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  25-30 June 2006

CERN, Geneva


Second Circular
(with call for contributions)


Symposium site

NIC-IX will be held on the campus of CERN, the International Organization for Nuclear Research, located in Geneva, Switzerland. CERN is the world's largest particle physics center. Founded in 1954, the laboratory was one of Europe's first joint ventures and includes now 20 Member States. Additional information for the general public and for scientists can be found on the CERN website: The lectures, poster sessions, and all other scientific events related to NIC-IX will take place in the CERN main building.



The topics covered at NIC-IX are:

- Cosmology and big bang nucleosynthesis
- Element production, stellar evolution, and stellar explosions
- Evidences of nucleosynthesis in stars and in presolar grains
- Experiments in nuclear astrophysics
- Nuclei far from stability
- Nuclear theory in astrophysics



Abstract submission                    : January 31, 2006 
Application for The NIC School    : March 31, 2006      
Registration                                : May 1, 2006


Scientific Program and Proceedings

The symposium will include oral presentations and poster sessions. The organization will keep the “tradition” of NIC symposia and is planning only plenary sessions for oral presentations as long as the number of contributions will allow this scheme. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the most timely manner.

Call for contributions

The symposium program will include invited talks, contributed talks, and poster presentations. Contributions to NIC-IX (both for oral and poster presentations), should be submitted within January 31, 2006.  It is strongly recommended to use the NIC-IX web interface to submit abstract contributions.

The International Advisory Board and the Local Organizing Committee will define the layout of the program and the list of invited speakers.


All participants to NIC-IX must register through the NIC-IX web interface.

The deadline for registration is May 1, 2006. For  the registration within this date, the fee will be 400 CHF (1 CHF = 0.65 EUR in November 2005). For late registrations (after May 1, 2006) , the fee will be 450 CHF. The fee will include: a printed copy of the Conference Proceedings, the Conference banquet and cruise on the "Lac Léman" (lake of Geneva) on the evening of June 29, the transportation for excursion to the Jura mountain or a visit of Geneva old town, the NIC-IX reception, and all coffee-break buffets.

Travel to CERN and VISA information

General information on "How to get to CERN" for traveling are available from the main CERN webpage.

NIC-IX will take place on the CERN Swiss side. Participants needing visa to enter Switzerland are invited to consult the CERN web page for information. However, please note that CERN is located both in Switzerland and France. In case participants intend to join technical visits at CERN, or their companion to join some of the excursions, they may need to apply for a visa for both countries. The prerequisite to obtaining such visa is a valid national passport - please check its expiration date!

Information on how to obtain visas for Switzerland and France are posted on the CERN website, at this link.


Hotels and accommodations

NIC-IX participants should arrange the hotel reservation on their own. For early booking, a list of hotels in the CERN area (both in Switzerland and in France) is provided by the CERN housing service here. For participation in events taking place at CERN, some hotels offer a special rate (marked with "S.P." in the list). Reservations should be made mentioning the participation in a meeting at CERN. Please contact the NIC-IX secretariat if a proof of your participation is requested. Additional information on accommodations and transportation to/from CERN will be posted on the NIC-IX website.

A limited number of participants can be accommodated in the CERN hostels. In order to be included in the list for this type of accommodation, please specify the request in your registration form. The deadline for submitting this request is, therefore, as for registration, May 1, 2006. However, please consider that some hotels in the area offer room rates not much more expensive than the rates of the hostels.


NIC-IX is being jointly organized by an ISOLDE & n_TOF team.  ISOLDE and n_TOF are the two main low energy nuclear physics facilities presently active at CERN. The organization of NIC-IX is based on an International Advisory Board and a Local Organizing Committee.

International Advisory Board

M Aliotta (Edinburgh, UK)
C Angulo (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
L Buchmann (TRIUMF, Canada)
A Davis (Chicago, USA)
R Diehl (MPI-Munich, Germany)
R Gallino (University of Torino, Italy)
M Heil (FZK-Karlsruhe, Germany)
W Hillebrandt (MPI-Garching, Germany)
T Kajino (NAO-Tokyo, Japan)
P Koehler (Oak Ridge, USA)
S Kubono (University of Tokyo, Japan)
D Lambert (Austin, USA)
K Langanke (GSI Darmstadt, Germany)
J Lattanzio (Monash University, Australia)
N Prantzos (Institute of Astrophysics, Paris, France)
C Rolfs (Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany)
H Schatz (MSU, USA)
C Spitaleri (Catania, Italy)
F-K Thielemann (Basel, Switzerland)
C Volpe (IPN-Orsay, France)
M Wiescher (University of Notre Dame, USA)
SE Woosley (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)

Local Organizing Committee

A Mengoni (CERN-n_TOF/IAEA) - Conference Chair
M Lindroos (CERN-ISOLDE) - Scientific Secretary
P Butler
M Hass (CERN-ISOLDE/Weizmann)
M Hjorth-Jensen (Oslo/CERN-ISOLDE/MSU)
F Käppeler (FZK, Karlsruhe)
K-L Kratz (Mainz)
G Meynet (Geneva Observatory)
K Riisager (Aarhus/CERN-ISOLDE)


The NIC School

The Symposium will be preceded by a school (The NIC School), in which all major topics of the symposium will be introduced by specialists. Students and young participants in NIC-IX, who are just entering the field of Nuclear Astrophysics, will have the opportunity to be tutored and prepared for the Symposium presentations and discussions.

The school is sponsored by CERN. There will be a number of scholarships available which will cover accommodation and local expenses. Students are invited to apply on The NIC School website. The deadline for application is: March 31, 2006.

The school organizing committee is

J Cederkall (CERN/Lund University) - Chair
J D'Auria (Simon Fraser University)
H Fynbo (Aarhus University/CERN-ISOLDE)
M Hjorth-Jensen (Oslo/CERN-ISOLDE/MSU)

Satellite workshops

Two satellite workshops will take place on the days immediately preceding NIC-IX:

1. Nuclei in Globular Clusters
June 24 (Saturday), at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Geneva
G Meynet and C Charbonnel
For additional information:  and

2. Data needs in Nuclear Astrophysics
June 23-24 (Friday-Saturday), at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Basel
: E Grebel, F Liebendörfer, T Rauscher, F-K Thielemann, and in collaboration with JINA.

For information and registration to these workshops, please contact directly the organizers. Additional information will be posted on the NIC-IX website and related links.



Most of the features and activities of NIC-IX would have not been possible without the support from the NIC-IX sponsors. At present the list of sponsors includes

CERN Directorate

The ISOLDE Collaboration

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)

CERN - AB Department

University of Geneva

Astronomical Observatory of the Geneva University
Astronomical Observatory of the Geneva University

CERN - PH Department

Swiss Academy of Sciences

Société Académique de Genève



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