GCC 2023 will be on November 2 - 4, 2023 at the Marine Biological Laboratory, located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The drive between Woods Hole and Boston is approximately 1.5 hours. Transportation between Boston and Woods Hole will be provided. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquries. Thank you!
Registration/check-in will be on the 1st floor (front entrance) of the Swope Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory from 12:00 - 12:30pm on Thursday, November 2.
We will provide transportation between Boston and Woods Hole, but we can only ensure transport for you if you are attending the entire conference. Unless you choose to drive yourself, you will be taking a bus from MIT’s campus to MBL, which should take about 1h 45min.
Driving directions: Participants who are driving to the conference should proceed directly to the MBL Swope Center for conference registration. You can enter 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole MA 02543 on the GPS. Please plan to arrive no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 7. MBL parking permits must be requested upon registration.
We will be using Boston Corporate Coach buses: MIT pickup/drop-off outside the Visual Arts Center (20 Ames St, Cambridge, MA 02142). Logan Airport pickup/drop-off will be at the “charter buses” pick-up zone for each terminal. This is typically outside of the baggage claim area. For example, it’s to the left at terminal B and the right at terminal E. Schedule Updated as of 10/13/2023.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2:
ONE MORNING BUS (Capacity, 55)
- 10:00 AM Pick-up at MIT Campus
- ~10:30 AM Pick-up at Logan Airport
- ~12:30 PM Drop-off at Woods Hole
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4:
ONE MORNING BUS (Capacity 55)
- 12:30 PM Pick-up at MIT Campus
- ~2:30 PM Drop-off at Logan Airport
- ~3:00 PM Drop-off at MIT Campus
ONE EVENING BUS (Capacity 55)
- 3:00 PM Pick-up at MIT Campus
- ~5:00 PM Drop-off at Logan Airport
- ~5:30 PM Drop-off at MIT Campus
How to get to MIT’s campus for the bus
You can take a cab from Boston Logan Airport or the South Station train/bus terminal, which will cost about $40 and take 20-30 minutes in all cases. Uber and Lyft can be slightly cheaper, depending on demand. If you are planning to take a cab or Uber/Lyft from Boston Logan Airport to MIT and would like to coordinate shared rides with other attendees, please enter your information on the spreadsheet link provided in the final logistics email and use the sheet to contact other attendees.
Alternatively, you can take the MBTA (referred to as the “T”) which includes the subway, bus and commuter rail system in Boston. The OpenMBTA smartphone app is a great way to track bus/subway arrival and departure times when using public transportation in Boston. The MIT campus is located at the Kendall/MIT stop on the Red Line of the subway system.
How to get from Boston Logan Airport to MIT using the T:
The best way to get to MIT from the airport is to catch the free Silver Line bus from outside the lower level (baggage claim) of each terminal. This bus provides a free transfer into the subway system at South Station, from which point you can catch the Red Line to Kendall/MIT (look for the Inbound train in the direction of Alewife, exit four stops later). Plan at least an hour to get from Boston Logan Airport to MIT’s campus on the silver and red lines.
How to get from the South Station bus/train terminals to MIT using the T:
Those arriving via train or bus will have to purchase a farecard (<3$) to board the Red Line subway at South Station (look for the Inbound train in the direction of Alewife). Get off four stops later at the Kendall/MIT station. Budget half an hour to get from South Station to MIT’s campus.
Accommodation and MealsOn-site meeting expenses (registration, food, and lodging at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole) have been generously covered by our meeting sponsors. All rooms at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) are located in the Swope Center and have two twin-size beds. If you choose to stay at MBL, you will be sharing a dorm room with another GCC participant, unless you paid extra for a private room through MBL’s website (approx. 213$ total for 3 nights). The private rooms have their own bathrooms, but none of the rooms have a fridge or microwave. Towels and bedding will be provided. Meals will be served upstairs on the 2nd floor in Swope.
What To Bring
- Poster or backup copy of your presentation, printed or photocopied travel receipts, and boarding passes (if you were awarded a travel grant)
- Warm clothes, rain jacket, toiletries, closed-toed shoes. The different conference activities will be located in separate buildings with roughly 5-10 minutes of walking between them. Weather in Massachusetts in November is often cold and rainy, so plan accordingly.
- Costume for the weekend party (either dress as your science or bring something Halloween-themed)
- Cash for incidental expenses and optional activities
- Student ID (if you are planning to go to one of the museums or the aquarium)
- Towels and bedding are provided if you are staying at MBL. However, if you are staying at a volunteer’s house on other nights, check with your host if you need to bring a sleeping bag and/or pad.