IESS 2007 - Location, Travel and Hotel Information


The conference will be held in Irvine, Orange County, in Southern California (USA). The conference venue is:

Beckman Conference Center
National Academies of Sciences & Engineering
100 Academy
Irvine, CA 92612
The Beckman Center is located on the campus of the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
Directions to the center can be found on the Beckman Center Website: The Beckman Center provides free parking for all conference attendees.

Complementary wireless internet access is available at the center.

Travel and Airports:

Irvine is located on the California coast between Los Angeles and San Diego. It is about 5 miles inland from the coast (Newport Beach) and about 45 miles south of Los Angeles.

Irvine can be reached by air via the following airports:

Please make sure to check whether you need a visa to enter the United States. Visa policies and procedures can be found on the website of the U.S. Department of State.


We have reserved blocks of rooms with guaranteed rates in two hotels. In order to book a room in either hotel, please contact the hotels directly and make sure to mention that you are with the "IESS" group/meeting when booking (in case of questions or problems, feel free to contact the local arrangements chair, see below):

The hotels are both close to the John Wayne (SNA) airport. Complementary self-parking for IESS guests with (rental) cars is included in the rates. Otherwise, both hotels offer a free airport shuttle from SNA and scheduled shuttle service to the conference center (in the morning) and back (in the evening). In addition, for the social event a shuttle between hotels, conference center and event location will be provided.

In addition to those two official conference hotels, there are many hotel choices in or around Irvine. UCI provides a list of hotels with which they have negotiated a special UCI rate. Note that in all cases, rates are not guaranteed and based on availability. If you prefer a hotel other than the ones listed above, please contact the hotels directly to confirm rates, check availability and reserve/book rooms (make sure to mention the "UCI" rate, if available). Some of the more notable other local hotels are:


Most local hotels (including all conference hotels) will provide a free shuttle service to/from Orange County airport (SNA). Fare-based shuttles are available from/to Los Angeles airport (LAX), see above. In addition, as part of the conference, free shuttle busses will run between the conference hotels, the conference center and the social event.

To get around Orange County outside of the conference scope, a (rental) car is the best option. All major car rental agencies are available at all the airports.

Public transportation is limited to a network of busses run by the Orange County Transport Authority (OCTA):

Local Info and Attractions:

Some general information about Irvine and Orange County can be found in the following sources:

Some specific highlights in terms of local attractions are:

The weather in Orange County is typically very pleasant and almost always sunny and warm. Conditions should be dry with temperatures in the low 70s (Fahrenheit, around 21° Celsius) during the day and in the high 50s (around 14° Celsius) in the night.

Concerns and Questions:

In case of questions, concerns or comments about any of these issues, please contact the local arrangements chair Andreas Gerstlauer.

Copyright: Last update: 8. May 2007