Key Dates:

Call for Papers
Summer 2008

Abstract Submittal Deadline
3 October 2008

Authors Notified,
Student Travel Grant Recipients Notified
December 2008 

Schedule Posted
January 2009

25-30 January 2009

About Nice

While we know there will be great science presented at this meeting, as well as the opportunity to get together with colleagues, the city of Nice is a great place to be!  Nice is located on the French Riviera and was a part of Italy until 1860.  It has a sunny, temperate climate and attracts many visitors. 

Nice and the towns along the Côte d'Azur are well known for their extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage. The Chagall and Matisse Museums and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art are the most visited in Nice. One of the highlights of the city is the old town that must be explored by walking. On the famous Cours Saleya, brightly colored stands with local products on display and perfumes from the flower market arouse the senses. The old town is bordered by the harbor, the beach, and the, now, subterranean river. Nice offers topnotch restaurants, museums, nightlife and shopping.

Many towns with well-known visitors’ attractions are within quick and easy access of Nice via the public transport, such as Cannes (film festival), Grasse (capital of perfumery), Antibes (Picasso museum) and Monaco, which at just half an hour away is home to the Oceanographic Museum ( Areas that can be reached within a few hours are the famous Provence, the Parc National du Mercantour (a national park, where wolves still live) and Corsica (in French: Ile de Beauté; i.e. Island of Beauty).

Nice is France’s 5th largest city and has the 2nd busiest airport situated only 7 km from the city! Nice is easy to get to from most anywhere in the world and is a major transportation hub in Europe.  Many major airlines offer frequent flights to Nice from London, Paris and other citiesWith about 40 airlines from 29 countries flying into Nice, there are many direct flights from other European cities as well as outside Europe, including  Montreal, Moscow and New York (JFK).

A high-speed rail service is also available between Paris and Nice, not to mention access to many major European cities via motorways.  It is approximately nine hours from Paris to Nice by car.

While there are numerous hotels in Nice, the organizers of the meeting have selected a large number of hotels with varying rates and services, all within walking distance of the meeting site.  We ask that you use these hotels whenever possible.