2019 Berkeley GOC Meeting Logistics
GOC Meeting, Berkeley, October 7-10, 2019
- Via Eventbrite--pay online with credit or debit card or Paypal
- $130 registration fee covers coffee & snacks for the 2.5-day GOC meeting, as well as lunch Tue & Wed, the Consortium dinner on Oct 9 (not including alcoholic beverages), and the optional pizza social (not including beverages) on Oct 8. For the User Meeting, morning coffee and pastries are covered but lunch is on your own.
- Please also fill in the fields in the Attendees list at the bottom of this page.
- Monday, October 7: User Meeting (9:00am-5pm)
- Tuesday-Thursday October 8-10: GOC Meeting (9am-5pm first 2 days, 9am-12:30pm third day)
- Friday, October 11, 9am-3pm: SAB Meeting, 717 Potter room 248. (SAB dinner will be Thursday, Oct 10 at 7:30pm.)
- Wednesday, Oct 9, 6pm, at Stella Nonna (1407 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley)
- Monday, October 7 at the same location as the main meeting (717 Potter St., Berkeley).
- Morning coffee and pastries covered by the GOC meeting registration fee; lunch on your own.
- SAB Meeting: Friday, October 11, 9am-3pm, 717 Potter St., room 248
- SAB meeting logistics
The closest airports are San Francisco (SFO) and Oakland (OAK). From either of those, you can take BART to Berkeley and get a taxi/Lyft/Uber from the Ashby BART station.
Scroll down to the Getting around section for more info.
Monday, October 7: morning coffee provided; lunch on your own. No official social events are planned, but after the meeting some people may walk to nearby [https://www.novelbrewing.com/ Novel Brewing} for beer.
Tuesday, October 8, 5:30pm: Rotten City Pizza, located walking distance between Potter Street and Emeryville. Beer, wine, cider, pizza, pool & darts. Food will be covered by your registration fee; drinks are pay-your-own-way.
Wednesday, October 9, 6pm: GOC meeting official dinner, Stella Nonna (1407 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley). Too far to walk, but a short drive or bike ride. Food and nonalcoholic drinks covered by registration fee.
Thursday, October 8: morning coffee and bagels provided; lunch on your own (the meeting officially ends before lunch).
Thursday, October 8, early afternoon: Optional hike in the hills of Tilden Park with plenty of Bay views. Hike will be roughly 3 miles on rocky dirt paths; appropriate footwear advised.
Thursday, October 8, evening: optional outing for drinks & food at nearby Rare Barrel (closed Mon-Wed but open Thurs). They brew their own sour beer and also serve normal beer and other drinks, as well as a small selection of tasty food.
Those who are interested in going to San Francisco on Thursday evening may want to check out After Dark at the Exploratorium (see "Things to do in the Berkeley area").
These are listed in increasing order by price. The Four Points by Sheraton is the only one that's walking distance (1.4 miles) from the meeting location; the others are downtown, a short drive away. This map shows the relative locations of the hotels.
For travel to our building, we will arrange for attendees to have access to the LBNL Potter St. shuttle to our building from downtown Berkeley.
- Address: 2001 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (2.4 miles from the Potter Street meeting location)
- Phone: (510) 843-4043
- Rate: LBNL rate is $129/night (normal rate $139/night).
- How to book: Phone (don't book online) and ask for “LBL” or “Gene Ontology” room block.
- 10 rooms reserved--we may be able to get more if needed.
- Check in as early as Oct 6; check out as late as Oct 12.
- Last day to get the group rate: September 6, 2019.
- Description: Very basic, but adequate.
- Advantages: Cheapest option. Fairly close to downtown Berkeley.
- Address: 1603 Powell Street, Emeryville (1.4 miles from the Potter Street meeting location),
- Phone: 1-800-325-3535
- Rate: $175/night (single or double) block rate for “Gene Ontology / GO meeting”.
- How to book: Book using this link: https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1563407776453&key=GRP or call 1-800-325-3535 and ask for the “Gene Ontology” room block.
- Check in as early as Oct 6; check out as late as Oct 12.
- Last day to get the group rate: September 6, 2019.
- Description: A normal hotel. Has an outdoor pool and a fitness center.
- Advantages: Closest hotel to meeting location.
The Graduate (formerly the Hotel Durant)
- Address: 2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley (2.9 miles from the Potter Street meeting location)
- Phone: 510-845-8981
- Rate: Average of $210/night for a room with one queen.
- How to book: No special rates; you can book online
- Description: No pool or fitness center. More distinctive than the similarly-priced Hotel Shattuck Plaza. A recent article about The Graduate noted, "Berkeley's quirky counterculture is represented by bong-shaped lamps in the guestrooms and a restroom urinal painted with the logo and colors of Stanford, Cal-Berkeley’s arch-rival." Known for having made a brief appearance in the movie of the same name.
- Advantages: Near UC Campus and Telegraph Avenue, a colorful if slightly sketchy part of Berkeley.
- Address: 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley (2.5 miles from the Potter Street meeting location)
- Phone: 866-466-9199
- Rate: UC Berkeley rate: $215/night. Same price for double or single.
- How to book: You will need to phone and ask for the UC Berkeley rate--not available online.
- Description: A more upscale hotel than the previous three, it was completely remodeled a few years ago. Has a fitness center but no pool.
- Advantages: Right in the heart of downtown Berkeley, near BART, Potter St. shuttle, and many world-class restaurants
Getting around / To do / Local activities
The organizers have lived in the area for a very long time. If you have *any* questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us and let us make your stay in the Bay Area more more pleasant.
The LBL Potter Street site is located near a highway in a mixed business park and light industrial area.
Walking from the Emeryville hotel (Four Points Sheraton) to the meeting site is doable, but not necessarily a "pleasant" walk. It takes about half an hour.
Walking from downtown is not advised and would take about an hour.
If you are driving to the GO meeting, parking should not be an issue--while there will be no on-site parking, there is usually plenty of on-street parking in the surrounding area if you can walk a little. If you intend on driving, parking is available in the area around Potter, but a small walk may end up being required.
The are usually plenty of Lyfts and Ubers in the area. The downtown area is about 10-12 minutes away.
By public transportation
There is a fairly frequent LBL shuttle that directly connects downtown Berkeley area and the Potter Street site:
You will need to show an LBL guest pass to board this shuttle. We can provide these on request--contact Seth or Nomi then and fill out the form so we can submit for site access in the week before the meeting. The shuttle is often a 15-person van, so large groups may need to split up at peak times.
Bus (AC Transit)
There is also a bus that departs from near downtown and the Durant hotel and has a stop quite near the Potter Street site:
While it does not run directly by the hotel, one would need to walk a little and cross a bridge over the tracks, there is a free public shuttle that runs from near the hotel to near the Potter Street site: The Emery Go-round (https://www.emerygoround.com/standard-service.html)
Biking and scootering
The area is fairly well served by various "last mile" solutions.
Rental bikes (now Lyft, previously Ford GoBikes) are available at various locations (https://member.baywheels.com/map/), including downtown Berkeley and near the meeting site (next to the Berkeley Bowl grocery store).
Food and drinks
Downtown Berkeley has lots of places to eat. The LBL Potter Street location is much more limited for cafes and restaurants, but there is a large supermarket with a cafe (Berkeley Bowl) a few blocks away, and a taco truck even closer. Ubereats and the like are always an option for people wanting more variety.
Seth will be happy to talk nearly endlessly about local restaurant, bar, and tea/cafe opportunities.
For people interested in hitting the gym or swimming, the UC Berkeley recreational facilities are open to the general public with day passes:
The main rec facility and pool location is a short walk from downtown Berkeley. Several of the satellite pools have reduced day pass rates.
Things to do in the Berkeley area
There are many things to do in the Berkeley area! A few special events the weekends before and after the meeting:
- The popular "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass" festival (which leans more towards alternative rock than bluegrass) will take place in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Fri-Sun October 4-6.
- Grateful Day Fest 2019, Oct 13, noon-6pm, on Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley
The Exploratorium, a fun science museum on the waterfront in San Francisco, is open Thursday evenings until 10pm for adults only. The topic on Oct 10 is “Future Foods”.
To add to the fun, you can take the ferry to San Francisco from the Berkeley Marina (advance reservations required) and get dinner in the San Francisco Ferry Building. (It's also easy to get to the Exploratorium on BART.)
The GOC meeting will adjourn at 12:30pm on Thursday, October 10; lunch will not be provided (but there are places nearby to buy lunch). You should allow 1/2 hour to get to Oakland airport by car and 1 hour to get to SFO.
If you're staying around until Friday, there's an optional expedition on Thursday evening (see above).
|Name||Organization||GOC meeting (Oct 8-10)?||GOC dinner (Oct 9)?||User Meeting (Oct 7)?||Hotel||Paid via Eventbrite|
|Peter D'Eustachio||Reactome / NYULMC||Yes||Yes||No||Four Points||Yes|
|Paul Thomas||USC||Yes||Yes||Yes||Four Points||Yes|
|Judy Blake||JAX||Yes||Yes||Yes||Four Points||Yes|
|Ben Good||LBL||Yes||Yes||Yes||Four Points||Yes|
|Jim Balhoff||RENCI||Yes||Yes||No||Four Points||Yes|
|Kimberly Van Auken||WormBase, GO - Caltech||Yes||Yes||Yes||Four Points||Yes|
|David Hill||MGI, GO - The Jackson Laboratory||Yes||No||Yes||Four Points||Yes|
|Harold Drabkin||MGI, GO - The Jackson Laboratory||Yes||Yes||No||Four Points||Yes|
|Karen Christie||MGI, GO - The Jackson Laboratory||Yes||Yes||Yes||Four Points||Yes|
|Laurent-Philippe Albou||USC, LBNL||Yes||Yes||Yes||N/A||Yes|
|Tanya Berardini||TAIR, Phoenix||Yes||Yes||Yes||N/A||Yes|
|Leonore Reiser||TAIR, Phoenix||Fo' sho||yes||yes||N/A||Yes|
|Eva Huala||TAIR, Phoenix||Yes||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|Suzi Aleksander||SGD, Stanford||Yes||Yes||Yes||N/A||Yes|
|Mike Cherry||SGD, Stanford||Yes||Yes||No||Four Points||yes|
|Huaiyu Mi||USC||Yes||Yes||No||Four Points||Yes|
|Adam Wright||OICR||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hilton Garden Inn||Yes|
|Petra Fey||dictyBase, Northwestern||Yes||Yes||Yes||Berkeley Inn||Yes|
|Dustin Ebert||USC||Yes||Yes||Yes||Oakland airbnb||Yes|
|Tom Hayman||RGD||Yes||Yes||Yes||Four Points||Yes|
|Sabrina Toro||ZFIN||Yes||Yes||Yes||Berkeley Inn||Yes|
|Michelle Giglio||IGS||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hotel Shattuck Plaza||Yes|
|Suvarna Nadendla||IGS||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hotel Shattuck Plaza||Yes|
|Alex Ignatchenko||EBI||Yes||Yes||No||Hotel Shattuck Plaza||Yes|
|Helen Attrill||FlyBase||Yes||Yes||No||Four Points||Yes|
|Jeff De Pons||RGD||Yes||Yes||Yes||Four Points||Yes|
|George Georghiou||EBI||Yes||Yes||No||Hotel Shattuck Plaza||Yes|
|Anushya Muruganujan||USC||Yes||Yes||Yes||Four Points||Yes|
|Felix Gondwe||SGD, Stanford||Yes||Yes||No||N/A||Yes|
|Patrick Masson||SIB||Yes||Yes||No||Four Points||Yes|
|Paul Sternberg||Caltech||?||?||?||Four Points?||not yet|
|Bill Duncan||LBL||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hyatt House||Yes|
|Joanna Argasinska||SGD, Stanford||Yes||Yes||No||Hotel Shattuck Plaza||Yes|
NOT attending (please indicate if you will attend remotely):
Malcolm Fisher (Xenbase) will attend remotely.
Li Ni (MGI) will attend remotely.
Mary Dolan (MGI) will attend remotely.
Birgit Meldal (EBI Complex Portal) - remotely if required (need to see schedule) / manageable (I'm +8 hours)
Stacia Engel (SGD) not attending - son on Fall Break so we're doing family stuff
Jake Emerson, (The Jackson Laboratory) - will attend both the User's meeting and the GOC meeting remotely.
Remote attendees can join us via Zoom (Zoom link will be sent out before the meeting)