The conference will be held in the Photonics Center at Boston University. The address is: 8 St Mary’s St, Boston, MA 02215.

Parking on site is extremely limited, and only available by prior arrangement. Please contact the conference organizers at if you need parking.

Public Transportation (MBTA)

Boston’s public transportation, the MBTA, is the recommended mode of transportation for your travel to the conference. The nearest subway stop is BU Central on the Green Line B-Branch. The nearest bus stop is the St. Mary’s St stop on the 57 bus. Google Maps has live transit data, and is recommended for local directions between destinations.

Update (Nov 19): We are aware of upcoming service closures that will affect the Green Line during our conference dates. For more information, please visit our Closures page or the MBTA Green Line Alerts page for up-to-date information.

Nearby Airports

The nearest airport is Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Free public transportation will connect you from the airport to downtown Boston, either by taking the MBTA Blue Line, or the MBTA Silver Line Bus. More details about getting to and from Downtown Boston from Logan are provided here.


For folks on the Eastern seaboard, including connections from the New York City area, Amtrak offers convenient rail service to Boston. Service into Back Bay, South Station, or North Station will connect you to the MBTA bus and train network.

Nearby Hotels

MRS 2023 does not have a hotel room block for the conference, but we can recommend a few local hotels within walking distance of the venue. Please note this is not an exhaustive list. Times listed are walking distance from hotel to the conference venue (8 St Mary’s St). Some of these hotels are also accessible by public transportation.

  • Residence Inn by Marriott, 125 Brookline Ave, Boston (10min walk, also near Kenmore MBTA Green Line stop)
  • Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Ave, Kenmore Square, Boston (15min walk or 7min by MBTA Green Line B-Branch)
  • Arcadian Hotel Brookline, 1200 Beacon St, Brookline (15min walk, also near MBTA Green Line C-Branch)
  • The Verb Hotel, 1271 Boylston St, Boston (15min walk, also near Kenmore MBTA Green Line stop)
  • Hyatt Regency, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge (20min walk)

Our conference venue is on the MBTA Green Line B-Branch. When exploring hotels in the downtown Boston area, connections near the following stops will offer easy MBTA access to/from the conference: Copley, Arlington, Boylston, and Park Street stations.