Conference Location | Travel-Nearby Airports | Travel-Going to Tuscaloosa | Visa Information | Lodging | Venue Map

Conference Location

The conference on "Galactic Rings: Signposts of Secular Evolution in Disk Galaxies” will take place at the Bryant Conference Center (BCC) at The University of Alabama. The street address for the conference venue is:

Bryant Conference Center | 240 Paul W. Bryant Drive | Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


Nearby Airports

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is Alabama's largest airport serving the Greater Birmingham area, including Tuscaloosa. It is home to four major airlines, servicing over 100 daily flights to 25 cities for more than 2.6 million passengers each year: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. The airport is a 60 minute drive from The University of Alabama. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, also known as Atlanta Airport, is a major international airport located 200 miles or about a ~3 hour drive from Tuscaloosa. Please note, travel by train is not recommended.

Getting to Tuscaloosa

Driving Directions

- Take Interstate 20/59 West until you come to Exit #73 for US-82 McFarland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa.

- Turn right (north) onto McFarland Blvd. and proceed north for approximately 2 miles to University Blvd.

- Take the AL-215/University Boulevard exit toward University of Alabama. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for Alabama 215S.

- Turn right onto AL-215 S/University Boulevard E. 

- Take a slight left onto Paul W. Bryant Drive. Drive approximately ½ mile. 

- Bryant Conference center will be on the right. Hotel Capstone is a bit further on the right, just before the Regions bank.

See the map at the end of this page.

The University of Alabama Shuttle Service

The conference has arranged for The University of Alabama buses to make rotating trips from campus to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport throughout the day on Sunday, May 27 and Friday, June 1. The fee for this option will be $40 round trip. There will be a box on the registration form to check this option and include your flight details. Please email galacticrings@ua.edu with any flight changes or cancellations. 


Birmingham Door to Door and Scuttle Shuttle, LLC are companies that transport individuals from the airport to their destination and back. Call to schedule a pick-up time/place and drop-off time/place. They will ask if this is a one-way trip or a round trip. Have credit card information ready to pay over the phone, payment will be scheduled a few days before the pick-up date. Prices may vary. 

Birmingham Door to Door, 205-591-5550 or bhamdoor2door@aol.com

Scuttle Shuttle, LLC, 205-471-7433 or customercare@scuttleshuttle.com


Uber may pick-up passengers on the Airport’s Arrivals/Lower Level terminal curbside. Sign-up to ride with Uber and follow these steps: 1. Request when you’re ready to walk outside and choose a ride option that suits your group size and luggage storage needs, 2. Exit on the arrivals levels and head to the passenger pickup area which is where all Uber driver-partners at BHM meet travelers for pickup, 3. Confirm your location and when prompted in the app, enter your airline and door number so your driver knows where to find you.

Rental Car

The BHM Rental Car facility is located in section 1B on the ground level of our parking deck and features a variety of options in rental car companies. All rental cars may be picked-up or dropped-off in the parking deck located on the ground level. Please contact your rental car company in the event of a delayed flight for all inquiries concerning your reservation.

Rental Company Operating Hours Local Counter Reservations


7 days a week- 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.




Monday through Friday- 5:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Saturday- 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday- 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.




Monday through Friday- 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Saturday- 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Sunday- 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.




7-days a week- 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.




Sunday through Friday- 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. 
Saturday- 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.




Visa Information

International attendees with passports from 38 countries may be eligible to enter the United States without a visa through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Travelers with the VWP must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel. Please verify you meet all of the requirements on the VWP webpage.

International attendees from other countries will need to obtain a B Visitor Visa from a U.S. embassy or a U.S. consulate in the country where you live or your home country. Obtaining a visa may require significant wait time.

If you require an invitation letter, please email us at galacticrings@ua.edu. Please include your full name, title (e.g. Dr., Professor, Mr., Ms., etc.) and the approximate dates of your travel. Please also identify your nationality, your home institution, and your rank at your home institution (faculty, postdoc, student). Please refer to the US State Department's visitor visa webpage for details on the visa application process and required documents.


Special room blocks have been made at the hotels below, the number of rooms are limited. Hotel Capstone is located on The University of Alabama campus, adjacent to the Galactic Rings conference location, while Embassy Suites, Home2 Suites and Hotel Indigo are located in Downtown Tuscaloosa. Downtown Tuscaloosa is home to many great restaurants and shopping. More information on Downtown Tuscaloosa can be found here

Hotel Room Rate Block Cut-off Date Amenities  Nearby Booking Information

Hotel Capstone

320 Paul W. Bryant Dr
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Hotel Capstone Website

$125 + taxes and fees

May 11, 2018

Special rate valid through the night of June 1, 2018

  • Adjacent to BCC
  • On-site dining at Legends Bistro 
  • Paul W. Bryant Museum
  • Arby's fast food .4 of a mile
  • Newk's Eatery .6 of a mile
  • Surin Thai 1 mile
  • Ruan Thai 1 mile
  • Swen Chinese 1 mile
  • El Rincon Latino Bar and Grill 1 mile
  • Steamers Oyster Bar Restaurant 1 mile
  • Holler and Dash Biscuit House
  • Mahalo Poke 1 mile
  • Pieology Pizzeria 1 mile 

Book Online 

Call: +1-205-752-3200

Embassy Suites by Hilton

2410 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Embassy Suites Website

 $139 + taxes and fees

May 1, 2018 

Special rate valid through the night of June 2, 2018

  • 2.3 miles from BCC
  • The Side by Side restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Business center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi 
  • Chuck's Fish
  • Mugshot's Grill and Bar
  • Babe's Doughnut Co.
  • Glory Bound Gyro Co.
  • Edelweiss German Bakery and Cafe
  • Carpe Vino
  • Five
  • Catch 22

Book Online 

Call: +1-800-368-2779

Home2 Suites by Hilton

2610 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Home2 Suites Website

 $129 + taxes and fees

April 27, 2018

Special rate valid through the night of June 2, 2018 

  • 2.2 miles from BCC
  • Fitness center
  • Business center
  • Central Mesa
  • Black Warrior Brewing Company
  • The Avenue Pub
  • Don Tonos Mexican Grille
  • Momma Goldberg's Deli
  • Roly Poly Sandwiches, Soups, Salads
  • Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Book Online 

Call: +1-205-349-2002



Hotel Indigo

111 Greensboro Ave
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Hotel Indigo Website

 $129 + taxes and fees

May 13, 2018

Special rate valid through the night of June 1, 2018

  • 2.5 miles from BCC
  • The Lookout rooftop bar
  • Shoal's Kitchen restaurant
  • Pure Provisions market
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center
  • Tesla charging station
  • R. Davidson Chophouse
  • 301 Bistro, Bar and Beer Garden
  • Jim N' Nicks BBQ
  • Sweet Home Food Bar
  • Animal Butter
  • Depalma's Italian Restaurant
  • Dotson's Burger Spot

Book Online

Call: +1-877-424-2449
Group Code: GRC

Hampton Inn

600 Harper Lee Dr Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
Hampton Inn Website

$110 + taxes and fees

May 13, 2018

Special rate valid through the night of June 2, 2018

  • 1.8 miles from BCC
  • Free Hot Breakfast
  • Fitness Center
  • Free high-speed internet
  • Business Center
  • Baumhower's Victory Grill

Book Online

Call: +1-205-553-0082
Group Code: GRC

Roommate Search

Looking for a someone to share a room with during the conference? Please check the “Roommate finder” box on the registration form. We will attempt to put attendees in contact with each other.

Child/Dependent Care Service

Are you in need of child or dependent care service? Child care service is not available at the conference venue. However, please email us at galacticrings@ua.edu to let us know your constraints and we will try to arrange or put you in touch with childcare services. 

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