Conference Programme

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    Division of Phys.,                                St.Petersburg Dept.                            Euler International  
 St.Petersburg Univ.                                Steklov' Math. Inst.                                               Math. Inst.

hold the annual International Seminar "Days on Diffraction". The aim of the Seminar is to bring together scientists working in the area of mathematical theory of waves' diffraction and propagation and researchers interested in application of various nature wave phenomena.

The "Days on Diffraction -2003" Seminar will be opened June 24,  2003, in St.Petersburg. 
We are always pleased to see active researchers from all over the world!

                      Days on Diffraction -2003 is co-sponsored by:                  
Russian Foundation                                                                                   IEEE ED/MTT/AP
   for Basic Research                                                                                 St.Petersburg Chapter  


V.M. Babich (Co-Chair)                                                                                          V.S. Buldyrev  (Co-Chair)
R.Stone                    N.Y.Zhu                V.P.Smyshlyaev                A.P.Kiselev              A.M.Samsonov
                          I.V.Andronov  (Publications)        E.V.Novikova (Visa support)
M.A.Lyalinov                                        N.Ya.Kirpichnikova                              N.M.Sharkova


 SCATTERING AND DIFFRACTION                                                                                  E/M ANALYSIS 
ACOUSTICS                                                                                        PLATES, SHELLS AND VIBRATION
 ELASTIC WAVES AND SEISMOLOGY                                                                  INVERSE PROBLEMS
 NONLINEAR PHENOMENA                                                                                         FLUID DYNAMICS 
and other topics concerning various nature wave phenomena!

(see, e.g., recent "DAY on DIFFRACTION - 2002" Programme)



The Seminars "Day on Diffraction" are annually organized in the beginning of summer by the St.Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg Branch of Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Euler International Mathematical Institute.

The Seminars "Day on Diffraction" have been held since late 1960-s. Originally these seminars summed up the results of the famous Leningrad Diffraction Theory School headed by V.A.Fock and V.I.Smirnov. The works of V.I.Smirnov and S.L.Sobolev on functionally-invariant solutions of wave equation in the beginning of 30-s, the method of partial separation of variables suggested by V.I.Smirnov in 1937, widely known works of V.A.Fock on diffraction of radio-waves around the surface of the Earth of 40-s laid the cornerstone of Leningrad - St.Petersburg school. The main body of the diffraction school in 60s - 70s was constituted by the students of G.I.Petrashen' who proceed with and developed the subjects of diffraction after the World War II.

The idea of organizing annual seminars on diffraction theory and wave propagation has arisen in 1968, and the first seminar was held in June 1968. The next day after the Seminar its participants, which were young in those times, went to Komarovo on the bank of the Gulf of Finland, played volleyball, football on the beach, drank tea. All the sessions since have always ended with friendly picnic parties with a camp fire and traditional Russian games. Year by year the Soviet scientists from other cities began to participate and the "Day on Diffraction" became an All Union Seminar. Since 1986 the Seminar occupied two days: the first was organized in Leningrad, the second was at the faculty of Physics in Peterhoff. Within the last decade the Seminar became international and occupies four days with the number of participants exceeding one hundred.

"Days on Diffraction-2003" will be the four-days Conference, June 24 -278, 2003. Venue for the  first three days is St.Petersburg Branch of the Steklov' Mathematical Institute,    address:   27 Fontanka  Quay.   Parallel concurrent sessions will be organized there, each presentation of 30 minutes. Last day Conference  moves to the  Institute on Physics  at the University campus (transportation for participants will be provided)  and is devoted to plenary sessions consisting of 40--50 minutes  lectures

Math. Inst. is located at the downtown center closely to the most of historical places.  
The campus is close to Petrodvoretz  - one of satellite cities with world famous palace park with fountains

             Working language is English           

Conference registration fee is 200 USD with reduction for students and participants from FSU
and covers the invitation and organizational costs, postage, proceedings, airport transportation, 
lunches during conference days and picnic party


      The Workshop
"Non-linear Waves and Patterns in Condensed Matter
will be organized  as a part of DD'03  on June 25th

DD'03 precedes: The Sixth International Conference on Mathematical  and Numerical Aspects of Wave Propagation” (Waves2003) June 30 - July 4, 2003, Jyväskylä, Finland
(A trip St.Petersburg - Jyväskylä requires 7 hours approx. by bus or train)


  Abstract  submission                                                                                        March. 1, 2003
  Notification of acceptance                                                                              March 15, 2003

  Registration                                                                                                     April 15, 2003
Full paper submission                                                                                      Sept. 15, 2003
  * Earlier registration is necessary to finalize visa formalities in time. Registration fee is  not requested at this stage.

1. Electronic submission (highly recommended!)   V.E.Grikurov
2. FAX: +7-812-428-7240
3. Hard copies to be addressed:         Dept. Math.& Comp.Phys.
                                                            Inst. On Physics, St.Petersburg Univ.
                                                            Ul'yanovskaya 1 198504 
                                                            Petrodvoretz, St.Petersburg  Russia

We expect to receive camera-ready abstract limited, if possible, by one A4 page of 10pt font size
TeX and Word documents are accepted


Booklet of abstracts of all papers accepted for presentation will be available at the seminar.  
Full manuscripts are invited in the Fall 2003 for the peer selection to be included into  the Proceedings

Please be aware that government regulation requires the visa to enter Russia for almost all foreign visitors. If you need an official invitation from Organizing Committee to apply for Russian visa, please fill the VISA FORM (either by downloading the template  or by filling on-line) and contact  Mrs. Elena Novikova 

   Thank you!


St.Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe founded by Peter the Great. 
Year 2003
is announced by UNESCO
the "Year of Sankt-Petersburg"  because of the 300 Anniversary of the city celebrated May – June, 2003.  The city is specially beautiful this time of year (called "white nights") when day light continues from 3 a.m. to 12 p.m. The DD logo symbolizes open bridges with ship traffic at the night - world famous St.Petersburg landscape! There are many other ways for interesting excursions, including visiting of small satellite towns Peterhoff (not far from the University campus), Pushkin, Pavlovsk and Gatchina with wonderful gardens and palaces of 18th-19th century.

St.Petersburg is also world known as a great cultural center with reach Museums and Exhibition Halls  and famous Theaters (opera, ballet) and philharmonic hall.  The electronic newspaper "The St.Petersburg Times" gives many helpful tips about the city. 

 ACCOMMODATION:  hotels in downtown, from cheap ($20) to luxurious ones ($100 and more)
WARNING! Please don't postpone hotel booking up to the last moment since hotel's over-crowing is expected because of the city Anniversary. Probably Organizing Committee will have limited opportunities for accommodation in private sector.   

 WEATHER: about 20-25C, mostly sunshine.

 Please find here  map of St.Petersburg or metro scheme of St.Petersburg.
St.Petersburg Yellow Pages

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For any questions please be free to contact: Ivan Andronov or Valery Grikurov  
 Department of Mathematics  & Mathematical Physics, St.Petersburg University

  FAX: +7-812-428-7240
Dept. Math.& Comp.Phys.
  Inst. On Physics, St.Petersburg Univ.
  Ul'yanovskaya 1 198504 
  Petrodvoretz, St.Petersburg   Russia

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