Venue & Directions

About the venue

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

Getting to MBL

Woods Hole is a small seaside town for which there is a Peter Pan charter bus service from New York City, Providence, and Boston, with other stops.  The Marine Biological Laboratory is about a 6-minute walk from the bus and ferry terminal.  For those who are driving, there is ample parking at MBL. An Event parking lot is available with MBL-issued permits for approximately 30 cars. Permits are complimentary and are available at check-in on a first come first serve basis. Additional information can be found here:


    Conference address:

    Swope Center
    5 North Street
    Woods Hole, MA  USA

    Registration location:
    Registration check in takes place in the main lobby of the Swope Center – 5 North St, Woods Hole MA 02543



    Parking is available at the Bar Neck Lot (33 Bar Neck Rd)


    Woods Hole is a seaside village, and the weather can vary widely day to day (even hour to hour). You can expect temperatures to typically be a few degrees cooler than inland. A raincoat is handy for unexpected showers. Winters can range from blizzard conditions to mild.

    Check In

    All meetings check in at the MBL Swope Center, 5 North Street in Woods Hole. (#15 on the map) The Front Desk will provide your event ID badge, parking permit and event information.  Housing check-in is after 2:00pm on the date of your scheduled arrival. The Front Desk is usually open 8am – 5pm on arrival day.  After 5pm, the MBL Security (508-289-7217) can be called for housing check in. Conference parking spaces are available in the Bar Neck Lot (#19 on the map). Permits for overnight parking are available at the Swope Front Desk.

    Conference Policies

    You will be required to sign and acknowledge receipt of these policies prior to participating in the meeting. This includes information about complying with MBL’s COVID-19 policy. For more information, refer to their guidelines here


    The MBL offers wi-fi throughout the campus. The “MBL-GUEST” network is extremely easy to use and is very similar to systems that are widely deployed in hotels and Internet cafes. This wireless network has limited access to any MBL network resources, such as internal web pages, printers, and other shared devices. Click here for network login instructions.

    Site Map

    Campus Maps can be found here: