Main Workshop & Short Course Venue

IPPW-2018 will take place at the University of Colorado Boulder, nestled at the base of the Flatirons & Foothills, which are the gateway to the Rocky Mountains:

CU Boulder Campus

The Short Course and main Workshop will take place at the Williams Village campus right next to CU Boulder's main campus. This brand-new facility includes a full conference center, food court, and break-out spaces to facilitate meetings, networking, and just plain taking a break: 

Williams Village






The parking lot is located off of 30th Street next to the Village Center. Parking is by virtual permit or credit card pay-to-park machines. Participants are responsible for reading and adhering to all posted parking policies and paying accordingly. Read all signage when entering a lot to ensure you are parking in the correct lot. Individual requirements exist for each lot based on day and time. Information on how to purchase virtual parking permits online can be found at the Registration Desk. The rate is $17 per week.

Conference Badges & Official Identification

Please keep your badge on you at all times during the Workshop, as well as for official IPPW activities and social events. Badges will be used for entry to receptions and the Wednesday banquet. International visitors should also keep their passports with them to use for identification for the Wednesday activities and whenever purchasing alcohol, as bartenders will ask for age verification. US citizens should also have official government ID with them for these reasons (Colorado bartenders are stringent in asking for ID).

Wi-Fi & Power

Access wireless service on campus by selecting UCB Guest Wireless from your available Wi-Fi network options and accepting the terms and conditions upon opening your web browser (no password required). You will be prompted to re-accept these terms and conditions periodically. If you encounter difficulty accessing the Internet, call 303-735-HELP (4357) or email for assistance during their business hours. Check firewalls or security settings on your computer that could possibly complicate accessing the campus Wi-Fi system before you arrive.


Please note that breakfast and lunch are included in your registration for each day of the workshop, and will be served on the second floor in the Will Vill Dining Hall, accessible by the main grand staircase or elevator. The Tuesday Student Professional Development Luncheon will also take place in the Will Vill Dining Hall, but will be sectioned off. 


The Registration Desk is located in the main entrance/lobby area of the conference area of the Village Center. The entrance to the Village Center is off of 30th Street across from the entrance driveway to the parking lot. Registration Desk Operating Hours are:

    Saturday, June 9th    08:00-11:30
    Sunday, June 10th    08:00-10:00
    Monday, June 11th    07:30-11:30
    Tuesday, June 12th    08:00-10:00
    Wednesday, June 13th    08:00-10:00
    Thursday, June 14th    08:00-10:00
    Friday, June 15th     08:00-09:00    



Local Printing Shops

If you don’t want to put a 4-foot poster in the overhead bin, or transport a heavy stack of papers across the Atlantic, you can request printing services at the following local providers. Please note that the IPPW Williams Village Conference Venue does not have on-site printing capabilities. Please print materials ahead of travel, at your hotel, or at one of the companies below:

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center
2616 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80305 (south end of Main Campus)
(303) 494-2622
0.6mi/0.9 km from Village Center – 4-min drive or 10-12-min walk

The Ink Spot Copy Center (on Main Campus)
1st Floor, University Memorial Center, UMC 130C (in food court), Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 492-7878 |
1.4mi/2.1km from Village Center – 6-min drive or 25-30-min walk

The UPS Store (on Main Campus)
2480 Kittredge Loop Drive (north side of Kittredge Central building)
(303) 442-2601
0.9mi/1.4km from Village Center, 5-min drive or 15-20-min walk



General Locale Information

Time Zone
Boulder, Colorado is in the US Mountain Daylight Time Zone (MDT / UTC-07:00).

Climate and Clothing
In June, the average high temperature is 82F (22.2C) and the average low is 52F (11.1C)—make sure to bring a jacket to the Monday Reception & Wednesday night Banquet. Despite Boulder’s semi-arid climate, rain is always a possibility. A light-weight jacket or pullover are recommended, at the least.

Credit Cards
Credit cards are accepted at most businesses including restaurants, shopping centers (malls) and gift stores, gas stations, grocery stores. Major credit cards include Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. ATMs are also located at many areas across town.



Lodging for IPPW-2018:

IPPW thanks the Boulder Courtyard Marriott, Best Western Plus Boulder Inn, and the Hilton Garden Inn on Canyon for providing room blocks for IPPW-2018.



Government-Rate Rooms: 

Please note that we were only able to secure a small number of government-rate hotel rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn on Canyon and the Boulder Courtyard Marriott. The General Services Administration advises that Federal employees can get actual expense allowances up to 300 percent of the per diem rate if authorized in advance. Please consult your agency travel office before booking lodging about receiving an actual expense allowance if you are concerned about pricing. You can check Federal Travel Regulation Chapter 301 Part 11.300-306 for reference.

Alternatively, please look at the information below on housing in Williams Village, the conference venue, which is well below government rates.



Williams Village Housing:

A block of rooms was made available for all attendees in our Williams Village dormitory, which is the the newest on campus. All student scholarship awardees lodged here. 

Williams Village North Single Occupant Room

One potential room layout in Williams Village 



Transportation Options from Denver International Airport to Boulder

There are numerous ground transportation options available at Denver International Airport. The Ground Transportation Information Counter is located in the central area on Level 5 of Jeppesen Terminal. Counter hours are 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

Rental Cars

All rental car companies at DIA are located on airport property, but are away from the main terminal. Each rental company provides a courtesy shuttle to and from Jeppesen Terminal from its location. All courtesy shuttles pick up and drop off on level five of both the east and west sides of the Jeppesen Terminal. Please follow the overhead signage for the appropriate pick‐up location.


GreenRide is a popular local shuttle services with affordable one-way and roundtrip tickets: 

SuperShuttle is another widely used shuttle service:

You can learn about other commuter shuttles here by entering "Boulder" to bring up a list of transit options:

Taxis & Ride Share 

Taxis are readily available and service within the eight counties that make up the Denver metro area. Some companies may also provide service to other destinations within the state of Colorado. Check with your cab company of choice (or directly with your driver at the airport) for more information on fares and destinations served.

  • Denver Yellow Cab – 303.777.7777
  • Freedom cab – 303.444.4444
  • Metro Taxi – 303.333.3333
  • Union Taxi – 303.922.2222

Uber & Lyft are also widely used and drivers are plentiful, both for airport transportation and for getting around Boulder. Both services allow for the creation of business travel accounts, and make it easy to split when sharing a ride.



Space Exploration at CU Boulder:

Curious about the work CU Boulder is doing in space? Learn more about the different parts of CU working together to advance our understanding of the Universe and the state-of-the-art, and see why CU Boulder is the #1 public university recipient of NASA research grants:

The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences is a top-ten department, with the #6 ranked graduate program and #8 ranked undergraduate program nationwide. (U.S. News and World Report)

The Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences is one of the only programs in the country that combines both astrophysics and planetary science, providing a unified view of space sciences. It also houses the largest undergraduate major in the country. 

The historic Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is a world leader in space weather and the lead institution for the Mars MAVEN mission. LASP mission operators are responsible for NASA satellites totaling more than $1.5 billion in value.

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a partnership with NOAA, is internationally recognized for research and innovation in geosciences, including weather forecasting, Arctic change and natural hazards.

CU Boulder’s Grand Challenge: Our Space. Our Future. fuses unique strengths in earth, space and social sciences with new technologies and partners to address the pace and pattern of changes for our environment, resources and planet.

The first-of-its-kind Space Minor provides an overarching background in space and perspective in space-related careers to students in all degree programs at CU Boulder.