General Information

When will the next Discover BIO5 event series take place?

Due to the uncertainties and health considerations associated with COVID-19, we are currently reimagining our upcoming Discover BIO5 events. We will update you with the latest information as we navigate hosting this series in a way that supports the safety and peace of mind of our faculty, staff, volunteers, participants, and guests. Thank you for your patience!

How do I get added to a contact list to receive information on future event dates?

Please contact us at to be added to the list. 

Where will the Discover BIO5 events take place? 

Traditionally, all Discover BIO5 events are held on the University of Arizona campus in the BIO5 / UAHS Tri-Building complex located at 1657 Helen Street, Tucson, AZ 85719. Due to COVID-19, some of our events are moving to a virtual format, such as our Faculty Industry Networking Event on August 13, 2020. Details can be found at under the individual event listings.

Do I need to be a UA employee or student to attend? 

No, these events are open to the public and we encourage anyone with an interest in science and education to Discover BIO5!

Where can I park? 

Event parking will be free in all UA surface lots surrounding the BIO5 Institute after 4:30pm the day of the event. Alternatively, there are some for-pay parking spaces which use meters in the Zone 1 parking lot just east of BIO5. The closest, hourly paid parking garage is located at Highland Avenue Garage (located at 1420 E Helen Street). The garage charges $2 per hour with an $8 maximum for 4+ hours of parking. The Highland Garage will not be free the night of the event. Accessible parking will be available in the Zone 1 lot located directly across the street from the Bioscience Research Laboratory (BSRL) Building off Cherry Ave.

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What should I wear to the Discover BIO5 events? 

Most attendees wear business casual clothing, although some dress more formally when giving their presentations. Check the Tucson weather to plan your visit. Please wear closed toed shoes if planning to go into the laboratories. Booties will be supplied for those who do not.

How many attendees do you expect? 

We anticipate that all of our signature events in this series will likely draw several hundred guests. Please register for the event(s) you wish to attend so you may be included.

Will the events be streamed online? 

When available, presentations will be accessible on

Is there a room available where I can nurse in private? 

Yes. A nursing room is available in the Bioscience Research Laboratory (BSRL) building. Please ask for assistance from any event staff to be to escorted you to the room.

Are gender neutral bathrooms available? 

Yes. Gender neutral bathrooms are available on the first floor of the Bioscience Research Laboratory (BSRL) building.

How can I follow event news on Social Media? 

Follow @UAZBIO5 on Twitter for news and updates. Posts about the event series will use the hashtag #DISCOVERBIO5

I have some ideas for speakers and programs for future BIO5 events. Who can I contact? 

Please contact us at with your ideas and maybe you can have a hand in shaping one of the next events at BIO5!

Are pets allowed?

Only service animals are allowed at the Discover BIO5 events.

Can children attend?

Children who are accompanied by an adult are certainly welcome to attend Discover BIO5 events.

How can I volunteer?

Volunteers are always welcome! Please contact to indicate interest and set it up.


I’m an invited speaker. Do I need to register to attend?

Invited speakers do not need to register themselves and will be automatically included.

What meals are included with registration?

Meeting registration does not include meals. Light refreshments may be provided at some events, but should not be considered meals.

If I have already registered online ahead of time, where do I check-in once I arrive?

You will see a check-in center at the event and should check in there upon arrival to receive your materials. 

Do I have to register to attend an event?

Registration is highly suggested for each event. At-door registration will take place at all events, available admissions permitting.


Are there local hotel accommodations, close to the events?

We have no reserved hotel spaces associated with this event series, but can suggest the following University contracted hotels:

Aloft Tucson University - 2 minute drive
1900 E. Speedway Tucson, AZ 85719

Tucson Marriott University Park - 4 minute drive
Main Gate Square
880 E. 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719

Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Philips Plaza - 10 minute drive
4250 N Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ 85718


How do I get to the Discover BIO5 events?

The CatTran is a free shuttle service with stops close to the event area. Green and Purple CatTran shuttles have designated stops at BIO5 Institute. Another option is the SunLink Street Car. We are the eastern-most stop on the streetcar line. Services such as, but not limited to, Uber and Lyft are also a great option.

Which airport is closest to the event?

Tucson International Airport is about a 20 minute car-ride to UA Campus.