Travel & Accommodations

The 5th Annual Small World Symposium will be hosted by the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Discovery Building. UW-Madison is located in Madison, WI, and is the flagship, land-grant university of the state. Madison is the Wisconsin State Capital. Attendees should plan to arrive on Wednesday, June 20. The Symposium concludes in the early afternoon on Friday, June 22.

Getting to and from the Symposium:
  • By Car: If you are traveling to the training using your own vehicle, Parking is available in various municipal and campus lots for ~$12/day.
  • Travel grants are available to support attendees who otherwise would not be able to attend. The amount awarded will be based on applicant need, travel cost, and available funds. Click here to apply for a grant.
Getting Around Madison:

Cole Hall is centrally located. On foot, it is 10 minutes to the Discovery Building (symposium venue), accessible to restaurants, cafes, and shops along Madison’s famed State Street, minutes from UW-Madison’s Memorial Union, and located on the beautiful shores of Lake Mendota. Buses provide regular transportation from Cole Hall to the Discovery Building and Madison’s other attractions. If you have concerns about transportation between Cole Hall and the Discovery Building during the Symposium, please contact us.

DeJope and Cole Hall
DeJope and Cole Hall

Symposium accommodations have been arranged at Cole Hall, a traditional-style residence hall located along the shores of Lake Mendota. Attendees may check in starting at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 20 and check out any time on Friday or Saturday, June 22 or 23. Linens, pillowcases, and blankets are provided in rooms—towels are not. Two bathrooms are conveniently located on each floor and include private shower areas. Renovations in summer 2012 included upgrading the laundry facilities, basement lounge, main entry and first floor den. There is a lounge on each floor with a television and comfortable furniture. Guests may use floor lounges and laundry facilities at their convenience. Desk services are provided by the nearby Frank Holt Information Desk. Groups in Cole Hall typically dine at Four Lakes Market in Dejope Hall. Cole Hall provides direct access to the Lakeshore path and is near tennis/sand volleyball courts as well as the Allen Centennial Gardens.

For those who prefer to stay at a hotel, a limited block of rooms have been reserved:
Double Tree: June 20th, 21st, and 22nd @ $169 per night (includes parking) USE BOOKING CODE “SMS”
Fluno Center: June 20th, 21st, and 22nd @ $159 per night (does not include parking)
Indicate SWI ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM when making reservations. The group rate expires on 5/15/18.


Parking is not included in accommodations. If you are driving to Madison and require a parking permit, please indicate that need in the registration form. A parking permit request will add $36 to your conference registration fee.