2017 General Information General Info

The CYTO Congress is developed through the efforts of over 50 members of the Organizing and Planning Committees, including the ISAC Scholars and Shared Resource Lab Emerging Leaders, who propose themes, speakers, and assist with the review of abstracts.

The Congress will include elements for scientists working in all areas of cytometry and at all career stages. Top faculty and leaders in the industry will contribute their time and talent to CYTO Innovation, State of the Art Lectures, Scientific Tutorials, Workshops, Frontiers, and Plenary Sessions featuring cutting edge cytometry technology and applications. The program will also include Parallel Sessions with examples of contemporary cytometry from the research lab to the clinic and Poster Sessions providing an opportunity for discussions between authors and delegates. Additionally, the Congress will include Commercial Exhibits featuring companies displaying hardware, software, and reagents for cytometry research. 

We proudly recognize that CYTO is the premier meeting for showcasing the state of the art and science of cytometry and look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Please check back in the coming weeks and months for program details.

Congress Location

The Congress will be held at the Hynes Convention Center, which is conveniently located in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood.

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115

Click here for detailed directions to the Hynes Convention Center.

Visitor Information

The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Desk is located at The Shops at the Prudential Center Court. For more information, click here to visit their website.

Banking and Foreign Exchange

In the United States, the US Dollar ($) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Notes are in denomination of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1. Banking hours are typically Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with a few banks also being open on Saturday.

Two Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are conveniently located inside the Hynes Convention Center for cash withdrawals.


June is a great time to visit Boston. Boston averages a daily maximum temperature for June that's between 73 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 26 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 58 and 61 °F (14 to 16 °C).

Dialing Codes

The USA country code is +001, while Boston landlines start with area codes 617, 781, or 339, followed by a 7 digit number.

Eating Out

Boston offers world-class dining, allowing visitors to taste the distinctive flavors of the neighborhood.  Some of Boston’s most inventive restaurants are within walking distance of the Hynes Convention Center.  For a list of great places to dine and to make reservations, please go to The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website by clicking here.


Electric power is standardized in all states across the USA. It is set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles. If you bring any electrical appliance to the USA, you may need an adaptor to fit the US electrical receptacles. You may also need a converter to change the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

Emergency Services

In case of an emergency, police, ambulance and rescue services can be contacted by dialing 911.


ISAC has secured a housing block for attendees and exhibitors across several hotels near the Hynes Convention Center. The CYTO 2017 hotel reservation link will be available in November.


The official language of the Congress is English. Translation service will not be provided.

Name Badge

The CYTO badge must be worn at all times for admission to the scientific sessions, exhibits, and social events. In addition, show your badge to participating merchants and receive discounts on food, drinks, attractions and more! Click here to find out more information. 

Smoking Policy

Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly enclosed public areas.


Sales tax in Boston is 6.25%

Time Zone

Boston is in the Eastern Time Zone, two hours ahead of Colorado (Mountain Daylight Time), three hours ahead of California (Pacific Daylight Time), four hours ahead of Alaska (Alaska Daylight Time), and six hours ahead of Hawaii (Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time).


While tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, it is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at almost all sit-down restaurants which offer table service and many food servers depend on tips as an essential part of their wage. Generally, the average tip is 15% to 20% of the total meal cost.


Getting to Boston

By Car

There are three main routes into Boston:
•    From Logan International Airport and Ted Williams Tunnel/I-90 Westbound
•    From I-90 Eastbound
•    From I-93 Southbound
•    From I-93 Northbound

By Subway and Bus (Local)

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) offers an online trip planner that is useful for figuring out how to get to Boston by subway, local bus, and train. 

From Back Bay Station:
The Hynes is a 10 minute walk from Back Bay Station. Follow directions to the Dartmouth Street Entrance, cross Dartmouth Street and enter Copley Place Mall. walk straight through Copley Place to the Shops at the Prudential Center. Continue through Prudential Center to the Hynes Entrance.

From North Station:
To plan your MBTA trip from North Station visit the MBTA's trip planner.

From Hynes Convention Center Station:
Turn left onto Massachusetts Ave. and left again onto Boylston Street. The entrance to the Hynes will be on your right.

From Prudential Station:
Enter the Prudential Center and proceed up the escalators. Walk down corridor towards the information booth and turn left. The Hynes entrance will be on your right.

By Bus (Regional)
#39 Forest Hills-Back Bay and #55 Queensberry Street-Park Street (limited service) stop in front of the Hynes Convention Center Boylston Street entrance

#1 Dudley – Harvard Square and CTI Boston Medical-Central Square, Cambridge stop at Hynes Convention Center Green Line Station.

Harvard or Central Square bound - Get off bus, walk right to first intersection (Boylston Street), turn left, walk to the next intersection, and cross the street. The Hynes Convention Center Boylston Street entrance will be on your right.

Dudley or Boston Medical Center bound - Get off bus, walk left to first intersection (Boylston Street), cross Massachusetts Avenue, walk to the next intersection, and cross the street. The Hynes Convention Center Boylston Street entrance will be on your right.

#9 and #10 stop at Ring Road, approximately one block away from the Hynes Convention Center Boylston Street entrance. Get off bus, turn left, walk one block and Hynes entrance is on the right.

By Train

Amtrak has scheduled train service to Boston from numerous areas in the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak has three Boston stops:
•    Route 128
•    Back Bay Station
•    South Station

By Air

The Logan International Airport is located in East Boston.  The Logan Airport website also has sources for aiding travel to and from the airport. Massport Bus will pick you up at the airport and drop you at the Hynes for $7.50 (debit or credit card payment only) and can take you back to the airport when leaving. 

Getting Around Boston


Boston is often referred to as “the walking city.”  The Public Works and Transportation Departments are working diligently to maintain crosswalks, traffic signals, pedestrian push buttons, and pedestrian safety signs.  Maps and walking routes are available at Walk Boston.  The city of Boston also has a number of trails and walking tours, the first being the Freedom Trail.


Driving on the city’s historic cobblestone streets can be difficult.  Parking may also pose a challenge, so make use of services such as Zipcar. When you join Zipcar you will have access to over 1,000 vehicles in Boston and the surrounding area.

Commuter Rail/Subway/Bus

Many people use the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) system so trains and buses to travel through Boston.  The MBTA website offers Fare & Pass Information, a Trip Planner, and T Alerts.  You may also access real-time transit data via MassTransit iPhone App.

Amtrak/Coach Buses

Amtrak and coach bus services provide alternative modes of transportation for traveling longer distances in and out of Boston.  Amtrak runs outs of Boston’s North Station, South Station, and Back Bay Station.  Coach Bus companies operate out of Boston’s South Station to nationwide destinations.


Boston’s taxis are regulated by the Boston Police Department’s Hackney Carriage Unit.  They have been working to promote greener, fuel-efficient taxis as well as online services to improve customer experience and the use of credit fare readers.  

The Hynes Convention Center is about four miles from the Logan Airport.  Taxis are located at the airport, most hotels, attractions, and shopping centers.  Base and fare rates will be displayed on the meter and will include a flag drop charge plus a per-mile and/or per-hour charge.

Taxi Associations in Boston:
Boston Cab: 617.536.3200
City Cab/Top Cab: 617.536.5100
Independent Taxi (ITOA): 617.825.4000
Metro Cab: 617.782.5500
Town Taxi: 617.536.5000


Boston’s Harbor connects residents and visitors to neighborhoods via water taxi.  This is also a great way to see the city skyline and some of Boston’s famous buildings.