Annual BMS Retreat
Granlibakken Conference Center & Resort
North Lake Tahoe
Start: 12:00 Noon, Friday, October 4, 2019
End: 11:00 AM, Sunday, October 6, 2019

Retreat Dates: 2pm on Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6, 2019, Granlibakken Conference Center, North Lake Tahoe.  There will be no sessions on Sunday, but check out time is 11am.

***Attendance is mandatory for 1st and 2nd year students. 2nd year students must submit payment information in the online registration form. All faculty that take a student into their lab are aware they are responsible for this.***

Speakers include: Geeta Narlikar (Keynote), Rushika Perera, Aimee Kao, Doug Gould, Mark Anderson, Tamara Alliston, Christian Vaisse, Joe Costello, Allison Xu, Natalia Jura, Robert Blelloch, Torsten Wittmann, Alex Pollen, Sophie Dumont, Andrew Brack, Diana Laird, Jeff Bush, Mark Ansel, and Saul Villeda.  Student and postdocs speakers to be named at a later date.

Instructions for registration:

  • Registration is now CLOSED!  
  • Registration closes August 11, 2019
  • Before submitting payment information in the registration form, get approval from whoever has signature authority of the account.  You can either submit a Speedtype or Chart of Account.

Retreat Agenda
A draft of the agenda can be found here: BMS Retreat Agenda

2019 Retreat Organizers:
Stephen Floor, PhD
Suzanne Noble, MD, PhD

All faculty, students and postdocs in BMS-affiliated labs are welcome! In particular, we encourage postdocs to attend.

Typically, we assign students to townhouses and/or standard bedrooms (which are located in the Main Lodge or other buildings), and postdocs to standard bedrooms. Faculty are assigned to Executive Lodge rooms on a first-come, first-served basis. Those faculty wishing for an alternate room assignment, such as a standard bedroom in the Main Lodge, should indicate this preference when completing the online registration.

Please note that additional costs for entertainment will be added to room costs for each participant. Total costs per participant for a 2-night stay will vary.

Standard Bedrooms and Townhouses
Double Occupancy: $446.40 per participant for a 2-night stay
Single Occupancy: $588.00 per participant for a 2-night stay
**The above rates are based on $186.00 per person, per day double occupancy and $245.00 per person, per day single occupancy, plus 20% tax and service.

Executive Lodge and Studio Units
Double Occupancy: $508.80 per participant for a 2-night stay
Single Occupancy: $705.60 per participant for a 2-night stay
**The above rates are based on $212.00 per person, per day double occupancy and $294.00 per person, per day single occupancy, plus 20% tax and service.

Day Guests 
Day guests will not be charged for accommodation. However, participants not staying at Granlibakken will be charged $100 per person per day, plus 20% tax and service. This includes 3 full meals per day, coffee breaks, use of the meeting and recreational facilities, and parking. 

The cost of meals is included with the registration fee. All meals are served buffet-style. Meals provided include:

  • Fri., 10/4: lunch, dinner
  • Sat., 10/5: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Sun., 10/6: breakfast

In addition, refreshments will be provided during morning coffee breaks and the evening social activities.

To read about lodging and see floor plans of the rooms on the Granlibakken website.

The BMS office will assign rooms. Participants can request specific roommates or room types during the registration process. Double occupancy rooms are available for students, postdocs and faculty. Single occupancy rooms for faculty are available on a first-come, first-served basis at a higher rate. A final room assignment list will be distributed shortly before the retreat.

Getting to Granlibakken
Google map to Granlibakken from Parnassus
Directions from the Granlibakken website
Map of Granlibakken grounds

We will maintain car pool lists for your convenience, but will depend on attendees to make specific travel arrangements to and from the retreat.

Local Guides

Poster Session
All attendees are encouraged to participate in the poster session. We are planning a program for the poster session, and therefore request that you send us the title of your poster by Friday, August 30, 2019.

All posters should be mounted as soon as you arrive and left up for the duration of the retreat.

  • Posters must fit in an area of about 3'8" high x 3'10 wide.
  • The mounting boards are 4' x 8', allowing two posters on each side of the boards.
  • Push pins, mounting boards and easels will be provided. We will also provide basic supplies such as pens, pencils, scratch paper, scissors, Scotch tape, masking tape and staplers.
  • Presenters should be at their posters during the entire presentation period.