Traveling, Lodging and Maps

Ames Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories, but is the only one physically located on the campus of a major public research university.

Ames Lab Welcome Brochure

How to Get Here
CMI Project Meetings (open to Team members only) will be at Ames National Laboratory located on the Iowa State University campus, about 40 miles north of Des Moines at the junction of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 30. Driving directions from the Des Moines International Airport to the Ames Lab can be found HERE.

A hotel block is not being held for this meeting. Ames is relatively easy to navigate, so all hotels are near Ames National Laboratory, but unfortunately none are walking distance. Renting a car (and carpooling when possible) is recommended. While it is not an all-inclusive list, you may find most Ames hotels listed HERE.

Because space is limited, please plan to carpool as much as possible. Details about parking at Ames National Laboratory, Ames City Auditorium and Stephens Auditorium will be available soon.

Check In

  • For technical meetings at Ames National Laboratory, all visitors must check in and receive a name tag at the Guard Desk on the ground floor of TASF (link to map).
  • For the opening reception and poster session on Tuesday, meeting name tags will be available at Stephens.
  • For the annual meeting plenary session on Wednesday and Thursday, meeting name tags will be available at Ames City Auditorium.

Once you receive your name tag, please wear it at all times. It will serve as your entry pass into the meeting activities each day.