13 - 18 May 1996 / Thessaloniki / Greece

Final Announcement

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Scientific Organizing Committee:

C. E. Alissandrakis (Greece), G. Belvedere (Italy), P. Heinzel (Czech Republic), M. Huber (ESA-ESTEC), E. Landi Degl'Innocenti (Italy), G. Simnett (UK, chair), J. Staude (Germany), N. Vilmer (France), M. Vazquez (Spain), L. Vlahos (Greece), J.-C. Vial (France), V. Zaitsev (Russia), Yu. D. Zhugzhda (Russia).

Local Organizing Committee:

C. E. Alissandrakis ( co-chair), L. Vlahos (co- chair), A. Anastasiadis, M. Georgoulis, C. Manolakou, N. Mylonas.


D. Papadaki.

Meeting Sponsors

European Commission, European Space Agency, European Physical Society, European Astronomical Society, Greek Ministry of Education, Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology, Greek National Committee for Astronomy, University of Thessaloniki, University of Ioannina

Scientific Programme


Solar interior and oscillations 
Physics of flux-tubes and waves 
Structure and flows in the upper atmosphere 
Restructuring of magnetic fields 
Particle acceleration physics 
Heliosphere and cosmic rays 
New instrumentation

General Information


Regular triennial meetings are organized by the board of the Solar Physics Section of the European Physical Society and the European Astronomical Society. The 8th European Meeting on Solar Physics will be held close to Thessaloniki , Greece and will cover a variety of issues, from the solar interior to the heliosphere and cosmic rays. Particular emphasis will be given to the Ulysses results. Invited talks, oral presentations and posters will cover most of research activity in solar and space physics.

Meeting format:

Each of the seven scientific sessions of the meeting will consist of two invited review talks, several oral contributed papers and a poster session. The time allocated for the oral presentations, including discussion, is 40 minutes for invited reviews and 20 minutes for oral contributions. The space available for each poster is equivalent to six A4 pages.

Registration fee :

The registration fee is 120 USD, which includes the use of the conference facilities, coffee-tea breaks and some social events. Travel checks in USD will be accepted, as well as cash in any European convertible currency. Credit cards cannot be used for the registration fee.


The invited reviews will be published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Physics series (eds: C.E. Alissandrakis, G. Simnett, L. Vlahos) detailed instructions to the authors will be given by the editors during the meeting.

The contributed papers (including posters) will be published in a special volume of Solar Physics All conference papers will be handled in the same way as regular papers submitted to Solar Physics , i.e. they will be refereed, and must have scientific quality comparable to regular Solar Physics papers. Papers which will not reach this standard cannot be accepted for publication and will be only announced by title as "presented at the conference; for preprints ask xxx". Authors of unfinished papers or papers with preliminary results are advised not to submit any manuscript for publication, but rather give an indication where the final version of their study will be published or submitted. This can be then added to the reference to their presentation. The maximum length of papers submitted to Solar Physics will be announced during the conference, where the authors will also obtain further instructions for publication. Deadline for submission of all papers will be six weeks after the conference. In that case the special volume could appear early in 1997. The Proceedings organizers are P. Heinzel and G. Simnett.

An Abstracts booklet, with all the accepted contributions, will be distributed during the meeting.


All participants will stay at Pallini Beach Hotel , the meeting place. The hotel is located in the peninsula of Kassandra in Halkidiki at Kallithea village and can comfortably host about 200 participants. Its facilities include a large conference hall, several smaller conference rooms, restaurants, bars, private beach, outdoor swimming pool. A special agreement has been negotiated for half-board per day: Single room: 65 USD , Double room: 50 USD/person.

Please, complete the hotel and travel information form ( (LaTeX file) , (ASCII file) ) and return it to SPM-96, if possible by fax or express mail, not later than April 17th. Forms received after that date will not be considered.

Financial Support:

Those who have applied for financial support will be informed by a separate e-mail message.

Travel Information

Travelling to Thessaloniki :

The easiest and more comfortable way to reach Thessaloniki is by plane. There are several daily flights connecting Thessaloniki with Athens airport, from where international flights to any desired destination are operated. There are also a few regular flights connecting directly Thessaloniki with some major European cities, operating all the year. Quite good train connection is available from Athens. The travelling time by train is about 7 hours.

How to reach Pallini Beach Hotel :

The meeting place Pallini Beach Hotel is about 100 km from Thessaloniki. Since it is not easy to reach Pallini Beach Hotel by public transportation, we are organizing a bus shuttle from the airport on Monday 13th. The timetable of the bus shuttle service will be scheduled according to the majority of arrivals. A welcome desk at Thessaloniki airport will be indicated by SPM-96 posted signs.

Please, help the LOC by giving all necessary details on your travel plans.

The taxi fare from Thessaloniki airpot to the Pallini Beach Hotel is approximately 60 USD.

Passport and Visa:

For EU citizens a valid passport is sufficient. A Visa is required for participants from the former Soviet Union and other eastern countries. Participants from other countries should contact the Greek embassy or consulate at their country for more information.


In May the climate is warm (by northern standard) but pleasant, so that light clothing is suggested. The minimum and the maximum average daily temperatures in the last 5 years have been 17 C and 24 C and the rain expectation is less than 10 %.

Contact address

S P M - 9 6 
University of Thessaloniki 
Department of Physics 
Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics 
GR-54006, Thessaloniki, Greece 
Phone: +30 31 998044, FAX: +30 31 995384