International School of Cosmic Ray Astrophysics
14th Course: "Neutrinos and
Explosive Events in the Universe"
A NATO Advanced Study Institute -- PST.ASI 980356
2-13 July 2004
Ettore Majorana Centre
Erice, Sicily, Italy
I. THE "ETTORE MAJORANA" FOUNDATION AND CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTURE
- The "Ettore Majorana" Foundation and International Centre for Scientific
Culture (EMFCSC) is named after an outstanding Italian physicist. Born in
Sicily in 1906, Ettore Majorana's breadth of vision and exceptional
contributions to theoretical nuclear physics moved Enrico Fermi to the
following comment: "There are many categories of scientists, people of second
and third rank, who do their best, but do not go very far. There are also
people of first-class rank, who make great discoveries, fundamental to the
development of science. But then there are the geniuses, like Galileo and
Newton. Well, Ettore Majorana was one of them."
- Embracing 110 Schools, covering all branches of Science, the Centre is
situated in the old pre-mediaeval city of Erice where three restored
monasteries (one of which was the residence of the Viceroy of Sicily during
the XIV and XV Centuries) provide an appropriate setting for high intellectual
endeavor. There are living quarters in all three Institutes for people
attending the Courses at the Centre The contact address for participants
attending this course is:
- Participant Name
- Intl. School of Cosmic Ray Astrophysics
- Ettore Majorana Centre
- Via Guarnotta, 26
- I-91016 ERICE, Italy
- Telephone: +39.0923.869133 Telex: 910366 ccsem i
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telefax: +39.0923.869226 Cable: CCSEM ERICE
- Web page: http://www.ccsem.infn.it
The three renovated monasteries that comprise the Centre are now named
after prominent scientists who were strong supporters of the "Ettore Majorana"
The San Francesco Monastery (former Viceroy's residence) is now the Eugene P.
Wigner Institute with the "Enrico Fermi" Lecture Hall. The San Domenico
Monastery is now the Patrick M.S. Blackett Institute with the "Paul A.M. Dirac"
The San Rocco Monastery is now the Isidor I. Rabi Institute with the "Richard
P. Feynman" Lecture Hall. It also houses the directorate and the main offices
of the Centre.
In addition, the Erice Station of the World Laboratory Seismological Network
is located in the I.I. Rabi Institute. The "Daniel Chalonge" and the "Paul
A.M. Dirac" Museums are situated at the Patrick M.S. Balckett Institute.
All participants will be issued a badge upon arrival. This must be
worn/displayed to gain access to the institutes and for meals.
II. MAP OF ERICE
(click on map for larger version)
- On the lone mount (750 m high) in far west Sicily, stands Erice, a
medieval town which has been kept intact until today. It is an artistic center
and the main tourist resort of the district. The Majorana Centre for
Scientific Culture offers an opportunity for a relaxed informal exchange of
ideas among students and faculty, enhanced by the charm of this old
- Finding your way in Erice can be initially very confusing. If you become
lost the centre can be found again by remembering that one has to walk up hill
to it and so any route that takes you upwards will eventually bring you there.
III. LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS, FACILITIES AND MEALS
- The course "fee" covers housing, meals, airport transfers and all
activities associated with the Institute during your stay in Erice. The EMFCSC
is organized to help the local economy in Erice. Thus, in addition to the
rooms in the three institutes, some participants may be housed in local
hotels, depending upon the size of the group, and whether there are parallel
activities taking place. Meals are taken at a variety of local restaurants.
Most restaurants can provide vegeatarian meals. Anyone with specific dietary
requirements should contact the Director of the School for guidance.
A. Breakfast: Residents in the I. I. Rabi, Eugene P. Wigner and
Patrick M. S. Blackett Institutes will have breakfast on a self-service basis
in the "coffee room" in the I. I. Rabi Institute (in the back of the courtyard
on the right-hand side under the staircase). Participants housed in the hotels
will have breakfast at their hotels.
B. Lunch and Dinner: A selected list of recommended restaurants is
displayed in the entrance hall of the I. I. Rabi Institute, along with a map.
(The closing day of each restaurant is given.) Participants order from a
special Centre menu provided by the proprietor. At the end of the meal,
participants sign a form on which the appropriate activity is indicated (in
this case, Intl. School of Cosmic Ray Astrophysics). Please sign legibly;
accompanying persons must sign as well. Beverages (including bottled water)
are not included and must be paid for separately.
- At lunch and dinner, it is advisable for participants to distribute
themselves in small groups in order to avoid too many people crowding into the
same restaurant, and in order to have faster service. Please wear your badge.
At the conclusion of the school, participants will be asked to evaluate/rate
the restaurants. Try them all, as you are able -- A delightful way to sample
the local cuisine!
C. Snacks: Coffee, tea, milk, mineral water, fruit and sandwiches
are available (free of charge) in the "coffee room" at the I. I. Rabi
Institute at any time.
D. Coffee/Tea Breaks: There will be coffee/tea breaks during both
the morning and afternoon sessions. Breaks will be at the Institute where the
lectures are being held.
E. Informal Gatherings: There is a "piano room" (the small central
room under the arches at the back of the courtyard at the I. I. Rabi
Institute) with a piano, guitar (?) and a keg of Marsala wine (free). This
"piano room" can also be used for working groups. The "piano room" must be
closed before midnight.
F. Computer Access: The computer room is located off the left-hand
side of the I. I. Rabi courtyard. Participants can arrange to check e-mail.
The connectivity can be slow and even intermittent. Do not plan on downloading
large files through the net - - bring copies of what you need with you. If
your host institute has a strong security policy, you may find it easier to
sign up for one of the free web based email accounts provided by companies
such as Yahoo and Microsoft as these are readily accessed by the PC and Mac
computers at the centre.
G. Water: The local tap water is drinkable. In addition, you will
find bottles of mineral water in your room (unless you are staying in one of
the hotels). Empty bottles will be replaced by the room maid, free of charge.
Extra bottles are available for all participants in the storage room at the I.
I. Rabi Institute and in the "coffee room" refrigerator.
- H. Laundry: Self-service washing machines (two)
and dryers (two) are available in the storage room at the back of the
courtyard in the I. I. Rabi Institute for use by participants.
- I. Telephone: The public telephone (and an automatic magnetic
telephone-card dispenser) in the I. I. Rabi Institute is located on the 1st
floor at the back of the courtyard. There is also a public telephone in the
Eugene P. Wigner Institute (ground floor). Public telephones are also
available at the "Tabacchi" shops in Piazza Umberto I and in Via Generale G.
Salerno not far from the Elimo Hotel. Magnetic telephone cards can also be
purchased at the "Tabacchi" shops. If you have an international mobile phone
please make sure you are aware of the right access codes.
J. Post and Bank Offices: The Post Office is in Via Guarnotta, 100
metres away from the I. I. Rabi Institute's entrance (on the way to the Eugene
P. Wigner Institute).
The Bank is in the main square (Piazzo Umberto I) facing the Nuovo Edelweiss
restaurant. Bank hours are from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Currency exchange can also
be done at the Post Office (until 1:00 pm). Pigeon holes for incoming mail or
messages to participants are located in the entrance hall of the I. I. Rabi
- K. Shops: The shops in Erice are open from 9:00 am (or 10:00 am)
to 1:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. We recommend the shops which give a
discount to the participants: please ask before paying. The Pharmacy is in Via
Cordici off the main square (Piazza Umberto I). There are no foreign language
IV. ACCOMPANYING PERSONS:
- It is necessary for those participants who would
like to be accompanied by members of their families to contact the Organizers
well in advance of their arrival. Accommodation is limited and priority will
be given to the first-comers.
The names of the accompanying persons must be communicated to the Centre
Secretariat well in advance of the beginning of the course/institute.
V. WEATHER and DRESS:
- As Erice is situated on top of a mountain at an altitude of
750 metres, it is much cooler than at sea level. Therefore, we would advise
you to bring some warm clothing, and a windbreaker, even in the Summer. In
July it is generally nice, but it can be chilly, foggy, and rain is possible. Bring an umbrella. The
streets of Erice are old-fashioned cobblestones. Bring comfortable walking
shoes. The weather is rather unpredictable in Erice, and the temperature and
precipitation conditions can change suddenly. We will have an excursion that
will allow access to the beach. Bring swimming gear and sunscreen.
For the sessions the dress is casual. We are hoping to have a
formal course dinner. Long pants, nice shirt, skirt or dress are recommended.
(Coats and ties are not required.) Note: For those wishing to visit/tour some
of the churches/cathedrals in the area, shorts may not be allowed and women
should have a scarf to be used as a headpiece if necessary.
VI. PAYMENT OF FEES:
- The fee can be paid in Erice, upon
registration: i) in cash; ii) with travellers cheques; iii) with Eurocheques
or alternatively, by bank transfer into the FEMCCS account at the Banco di
Sicilia. If you desire to use a bank transfer, contact the organizers. (No
credit cards are accepted.)
V. OTHER INFORMATION
- A. Presentations: We may have nearly 100 participants for this ASI and will be using a large lecture hall. If you are giving a presentation,
you will need to bring overhead transparencies. But, the print on these must
be large (including labels on figures and tables) to be read from the back of
the room. (Standard Power-Point is too small!) There are actually two overhead
projectors and two screens. Thus, you can plan to put a large figure, for
example, on one projector and another transparency with text on the second
- Lectures may also be presented by computer via a projector. The centre
computer used for this is a PC. It is possible to connect your own laptop to
their projector. However, there is plenty of scope for problems with such
arrangements and a set of transparency would be a useful backup.
- Remember that this is an International School. While everyone will be
conversant in English, the proficiency will vary among the participants. Keep
your transparencies simple and try to talk slowly and clearly. Everyone must
use the microphone. (If you can give the talk in your native language in your
local Seminar room in 30 minutes, plan on it taking 40 minutes in Erice and
reduce the number of figures accordingly.)
- Bring finished presentations with you. Do not plan on making them in Erice. There is a copy machine if you find you need one or two additional
transparencies, but color capability is limited to non-existent. Do not plan
on being able to download significant material from the WWW. If you think you
will need it, bring it with you!
- Following a lecture it is common for several students to request a copy.
If the lecture is made available on your home institution server such requests
can be easily accommodated.
- B. Copying: The Centre maintains a copying facility in the I.
I. Rabi Institute. This can be used, when not occupied with Centre business,
to make limited numbers of copies. If you need to have such copies made,
please coordinate this with the Course Secretary, Arthur Smith, rather than
dealing directly with Centre personnel.
- C. Proceedings: This is a NATO Advanced Study
Institute and Proceedings will be published as part of the NATO Science
Series. However, not all presentations made during the Course can be included
in the Proceedings. Each manuscript must be reviewed and edited. A decision
about inclusion will then be made by the Editorial Committee.
Draft manuscripts should be brought with you to Erice (two copies, if
possible) to initiate the reviewing/editing process. Instructions for
preparation of 'camera-ready' manuscripts will be provided to those who plan
to submit a manuscript. As a guideline, plan on no more than 10 - 12
manuscript pages per hour lecture. This includes figures, tables and
bibliography. The typing area is 15 cm x 21.5 cm using 12 point type. (The
publisher will reduce these by 15%.) Alternately, if producing final copy on a
laser printer, the typing area is 12.5 cm x 19 cm and the font must be 10
point 'Times'. Figure captions, axis labels and symbols (also Tables) must be
no smaller than the above or they will be (a) returned to you for re-drafting,
or (b) rejected for publication. Take note: the above is the most frequent
problem found with the manuscripts!!!
- No Color. All figures must be black and white. Colored curves should be
converted to dot, dot-dash, dash etc. curves before submission. All figures
must have figure captions; all tables must have table headers (titles). Text
should not wrap around Figures and Tables.