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    Transiting Planets 

Location: This conference will be held in the Boston Metro area, in the city of Cambridge, at Harvard University campus. The conference venue is the building of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 136 Irving St., near to much of the University and Harvard Square with its many restaurants and shops. It is the green pin on this map.

Deadline for Proceedings:30 JUNE 2008: For the Proceedings, use has to be made of style-files provided by the IAU Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP). Style files and Instructions for Authors can be found at: ftp://ftp.sron.nl/pub/karelh/UPLOADS/IAU-CUP.dir/authors.dir Detailed instructions are in the README.txt file. Note that Invited Reviews have 11 pages, oral Contributions 7 pages, and Posters have 4 pages allocated in the Proceedings.

Conference dinner: The symposium banquet will be held on Thursday, May 22, at the The Barking Crab Restaurant , located on Boston's Fort Point Channel on the waterfront. Dinner will be served as a clam bake, including lobster. Folks who, for some strange reason, do not wish to wrestle a lobster can choose for beef, chicken, or vegetarian options. The dress is causal, and the setting is rustic.
How to get there by Subway: Take the Red line to South Station. To continue on foot (5 minute walk) exit South Station and walk north along Atlantic Ave, crossing Congress Street, to Seaport Boulevard. Turn right onto Seaport Boulevard and walk over the bridge. The Barking Crab will be on the left side. Look for the large red and yellow tent. To continue by subway from South Station, transfer to the Silverline to the Courthouse stop. Walk toward downtown (west) on Seaport Boulevard; look for the large red and yellow tent on your right.

Tipp ICA Museum: Very close to the restaurant is the Institute of Contemporary Art (FREE for all from 5 to 9 pm every Thursday) that is worth seeing just for its architecture that just got awarded 2007 Harlston Parker Medal for Boston's "Most Beautiful Building."

Travel grant payment: Travel grants will be paid on Thursday during lunchtime.

Accommodations: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden Street. The discounted rate is $205 per night for a single or double room. This rate is applicable from Sunday, May 18 to Friday, May 23, 2008. In order to take advantage of the discounted rate, you must make your reservation no later than 5:00pm on April 18, 2008, by using the special reservation Website or by calling 1-888-627-7121, identifying the Center for Astrophysics group block. We have reserved a block of rooms also at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 575 Memorial Dr. The discounted rate is $199 per night for a single or double room. This rate is applicable from Sunday, May 18 to Friday, May 23, 2008. In order to take advantage of the discounted rate, you must make your reservation no later than 5:00pm on April 18, 2008, by calling (617) 492-1234, identifying the Harvard Origins of Life initiative group block. Information on additional lodging choices can be found at Cambridge Hotels and B&Bs.

Parking: Parking is available at 44 Park Street (Somerville), near the conference venue.
Directions to 44 Park St. Parking lot from the Academy: From the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: start out taking a right out the gates of the Academy (200 Beacon St.). At the first set of lights, take a left onto Park St. Travel approximately 0.1 miles (150m). 44 Park St. is on the right. It is the building/parking area just prior to the railroad tracks. Enter gates and park around the back of the building. Parking will be open every day starting around 7:30am.
In many areas, on-street parking is prohibited without a resident permit.

City Transportation: The MBTA website has schedules and maps.

Restaurants at Harvard Square: The Google Restaurant Map website has locations and links of the closest restaurants. Print version
Coffe shops at Harvard Square: The Google Coffe Shop Map website has locations and links of the closest coffee shops. Print version.
Pubs at Harvard Square: The Google Map of Pubs at Harvard Square has locations and links to the closest pubs.Print version Pdf
Things to do in Boston: The City of Boston website has information on things to do in Boston.
Museums in Boston: The Google Map of Museums in Boston website has information and links to the best Museums in Boston. Print version

Conference Contact: Please address your questions and inquiries to Joan Weiner, Phone: 1-617-496-1451, or by email: jweiner@cfa.harvard.edu.
Conference Contact for Finances: Please address your questions and inquiries to Kristen Barilaro, Phone: 1-617-253-9397, or by email: kfisher@mit.edu.