General Information

When the Workshop Begins

Student Learning Center at UGA-Griffin

The program will begin on May 15 and end May 20, 2017. It will be held on the Griffin Campus of The University of Georgia, located just south of Atlanta, GA. International participants should plan to arrive two days before the program begins to adjust to time zone differences and recover from travel fatigue.

Location and Directions to UGA-Griffin

The University of Georgia Griffin Campus (also known as the Georgia Experiment Station) is on the north side of Griffin, GA and the east side of US Highways 19 and 41. Click here for directions to the Campus. When you register for the workshop, we will forward in-state directions to you as part of your confirmation package.

Lodging Facility and Accommodations

Two hotels have been designated as preferred hotels for the DSSAT workshop. They are the Holiday Inn Express and the Baymont Inn and Suites, both located approximately one mile from a local business district and two miles from our campus. They are also located across the highway from each other.

These hotels come with special business room rates for the DSSAT program. The rate for the DSSAT program at the Holiday Inn Express is $77 per night plus taxes and fees. The rate for the DSSAT program at the Baymont Inn is $70 per night plus taxes and fees. To receive this rate you must make your reservation by calling the Holiday Inn Express in Griffin, GA directly at 770-228-9799 or calling the Baymont Inn and Suites in Griffin, GA at 770-229-9900 and ask for the UGA DSSAT room rate. Both hotels provide a daily continental breakfast. Rooms have home office accommodations including wireless connectivity, voice mail, and free local calling. Other amenities include cable TV, iron/ironing board, and coffee maker.

In addition to our “preferred” hotels, there are other hotels in Griffin. If you register for the workshop, you will receive a confirmation packet which will include a listing of hotels in Griffin. You must make your own hotel reservations. If you have any special needs, please let us know in the space provided on the registration form. We will do our best to assist you. Contact the Office of Continuing Education if you need more information.

Qualifications for Application

  • Participants should be university graduates currently engaged in crop production or agro-ecosystems related research, teaching, extension, outreach, or planning.
  • Participants should have some understanding of crop and soil science and be relatively familiar with the terminology used in these fields. An in-depth knowledge, however, is not a prerequisite.
  • Participants should be familiar with personal computers and the Windows operating environment.
  • Participants should understand English.

Continuing Education Units

DSSAT 2015 attendees in the auditorium at UGA-GriffinParticipants who complete the workshop receive 4.8 Continuing Education Units and a Program Certificate from the University of Georgia certifying that they completed the program.

Visa Requirement

A visa is required to enter the United States. Each participant must obtain a visitor visa from the Embassy or Consulate of the United States in his or her country of residence prior to departure and is required to fulfill any required health formalities, including obtaining insurance. The program coordinator can provide a letter, confirming your participation in the workshop, to facilitate your visa application. Allow ample time for the visa approval process. For further information, visit The National Academies International Travel information page.