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IPAW 2012 will be held on 19-21 June 2012 at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. UCSB is located approximately 10 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara.

We have prepared an interactive Google Map (also available on Google Earth) of the IPAW locations.

You may also want to consult more detailed maps of the UCSB campus

Traveling to Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has a regional airport (SBA) with nonstop connections to the following international airports:

  • Denver (DEN)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • Portland (PDX) (beginning 04 Jun)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Seattle (SEA)

Allow extra time for possible weather delays if connecting through DEN in the afternoon (thunderstorms) or SFO in the morning (fog).

If you are connecting through LAX (the closest international airport), you may choose to drive a rental car (1.5-2.5 hours) or take an express bus (Santa Barbara Airbus, 2.5 hours) to Santa Barbara.

The next closest international airport to Santa Barbara is SFO, about a 6 hour drive (quite scenic, if you have the time.)

Rail travel to/from Santa Barbara is possible, but not recommended—the connections are inconvenient and the schedules are unreliable.

Lodging in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a destination resort, and our lodging prices and availability reflect this. We have arranged for special IPAW 2012 rates (not including state and local taxes) at the following hotels.

To obtain these rates, mention IPAW when booking.

If you are planning on staying through the weekend, be aware that these rates will be significantly higher for Friday and Saturday nights.

Please book your accommodations as soon as you know you are coming to IPAW 2012!

Eating, drinking, etc.

The Santa Barbara Restaurant Guide is a good place to start looking for places to eat. Or just stroll down State Street—a significant fraction of the restaurants and bars in town can be found on or near the stretch of State Street between the conference hotels.

The conference organizers will be watching #ipaw2012 tweets and will be happy to offer specific suggestions.

Traveling to and from the Workshop

We will be running a few small vans from the hotels to the conference each morning, and from the conference to the hotels each evening. Vans will leave the hotels approximately 45 minutes before event start times.

Since there may not be enough van space to accommodate everybody at once, those of you bringing private or rented vehicles to IPAW 2012 are encouraged to share transportation with your fellow attendees.

Driving directions from downtown Santa Barbara

  • North on US 101 (the freeway)
  • Exit at 217 / Airport / UCSB
    • 217 ends at UCSB
  • Right at Henley Gate onto Mesa Road
  • Left at first signal into Parking Lot 10
  • Proceed to top level of Lot 10 garage (P on Google Map; D-5.5 on UCSB map)
  • Purchase parking permit from dispenser next to corner elevator/stairs
    • Select IPAW from list of available permit types
  • Walk 250m (blue path on Google map) to Bren Hall room 1424 (watch for IPAW signs)