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The City of Oakland

City of Oakland

Quark Matter 2004 will be held in Oakland, California. Oakland has many attractions and is centrally located in the Bay Area. Berkeley is right next door. San Francisco is just a few minutes away by a BART train or a short trip by ferry. There is easy BART access to the conference hotel from either San Francisco or Oakland Airport.
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Quark Matter 2004 - Fourth Announcement

This is the final announcement for the 17th International Conference on Ultra-Relativistic Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions, to be held in Oakland, California, on January 11-17, 2004. The conference will include a one-day symposium for students on Sunday, January 11, five days of conference talks, and an option for a half-day excursion. All relevant information is available through the conference website:

NOTICE: The "Hotel Accommodations" section of this mailing contains new and important information.


The deadline for regular registration is January 6, 2004. To register, click on "Registration" and follow the directions. You also will be able to order additional banquet tickets for companions on the registration page. Lunches for all participants are included in the registration fee. On-site registration is open on Sunday from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Participants attending the student lectures will be able to register during the lunch break. Registration will be open throughout the conference.


A preliminary program is posted on the conference website. There will be a dedicated poster session.


On Sunday, January 11, there will be a welcome reception for all participants from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

Hotel Accommodations

The conference hotel is the Oakland Marriott City Center. You can make your reservations online by visiting our hotel website. The deadline for reservations at the Marriott is December 26, 2003. We are approaching our reservation quota. We would like to ask those of you who plan to make reservations at the Marriott to do so early. We can change this quota ahead of the deadline, if needed, while the hotel still has vacancies. The deadline for reservations at the other hotels is earlier, December 10, 2003. Participants who are interested in sharing a hotel room are encouraged to send mail to with relevant information. We will try to match requests and inform both parties with the expectation that they will make their own coordinated reservation.


The conference site and hotel, as well as the other hotels can be easily reached from the San Francisco and Oakland International Airports by public transport (BART), by limo service, by taxi, or by car. For directions please go to our website and click on "Directions" (after December 10).

Weather Conditions

The weather in the Bay Area in January is unpredictable. Be prepared to encounter sunny weather in the 70 F (20 C) degree range, extended rain showers, or clear days with temperatures just above freezing.


The afternoon of Wednesday, January 14, is reserved for excursions. We offer four choices:

  • An Afternoon in the Wine Country
  • Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
  • Stinson Beach and Point Reyes Lighthouse
  • Ano Nuevo Reserve - Home of the Elephant Seals.

Please go to the conference website for details regarding the tours, registration and payment.

Companion Program

We have put together a companion program that runs throughout the conference. Details of the program are available on the conference website. Interested companions can sign up (during conference registration) before Monday, January 12, at noon. There will be a welcome get-together for companions on Monday, January 12, at 9:30 AM. In order to help us plan, please send e-mail to if your companion might be interested in participating. Some of the tours, like the visit to LBNL, require advance notice.

Visa Information

Those who need visas to attend the conference should have applied by now. If you need advice or assistance, please check our website or contact us at The conference will provide supporting documentation for visa applications upon request.