Visitor Information: Berkeley Cosmology Seminar Series

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Seminar Details

  • Usual Seminar Time/Place:
    1:10 -2 pm Tuesdays, 131A Campbell Hall, UC Berkeley
    (Please note this is 50 minutes, questions outside of those during the talk start at 2 pm)
    Campus meetings are in Campbell Hall and LeConte, near the Hearst Mining Circle and Campanile (Sather Tower) on the northeast side of campus. LBL meetings are usually in building 50, up the hill near the guest house. The Astronomy Department office is in Campbell Hall 501.
    Campus Map
    Large Campus Map
    map showing bus route to LBL and Campbell hall, you can also walk straight up or down via parking lots and paths.
  • current Seminar Schedule
  • Logistical arrangements: Troy Cortez tcortez@lbl.gov, (510) 486-5169 , fax (510) 486-6808
    Mailing Address: MS 50A5104, LBNL, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA, 94720, USA and
    speaker Expense reimbursement form
  • Seminar organizer: Joanne Cohn jcohn@berkeley.edu, Campbell 305
    We will try to schedule day of the your talk with meeting people in the group,
    if you visit longer than a day the rest of your time is wide open for you to arrange as you'd like.
  • Usual Visitor Office: tbd in Campbell Hall -in the usual case, the staff in 501 Campbell (the main office) will set you up with everything you need (office/card key). Please go there when you get to Campbell Hall on Tuesday.

Other Local Berkeley Info

  • People: Cosmology group directory and Astronomy Department Directory (unfortunately the astro link only takes you to faculty, and you have to go through researchers, postdocs, visiting scholars, grad students one by one, until it is fixed so that you can get everyone). There is significant overlap between the two lists.
  • LBL map and another LBL map
    Speakers often spend part of their visit at LBL and often stay at the guest house up at LBL.
    To enter LBL you need a bus pass and your US driver's license or foreign passport.
    It is a short walk or you can take the LBL shuttle. The route on Hearst is here, but there are walking paths (south of the Greek theater, in the parking lot, to the parking lots above, and then to Blackberry canyon gate) which are shorter.
  • Restaurant List
  • UC Berkeley Visitor's Guide
  • Berkeley City visitor's guide

Getting to Berkeley

  • Flying to Berkeley:
    Oakland airport (OAK) is closest,
    San Francisco airport ( SFO) is also nearby.
    You generally do not need to rent a car, but if you are taking a shuttle or taxi, allow time for traffic.
  • From the airports:
    • The BART now goes to both SFO airport and OAK airports. From OAK there is a BART shuttle train (every 5 min as of 11/2014) connecting to a longer line. From SFO it is a stop on the full longer line. You want to get to the downtown Berkeley stop (generally a train going to Richmond will do this, some days/times there is no direct train and announcements will tell you which trains have quick transfers, usually a Pittsburgh-Bay Point train will then be the one you want).
    • Bayporter Airport Shuttles: 1-415-467-1800 to/from both OAK and SFO, www.bayporter.com, reservations online. To get picked up from the airport, call them when your bags have arrived and they'll give you a reservation and tell you where to wait. If you are arriving at an unusual hour it may be good to verify with them that they'll be there at that time. To get a ride to the airport, try to call at least a day in advance.
    • other services: Airport Commuter (Limousine or Sedan Service) 1-888-876-1777 (toll free) www.airportcommuter.com (reservations on-line),
      East Bay Express Airporter (Van Service) 1-510-547-0404 (toll call) and
      Super Shuttle (Van Service) 1-800-258-3826 (toll free) www.supershuttle.com (reservations on-line)
  • It is not recommended that you get a car, but if you do, here is information on how to drive to Berkeley
  • Other Public Transportation

Staying in Berkeley

Please note--if you are a Tuesday speaker, your lodging arrangements should be made by Troy Cortez, as there are special LBL rates at many of these places. The phone numbers are in case you need information from the hotel, not to make your reservations. There may be difficulties reimbursing you if you make lodging arrangements on your own without coordinating either with Troy or Joanne.

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