Basic Principles of Theory, Experiment and Application
August 21st - 24th, 2011
Recent announcements for participants of DFIV:
(1) Car drivers & parking for Diffusion Fundamentals IV
For those traveling by car, the good news is that there is apparently no
need to use a permit for the duration of the conference. Because of "Student
Orientation", parking is free in the space around Academy Hall and CBIS,
where the conference is held.
However, this also means that there will be quite a few people on campus
from Monday-Wednesday, with classes starting the next week. Sunday should be
Even though you can park for free, and should even be able to find a space
quite easily sufficiently early in the morning, we therefore recommend to
park your car at the parking of the Hilton, and to use the shuttle bus,
especially on weekdays.
(2) Bringing a spouse / family to Diffusion Fundamentals IV
If you are traveling with your spouse or family, and they would participate
in the social events (they are most welcome!), could you please let us know?
We are making reservations for dinners, musical theatre (Williamstown
Theatre Festival), a museum visit (MASS MoCA), etc... -- some of these can
be arranged and paid onsite, but it would clearly be most helpful to have
some idea about the number of participants to these events, so that we can
include them in our reservations.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
(3) Traveling to Diffusion Fundamentals IV
A) Car drivers: Please see paragraph (1) above.
B) If you come in by train from NY Penn Station or Montreal, you will arrive
at Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Train Station, after a beautiful train ride
along the Hudson River (2 1/2-hour from NYC). Exiting the train station,
there will be a dispatcher from Capitaland Taxis. It is usually surprisingly
difficult to get a private ride, but you can easily get a shared ride with
Capitaland to the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY. This will cost close to $30.
There are no cheaper easy options I know of. You could also rent a car from
Enterprise, which has a booth at the train station (I advise to please rent
ahead of time via the Internet or phone, if you want to rent a car; in that
case, see (1) above)
C) If you arrive by plane at Albany International Airport, there are various
taxi companies that can bring you to the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY (make
sure to specify Troy!). There are also several car rental companies; if you
like to take that option, I advise to please rent ahead of time via the
Internet or phone (for parking, see (1) above).