April 23-24, 2012

Madison, WI

“Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.” -Thomas Huxley

Travel and Accommodations

    • Madison is home to Wisconsin’s State Capitol and over 230,000 people — including more than 40,000 students and 18,000 members of the faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The campus is adjacent to the city’s State Street and Capitol Square and near-west-side neighborhoods known for their vibrant restaurants, nightlife and shopping. Madison’s Convention & Visitors Bureau has ample information on dining opportunities and attractions.

      Madison’s late April weather is hard to predict months in advance, but average high temperatures are near 50°F, with average nighttime lows just under 40°F. All the same, don’t rule out snow.

      Use this campus map link to find your way around.


      Science Writing in the Age of Denial will take place April 23 and 24 in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery and Union South, two of the newest buildings on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the hotels below. Links will be available soon for online reservations.

      *** Returning alumni of our Science Writers in Residence program need not make their own hotel reservations. Please RSVP to Terry Devitt, and accommodations will be reserved in your name. ***

      Wisconsin Union Hotel

      1308 W. Dayton St.

      Madison, WI 53715

      Phone: 608-263-2600

      Rate: $130 per night, plus taxes; includes parking

      The hotel shares a building with Tuesday’s workshops, and is across the street from the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, where Monday’s speakers and panels will appear.

      Rooms are held under the group name “Science Denial” and group code “Denial.” Please mention one when making a reservation.

      Rooms are available until March 15, 2012.

      DoubleTree by Hilton Madison

      525 West Johnson Street

      Madison, WI 53703

      Phone: 608-251-5511

      Rate: $109 per night, plus taxes

      The hotel is about six-tenths of a mile from Union South and the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, home to the conference’s speakers and workshop activities.

      To reserve a room from the conference block, visit hotel reservations. Rooms are available until March 23, 2012

      The DoubleTree provides shuttle service to and from the Dane County Regional Airport and the UW–Madison campus.

      Getting to Madison . . .

      …by car:

      Madison sits on a handful of interstate highways between several major Midwest cities. From Chicago, the drive is about three hours north and west to Madison via Interstate 90 or Interstate 94. From Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota, Madison is about five hours east on Interstate 94. From Milwaukee, the drive is about 90 minutes west to Madison on Interstate 94.

      …by air:

      Flights into Dane County Regional Airport are available via American, Delta, Frontier and United airlines. Taxi, shuttle and bus service can deliver you to campus-area hotels, and rental cars are available at the airport. More extensive flight schedules may be available at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports, Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport and the Twin Cities’ Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

      …by bus:

      Van Galder Bus

      With daily service to and from Downtown Chicago, Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports and many cities in the region.
      Van Galder bus schedule and tickets


      With service to and from Chicago and Minneapolis.
      MegaBus schedule and tickets

      Badger Bus

      With service to and from Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport.
      Badger Bus schedule and tickets