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|The 18th International Symposium on Spin
Edward Nemergut (photo.nemergut.com)
April 10, 2008
We are pleased to send out the 2nd Circular for the 18th International
Spin Physics Symposium (SPIN2008) to be held October 6 - 11, 2008 at the
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
The Symposium is open to all bona fide scientists regardless of
citizenship or national origin.
SPIN2008 combines the High Energy Spin Symposia and the Nuclear
Polarization Conferences so that all topics relevant to spin physics in
nuclear and low to high energy reactions and associated fields will be
included in the Symposium program. The two previous Symposia in this series
were held at Kyoto, Japan (October, 2006) and Trieste, Italy (October,
Registration for SPIN2008 is now open. Please go to the SPIN2008 Web
page http://faculty.virginia.edu/spin2008/ and click on the 'Registration'
link and follow the instructions. The University Conference Services will
handle all registration details. When registering you will have the
opportunity to pay for the excursion of choice for yourself and any
accompanying persons and buy Conference Dinner tickets for those
If there is a problem you can go directly to the Registration site itself
The Registration Fees are as follows:
Regular:....$400, After Aug. 31st, 2008.......$450
Student.....$200, No Late fee
Online Registration by Credit Card only
On request, you may register and defer payment until the Symposium
Payment at Symposium by Credit Card or Cash in US dollars.
The Scientific Program of the Symposium will include Plenary and
Parallel Session and possibly a Poster Session. There will be invited
lead-off speakers for each Parallel Session topic.
Abstracts can now be submitted for any spin topic covered in the
Symposium (listed below). For submission details, go to the Website
and follow the instructions. The deadline is August 1, 2008.
The following subjects will be included in the Symposium:
1) Fundamental Symmetries and Spin
2) Spin Structure of Nucleons
3) Spin Beyond the Standard Model
4) Spin in Hadronic Reactions
5) Spin Physics with Photons and Leptons
6) Spin Physics in Nuclear Reactions and Nuclei
7) Spin Physics with Rare Isotope (RI) Beams
8) Acceleration, Storage and Polarimetry of Polarized Beams
9) Polarized Ion Sources and Targets
10) Polarized Electron and Positron Sources and Polarimeters
11)Future Facilities and Experiments
12) Associated Technology
The Plenary Session program is complete and posted; the Parallel Sessions
will be developed by their convenors once contributed abstracts have been
received. You are encouraged to submit abstracts by clicking on the
corresponding link on the web site and following the instructions.
The final date for
submission of Abstracts is August 1st, 2008. Abstracts can be submitted
after this date but may not be considered for an oral presentation in the program.
We particularly encourage graduate students and other young physicists
to submit abstracts.
Connected to the Spin Symposium will be a workshop on Sources of
Polarized Electrons and High Brightness Electron Beams (PESP2008) to be
held at JLab in the week prior to the Symposium, October 1 - 4. Separate
registration is necessary for the workshop. For details go to http://conferences.jlab.org/PESP2008/.
Jefferson Laboratory is located
in Newport News, Virginia, about 140 miles from Charlottesville. For those
who wish to attend the Workshop and the Symposium, transportation between
the two sites can be arranged.
ORGANIZATION and SPONSORSHIP
The Symposium will take place at Newcomb Hall, which is also the
Student Activity Center, at the University of
Virginia. An interactive map of the University can be found at the
University web site. Maps and other information
are to be found on the Symposium Website.
All sessions will all take place in Newcomb Hall.
No special computer facilities will be provided
but there are 5 computer kiosks in the building which can be used. For those
with laptops we are expecting to set up a temporary wireless link just for
attendees for the period of the Symposium.
The Chair for the Symposium is D. G. Crabb of the University of
Virginia. The members of the International Spin Committee and Local
Organizing Committee are listed at the end of this e-mail.
SPIN2008 is an International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)
sponsored event. In accordance with IUPAP principles IUPAP regarding the
free circulation of scientists for international purposes, no
bona fide scientist will be excluded from participation on the grounds
of national origin, nationality or other considerations unrelated to
The other sponsors include; Brookhaven National Laboratory, Institute
for Nuclear and Particle Physics at the University of Virginia,the
International Spin Physics Committee, Jefferson Laboratory, RIKEN BNL
Research Center and the University of Virginia.
We encourage participation at the Symposium by students and have
reduced the Registration fee for that purpose.
In addition we have some funds to support participants from developing
countries and for those who would not normally be able to attend for
financial reasons. Priority will be given to younger physicists and those
who submit a valid abstract. Typically the support will be for local
To apply for such funding, please submit a request to
email@example.com with "Support Request" as the subject line, and your
name (LAST NAME, First Name) Institution, Nationality and a brief statement
of justification for support, in the body of the e-mail. The deadline for
requests is August 1st and you will be informed of the level of support by
The Proceedings of the Symposium will be published by the American Institute
of Physics with both a print version and on-line version being available to
Symposium participants. The on-line access will be available up to two years
from the date of publication.
In the interest of a timely publication we ask that all manuscripts be
submitted along with a copyright release form before December 1st, 2008.
The proceedings will be in the AIP 6 x 9 format. Details can be found at
The Hotels for which there are special conference rates are listed on
the Web site. Attendees should make their own reservations by contacting the
hotel as suggested in the list and mentioning "SPIN2008". We strongly
encourage participants to make their reservations before the cut-off date
specified, as there will be a (American) football game taking place at the
University on Saturday, October 11th. After the cut-off date it will be very
difficult to find accommodation, particularly towards the end of the week.
For those staying in W. Main St. hotels, there is a free trolley bus
which loops around the university grounds and which has convenient stops for
Newcomb Hall. Details are available at
Charlottesville (CHO) has a small airport, serving several major
airlines with direct connections to larger cities with international
airports, including Washington DC (IAD). Other airports in the region are
Washington National (DCA) and Richmond (RIC). Ground transportation from the
Washington airports and Richmond is not easy and so as an experiment a blog
http://spin08.blogspot.com has been set up to enable people to ride share
or van pool by posting arrival information on the blog. It is also linked
through the symposium web site.
There are three main parking areas for those who have cars: the closest
is the Central Grounds lot, under the bookstore across the plaza from
Newcomb Hall. Current charge is $1.80/hr. We are still negotiating and
further information will be posted on the website and in the 3rd circular.
Participants from certain countries will need a visa to enter the
USA: Guidelines for US Visa applications can be found at the US State
Department web site . We urge these participants
to begin the process of obtaining any required visa as soon as possible.
We will provide a Letter of Invitation to the Symposium for those who
If you need a letter validating your travel to the Symposium we will also
provide one on request.
There will be a welcoming reception on Sunday evening, October 5th in
The Symposium banquet will take place on Thursday evening at the Omni
Hotel. Payment for accompanying guests can be made through the Registration
Wednesday afternoon will be set aside for excursions and personal
activities. Selection and payment for the excursions can be made at the time
Important dates: Symposium; October 6th to October 11th
Registration Deadline; August 31st
Abstract Submission Deadline; August 1st
Requests for Support Deadline; August 1st
VISA Applications: ASAP
International Advisory Committee
K. Imai - Kyoto (Chair)
T. Roser - Brookhaven (Past Chair)
F. Bradamante - Trieste
E. D. Courant* - BNL
D. G. Crabb - Virginia
A. V. Efremov - JINR
G. Fidecaro* - CERN
H. Gao - Duke
W. Haeberli* - Wisconsin
K. Hatanaka - RCNP
A. D. Krisch - Michigan
G. Mallot - CERN
A. Masaike* - JSPS
R. G. Milner - MIT
C. Y. Prescott* - SLAC
F. Rathmann - COSY
H. Sakai - Tokyo
Yu. M. Shatunov - Novosibirsk
V. Soergel* - Heidelberg
E. Steffens - Erlangen
E. J. Stephenson - Indiana
N. E. Tyurin - IHEP
W. T. H. van Oers* - Manitoba
* Honorary Member
Local Organizing Committee
D. G. Crabb - Virginia (Chair)
H. Avakian - Jefferson Lab.
T. Averett - William & Mary
A. Bacchetta - Jefferson Lab
M. Bai - Brookhaven
G. Cates - Virginia
J. P. Chen- Jefferson Lab.
J. Clendenin - SLAC
D. B. Day - Virginia
A. Deshpande - SUNY Stony Brook & RBRC
H. Gao - Duke
M. Jones - Jefferson Lab.
S. Kuhn - Old Dominion
S. Liuti - Virginia
Z. Meziani - Temple
B. Norum - Virginia
M. Poelker - Jefferson Lab.
Y. Prok - MIT
O. Rondon - Virginia
M. Vanderhaeghen - Jefferson Lab.
H. Weller - Duke
X. Zheng - Virginia
We look forward to seeing you all in Charlottesville.
Chair, Local Organizing Committee, SPIN2008