The full program will be published later once all abstracts are in.
A Preliminary programme arrangements are:
Dr. Robert Maxwell, LLNL, California, USA
Professor Xavier Colin, ENSAM, Paris, France
Professor Bela Pukanzsky, Budapest University of Technolopgy and Economics, Hungary
Dr. Holly Webber, Honeywell, Kansas, USA
Dr. Mat Celina, Sandia, USA
Professor Jean Luc-Gardette, Universite Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France
Dr. Elisa Passaglia, Italian National Research Council (CNR), PISA, Italy
When submitting your abstract please let Professor Al-Malaika know your desire for a 20 or 10 minute talk (invited speakers 30 min talk). Physical Posters are not available at this PDDG venue. Poster presentation will be via a 10 minute talk (usually 7-8 slides are quite satisfactory for explanation). Students and post-doctoral fellows are most welcome and the PDDG has arranged for this meeting a specially subsidised registration fee.
The PDDG conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is located in Limassol in the beutiful island of Cyprus.
This splendid hotel is designed with guests, business meetings and conferences in mind. It is located on the beach.
The registration fee includes 4 coffee breaks/snacks/cakes/fruit, 1 lunch/ Gala Dinner all in splendid 4-star surroundings. The hotel has allocated, for registered participants, a small number of rooms available for early bookings at a special rate of 190 euros incl. breakfast.
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Renowned as the birthplace of Aphrodite and the crossroads between three continents, Cyprus has seduced and inspired generations of travellers for hundreds of years. The promise of Cyprus is one of dazzling beaches, shimmering blue seas, endless summers and tables groaning under heaped platters of mezé and bottles of sweet chilled wine.
On the cusp between West and East, between Christian and Muslim, and with towns and cities that are vibrantly modern yet bear witness to the island’s long and culturally diverse history, Cyprus is blessed with a balmy climate and a rugged landscape of coast and mountains dotted with vineyards, villages and monasteries. Cyprus has earned its place as one of Europe’s tourist hotspots. From quaint, rustic cottages to luxury hotel complexes, from welcoming village tavernas to burgeoning fine-dining restaurants, from coastal resorts with all the tourist bells and whistles to empty wilderness peninsulas and forested mountains, Cyprus can cater for all tastes. And native Cypriots, whether Greek or Turkish, are famous for the warmth of their hospitality.
Venture beyond the resorts, with their karaoke bars and restaurants knocking out fish and chips, pizza and, more recently, Russian stroganoff, and it’s not hard to find another Cyprus. Traces of the exotic and Levantine are never far away, from ruined Lusignan and Venetian castles and elegant Islamic minarets to cool mountain villages hiding sacred icons from the very first days of Christianity.
No stranger to turbulence and strife, Cyprus has suffered waves of foreign invaders, from Mycenaean Greeks and Persians to sunburnt Crusaders, Ottoman pashas, and British Empire-builders. Today Cyprus offers the traveller not only a welcome whose warmth is legendary, but both hedonistic pleasure and cultural diversity out of all proportion to its size. So for traditional sun, sea and sand holiday, you have an extensive choice – in the south, Protaras and Agia Napa, east of Larnaka, the beaches either side of Lemesos, Pafos and its satellite Coral Bay – which are packed with resorts offering a range of activities; in the north, the coast either side of Girne and north of Gazimağusa offers more of the same. For smaller hotels with a more individual character, try the north coast around Polis and the Akamas Peninsula, or the hill villages of the Troodos Mountains, which offer traditional homes converted into guest houses.
For a taste of Cyprus’s newly developed restaurant scene head to Lemesos, the island’s gastronomic capital. Lefkosia also boasts several cool cafés and Cyprus’s best shopping, while the northern towns of Girne and Gazimağusa provide a relaxed harbour-side ambience. Wine lovers are particularly well-catered for by the wine museum and wine festival in Lemesos, and by six well-signposted wine routes in Pafos and Lemesos districts.
Cyprus also has a rich history, and virtually every region has its Roman (or earlier) ruin, its Byzantine church, a Crusader castle or Ottoman mosque, plus some grand British colonial architecture. Standout sights include the prehistoric villages at Tenta and Choirokoitia, the ancient cities of Kourion and Salamis, crusader castles such as those at Kolossi and Lemesos in the south and St Hilarion, Buffavento and Kantara in the north, monasteries like Kykkos and Machairas, and the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage painted churches of the Troodos Mountains. Ottoman architecture can be admired in Lefkoşa’s Büyük Han, and Muslim mosques in Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaka or Hazret Omer Tekke east of Girne. For nature and the great outdoors, the Troodos and Kyrenia mountains offer superb climbing, hiking and cycling, the seas around the island provide stimulating dive sites, and the beaches at Lara Bay in the west and Algadi in the northeast are great for turtle-watching. Golfers will enjoy the fine courses in Pafos and Girne. Across the island look out for the colourful religious and village festivals that take place in spring, summer and autumn.