X – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where do I check in for the meeting?

A: All meetings check in at the MBL Swope Center, 5 North Street in Woods Hole.

The Front Desk will provide your event ID badge, parking permit and event information.  Housing Check-in is after 2:00pm.

The Front Desk is usually open 8am – 5pm on arrival day.  After 5pm, the MBL Security can be called for housing check in.

We have a limited number of conference parking spaces in our Bar Neck Lot. Please be sure to get your permit for the lot, parking on other MBL lots is not allowed.

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Q: How can I get to the MBL?

A: Woods Hole is approximately 75 miles from Boston’s Logan airport. It is easily accessible by car or public transportation. Click here for driving directions, bus routes, maps and other travel information.

Q: What if I must cancel my conference registration?

A: All meetings have a cancellation date, (3 weeks prior to arrival) after which time no refunds are issued.  If you have to cancel after registering, send an email to conferences@mbl.edu for processing.

Q: What’s the weather like in Woods Hole?

A: Woods Hole is a seaside village, and the weather can vary widely day to day (even hour to hour). You can expect temperatures to typically be a few degrees cooler than inland. A raincoat is handy for unexpected showers. Winters can range from blizzard conditions to mild. Click here for what’s happening right now.

Q: Is there wireless Internet Access?

A: Yes. The MBL offers wi-fi throughout our campus. The “MBL-GUEST” network is extremely easy to use and is very similar to systems that are widely deployed in hotels and Internet cafes. This wireless network has limited access to any MBL network resources, such as internal web pages, printers, and other shared devices. Click here for network login instructions.

Q: I have another question not answered here. Who do I contact?

A: Please contact the offices below.

MBL Conference Office


MBL Conference and Housing Address

Marine Biological Laboratory
Swope Center
5 North Street
Woods Hole, MA  02543  USA
508-548-3705 phone
508-540-7187 fax