Santa Cruz and Northern California
Nestled between redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Cruz is an idyllic college town of about 60,000 people located on the California coast. As well as the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), the town features beaches, beautiful coast line and the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with amusement rides on the weekend and games throughout the week. Restaurants are plentiful and varied. September is generally sunny and pleasant with highs in the low seventies Fahrenheit (20-23 C).
Santa Cruz is well located for those wishing to explore northern California before or after the conference. Monterey and the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium are located 20 miles south. Heading further south will take you to Big Sur and some of the prettiest coast line in the state. Big Basin Redwoods State Park is just north of the city. San Francisco, one of the most eclectic cities in the US, is located 75 miles to the north, featuring world class museums, Victorian houses, Alcatraz and many beautiful neighborhoods to explore.
The conference will be held on the UCSC campus in the School of Engineering Auditorium. The campus is nestled in a redwood grove above Santa Cruz with magnificant ocean views, and is only about a ten minute bus ride from downtown Santa Cruz.