Our Venue - 
Banff, Canada

The Joint Symposium will take place in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains. Banff is a charming town (population ~ 8000) with modern amenities and spectacular outdoor activities. Banff is located within Banff National Park, the first national park in Canada.

Delegates will need to arrange their own transportation to Banff and reserve their own lodging. 


UPDATE: The original room block is full. at the Banff Park Lodge and online reservations are no longer available. 


The closest international airport to the Banff, Canada, and the Joint Symposium is the Calgary International Airport (YYC). There is no train between Calgary and Banff. But, there are several ways to get from the airport to Banff, which is about a 2-hour-drive (127 km).

Delegates also can choose among a couple of bus services. They offer online reservation options for round-trip shuttle service to/from the airport or elsewhere in the region. here is public transportation in Banff, so getting around can be done easily. But, for more flexibility, delegates can choose to rent a car. Please note that the Banff Park Hotel charges daily parking fees. 

Visa Information

Delegates coming from outside of Canada, and who are permanent residents in another country, will need a Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa), Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), or a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP).

Practical Information

As we will be meeting in late October in Banff, you might be asking about the weather.

October in Banff will be beautiful!

Banff is the highest town in Canada, at an elevation of 1,383 m. Temperatures can range from 10-15°C in the day to below freezing at night. You will want good shoes, a hat and gloves, sweaters, and a warm coat. There could also be rain or snow during this time of year, but rarely is snow on the ground. Pack accordingly.

The 2023 Joint Symposium of ISEB and ISSM will take place in Banff, Canada, and on the side of the Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain. The Banff region is known as “Minhrpa,” translated in Stoney Nakoda as “the waterfalls.” In the spirit of reconciliation, we respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous Peoples of the traditional Treaty 7 region, including the Niitsitapi from the Blackfoot Confederacy, of whom the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani First Nations are part, the Îyârhe Nakoda of the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Métis Nation of Alberta. We are grateful for the land and all people of these First Nations who live, work, and play in this region, and recognize how their histories and cultures have shaped the region and its communities for generations.  

2023 ISEB & ISSM

About us

The International Society for Environmental Biogeochemistry and the International Society for Subsurface Microbiology teamed up in 2005 for their first joint symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This 2023 gathering of both societies will be the  2nd joint symposium, but separately will be the 25th symposium for ISEB and the 11th symposium for ISSM.