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Social Program

All social events are included in the registration fee, except for one-day-pass attendees. Companion tickets may be purchased through the registration website.

Sunday Evening, June 1:
Welcome Reception and Registration

Please join us Sunday evening for a Welcome Reception and Registration 6-8 pm at the Doubletree Hotel. (Registration will re-convene Monday morning at International House, the campus venue for Monday’s sessions.)

Tuesday Afternoon, June 3:
Muir Woods or San Francisco Tours

Adventure with your colleagues on Tuesday afternoon by choosing one of our excursions. Companion tickets are available on the registration page. Chartered buses will depart from the campus venue and return to the Doubletree Hotel. Transportation options back to the Doubletree will be available for those not going on an excursion.

Muir Woods

“If we lost all the money we have and saved these trees, it would be worthwhile, wouldn't it?”
—William Kent, ca. 1905, on purchasing and preserving what would become the heart of Muir Woods National Monument

So began the story of Muir Woods or, more accurately, the story of its designation as a national monument, a hundred years ago. It was a recent event for these giant redwoods; one is thought to be at least 1100 years old, and on average they date back to the Renaissance. Seeing this grove of old-growth redwoods nestled between the sea and the south side of Mount Tamalpais is all the more remarkable because of its proximity to a major urban area.

Sun slanting down through the redwoods


National Park Service photo

San Francisco


The other Tuesday-afternoon tour option takes you to a city you would want to visit even without SORMA West 2008 to bring you to the area. The afternoon tour of San Francisco captures the most appealing sights and sites of this picturesque area. Fully guided with commentary, it includes three or four stops at favorite points of interest (weather permitting).

Wednesday, June 4:
SORMA West 2008 Dinner Event


Dine with the stars at Chabot Space and Science Center, one of the Bay Area's newest and best places to learn about astronomy and related sciences. A research-grade 36-inch reflecting telescope and a 20-inch refractor, as well as a planetarium and exhibits, are among the features on the ground. Features in the skies around sunset Pacific time June 4 will include Mars and Saturn high above the horizon, with a new moon well on the way to setting. Chartered buses will begin boarding at the SORMA West 2008 venue at approximately 5:40 pm, and will begin boarding at Chabot for their return to the Doubletree Hotel at 10 pm.

Transportation options from the campus venue back to the Doubletree after the end of the technical session will be available for those not attending the Chabot dinner event.


Telescopes and sunset
Chabot Space and Science center photo by Carter Roberts

In early June, the Bay Area usually has at least partly clear skies and pleasant temperatures (mid 60s to low 70s F, low to mid teens C) with a low chance of either rain or fog. Muir Woods weather is slightly cooler than that of Berkeley, with a greater chance of fog.