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Dining, Dress & Weather

2018 Osher Institutes National Conference

Dining, Dress & Weather


Our aim is to provide well-balanced, nutritious meals and snacks during the conference, as well as enough variety to accommodate attendees with particular eating preferences. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know in June by filling out the appropriate area on your registration form.
For those attendees who need to leave the conference early on Wednesday, October 24th due to flight departure times, a boxed lunch will be available to you. Please try to schedule your flights so that you can stay until 1:30pm for the table topics and lunch.


Conference dress is business casual. Dress in layers so that you are comfortable in both the air-conditioned meeting rooms as well as outdoors where it may be warmer. Monday night’s dinner is planned at an outside venue so please plan to wear your school colors and logo-wear to show your institutional pride.  There will also be opportunities for outdoor walks so consider bringing comfortable shoes and warmer clothing for cooler weather in the mornings. We strongly suggest that you check the weather forecast before leaving for the conference and pack appropriately.

Scottsdale is located in central Arizona just outside of Phoenix. October is a coveted time of year by the locals, with a break from the summer heat. Weather in the fall is typically comfortable with highs in the mid-80’s and lows in the 60’s.  It is rare for it to rain in October, but it can happen and it is best to come prepared with an umbrella or light raincoat.