We recommend using our travel agent, Doug Bridges at Premier Travel in Eugene. Doug can work out an itinerary with you, then get authorization from our administrative assistant, Laurie Schneider, and issue an electronic ticket for you. The cost of the ticket is then instantly charged to us. That is, you don't have to be concerned with reimbursement. Additionally, Doug can make sure that your trip is within UO travel rules. You may research your flight options ahead of time and Doug will do his best to accommodate your wishes. You can reach Doug at +1 541.747.0909 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let him know that you are participating in the terascale workshop at UO. You can also book your own tickets and we can then reimburse you after the workshop (within the UO travel rules).
For participants from Europe, we need to abide by certain federal government rules in order to use our Department of Energy funding for the flight. Roughly speaking, you need to be on an American flag carrier across the Atlantic and within the United States. It actually doesn't matter which company is flying the airplane, what counts is which airline sold the ticket, as reflected in the flight code. That is, UA 945 is OK, LH 9152 is not OK, even though they are the same airplane. Again, Doug Bridges at Premier Travel in Eugene can work this out with you. I note that there are direct flights between Amsterdam and Portland on Delta Airlines.
Naturally, we hope that you can find flights that help conserve our supply of travel funding. That doesn't have to mean the minimal cost, but just a reasonable cost.
The UO Physics Department and Institute of Theoretical Science are at Willamette Hall, just a short distance from the New Oregon Motel. (Look for them on Google Maps, 1371 E 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR.) There are quite a number of restaurants that one can walk to. Thus you don't need to rent a car.
And did I tell you that it rains in Oregon in the winter? It does. But snow is not too likely.
To the west, we have the Oregon Coast. Directly west of Eugene is the town of Florence. South of Florence along the coast is an area of sand dunes. North of Florence, rugged cliffs face the ocean. Many people like the town of Yachats, about twenty five miles north of Florence.
To the east is the Cascade mountain range, with its volcanic peaks and lava flows. Through April, cross country skiing in the mountains is popular, as is downhill skiing at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon.
Last updated 21 December 2010
Davison E. Soper