GCC2016 is being held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Home to the National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS), Indiana University is a renowned research university with over 42,000 students and a beautiful campus. With more than half the student population gone for summer break, June is a wonderful month to visit Bloomington, with a multitude of activities on and around the campus.
Most GCC2016 events will be held at the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, located in the heart of the Indiana University campus. Additional events will be held at the nearby Herman B Wells Library and the IU Pervasive Technology Institute.
If your journey requires plane transport, we recommend flying into Indianapolis International Airport (IND). The transportation center is across the walkway from the baggage claim as you leave the terminal. There are several shuttle services to Bloomington. The Star charges $19 and the GoShuttle charges $15 one way. The buses are comfortable and (mostly) have onboard Wi-Fi and power.
If you plan to drive to Bloomington from Indianapolis airport, take Ameriplex Parkway to South Highway 67, head south until Martinsville, and then take Highway 39 east through Martinsville towards Highway 37. Highway 37 will take you the rest of the way to Bloomington. It takes just over an hour to get to Bloomington from Indianapolis airport.
All conference events and lodging are within walking distance of one another (see map). If you prefer to take public transport, IU buses are red and free. The E route is the most convenient for reaching event venues. For getting around town, Bloomington Transit (BT) fares are $1 one way, with free transfers. The DoubleMap App has bus tracking and route information. There are plenty of taxi options in Bloomington, but you will need to call them, visit the cab stand on 6th and College, or hail them with an app. All options are convenient and easy, but most places are easily walkable within 30 minutes.
Parking is available at the conference venue on a daily basis. Parking is also provided if you are staying in official conference lodging.
Lodging for GCC2016 participants has been reserved at two convenient locations on the Indiana University Campus (see below). Conference lodging needs to be booked as part of your conference registration.
Cancellations of registration and lodging will be eligible for a 90% refund up to May 13, 2016. Cancellations received between May 14 and June 3, 2016 will be eligible for a 50% refund. No cancellation refunds will be issued after June 3, 2016.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the conference venue, The IMU Biddle Hotel & Conference Center. These rooms include: free parking, free campus Wi-Fi, full, queen, or king size bed, private bathroom, premium television, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, coffee maker, work desk, alarm clock (with MP3 connect), daily housekeeping, an on-site fitness center, and a Starbucks and food outlets. Please note: breakfast is not included within the room pricing but is available within the IMU. GCC2016 will provide a continental breakfast most mornings.
Training, the conference itself, the poster/demo/sponsor sessions, birds-of-a-feather gatherings, and conference dinner are all within the IMU. The IMU is a 10-minute walk to the Wells Library, where the hackathons will be held. You can go bowling or play billiards within the IMU itself, and off-campus dining and nightlife options are only a 6 to 12-minute walk away in downtown Bloomington.
Rooms cost $105 for single occupancy and $58 (per person) for double occupancy, tax is included. You can check in after 4pm and check out by 1pm.
A block of rooms has also been booked in the Wilkie Residence Center. Rooms are single occupancy and have a shared living room and bathroom/shower. Each bedroom is private and has a single bed with 2 sheets, 2 towels, pillow and pillowcase, and blanket. Free parking and campus Wi-Fi are included in the rate.
Please note: Rooms do not come with TV, coffee maker, shampoo, soap, safe, iron, hair dryer, or many other amenities that are provided at the IMU hotel.
Wilkie is a 15-minute walk from the IMU and a 15-minute walk from Wells Library (where the hackathons will take place). While Wilkie is close to some dining options, it is a 20-minute walk to downtown Bloomington and the bulk of dining/nightlife options.
Rooms are $59 (single occupancy only) per night, and there is no sales or lodging tax. Both check-in and check-out are at 12pm (noon).
The 2016 GMOD Meeting will be held at Indiana University immediately following GCC2016. GMOD is a consortium of open-source software projects, including Galaxy (and many others) that directly interoperate with Galaxy), that address common challenges with biological data.
The two meetings are related but independent of each other and each has their own registration process. However, the two events are sharing housing and you can book the GMOD Meeting lodging at the same time you book your GCC lodging.
Bloomington has over one hundred locally owned restaurants with an abundance of fresh produce from local providers. The diverse restaurant scene offers a vast range of international and national dining experiences. Bloomington was named one of the Top Food Towns in America in the Rand McNally 2012 Best of the Road competition.
The Visit Bloomington site has a wealth of local information: