Most of the following information is available on the workshop web page http://www.aoc.nrao.edu/events/synthesis/2008/.

1. Registration

Registration is open as of February 4th. You may register by following the link from the workshop web page (http://www.aoc.nrao.edu/events/synthesis/2008/). The workshop is limited to 150 participants and is on a first come first serve basis so register early. If you need a letter of invitation for a visa, please request one as soon as you register. The registration fee is $150, early registration ends May 15th after which the registration fee will be $170, assuming there is still space available.

2. Registration Fee Payment

Registration for the School will not be considered complete until payment of the registration fee has been received. If we have not received your payment by 15 May 2008 then your name may be dropped from the list of registered participants to enable other people to attend. Please contact Amy Mioduszewski if your circumstances make payment by May 15 difficult. The registration fee is $150 if paid before May 15; after May 15 the late registration fee will be $170, assuming space is still available. Payment of the registration fee must be in US$. Payment options include:
  • Credit cards (Visa or Mastercard): provide the credit card number and expiration date by FAX (+1-575-835-7027, Attention: AOC Receptionist) or phone the receptionist at +1-575-835-7000. You may also e-mail the information to the AOC Receptionist if you feel comfortable doing so, although it is not recommended.
  • Personal checks drawn on a U.S. bank: send to AOC Receptionist, NRAO, P.O. Box O, Socorro NM 87801. Make sure it is clear the check is for the workshop registration fee and include a contact phone number.
  • Travelers checks: send to AOC Receptionist, NRAO, P.O. Box O, Socorro NM 87801. Make sure it is clear the check is for the workshop registration fee and include a contact phone number.
  • Cash may be used only if paying at the meeting by prior agreement. Purchase orders will not be accepted. Refunds will be given, less a $10 processing fee, until 28 May 2004. After 28 May, no refunds will be possible. Please contact the AOC Receptionist by phone +1-575-835-7000 or e-mail if you have difficulties.

    The registration fee covers NRAO-provided transport to and from the Albuquerque airport and around Socorro for meeting activities, a copy of ASP Vol. 180, use of the New Mexico Tech swimming pool and gym, snacks during the morning and afternoon breaks on lecture days, the School dinner on Friday June 13, the cookout and pool party on June 14, and a sack lunch at the VLA on June 15.

    3. Meals

    Except for the morning and afternoon breaks, the conference dinner, pool party, lunch on the tutorial and VLA tour days, meals are not provided. A complimentary continental breakfast is available at some of the motels, and numerous restaurants are located near the motels. For dinner, several restaurants are within walking distance of the motels.

    4. Accommodations

    We are working on setting up blocks of rooms at local hotels/motels. The current list of hotels is at http://www.aoc.nrao.edu/events/synthesis/2008/accomodation.html.

    5. Transportation

    A. Transportation To/from Socorro

    Note: We must have your travel (including hotel/motel) information for you to use the NRAO transportation. Please fill out this form if you did not provide the info while registering.

    NRAO will provide transport between Albuquerque Airport and Socorro. The times of these buses will be set to best match the arrival times of workshop participants when we have their flight information. Generally we plan to pick up people from the airport 2-3 times on Monday, June 9th. Once we have more information on when people are arriving we will set up a schedule. Then we will take people to the airport on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 17th and the morning of Wednesday, June 18th.

    The trip takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. Further information will be mailed to registered participants at the end of May, and will also be available on the School web site.

    If you are unable take advantage of the free NRAO shuttles provided above then it is possible to arrange for transportation through American Transportation (formerly known as Socorro Taxi). The cost is approximately $70 one-way per person, and arrangements will be the responsibility of the traveler. Contact American Transportation directly (jess@socorrotaxi.com, or call, inside the US, the toll-free number 1-800-991-4276 or, outside the US, +1-575-835-4276). A credit card will be required, and reservations must be made well in advance. Albuquerque-based taxis will not usually agree to take passengers to Socorro, and if they do, they are extremely expensive.

    B. Within Socorro

    Buses will pick people up from the motels each morning take them to Workman 101 (lecture days), or to the AOC (data reduction tutorial day, 13 June), or to the VLA (tour day, 15 June). On lecture days buses will leave from Workman 101 at after the lectures to return to the motels. On the day of the Workshop dinner buses will return to the motels the after the dinner.

    See the transportation web page for further details as they become available.

    6. Banking

    ATMs are available in the Student Union Building on the Tech Campus, in Smith's Supermarket, and at local banks in Socorro. Be sure to change any foreign currencies into US dollars either in your home country or at a major US airport; currency exchanges are not available in Albuquerque or Socorro.

    7. Data Reduction Visits

    If you would like to extend your stay to reduce data before or after the school, you must make separate arrangements. Please see the http://www.aoc.nrao.edu/epo/visitor/ web page for information for visiting scientists.

    8. Visas

    Please check with your local US embassy or consulate about visa requirements. If you need a supporting letter from us, please send a request as soon as you register via e-mail to Terry Romero.

    9. Contact Information

    If you have questions about the lecture program, or of a scientific nature, address them to Amy Mioduszewski. For assistance with registration or other logistical arrangements (especially for participants coming from outside the USA), please contact the Terry Romero (tel: +1-575-835-7315; FAX: +1-575-835-7027). Registration fees are handled by the AOC Receptionist (tel: +1-575-835-7000; FAX +1-575-835-7027). The telephone number for the main reception desk at the AOC is +1-575-835-7000 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm Mountain Time).

    Amy Mioduszewski on behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee