The following information is provided in part by Visit Seattle on an unofficial basis for the sole purpose of assistance. The Protein Society cannot be held responsible for any change in the data.

About Seattle

Seattle, a city on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and contains thousands of acres of parkland. Washington State’s largest city, it’s home to a large tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in its metropolitan area. The futuristic Space Needle, a 1962 World’s Fair legacy, is its most iconic landmark.

Because this year's Symposium falls so close to the Independence Day holiday, we encourage you to plan your visit accordingly to take advantage of the local activities taking place. You can read more about them here.

Meeting Venue

Sheraton Grand Seattle

Located in the heart of downtown at 6th and Pike, the Sheraton Grand Seattle provides a gateway to the diverse sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest. The Sheraton is adjacent to the Washington State Convention Center and is within blocks of flagship shopping, local restaurants, bars and iconic attractions including the Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass. Experience our multimillion-dollar transformation with all new guest rooms, an expanded Sheraton Club Lounge and meeting and event space. Gather in our stylish new lobby and enjoy our private art collection featuring artworks by Northwest master artists while enjoying your favorite beverage from our modern Starbucks. The Sheraton Grand features several dining options including Loulay Kitchen & Bar by celebrity chef Thierry Rautureau. For recreation, enjoy our state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor swimming pool on the 35th floor with panoramic views of the city and Puget Sound.



Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is located in the city’s southern suburbs, about 17 kilometers from the center of town. The best way to reach downtown Seattle is by catching the Link Light Rail service, which takes just over 35 minutes to reach Westlake Station and costs $3. There are also a number of bus connections to other parts of the city, including the 560 bus to West Seattle run by Sound Transit. Taxis are also available outside the main terminal.


Seattle’s main train terminal is King Street Station in the Pioneer Square district. Amtrak runs three services to King Street: the Cascades service (which starts in Vancouver and runs south to Eugene), the Empire Builder (which runs from Chicago) and the Coast Starlight service (connecting Seattle with LA and San Francisco). King Street is also on the Sound Transit rail network, linking the city center with Tacoma and Lakewood, along with most of the city’s inner districts.


Seattle lies on Interstate 5, which runs the entire distance of the US’ western seaboard and is also the northwest terminus for Interstate 90, a transcontinental route that runs from Chicago to Boston. Take note, Seattle is renowned for its dense traffic and is ranked third in the nation after LA and New York, so be prepared for delays if you arrive by car.

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Seattle, Washington enjoys spectacular summer weather during July. This is the sunniest and least humid month of the year, and among the least rainy. In most years, Seattle averages a daily maximum temperature for July that's between 73 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 26 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 55 and 58 °F (13 to 14 °C).

Time Zone

Seattle is located in the Pacific Standard Time zone. Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes do not necessarily occur on the same date every year.


As elsewhere in the United States, the standard current is 110 volts (60 cycles).


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Looking for another transportation option? We have created a Lyft code for Symposium attendees. Use the code above to receive $5.00 in Lyft credit towards your first ride.