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Local Information

alphabetical listing

ACCOMMODATIONS: Following is a partial list of hotels in the area. All are convenient to campus and the Bancroft Hotel where the meeting is being held.

1) The official meeting venue: The Bancroft Hotel - (510) 549-1000. There are a limited block of rooms for meeting attendees, just request the "Keck Meeting" rate when you call to book your room.

2) Hotel Durant- (510) 845-8981

3) The Hotel Shattuck Plaza - (510) 845-7300

Note that Berkeley has many more accommodations. Accommodations in San Francisco are another option. The BART (underground) from San Francisco takes roughly ~30 minutes.

AIR TRAVEL: The closest airports are San Francisco International (SFO) and Oakland (OAK).

GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Berkeley may be reached by BART ($5-$6; www.bart.gov), by shuttle (www.bayporter.com), and by car ($70 and $50 for a taxi from SFO & OAK, respectively). Rental cars are available at the airports and from locations in Berkeley. However, parking near the UC Berkeley campus will cost roughly $15/day depending on where you are parking.

One of the easiest ways to reach Berkeley from either San Francisco (SFO) or Oakland (OAK) airports is to ride the BART train. The SFO BART station is located in garage G adjacent to the International Terminal, accessibly by foot or airport shuttle train from the other terminals. If you are flying into OAK, follow the signs to the AirBart bus stop just outside the airport, and pay $3 for a ride to the Oakland airport BART station. From either OAK or SFO, you should then ride the BART train to Downtown Berkeley station (not "North Berkeley"), costing $3-5. The meeting hotel is within a short walk (< 10 min) of Downtown Berkeley, or there is a taxi stand immediately next to the station exit if you wish to be driven to the hotel (~$5).

DRIVING: Click here for directions to UC Berkeley. Berkeley is one of the few cities in the U.S. where just about everything is accessible by walking or public transit.

INTERNET CONNECTION & POWER: Wireless connectivity will be available in the meeting venue. Please note that this symposium will be held in a large room, so the availability of power will be limited.

LOCATION: The two day meeting is being held at the Bancroft Hotel, located at Bancroft Way and College Avenue. The address is 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Phone: 510-549-1000.

MAPS: For a map of campus, please click here.

PARKING: Many parking lots near campus are operated by the University of California parking system-- thus, ALL UC 'F' and 'C' PARKING PERMITS ARE VALID in their lots.

For those people without a valid UC Berkeley parking permit, public lots are available. Most do not allow overnight parking, so please check hours of operation. Following are some public lots near the meeting location:

  • Telegraph/Channing Garage, Entrance: Durant Ave and Channing Way, 2450 Durant Ave
  • Public Parking Off-Campus / Underground Parking, Entrance: Bancroft Way, 2580 Bancroft Way
  • Public Parking Off-Campus / Underground Parking, Entrance: Bowditch St, 2308 Bowditch St

Call your hotel for additional parking arrangements. Note that the residential areas around campus require resident permits for parking >2 hrs during working hours.

For a map of UC Permit parking lots and public lots, click here.

REGISTRATION: Click here to go to the registration page. Meeting dates: October 15-16, 2010 (Friday / Saturday).

CAMPUS SHUTTLE: Click here for a link to the shuttle schedule. Click here for a link to a map of the campus shuttle routes (the Hill shuttle route is in red).

TAXIS: You can try (510) 528-9999. They have flat fee rates between Berkeley and SFO (~$55), and between Berkeley and OAK (~$45).

WIRELESS ACCESS: The Bancroft Hotel has limited-bandwidth wireless access.