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Optional Post-Conference
Tour of NIST in Boulder, Colorado
10.30am Monday 5th October 2009

Writeup by Mark Ringrose

Sorry, no vacancies. 24 people have signed up for the tour, so no more applications are being accepted. The following is left here for archival purposes only. To see who is going on the tour, see the “NIST Tour” column in the conference attendee list.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Boulder, Colorado

A side trip to NIST is available for HHC2009 attendees. The visit is arranged for 10.30am on Monday, 5th November 2009, which is the day after the conference ends in Fort Collins. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour. There is no other NIST tour being organised.

You must register separately for the NIST trip if you want to take the NIST tour. Registration for HHC2009 DOES NOT include the NIST tour.

NIST has asked that a maximum of 24 people can take the tour that morning. This would mean splitting the 24 into two groups and running both tours at the same time.

When asked about our use of cameras, NIST sent the following information:

Personal photography (and videotaping) is authorized in most areas of NIST. You will be escorted so that all your questions can be answered and make sure there are no issues. As a courtesy, before taking photos of people, such as NIST scientists in their labs, please ask permission.


You MUST register your name and required details (see below) with Mark Ringrose as soon as possible — first come, first served due to limited numbers: [email protected]

NIST requires that all visitors submit their names in advance, and that all visitors bring with them government issued photo identification. NIST makes a distinction between U.S. citizens and foreign nationals so PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY if you want to join the NIST tour:

Foreign Nationals

Details of all overseas visitors must be submitted to the HHC coordinator of the trip (Mark Ringrose) by Friday 25th September, 2009. The details required by NIST from foreign nationals are:
  1. Name
  2. Passport Number
  3. Nationality
Foreign nationals must bring their passport with them to gain entry to the tour at NIST.

U.S. Citizens

Details of all U.S. citizens must be submitted to the HHC coordinator of the trip (Mark Ringrose) by Wednesday 30th September, 2009. The detail required from U.S. Citizens is:
  1. Your name. That’s all.
U.S. Citizens will need to being photo id such as a driving license or passport with them to gain entry to the tour at NIST.


The tour is at 10.30am in Boulder, so an early departure is required from Fort Collins on the Monday morning after the conference. The plan is to rely on conference attendees’ cars if possible. A suitable time for departure will be made closer to the date. The sooner people register, the more time we will have to make transport arrangements.

Many HHC 2009 conference attendees will be heading home on Monday 5th October, and that is why the tour is organised at 10.30am. It is also allows HHC 2009 committee members to join the tour too. They will be busy preparing for the conference on Friday 2nd October.


If you have your own transport to NIST, then obviously you will be free to go on afterwards, but maybe you can offer a ride to a convenient place for fellow NIST visitors following the visit?

There is an hourly public bus service to Denver Airport that leaves from outside the NIST facility. The journey takes about 1 hour and the fare is $12 one way.