SynBERC:Training group/2007 site visit

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Woodfin Suites
5800 Shellmound
Emeryville, CA 94608
888-433-9042 or 510-601-5880
Group name: SynBERC
Group rate: $140/night, plus tax
Check-in time: 3:00 pm
Check-out time: 12:00 noon
Cancellation policy: 24 hours
Description: Spacious 1 and 2 bedroom suites with kitchens, separate living and dining areas, and high speed internet access. Amenities include free parking, pool and spa facilities, a fitness center, and free shuttle service.

The hotel will provide free shuttle service to and from the Berkeley West Biocenter at 717 Potter Street. The front desk can arrange a shuttle for you, as needed.


Booking and Paying for Airfare

The center will reimburse only SynBERC-funded out-of-area travelers. Students working in related labs are welcome to attend, although we cannot reimburse them for travel costs.

It's most expeditious to book and pay for your flights directly, then submit your air, hotel, and other receipts to UCB:

Gail Phillips
QB3 Institute
237A Hildebrand, #3220
Berkeley, CA 94720-3220
510-643-9853, or Gail Phillips

Alternatively, UC Berkeley can pay for the airfare directly if you book your flight through our travel agent:

Carlson Wagonlit Travel 800-728-4918
See also:

Important: Carlson Wagonlit must email a copy of the proposed itinerary to Kevin Costa to receive approval before the flight can be booked.


Our closest airport is Oakland Airport, although SFO isn't very far away. (Boston-area folks: JetBlue Flight 477 flies out of Boston at 745p and arrives at OAK at 1130p. Getting back is a little trickier and more expensive.)

  • Austin 11:58, 7 February 2007 (EST): Update: The price for JetBlue 477 is right now $204 and the plane is almost full.

  • Mukunda 12:45, 9 February 2007 (EST): Further Update: For Boston students, flying from Oakland to Boston via O'Hare and leaving Wednesday morning on United is now cheaper and, I would guess, more conveniently timed than JetBlue is now.

Ground transportation and Directions

Oakland airport shuttles include Luxor (510-562-7222, $15.00/person), Bay Porter Express (415-467-1800), and many others.

If you plan to rent a car, here are some directions from the airport to the Woodfin and from the Woodfin to the Berkeley West Biocenter.


Shuttle service between the hotel, the Berkeley West Biocenter (Wed-Fri) and UCB campus (Fri-Sat) will be provided. For those who wish to drive, parking at the Berkeley West Biocenter is free of charge. Parking on the UCB campus (Fri-Sat) requires a permit. Please let Kate Spohr know if you will need a permit.

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