Transformational Science with ALMA:

Through Disks to Stars and Planets



A workshop to be held at the North American ALMA Science Center
of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
in Charlottesville, Virginia

June 22-24, 2007

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Workshop Location

The Workshop will be held at the NRAO Edgemount Road Facility on the grounds of the University of Virginia. This newly renovated building is the site of the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC).

Charlottesville is a city of about 45,000 located in Albemarle county in the eastern half of the state of Virginia. It is 70 miles west of the state capital in Richmond, 110 miles southwest of the nations capital in Washington D.C., 20 miles east of Staunton, and 70 miles north of Lynchburg. The NRAO has two facilities in Charlottesville: our Headquarters, located on the Grounds of the historic and picturesque University of Virginia (UVa), and the NRAO Technology Center (NTC), located about 1.5 miles west of UVa's Central Grounds. Charlottesville, at the heart of Jefferson Country, is a quaint historic city, and we cannot extol all of its virtues here. Instead, we point you to many local websites.


In late June, expect the weather to be hot and sunny!  However,  Check out wunderground for a more complete forecast before your trip.

Travel Information

By Air

You can fly directly to Charlottesville via commercial air service into Charlottesvile Albemarle Airport (CHO, 434-973-8342), about 8 miles north of town, with direct service from Atlanta GA, Charlotte NC, Cincinnati OH, Detroit MI, New York LaGuardia NY, Philadelphia PA, and Washington Dulles. CHO is served by Northwest, Delta, United Express and US Airways Express. The Courtyard hotel provides a free courtesy shuttle service to and from the Charlottesville Airport. Call (434) 973-7100 to schedule a pickup.

You can also fly into either Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD, 703-572-2700, 2 hour drive), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA, 703-417-8000, 2.3 hour drive), or Richmond International Airport (RIC, 804-226-3000, 1.3 hour drive). If you do so, you should probably rent a car (all major brands are available) and drive to Charlottesville (see maps and driving instructions below). This is the U.S., so public transportation is pathetic. Specifically, there is no bus or train service directly from any of the above airports. Van service from the airport may be arranged with Van on the Go, although their prices are outrageous (several US$100 one way). If you are having problems with your ground transportation, please contact us at

By Car

Driving Directions to NRAO Headquarters from all directions (including from all nearby airports).


There are a plethora of great restaurants within walking distance from the Courtyard Marriott on Main street. To find a restaurant see our Restaurant Recommendation List. You may also want to ride the free Trolley to the downtown mall (about 1 mile from the Courtyard by Marriott) where there are a variety of restaurants within close proximity to each other (included in the above referenced list).

Local Information

You can find on-line information about Charlottesville, and things to do in Charlottesville, at the following websites:


  • Map of Charlottesville, with NRAO offices and local Hotels labelled
  • University of Virginia map of the NRAO vicinity (NRAO-Edgemont Road is building No.20)
  • Downtown Charlottesville