Venue

Department of Physics, University of Maryland

1117 John S. Toll Building #082, College Park, MD 20742

The conference will be organized on the large conference center which can accommodate ~200 attendees.  We request you to complete the registration form immediately and also make your travel arrangements early – this will help us figure out  food, lodging and other logistics.

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F.A.Q.

All necessary information about getting to the venue

Travel by Automobile
From Baltimore and Points North
Take I-95 South to Washington, D.C.’s Capital Beltway (I-495).
Take Exit 27 and then follow signs to Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.
Turn right into Visitor Center parking area.From Virginia and Points South
Take I-95 North to Washington, D.C.’s Capital Beltway (I-495).
Continue North on I-95/I-495 toward Baltimore.
Take Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.
Turn right into Visitor Center parking area.From Virginia and Points West
Take I-66 East or I-270 South to Washington, D.C.’s Capital Beltway (I-495).
Go East on I-495 toward Baltimore/Silver Spring.
Take Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.
Turn right into Visitor Center parking area.From Annapolis and Points East
Take U.S. 50 to Washington, D.C.’s Capital Beltway (I-495).
Go North on I-95/I-495 toward Baltimore.
Take Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.
Turn right into Visitor Center parking area.From Washington, D.C. (Northwest/Southwest)
Take 16th St. North which becomes Georgia Ave. North at Maryland/D.C. line.
Go East on I-495 toward Baltimore.
Take Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.
Turn right into Visitor Center parking area.

From Washington, D.C. (Northeast/Southeast)
Take Rhode Island Ave. (U.S. 1 North) which becomes Baltimore Ave. North at Maryland/D.C. line.
Proceed through the city of College Park.
Turn left at Rossborough Lane into Visitor Center parking area.

Travel by Train (Metrorail, MARC, Amtrak)
Metrorail from Washington, D.C.
Take the Red Line train (toward Glenmont); transfer at the Fort Totten station to the Green Line train (toward Greenbelt); get off at the College Park/U of MD station.
Or take the Green Line train (toward Greenbelt); get off at the College Park/U of MD station.
The university’s Shuttle-UM buses pick up university-bound passengers on the EAST side of the station.
Get off the Shuttle-UM at the “M” (or second) stop for Undergraduate Admissions. Cross street and walk south toward Mitchell Buliding.MARC from Baltimore (Inner Harbor)
Take the Camden Line train (toward Washington, D.C.); get off at the College Park station.
The university’s Shuttle-UM buses pick up university-bound passengers on the EAST side of the Metrorail station.
Get off the Shuttle-UM at the “M” (or second) stop for Undergraduate Admissions. Cross street and walk south toward Mitchell Building.MARC from Baltimore (Penn Station/West Baltimore/BWI Airport)
Take the Penn Line train (toward Washington, D.C.); get off at Union Station.
Transfer to the Metrorail system.
Take the Red Line train (toward Glenmont); transfer at the Fort Totten station to the Green Line train (toward Greenbelt); get off at the College Park/U of MD station.
The university’s Shuttle-UM buses pick up university-bound passengers on the EAST side of the Metrorail station.
Get off the Shuttle-UM at the “M” (or second) stop for Undergraduate Admissions. Cross street and walk south toward Mitchell Buliding.Amtrak
To Washington, D.C. (Union Station): Transfer to Metrorail system. Follow directions above.
To New Carrollton, MD: Transfer to Metrorail system, taking the Orange Line to the Green Line, and following directions above.
Travel by Plane
The University of Maryland is served by three major airports – Reagan Washington National (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), and Washington Dulles (IAD). Following are suggestions for travel to campus from these airport locations.

Reagan Washington National (DCA)

Located in Arlington, Virginia, this airport is located about 15 miles south of College Park. Travel can be slow through downtown Washington, D.C. during rush hours; approximate driving time is 40 minutes.
You can take the Metrorail from the airport. Take the Yellow Line (toward Mt. Vernon Square), transferring to the Green Line (toward Greenbelt), and get off at College Park/U of MD station. Follow remaining directions above under Travel by Train.
Super Shuttle is also a convenient option.
Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $40.00.
Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)

Located just outside Baltimore, this airport is approximately 25 miles north of College Park. Driving time is approximately 35 minutes.
MARC Train service is available from the BWI Rail Station to College Park.
Super Shuttle is also a convenient option.
Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $35.00.
Washington Dulles International (IAD)

Located near Herndon, Virginia, this airport is about 35 miles southwest of College Park. Driving time is approximately one hour.
Bus service is available to take you to the West Falls Church Metrorail station where you will take the Orange Line (toward New Carrollton), transferring to the Green Line (toward Greenbelt), and get off at College Park/U of MD station. Follow remaining directions above under Travel by Train.
Super Shuttle is also a convenient option.
Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $55.00.

What is included in the registration in terms of accommodation?
Note: Hotel accommodation at Quality Inn included with the registration is on a shared-room basis (3/4 people per room) for registered attendees only.

In case you are traveling with family members that you have indicated on your registration form, in order to avail a  room together with other members of your party, they need to be registered per the following rules:

  • Children below 6 years old are exempt from registration fee, but need to be mentioned on the registration form for accommodation planning/ room assignment.
  • If your child is above 6 years old,  we’re recommending that parents purchase a one-day registration for students ($30) towards each child between the age of 6 and 12 to cover for their attendance for the entire conference.
  • Children above age 12 would be eligible for the regular student discount
  • All co-travelers need to be registered for the conference if they want to avail accommodation/food arranged by AID

If your party has member(s) that are are not planning to primarily attend the conference during this weekend, you can:

(i) Book a room in the same (Quality Inn, College Park, Maryland) or another hotel of choice to stay with you party/ family and forgo assigned accommodation. The registration fee will remain the same whether or not you accept the included accommodation.
(ii) You, as a registered attendee, can share the room with other conference attendees and book a separate room for others in your party who do not intend to attend the conference.

Why are we providing accommodation in a hotel instead of volunteer homes?
Hotel accommodation is being arranged as against stay at volunteer homes because of the following reasons:

The hotel is walking distance from conference venue (15 minute stroll or 8 minute jog…..highly advised for a whole day’s work of largely sedentary work of conference attendance!!) and well connected by area buses and university shuttles. We will supply detailed maps and information immediately prior to the conference along with contact numbers of local volunteers.

Volunteer homes are dispersed throughout the tri-state area and with the exception of a handful of homes, have a commute time of 1+ hour on average to conference venue by car and greater by public transit. The hotel provides the ideal logistics solution so time can be saved for conference activities and networking.

Shared accommodation and a good body of volunteers in one place should provide ample opportunity for informal networking and engagement with other AIDers

The number of attendees for this Silver Jubilee conference are expected to outnumber the accommodation that can be made available in volunteer homes within commutable distance.

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