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Please find below the last-minute practical information for the upcoming conference and workshop on Dark Energy, which we hope will be useful to you in finding your way here.


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 talk.

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 poster sessions.


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 to participate.

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 in Waterloo.

A movie will be screened in the Mike Lazarides auditorium at 8:00 pm.


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 of campus.


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 here.

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.


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 Waterloo.



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!



Cliff Burgess
Ralph Pudritz
Stefan Hofmann
Justin Khoury
Costas Skordis

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