Accompanied by New York Times journalists and scientific experts, this two-track program includes talks, expert-hosted site visits, and special access to everything from telescopes and taxidermy to dinosaur skeletons and space artifacts. We'll meet lab specialists, particle physicists, science illustrators, dinosaur researchers, and urban astronomers and visit the Natural History Museum after hours for a happy hour with special visits to the Dino Lab. Reporters and experts will walk us through the current challenges and triumphs of their fields as we break into smaller groups and explore the vibrant scientific world of Los Angeles.
The weekend’s activities kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 10 with a welcome reception at the LINE Hotel, and wrap up at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. Participants coming by air should plan to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by 3 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and to depart LAX any time after 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. For assistance with travel arrangements, please email us at email@example.com or call us at (646) 961-4857.
This tour is minimally active; travelers should feel comfortable walking 1 to 2 miles over the course of each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Some activities involve walking on uneven ground, and up and down steps.
For those coming from out of town, please note that hotel accommodations are not included in the price of the Science Weekend. We recommend staying at the LINE Hotel in Downtown LA, which will serve as the venue and meeting point for many of the weekend’s activities. Participants in the Science Weekend will be given a special, private rate not available to the public. A private booking link will be provided in your deposit confirmation message.
Our days will be spent exploring the scientific side of Los Angeles. Every day has built in breaks between activities for you to relax or explore, in between excursions, workshops, and activities.
Yes! Times journalists will be accompanying each of our small group excursions and all of our group meals. You'll have a chance to ask questions and get up-close insight to their journalistic process.
Probably not. New York Times journalists are joining the trip to experience it alongside our travelers, and though they'll be giving several talks throughout the course of the trip, they are not there to report on any stories, so it's unlikely you'll end up in the paper.
Yes! We would love to have L.A. locals join us for the trip. We've even got an L.A. local discount for Angelinos who want a sciencey "staycation". Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the discount code. Some of our daily activities will be happening at The LINE, but valet parking is available for locals who choose to spend their nights at home.