We expect all visitors to have a chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the world-famous San Francisco Bay Area.
Please take time to explore the many alternatives that have been provided for your consideration. Each of the sections - Venue, Berkeley Lodging, Airport Transportation, Local Transportation, Parking, Visas, Tours, - has a complete and current listing of important information. We hope your visit is a memorable one.
The 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth is being held on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. Plenary sessions will be held in the Wheeler Auditorium, just south of Sather Tower (The Campanile). Exhibits and social functions will be held in the Pauley Ball Room (Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union), just south of the Wheeler Auditorium.
Launch UCB Interactive Map for campus orientation.
The following hotel list covers those facilities that have set aside blocks of rooms for the conference under the code name "Digital Earth". Prices reflect negotiated savings for all attendees. The Hotel Durant will be the conference hotel; however participants are encouraged to make reservations at any of the hotels listed below based on budget and personal preferences. Campus housing also offers a convenient and economic alternative.
Mass transportation is economical and easy from either Oakland International (OAK) or San Francisco International (SFO). Some Hotels may offer shuttles (inquire with your Hotel directly for more info). Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) offers train service from both airports.
Once on the UC Berkeley campus, a pedestrian lifestyle is both healthy and appropriate as the weather is delightful and the urban setting of the campus is conducive to window shopping, eating, and enjoying the unique Berkeley culture.
The Downtown Berkeley BART station is the equivalent of 4-5 blocks from Wheeler Hall. Exit through the brown glass dome of the main entrance and you are on the corner of Center and Shattuck. Cross Shattuck (the Games of Berkeley store is on the correct corner). Go east one block to Center and Oxford (you will pass the Act 1 & II theatre, Quizono's and Starbucks among other stores and restaurants). Cross Oxford and continue up the path onto campus.
Parking can be difficult at UCB and public transportation may be the best way to go.
The campus lots that can be used by visitors and the general public ($15/day) are:
*The small underground MLK, Jr. garage (the entrance is just west of Zellerbach Auditorium, down Bancroft from the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way - some spaces are reserved, so please read signs carefully.
*The new Lower Hearst lot (Hearst at Scenic) - public parking on Level 2 only, so please read signs carefully.
*Some of the Hill parking lots at the very top of campus, including the Botanical Garden and Lawrence Hall of Science lots, for $5/day. These require steep hikes to and from VLSB and you may want to consider using a campus shuttle.
All other UC lots and on-campus parking requires you to be a UCB faculty or staff member with an annual Parking & Transportation rear view hang tag permit. Only conference speakers will receive a special departmental visitor's permit allowing them to park on campus or in any UC lot. Public parking is only available in other UCB lots (from those listed above) and on campus after 5pm on weekdays and on the weekends. NOTE: you will receive a parking ticket and possibly be towed if you park in another UCB lot or on-campus, regardless of whether or not you have purchased a temporary permit from a yellow kiosk. These regulations do not change during spring break.
Non-UC lots :
Corner of Kittredge and Oxford (closest public parking to VLSB, go north towards the intersection of Oxford and Center and follow the BART walking directions above to VLSB)
2558 Bancroft Way (between Bowditch and Chilton)
2430 Channing Way (between Telegraph & Dana)
2061 Allston Way (between Shattuck and Harold, west of Shattuck)
2020 Kittredge between Harold and Milvia (west of Shattuck)
2450 Durant Avenue
International travelers come to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, the type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the purpose of your travel. For an overview of the types of visas available under immigration law, please see Visa Classifications on the USCIS website. The Consular Officer at your embassy or consulate will decide what kind of visa you need, when you apply.
We expect all visitors to have a chance to enjoy all the sights and sounds of the world-famous San Francisco Bay area.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) provides convenient transportation from downtown San Francisco directly to the University of California at Berkeley. Attendees may decide to stay on which ever side of the bay they prefer. Many nearby attractions will be listed for those visitors wishing to experience more of what northern California has to offer, ranging from world-class wine country, to gorgeous wild Pacific coastline, to breathtaking mountains. All visitors will have a chance to take the famous cable cars up the steep hills of the City and enjoy the great seafood. We guarantee that attendees and their families will have a memorable experience associated with the 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth. Network and have fun during your visit.
The Berkeley Convention and Visitiors Bureau (www.visitberkeley.com) is a good source of travel information for the area.
San Francisco City Tour - featuring: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Twin Peaks, Union Square, Civic Center, Golden Gate Park and Treasure Island.
Wine Country Tour - featuring: private tastings & tours of Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries.
SAN FRANCISCO INFO:
For information regarding the city of San Francisco, California we are including some general links - all links to third party websites are provided as a courtesy.
The San Francisco Examiner
Experience a rare Bay-Area baseball rivalry - San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics
Hosted at the beautiful AT&T Park in Downtown San Francisco overlooking the East bay.
San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics : Friday, June 8, 2007 7:15 PM, AT&T Park, San Francisco
San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics : Saturday, June 9, 2007 12:55 PM, AT&T Park, San Francisco
San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics : Sunday, June 10, 2007 1:05 PM, AT&T Park, San Francisco
Click HERE for more info.
Did you know that the symposium will span four days and will address a broad national and international audience across a spectrum of industry, academic, government, and citizen attendees?