Chaos, either classical or quantum, conservative or
dissipative, pure or applied, has become a fashionable
subject of pronounced activities of nonlinear science
during the recent decade. It is attracting the attention
of not merely scientists in the relevant and related
multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary
scientific fields but even of philosophers or writers,
coming up in daily papers and popular magazines. It often
gives rise to turbulent controversies and disputes
concerning its scientific merit and its practical use.
In August 1992, a group of students at the University of Ljubljana, lead by the initiator Maja Malus, came up with the idea to organize a summer school covering the variety of topics in pure and applied research on chaos. The main organizational effort was undertaken by the voluntary student staff under the direction of Maja Malus, then undergraduate student of electrical engineering at the University of Ljubljana and with active support of the international student association IAESTE. The scientific advisory board of the School (Professors Igor Grabec, Aneta Stefanovska and Marko Robnik) set up in March 1993, enjoyed the enthusiasm of the students, their devotion and hard work which eventually resulted in a very successful meeting. Financial support of many Slovenian sponsoring and donating companies and institutions, especially IBM Slovenia and the Ministry of Science and Technology, was highly appreciated and acknowledged. The hard and enthusiastic work of the student staff, the technical organizer of the School, was crowned with the prestigious charter and the golden tablet of the University of Ljubljana, for the "...exceptional achievements in organizing the International Summer School...".
The Summer School has become a tradition now: The second School was held at the University of Ljubljana in August 1994. Both Schools were strongly international, in the sense that about 90% of all participants (lecturers and "students") were from abroad. The lecturers, each time about twelve, were from among the leading scientists in the relevant scientific disciplines, from about nine countries worldwide, including USA, Canada, Russia, Japan, Western Europe, etc. The School was intellectually dignified by the attendance and the lectures of such distinguished scientific scholars as Professor Boris Chirikov from Novosibirsk, Russia, Professor Siegfried Grossmann from Marburg, Germany, Professor Giulio Casati from Como, Italy, Professor Erik Mosekilde from Lyngby, Denmark, Professor Uzy Smilansky from Rehovot, Israel, and many others.
Therefore our 3rd International Summer School/Conference "Let's Face Chaos through Nonlinear Dynamics" is a natural continuation of this tradition, although now in a new and even better environment, namely at the University of Maribor, in the period 24 June through 5 July 1996.
The scientific programme is covering the broad interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field of nonlinear dynamics and synergetics, concerning applications and manifestations of chaos in diverse fields of knowledge, ranging from mathematics to physics and chemistry, from medicine to economy, from biology to engineering. It seems natural for us to speak about chaos versus order in an interdisciplinary context. The organizers of this School/Conference share the belief that interdisciplinary trends and developments in science are of primary importance, especially in order to counteract the strongly increasing specialization taking place in the science and technology in our most modern era. There is an obvious and urgent need for meetings of this kind, giving an opportunity of scientific exchange among seemingly distant disciplines, and, most of all, allowing students and junior scientists to understand better the role of interdisciplinary research, and to bring them in touch with science in making.
The level at the beginning of each lecture course (delivered by invited lecturers as a series of one-hour lectures) will be adapted to the late undergraduate students and graduate students (most of the students usually are Ph.D. students (research students), but there are also many postdocs, junior scientists/professors and senior scientists/professors), whilst in closing the series of lectures (the last third or so) may be and typically will be at the conference level, containing the most recent results comprehensible for the majority of the audience and subject to the discussion among the attending invited speakers and specialists.
The participants ("students") whom we encourage to apply and
to attend are:
late undergraduate students
graduate students (Ph.D. students, research students)
If you are interested in the scientific topics of our School/Conference, if you are already studying some issues in this field, or if you are even working in the field, or if you are expert in one aspect of the interdisciplinary field of nonlinear dynamics and synergetics, but wish to learn more about the other aspects and other branches of this vast and important field of research, then you are welcome to apply to attend. Please follow the instructions below and observe the deadlines.
If you already work in the field, you might have the opportunity
to present your work and your results as a communication,
namely either as a poster or as a short report.
A poster can have typical dimensions of 100 cm x 150 cm.
We suggest to make a collage of A4 sheets, easily adaptable
to the poster boards, warranting the high technical
quality of presentation.
A short report (seminar) can be maximally 20 minutes long.
Both types of contributions are subject to the refereeing
procedure and the
acceptance by the Organizing Committee.
The cathegory of communication, the title and the abstract should
be stated in the application form, with an extra sheet if
necessary. Also, it would be helpful if you include C.V.
and the list of publications in your submission of the application
form. The deadline for this type of application is 24 May 1996.
The selection will be quite strong and only a limited number of communications will be accepted (about 5-10 short reports, and about 10-20 posters). Subject to the willingness of our sponsors we shall make arrangements to award a few of the most outstanding works. The awards traditionally are substantial, worth about 1,000.-DM each.
The accepted (selected) and presented communications of the participants
will be published together with the lectures of the invited
lecturers and speakers in the Proceedings of the School/ Conference.
Traditionally the Proceedings are published in two or more special
issues of the internationally respectable journal Open Systems
and Information Dynamics run and edited by Professor Przemyslav
F. Staszewski of the University of Torun, Poland, who is the
Managing Editor of OSID.
There will be available some financial support for qualified participants by various funding institutions, e.g. by the European Physical Society and by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia, especially for participants from the Eastern European (former socialistic) countries. To apply send an informal application together the application form, enclosing C.V., list of publications and two letters of recommendation, together with the (advance) payment for 500.-DM. As for this advance payment: Either send a bankers cheque made payable to the CAMTP (for the Summer School) for 500.-DM, or a confirmation/proof of payment, namely a copy of transfer to the account of the Summer School/Conference given on the application form, and also below. The deadline for applying for financial support is 24 April 1996. The candidates will be notified before 24 May 1996 about what financial support has been approved. If the support is 100% then they will be reimbursed the advance payment of 500.-DM upon their arrival and registration in Maribor, normally on Sunday 23 June 1996.
During the whole period of the School/Conference there will be
the International Maribor Summer Festival "Lent 1996",
each evening offering at least three cultural events (performances),
among which you can freely choose,
including theatre, opera & ballet, symphonic and chamber music
concerts, jazz performances, folkloristic festival performed by
groups from all over the world, etc... All performances
are taking place either at various open air places/squares in the
old medieval part of the town, called "Lent", by the river
Drava, or inside some historic buildings in the same city quarter.
The entrance is free (included in the participation fee),
and reservations can be made (in block) for the interested
persons by the assisting staff to the Conference (registration
desks). The detailed programme
of the Festival performances will be available and distributed
upon your arrival in Maribor.
On Saturday afternoon, 29 June, there will be a tour through the city of Maribor and the neighbourhood, including some wine tasting tour. The participation will be charged extra. On the same Saturday evening there will be the closing festivity of the folkloristic part of the Festival "Lent 1996", accompanied by a big firework performance.
On Sunday, 30 June, there will be an excursion to some of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia. The participation will be charged extra.
The School/Conference will be organized as follows:
Each working day Monday to Friday: lectures 9-10, 10-11; coffee/tea 11-11:30; lectures 11:30-12:30,12:30-13:30; lunch 13:30-15:00; lectures 15-16; coffee/tea 16-16:30; lectures 16:30-17:30, 17:30-18:30; dinner 18:30-19:30; 19:30 - evening festival programme or other private programmes and activities.
On Saturday morning, 29 June, there will be lectures followed by lunch as on working days. In the afternoon there will be a trip through the Maribor area as described above.
The Conference Place:
The lectures will take place in the Lecture Room (Dvorana) of the University Library, on the first floor, at Gospejna ulica 10. The capacity of the lecture room is 100. If there will be more participants, we shall have to move in some of the nice larger lecture rooms in the immediate neighbourhood, also in the city center. The University Library is a new building, in excellent shape with excellent infrastructure, including access (terminals) to the University Computer, and PCs. There will be extra PCs provided by IBM Slovenia for use during the Conference time.
The University Library Building is located just behind the central and most beautiful square of the city, called Slomškov trg, with the Cathedral situated in central position, and surrounded by the historic buildings of the Theological Faculty, the University Building, the National Theatre and Opera, the central Post Office building. There is a small park inside, surrounded by many nice coffee houses offering a variety of refreshments, suitable for private discussions in small groups. Also, the University Library is just at 3 minutes walking distance from the Hotel OREL, at Grajski trg 3, (which normally is the accommodation place for the invited lecturers and those participants wishing explicitly the accommodation there - the latter one at their own extra expenses), and also only at 8 minutes walking distance from the students residence in Dijaški dom DRAVA, at Smetanova ulica 67.
All invited lecturers and speakers will be accommodated in single rooms (unless requested otherwise) in Hotel OREL, Grajski trg 3, 62000 Maribor, Telephone +(386) (62) 26 171, Telefax +(386) (62) 28 497, where they can also register upon arrival to get the Conference materials. Hotel OREL is situated at a central and most beautiful location in the City Center (pedestrian zone!), just nearby the baroque City Castle and close to the very nice City Park. It is a B-Cathegory hotel, since it does not have a swimming pool and a sauna, but otherwise meets all standards of an A-Cathegory hotel, having all other features of best quality, especially the cuisine. As mentioned above, it is just at the 3 minutes walking distance from the Conference place (the University Library). All those participants accommodated in Hotel OREL will have all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the restaurants of the hotel. The participants ("students"), normally accommodated in the students residence, will also join us to have lunch and dinner in the restaurants of the hotel OREL. This is included in their participation fee.
The participants ("students") (who are not invited lecturers), will be normally accommodated in single rooms (unless requested otherwise) in the student residence Dijaški dom DRAVA, Smetanova ulica 67, 62000 Maribor, Telephone +(386) (62) 28 241, Telefax +(386) (62) 28 287, in single rooms (unless stated otherwise). The registration office there will be open 24 hours a day. The quality of accommodation meets the standards of a decent hotel. They will have their breakfast served in the restaurant of this residence establishment. For lunch and dinner, they will join the lecturers in the restaurants of the hotel OREL, which is included in the participation fee. (Normally it is 1,200.-DM, payable in two payments, the advance payment for 500.-DM which must be enclosed/made by transfer with the submission of the application form, and the rest for 700.-DM payable at the registration either in cash or by cheque. The deadline is 24 May 1996. For late applications after 24 May 1996, and before 20 June 1996, the advance payment increases to 700.-DM.). This student residence is very nice, having extra facilities such as fitness rooms, music room with piano, the evening bar (coffee, drinks and refreshments) open until 10-11 pm. The distance from the residence establishment to the Conference place in the University Library is just about 8 minutes walking.
If you have any problems (one week) before and during the School/Conference, there will be open a special hot line (telephone) +(386) (609) 615 000, where you can get the requested information, advice and help at any time. The line is a sponsorship courtesy of the MOBITEL company, running and maintaining the digital cellular telephone systems and networks in Slovenia.
The participation fee normally is 1,200.-DM, whilst for late applications
it is 1,400.-DM. It covers all local expenses, except the trips.
The important DEADLINES are as follows:
Applications with Abstracts for communications (posters or short reports): 24 May 1996 (Enclose payment for 500.-DM. 700.-DM must be paid upon arrival at registration.) Normal application.....................................: 24 May 1996 (Enclose payment for 500.-DM. 700.-DM must be paid upon arrival at registration.) Late application (after 24 May 1996)...................: 20 June 1996 (Enclose payment for 700.-DM. 700.-DM must be paid upon arrival at registration.): Application for financial support for participants.....: 24 April 1996 (Enclose an informal application with C.V., list of publications, and two letters of recommendation.) Arrival and Reservation Notice.........................: 20 June 1996 (This should be sent as early as possible, also by invited lecturers and speakers.)
The advance payment (for normal application 500.-DM before 24 May 1996, and 700.-DM for late application after 24 May 1996 and before 20 June 1996) must be enclosed with the application form either as a bankers cheque made payable to the CAMTP - for the Summer School/Conference or as a proof (a copy) of bank transfer to the account of the Summer School/ Conference:
The participants from Slovenia should pay the advance payment by a bank transfer in SIT equivalent (according to the mean exchange rate of the Nova Kreditna Banka Maribor) to the account (ziro racun):
All the applications should be sent to
The Contact Address of the School/Conference:
Applications without the advance payment will not
All further information with the current updates is available on the World Wide Web home page address:
The Application form and the Arrival and Reservation Notice are enclosed to this brochure, but are also available as LaTeX source codes on the World Wide Web home page address:
Fill and sign them, enclose the payment and send them before the deadlines
to the address above. The forms are also available upon request
from the same address (The Contact Address of the School/Conference)
given above, by air-mail, and also by fax or e-mail,
if requested and if necessary.
If you have any further questions, or problems, including financial ones, where you think we might be able to help you, then please contact us as soon as possible at the Contact Address given above. In case of doubt you are welcome to contact the Director Professor Dr. Marko Robnik, Director of CAMTP, at the same address.
The Center for Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (CAMTP)
was founded in June 1990 as a new research institute under the direction
of Professor Dr. Marko Robnik and became an independent academic institution
(member) of the University of Maribor in July 1991. The financial support
is provided entirely by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the
Republic of Slovenia. Its research activities and collaborations are
strongly internationally oriented, and the institute now has already
a number of external collaborators and research visitors from among
the leading scientists in Slovenia and in foreign countries, especially
in Germany, Japan and USA.
The theoretical research programme covers three dominant fields:
(1) Nonlinear dynamics of classical and quantum nonintegrable and chaotic systems,
(2) Hydrodynamics and plasma theory,
(3) Computer algebra.
Some collaboration in the theoretical astrophysics is also involved in joint projects with the researchers of the University of Bonn. CAMTP collaborates also with the University of Ljubljana. The Center is also going to participate in the French-Slovenian Programme PROTEUS, in collaboration with a group at Institut de Physique Nucléaire, Orsay, headed by Professor Dr. Oriol Bohigas.
The purpose of the Center is to carry out the theoretical research, to maintain the international academic relations and collaborations in these fields, and to educate young research students. CAMTP has excellent computer facilities including the access to supercomputers. The Center was also the scientific organizer of the Summer Schools "Let's Face Chaos through Nonlinear Dynamics" held in 1993 and in 1994 at the University of Ljubljana in collaboration with the international student association (IAESTE), the technical organizer headed by Maja Malus and Mr. Matija H. Golner. The Center is from now on the supporting scientific institution of the 3rd Summer School/Conference, and of the future ones, to be held traditionally at the University of Maribor.
Center for Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Director: Professor Dr. Marko Robnik
University of Maribor
Telephone: + (386) (62) 23151 and 223611
Telefax: + (386) (62) 23151 and 23541
e-mail (internet): ROBNIK@UNI-MB.SI
WWW home page: http://www.uni-mb.si/~ robnik/
A brochure about activities of CAMTP is available upon request at the above address, and can be obtained also as a LaTeX source code from the above WWW home page.