Childcare at GCCBOSC
[Cris Thomas](https://twitter.com/crstlthms) presenting at
GCCBOSC (and by far the
event's most popular tweet)
The Galaxy Community and Bioinformatics Open Source Conference aimed to make events accessible to parents. We encouraged people to bring their kids and to please take advantage of the services that GCCBOSC offered.
Support was offered for everyone from nursing infants though 12 year olds and was quite successful. One of the keynote speakers was able to attend and present because of the availability of childcare, and another speaker presented her talk with her 4 month old asleep on her chest.
Infants and Nursing Parents
If you have an infant and you want to have them with you during the day, then please bring them along. The conference will provide a nearby room each day for nursing parents. Please let us know so we can plan.
Register your interest in a nursing room
Note: Registration for childcare closed Friday, June 8. You can still sign up for the nursing room.
Subsidized childcare (thank you eLife and ISB!) for kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age is provided by Little Vikings child care in the Smith Memorial Student Union on the Portland State University campus in downtown Portland. Little Vikings' goal is to provide a safe, comfortable, joyful experience.
- Lunch, snacks and beverages are provided for kids between 3 and 12.
- We ask that parents bring pre-made bottles, and baby food and snacks for your infants and toddlers.
Little Vikings is a Nut Free Facility.
Childcare is available from 8am to 7pm, Monday-Saturday, June 25th - June 30th. Each day's core conference activities start at 9 and end by 6, giving you time to get kids settled, and to pick them up. If you want to attend evening sessions such as birds-of-a-feather or the conference dinner then you are encouraged to bring your kids along to the evening sessions. Evening sessions and the conference dinner tend to be informal events and having kids around contributes to that vibe.
Space is extremely limited.
Register for Childcare
Registration for childcare closed Friday, June 8.
Childcare can be booked in half day increments. The rates are:
|Ages||Package||Times||Meals||Student & Post-doc||Others|
|6 weeks to 2 years old||Morning||8am-1pm||None||$27.50||$38.75|
|3 to 12 years old||Morning||8am-1pm||Snacks, Lunch||$27.50||$38.75|
That works out to only $5.50 or $7.75 per hour, thanks to generous ...
Support from eLife and ISB
Childcare at GCCBOSC is generously supported by a sponsorship from eLife and an International Society for Biocuration (ISB)Microgrant.
eLife is a non-profit organisation inspired by research funders and led by scientists. Our mission is to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science.
eLife publishes work of the highest scientific standards and importance in all areas of the life and biomedical sciences. The research is selected and evaluated by working scientists and is made freely available to all readers without delay. eLife also invests in innovation through open-source tool development to accelerate research communication and discovery. Our work is guided by the communities we serve.
ISB is a non profit organization for biocurators, developers, and researchers with an interest in biocuration. The society promotes the field of biocuration and provides a forum for information exchange through meeting and workshops.
Location and Lodging
Reed College has a strict no-minors policy in their dorms. Therefore, you'll need to find alternative housing. PSU is in downtown Portland and GCCBOSC is at Reed College which is several miles outside of downtown. If you are using Little Vikings childcare, it may make sense to stay close to PSU. See the conference FAQ page for some nearby options.
These options are particularly close to Portland State:
- Heathman Hotel, 1001 SW Broadway, 12 minute walk
- Paramount Hotel, 808 SW Taylor, 12 minute walk
There are several other options within a 15 minute walk:
- University Place Hotel, 310 SW Lincoln St, 14 minute walk (Portland State's own hotel, use code STAYPDX)
- Hotel Modera
- Duniway Hotel, 545 SW Taylor,
Reed College also has a list of recommended hotels, including several that are downtown.