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27th International Conference of FFC - 15th International

Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds: Health Promotion and Disease Management


September 20-21, 2019, at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Venue and Accommodation

Conference Center at Harvard

The conference will take place at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School on September 20-21, 2019. Please read on to find more information regarding the venue, hotel, and possible places to visit while staying in Boston!


Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School

The conference will be held at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center (77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA). The conference center is located within The New Research Building at Harvard Medical School. Please refer to the campus map for directions. If you have any general question about the conference room location, directions, parking, etc., please call us (469-441-8272)

You can find out some interesting information on FFC's 27th International Conference in the website of  Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks (Lower Saxony, Germany):, or click here to open pdf file. 

Accommodations: Recommended Hotels

The Inn at Longwood Medical

342 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
This is located within walking distance of MCCHMS.

Fairmont Copley Plaza

138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 0221
617-267 5300
This is about 10-minute cab ride from the facility and also accessible on the MBTA.

Courtyard Boston Brookline

40 Webster Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Located 1.5 miles from the Conference Center;
Complimentary Shuttle Service to
Longwood Medical Area

Holiday Inn

1200 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Located 1.5 miles from the Conference Center;
Complimentary Shuttle Service to
Longwood Medical Area

Sheraton Boston
Westin Boston & Waterfront
W Hotel Boston
The Sheraton and Westin are about 10-minute cab ride from the facility and also accessible on the MBTA.

Crosstown Center
811 Massachusetts Ave Boston
617- 445-6400
Complimentary Shuttle Service to
Longwood Medical Area

Boston Back Bay - Fenway
125 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
This is located within walking distance
of MCCHMS or a short cab ride.

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 933-5000
This is located within
a short cab ride.



Boston is one of America’s oldest cities. Since 1822, it served as the economic and cultural hub of New England. Over 617,000 residents inhabit this city and millions more visit each year for the chance to immerse themselves in Boston’s rich history and vibrant culture. Home to many world-class educational institutions such as Harvard University, Boston College, Berklee College of Music, and MIT, the Boston area is a mecca for academic excellence. In addition, Boston boasts some of the best inpatient hospitals in the world. Through museums, nightlife, restaurants, and sports teams, Boston offers all the amenities and excitement of a modern metropolitan city, while managing to maintain its welcoming atmosphere and historic roots.

Places to Visit

Newbury Street: Boston’s most captivating street offers eight blocks of world-renowned restaurants, coffee shops, nightlife, and shopping. With a wide variety of destinations that accommodate all ages and price ranges, Newbury Street has something for everyone. Try Stephanie’s on Newbury for a meal with a view, or just take a walk along the street to soak up all its unique charm and ambiance.

Duck Tours: Boston Duck Tours - for our more adventurous conference goers, or for those who just want to experience something a bit more out of the normal day-to-day then we heartily recommend boarding a Boston Duck Tour! Located 12 minutes away by car from the conference, Boston Duck Tours offers conference goers the opportunity to climb aboard a replica World War II amphibious DUKW vehicle for an 80 minute historical tour of Boston that may start on land, but by the end will have you cruising leisurely along the Charles River for an experience you will never forget! Fortunately ANY conference goer who would love to experience this iconic tour is capable of doing so. Should they be interested, when tickets for September go on sale in August online at conference goers should buy their tickets online, and type "FFoods18" under promotional codes at checkout. If typed correctly then 5 dollars will be taken off as a token of our gratitude for attending the conference. If however tickets online sell out then you can still buy tickets for the Boston Duck Tours outside the Prudential Center in front of Star Market, located at 53 Huntington Ave starting at 8:30 AM the day of. Please note however that the discount is ONLY available through online purchases so buying them online is STRONGLY advised.

Contact Information:  53 Huntington, Boston, MA Phone:  617-267-3825, web:

Freedom Trail: For a one-of-a-kind history lesson, follow the freedom trail to see 16 different historical sites. This 4 km walking trail includes museums, meetinghouses, and churches. Visitors can take a self-guided tour, or opt for a guided one depending on personal preference and time restraints.

Faneuil Hall: Located in the heart of downtown Boston, you can experience the marketplace that has been hosting shoppers since 1742. This eclectic urban marketplace lets you dine, shop, and even enjoy some of Boston’s best street performers all at once. Additionally, its location right across from the New England Aquarium allows you to see two prominent Boston attractions in one afternoon.

Museums: With its vast historic and academic roots, it is no wonder Boston holds a wide array of museums. The Boston Museum of Science features permanent and rotating exhibits exploring topics such as Cosmic Light and Nanotechnology. They also offer planetarium and IMAX shows. For those who prefer art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has collections ranging from ancient Egypt to modern American, as well as everything in between. If neither of those options interests you, there are a multitude of other museums including the Boston Fire Museum, John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and the USS Constitution Museum.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum:  For the conference goer who possess a desire to learn more about the life and times of one of this country’s more fascinating Presidents as well as those who were closest to him then the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the place for you! Located 24 minutes from the conference by car, this riveting tribute to a truly one-of-a-kind President has everything one could hope for from a 20-minute documentary covering JFK's early years all the way to exhibits covering everything from his nomination for the office of President, his actual presidency, his part in helping America win the race to space against the Russians, his tragic and untimely assassination in Dallas, TX and the legacy he ultimately left behind. So if you are the kind of conference goer who would love a chance to visit a place that celebrates not only the life, but the achievements of our 35th President then this is the place for you! Best news of all however: ANY conference goer who would be interested in visiting will have 2 dollars taken off your final price of admission. Just go and show them your badge and the discount will be applied right away. Don’t miss it! 

Contact Information: 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121, phone: 617-635-4505, website:

Franklin Park: Should you find yourself wanting to catch a break from the engaging lectures and presentations at the conference then attendees are welcome to go and visit Franklin Park. A wonderful yet tranquil area that offers a tremendous view of the city as well as other attractions including a zoo, public golf course, and the renowned Arnold Arboretum all within walking distance, the Franklin Park is located just 17 minutes away from the conference by car, and offers all conference goers that rare place that is not only easy to get to, but that is also where one can truly just go for a walk and clear their head after a long day. 

Contact Information: Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, Phone: 617-514-1600;




The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is an extremely popular form of transportation within the city of Boston. This system includes the subway, train, and bus lines. There are a number of passes that can be purchased for those who are only staying temporarily such as the 7-day Link Pass, which costs just $19 USD and includes unlimited traveling within the week.

Car Rentals

Cars can be rented near the airport from different companies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, and Hertz. Some of these companies also offer a pick-up service where they come pick you up and take you to the renting location to get your rental car. There are also other website such as Expedia, Kayak, and Vroom that offer cheaper options from the same companies, so be sure to visit those if you choose to rent a car!

Rental Car Company

Telephone Number

Alamo Car Rental

(888) 826-6893

Avis Car Rental

(617) 568-6602

Budget Rental Car

(617) 568-6601

Dollar Rent A Car

(866) 434-2226

Enterprise Rent A Car

(617) 561-4488

Hertz Car Rental

(617) 568-5200


Following the first day of the conference on the evening of September 20, 2019, we would like to invite all attendees and speakers to come enjoy an enjoyable networking opportunity with us! The event will take place at JM Conference Center at Harvard Medical School from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

*Disclaimer: Functional Food Center, Inc, is not affiliated with Harvard Medical School, nor is Functional Food Center, Inc, a Harvard Medical School program or activity.

For more information about the conference, please contact us by e-mail at For international calls, please use: 469-441-8272, Toll free: 1-866-202-0487