Please find below the last-minute practical information for the
upcoming conference and workshop on Dark Energy,
hope will be useful to you in finding your way here.
REGISTRATION and WELCOME:
The registration and a wine & cheese reception will take
place starting at 5 pm in the Michael DeGroote Centre for
Learning & Discovery (MDCL) in the corridor outside the
back doors of 1305/07, on the McMaster campus in Hamilton.
MDCL may be found right next to the Hospital (the large
factory-looking building), on its north-east side.
The conference portion of this meeting will take place
over 4 days - Monday, May 14 through Thursday, May 17,
in Room 1305/07 of the Michael DeGroote Centre for
Learning & Discovery (MDCL).
Registration will take place in the corridor outside of
the back door of the lecture room.
Coffee will be served in the corridor outside the rear
doors of the lecture theatre.
The workshop portion of this meeting will take place
over 3 days - Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20,
in the BoB Room (4th floor) of the Perimeter Institute
building located at 31 Caroline St. N in Waterloo.
Coffee will be served in the Bistro immediately outside
the BoB room.
There have been some last-minute changes to the schedule.
If you are a speaker, please recheck the programme for the time of your
If you are bringing a poster, posters can be left on
the boards during the entire conference, where they
will be easily visible during the coffee breaks. You
are encouraged to be present at your poster during the
morning coffee on Tuesday May 15 and the afternoon coffee
on Wednesday May 16 as these are the officially scheduled
Conference: There are three special events taking place
in the evenings of the conference.
Mon May 14:
An informal conference get-together will take place in
Slainte Irish Pub at 33 Bowen St., in downtown Hamilton,
starting at 7:30. You will receive a ticket in your
registration package which entitles you to a complimentary
drink and a buffet-style meal. Slainte is about an hour's
walk from campus, and is most easily reached by city bus
or taxi (see below for details).
Tue May 15:
Rocky Kolb will give a public lecture at 8:00 pm on
Tuesday May 15 on "Mysteries of the Dark Universe".
The lecture will be held in the same room as are the
conference talks. Conference participants are invited
Wed May 16:
The conference banquet will be held at 8:00 pm in the
University Club on campus, just north of the central
lawn. A cash bar will be available before dinner begins.
Thu May 17:
Thursday is Pub Night at the Black Hole Bistro at Perimeter,
and participants are welcome to gather there on their arrival
A movie will be screened in the Mike Lazarides auditorium at
Those registering for the conference will be given
a magnetic card, which can be used to pay for lunches in a
campus cafeteria, near to MDCL. Those wishing to pay cash
can use any the number of restaurants in the neighbourhood
Conference rooms, seating about 12 people, have been booked
at the conference venue in MDCL for those who would like a
place to work. The rooms booked are:
Mon May 14 (08:00 - 12:00): MDCL 3013 and 3018
Tue May 15 (12:00 - 06:00): MDCL 3307
Wed May 16 (08:00 - 06:00): MDCL 3017 and 3018
Thu May 17 (08:00 - 01:00): MDCL 3012 and 3017
Wireless internet will be available throughout MDCL during
the conference, and 25 PCs with internet and printing access
will be available during conference hours (08:30 - 05:00)
in the AB Bournes Science Building, room ABB 166.
Information on how to connect may be found
IMPORTANT NOTE: those whose laptops use the windows
operating system must first download software from Cisco
and verify that their anti-virus software is up to date.
Wireless internet access is available throughout
the Perimeter Institute building, and PCs can be found in
the institute library.
For those driving to Hamilton from Toronto or Buffalo, take
the QEW to Hwy 403, which exits the QEW just north of the
Burlington Skyway bridge. Follow 403 Westbound to the exit
at Main St. West (do not take Main St. East, which exits a
few km earlier).
For those driving to Hamilton from Detroit, take the 401
towards Toronto as far as Woodstock, where the 403 exits.
Take the 403 eastbound to Hamilton, and exit at Aberdeen St.
After exiting, turn left at the first light (Longwood St.)
and Main St. is at the first light after crossing the bridge
over the 403.
To reach campus, turn left onto Main St, and you will
see the campus on the right (with the large factory-like
Hospital building) a few km down the road. To reach the
Visitors' Inn turn right onto Main St, and you will see
its green and yellow sign on your right a few blocks down
the road. (If you cross the bridge taking Main St. over
the 403 you have gone too far!)
If you fly to Hamilton Airport, take a taxi to campus
(or the Visitor's Inn). The fare is approximately $25+tip.
If you fly to Toronto's Pearson Airport, take a taxi or
limousine from the taxi stand to Hamilton downtown
(McMaster campus). These charge a flat rate to Hamilton,
which is around $70-80. Alternatively, if you call
Airflight Limousine from within the terminal
(416-445-1999 or 1-800-268-6843 toll free), they will
send a car (takes 5 minutes) to pick you up. They charge
a flat rate of around $75 to Hamilton downtown.
SHUTTLE TO THE WORKSHOP:
The free shuttle from Hamilton to the workshop in Waterloo
will leave from MDCL on the McMaster campus at 4:15 pm on
Thursday May 17, and will go to Perimeter Institute in
PUBLIC TRANSIT IN HAMILTON:
Bus fare is $2.10, and exact change is required.
Busses downtown can be caught on Main St. or Sterling St.
near campus, and routes 1, 5, 5A, 5E, 10 and 51 head
downtown from campus.
Busses to campus from downtown may be caught on King St.,
and routes 1A, 5B, 5C, 10 and 51 go to McMaster.
Click here for more detailed information about schedules.
Taxi fare downtown from campus is approximately $15+tip,
and Hamilton Cab's phone number is (905) 777-7777.
We hope to see you soon!