Venue & Travel

University of Wisconsin - Madison

CarpentryCon 2020 will be held at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, United States, sitting along the shores of Lake Mendota. CarpentryCon2020 is supported by a growing local community of Carpentry instructors and trainers, coordinated through the UW-Madison’s Data Science Hub based in the Discovery Building, where the conference will be hosted. The Carpentries and the wider community are very grateful for the generous support of the Data Science Hub and the University of Wisconsin - Madison in hosting this event. To help make this a truly international event, we will be offering travel support to facilitate attendance from as wide a group of participants as possible.

Madison, Wisconsin

Sandwiched between two freshwater lakes

A short trip from several other large US cities (Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis)

Features an iconic state capitol building

Main Venue

Discovery Building

University of Wisconsin - Madison

WI 53706, Madison, USA

Discovery Building

Discovery Building provides public space and two research institutes where campus and community members can immerse themselves in science and creativity, and is designed for optimum collaboration.

Memorial Union

Memorial Union Building sits on the shore of Lake Mendota. Memorial Union is a place to come to socialize, relax, and dine.

Discovery Building, photo by Jeff Miller, copyright UW-Madison
Memorial Union Building, photo by Jeff Miller, copyright UW-Madison

About Madison


Daily high temperatures in Madison in late June tend to be around 80 degree Fahreheit (26 degrees Celsius) with high humidity, so warm weather clothing is recommended. However, some of our meeting spaces can get chilly, so bring a sweater to wear in the air conditioning.

Getting Around Town

The conference venues are accessible by car. For parking rates and locations, please see the UW-Madison Transportation Office page. Accessible parking is also available. Note, however, that parking on campus is limited and we cannot guarantee that parking will be available in your chosen location.

If possible, we recommend going to and from campus by alternative means:

  • Madison Metro Transit offers many bus routes near the UW-Madison Campus and downtown. Check their website for routes, schedules and rates.
  • Bcycle offer bike share service in Madison. Check their website for pickup and dropoff locations.
  • Union Cab and Green Cab are local taxi services. Ride share services like Uber and Lyft also operate in Madison.

Travel information


If you are traveling from outside of the United States, please confirm that you have the necessary visa needed to enter the United States. You can check if and what type of visa you require by using the US Government's Visa Wizard.

Getting Here By Air

The closest airport to UW-Madison is Dane County Regional Airport (MSN). Flights to here can be more expensive, as it is a small airport, but getting to campus from MSN is easy on a Metro Bus, by taxi or by rideshare services. Alternative airports include Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, WI, O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport in Chicago, IL. There is a regular, reliable regional bus service from the Chicago airports to Madison (see below).

Getting Here By Bus

Regional buses run from Chicago Midway Airport, Chicago O’Hare Airport and Downtown Chicago (see Van Galder Bus or Megabus for more details). Regional buses run from Milwaukee to Madison (see Badger Bus or Megabus for more details).