Annual BMS Retreat
Granlibakken Conference Center & Resort
North Lake Tahoe
Start: 12:00 Noon, Friday, October 27, 2017
End: 11:00 AM, Sunday, October 29, 2017

Retreat Dates: Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29, 2017, Granlibakken Conference Center, North Lake Tahoe

***Attendance is mandatory for 1st and 2nd year students. 1st year students do NOT have to submit the payment authorization form, but they do have to register. 2nd year students MUST submit the payment authorization form and get a funding source from their PI. All faculty that take a student into their lab are aware they are responsible for this.***

Instructions for registration:

  • Registration is closed. Please contact Demian for questions about registration.
  • Faculty and postdoc attendees must download the payment authorization form, which is due Wednesday, August 31st, 2017. The PI must sign it and assign a ChartString or Speedtype. Please return the form to the BMS office per the instructions on the form. This is in addition to the online registration.

Retreat Agenda
The retreat will consist of 8 scientific sessions covering the major thematic areas of the program. View the tentative agenda here.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Zena Werb

Confirmed speakers will include faculty members Adrian Erlebacher, Bassem Al-Sady, Licia Selleri, Tien Peng, Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, Shaeri Mukherjee, Andrei Goga, Jeff Bush, Jay Debnath, Raul Deo, Diana Laird, Susanna Rosi, Lindsey Criswell, Catherine Smith, Andy Chang, Saptarsi Haldar, David Solomon, and Lawrence Fong. Postdoctoral and student speakers TBD.

2017 Retreat Organizers:
Julie Sneddon, PhD
Rushika Perera, PhD

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

Typically, we assign students and 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., 10/27: lunch, dinner
  • Sat., 10/28: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Sun., 10/29: 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 25, 2017.

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.