6th Biennial International Workshop

Fullerenes and Atomic Clusters

St Petersburg, Russia June 30 - July 4, 2003
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  Social Program
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Second Announcement & Call for Abstracts

The Organizers of the Biennial Workshops are Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St.Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Centre for Research and Technology "FIZINTEL".
The first Workshop was held in 1993 and every two years the Workshops continue attracting more and more participants in St. Petersburg.
The Russian Foundation for Basic Research and Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology of the Russian Federation is sponsoring IWFAC'2003 like as previous ones. The Workshop provides an international forum for the exchange of information on the latest progress in the field of carbon clusters. The scientific program consists of both oral and poster presentations as well as lectures by invited keynote speakers who survey areas of major interest.
General topics include synthesis and technology, physical properties, chemistry of carbon clusters, main applications of carbon clusters for industry, biology and medicine, and the latest progress in the field of clusters in solid state physics.
As a rule, the number of the participants of the Workshop is about 300, including 200 from Russia and 100 from European countries, Japan, USA, and Korea.
The unique properties of closed hollow carbon clusters attract the attention of research teams all over the world. The organizers of the Workshops are pleased to point out that most of the founders of the fullerene science from around the globe have taken part in IWFAC.

The lists of invited speakers of the past Workshops included scientists well known in the fullerene world: H.Kroto (UK, Univ. of Sussex), D.R.Huffman (USA, Univ. of Arizona), W.Kraetschmer (Germany, Max-Plank-Institute), E.Osawa (Japan, Nanocarbon Research Institute), S.Iijima (Japan, NEC Corporation) and others.
The Proceedings of the IWFAC's were published by Gordon & Breach Science Publishers as special issues of the Journal "Molecular Materials" (v.4, No.1-3, 1994; v.7, No.1-4, v.8, No.1-2, 1996; v.10, No.1-4, v.11, No.1-2, 1998, v.13, No 1-4, 2000) and Journal "Physics of the Solid State" (Vol. 44, Issue 3, pp. 399-599, Vol. 44, Issue 4, pp. 601-685, 2002).

In spite of its short history the Workshop has its own traditions.
The science of carbon clusters is radically interdisciplinary in nature. Physics, chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, and medicine represent an incomplete list of fields dealing with the research of fullerenes, nanotubes and other carbon clusters. Indeed, fullerene science opens ways for constructing new materials with predetermined properties on the atomic scale and actually creates the fundamentals of material science in the XXI century.
Therefore discussions of fullerene applications is one of traditions of IWFAC. Possible fullerene applications, their results and prospects in industry, electronics, biology and medicine were the points of broad discussion at the Applications Panels in 1995 and 1999 (Chairs: D. Huffman, W. Kratschmer and A. Vul'). The Program Committee would like to continue a discussion of carbon cluster applications at IWFAC'2003.
The Sponsors and the Organizing Committee have been trying to help and promote young participants, and it is also one of the traditions of IWFAC. In 1997 a special award for young scientists for best presentation at the IWFAC was established and the first winners were awarded at IWFAC'97, '99, '2001.
In conclusion, some words about our Social Program. St. Petersburg is both a scientific and a cultural center. It is a beautiful city designed and built by Russian and Western architects. It is often called "the Venice of the North". As usual along with the Scientific Session a Social Program is planned.
The Symposium organizers will arrange for a sightseeing program to introduce the guests to St.Petersburg on the eve of its 300th anniversary. The Symposium will be held in the period of "white" nights, when the city looks especially beautiful.

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