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Second Announcement

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THE ROLE OF MERGERS AND FEEDBACK IN GALAXY FORMATION

Ringberg Castle, Germany
31st October - 6th November 2004

email: ringberg@mpe.mpg.de

URL: http://www.mpe.mpg.de/ir/meetings/ringmerg2004.html



SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT


Dear Participant of the Ringberg Workshop,

Following are registration materials and some logistical information for
the Ringberg Workshop on The Role of Mergers and Feedback on Galaxy
Evolution. Please fill out the registration and accommodation request form
attached at the end of this message, and return it to us by

          10 September 2004

at the latest. Once we have your form, we will make hotel or castle
reservations.  Please be aware that it will not be possible to lodge all
participants at Ringberg Castle.  This announcement, a copy of the
registration form, and the preliminary workshop program will also (soon) 
be found on the workshop web site:

     http://www.mpe.mpg.de/ir/meetings/ringmerg2004.html



Conference Location and Time
----------------------------

The venue for the workshop is the Schloss Ringberg (Ringberg Castle), a
turn of the century castle located in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps
and overlooking the Tegernsee.  Located south of Munich, the Tegernsee is
a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and small resort villages.  The
peaceful location, meeting schedule, and attendance limit of 65 set by the
size of the castle are all conducive to an informal workshop atmosphere
offering many opportunities for stimulating discussion.

The scientific sessions will begin on Monday, 1 November at 8:45 AM, and
end on Friday evening, 5 November.  Participants should plan to arrive in
the Munich area by Sunday, 31 October by 2 PM or earlier.  We plan to hire
a bus to take participants from the Munich area to Ringberg Castle on
Sunday, leaving the Munich airport and downtown Munich in the
mid-afternoon. People wishing to use this bus should indicate this on the
registration form. The bus will return participants to Munich on Saturday
06 November, leaving Ringberg promptly after breakfast. Details about bus
departure times and locations will be given in the final announcement.


Preliminary Program
-------------------

The preliminary schedule for the workshop is now available at the workshop
web site listed above. Each session will consist of review and highlight
talks concluded by longer discussion periods. The times listed include
time for a few questions.  We will post all changes to the program as they
occur, so check back occasionally!

Posters
-------

Poster boards of size 125cm*125cm will be available at Ringberg. 
Although no invited participants have been assigned posters, we strongly
encourage you to bring along your newest results and/or copies of your
talk to hang up as a poster. We will have many long coffee breaks in the
poster area, and this will give everyone a further opportunity to hear
about your work. We ask that you inform us in advance that you plan to do
this to assist us in planning.  Posters will remain on display for the
entire duration of the workshop.


Meals and Lodging
-----------------

The LOC will pay for lodging and meals of participants for the duration of
the workshop.  We will arrange that everyone stay either at Ringberg
Castle (which has rooms for 35-40 people) or at the Hotel Zur Post in the
nearby village of Kreuth (www.hotel-zur-post-kreuth.de).  Lunch and dinner
are provided for all participants at Ringberg Castle.  Unfortunately, we
cannot pay for meals and lodging for accompanying guests. Please send us
an email asking about rates in this case.  Vegetarian meals and other
special dietary requests are happily accommodated provided advance notice
is given; please indicate these on the registration form.

Due to the limited recreational facilities up at Schloß Ringberg, those
people traveling with guests and/or families are strongly recommended to
stay in the hotel.  For those staying in the hotel daily transportation to
the castle (about a 10 minute drive) will be provided by the LOC in the
morning in time for the first session, and then again in the evening
before dinner and back to the hotels after dinner and some socializing
time.

Please indicate on the registration form whether you prefer to stay at the
castle or at the hotel.  We will try as much as possible to adhere to
people's wishes for lodging, but it will probably not be possible for
everyone to have his/her first choice.  To those affected, we apologize,
but we're sure that you'll find both accommodations to be very pleasant.

Social Events
-------------

1) There will be a welcome dinner buffet at Ringberg castle for all
   participants and guests paying the registration fee Sunday evening, 31
   October.  Conference registration will take place at the castle prior
   to this buffet.

2) We plan to have an excursion to the Salzburg area on Wednesday, 3
   November for all participants and their guests. At the conclusion of
   the morning session, we will grab boxed lunches and ride to the salt
   mining town of Hallein on the German-Austrian border, where we will
   tour a former salt-mine.  These tours are quite alot of fun and entail,
   among other things, hopping on 2 30-meter slides while wearing miner's
   suits.  After the tour, we will drive to historic old Salzburg, where
   participants will have the chance to wander through the city to visit
   shops, cafes, museums, a fortress, and to learn all sorts of Mozart
   trivia.  The outing day will culminate in the conference banquet (price
   included in the fee) at a Salzburg restaurant.  After dinner those who
   wish can attend one of the famous Salzburg "Schlosskonzerte" at the
   Schloss Mirabell at 8 PM (at a cost of 30 EUR).  If you wish to attend
   this concert, PLEASE INDICATE THIS ON THE REGISTRATION FORM,
   SINCE WE NEED TO RESERVE TICKETS WELL IN ADVANCE.
   Those not wishing to go to the concert will have a further opportunity
   to explore Salzburg's cafes and pubs.  Buses will then return participants
   and their guests to Ringberg ööand the hotel late on Wednesday evening.

Registration
------------

There will be a registration fee of EUR 100 (130 if you would like to
attend the concert on Wednesday evening) for participants and their
guests, which will be payable in cash at the opening buffet at Ringberg on
Sunday evening. This will cover costs of the opening dinner,
transportation to and from Ringberg and Munich, transportation to and from
the Wednesday outing, entrance fees to the Hallein Salt Mines, the
conference dinner on Wednesday evening, and conference materials.  We
cannot take payment by credit cards, so participants should come to
Ringberg with sufficient amounts of Euros to cover this fee.

Visa
----

For those participants from countries requiring a visa to enter Germany,
it is best to start the application procedure soon.  Please check with
your local German Consulate or travel agent for information about required
travel documents. The LOC is happy to provide letters of invitation if
they are required.

Travel to Munich Area
---------------------

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                           *** By air: ***
                           ***************

The Munich Franz-Josef Strauss Airport lies approximately 30 and 100 km
north of Munich and Ringberg respectively.  Most major carriers offer
service to Munich, with an ever increasing number of direct flights even
on more distant routes.  Those participants arriving on Sunday, 31
October, before mid-afternoon will be met at the airport by one of the
LOC, and taken to the conference bus. For participants arriving in the
area already on Friday or Saturday the LOC can help to arrange for hotel
accommodations in the Munich area.

                          *****************
                          *** By train: ***
                          *****************

Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) can be reached from anywhere within
Europe.  From there, there are good public transportation connections to
all of Munich, as well as to the area around Ringberg Castle.  People
arriving by train on Sunday can take the conference bus to Ringberg as
well.  We will announce the pickup point for central Munich a few weeks
before the meeting.

                           ***************
                           *** By car: ***
                           ***************

Schloss Ringberg is located about 70 km SE of Munich.  For those
interested in driving directly to the castle on Sunday the LOC will post
detailed maps and instructions on the web-site in advance of the workshop. 
All major car rental companies have branches at the Munich Airport. There
is ample parking at the castle, and at the hotel in Kreuth.

                   *********************
                   *** Conference Bus***
                   *********************

We will hire a bus to take participants from the airport and a location in
central Munich to the workshop. This bus will leave the airport around 2
PM on Sunday, October 31, and stop to pick up the participants visiting
downtown Munich about 45 minutes later. The trip to Ringberg Castle will
take about one and a half hours from there. The bus will return
participants to central Munich and the airport on Saturday morning,
arriving at the airport at about 10:30. We may arrange additional shuttles
if a sufficient number of people need to be at the airport earlier on
Saturday morning.

Weather
-------

Bavarian weather in the autumn can be higly variable.  Daytime highs are
usually around 10 degrees Celcius and nighttime lows near freezing.  We
can also expect to see some rain and fog at this time of year, but if we
are lucky with sunny days, the autumn weather can be fantastic!


Finally
-------

Any questions or problems can be directed via e-mail to the LOC at the
dedicated Workshop account: ringberg@mpe.mpg.de

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------------ Registration for Ringberg Workshop --------------

NAME (for badge):


AFFILIATION (for badge):


POSTAL ADDRESS:





PHONE:

E-MAIL: 

TITLE OF PRESENTATION (for final program): 


ACCOMMODATION DURING MEETING (nominally 6 nights:  check-in Sunday -
  check-out Saturday):

   ________ nights from __________ to __________ (dates)    

   Lodging at Castle  _____ (yes/no)    

      If yes, are you willing to share a room? _____ (yes/no)     

      If yes, roommate _________________________   

   Lodging at Hotel Zur Post in Kreuth ______ (yes/no)  
 
      _____ a single     _____ a double (sharing with _________________________ )


ARE YOU LIKELY TO TAKE THE CONFERENCE BUS TO/FROM THE CASTLE? _____ (yes/no) 

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS FOR MEALS AT SCHLOSS RINGBERG?


WILL YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE EXCURSION TO HALLEIN AND SALZBURG ON WED?


WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND THE "SCHLOSSKONZERT" IN SALZBURG ON WED EVENING AFTER THE CONFERENCE DINNER (30 Eur per person)?  (REMINDER:  WE MUST RESERVE TICKETS IN SEPTEMBER.  IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO GET TICKETS AT THE CONFERENCE.)


DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS FOR THE LOC?





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