Visitor Information: Berkeley Cosmology Seminar Series

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Seminar Details

  • ZOOM modifications (Fall 2020)
    We will try to set up a zoom room for your visit--for this you will need to be host as well, so I will need your zoom account info.
    The idea will be for people to come to the all day zoom site when it is their time to meet you (you will have a schedule), and then we all go to the talk site at 1:05 pm or so. Your talk will start at 1:10 pm and should end around 2 pm (PST), with 5 min or so for questions. There might also be questions during the talk, by raising hands (or perhaps the chat), we will modify this as we figure out what works.
  • 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, (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, 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.
    Currently we schedule pizza lunch right before the talk. If you are a speaker and have dietary restrictions, please let Joanne know.
  • 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. 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. If you have an LBL guest house reservation, they should have sent you a bus pass and/or information on how to get into the Lab to get to the guest house. Please ask them or Troy or Joanne if you have questions about access. The guest house has a few TV dinners and snacks in the front lobby but there is no restaurant nearby for dinner (the LBL cafeteria does not serve dinner), so having dinner before going up to the guest house is probably a good idea, if you arrive in the evening.
    If you are visiting and not staying at the guest house, and would like to go up to LBL, please note that 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,, 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) (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) (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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