Art program series:
L'Oreal Art and Science Foundation
hosted first the Symposium and
Exhibition series Symmetry of
Structure in 1989. That was the birth of the
International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study
of Symmetry (ISIS-Symmetr), start of
the journal Symmetry: Culture and Science (published
1990-), and of the formation of local Symmetry Circles
in several cities around the world. Similar, widely
attended events followed in Japan, the U.S.A., and in
Israel. The investigation and conscious application of
symmetry shaped a movement bringing together hundreds
of artists, scientists, designers and engineers. 14 years
later it is time to return to the origins in Europe.
The Buda Royal Castle, accommodating
the Hungarian National Gallery
where the Symmetry - Asymmetry exhibition was organised in August 1989
All kinds of interpretation, application and representation of symmetry (asymmetry, dissymmetry, broken symmetry, antisymmetry) and its related terms (like invariance, harmony, proportion, rhythm, conservation, self-organisation, etc.) are welcome. Special interest will be devoted to its relation to beauty and truth, to search for any perfect and good.
As a result of the recent decades' publication, conference and
exhibition activity one should not re-emphasise the role played
by the concept and phenomenon of symmetry in linking sciences and
arts, technology and design, different cultures.
Several discoveries could not have been perfected without an impression induced by art, a symmetry consideration (e.g., the artificial retina by the combined digital-analogue chip reflecting the pattern of the cerebral asymmetry; the Fullerene molecule; quasicrystals, etc.), not mentioning here the generalised symmetries, which guide all investigations in physics, looking for the structure of matter. Geometric art movements, inspired partly by design and science, experience a new Renaissance. Meetings of symmetrists have facilitated the birth of such interdisciplinary clues. It is expected that this tradition will continue at the Symmetry Festival in 2003.
The Festival provides a forum for all who apply symmetry (and the related concepts, phenomena and operations, or just the lack of symmetry) in their creative work. It also gives a forum to those who work beyond the traditional boundaries of their respective background discipline, branch of art, technology, or design. Interdisciplinary and holistic approaches are preferred.
The symmetry movement needs revitalisation
and rejuvenation. Members of the International
Advisory Board and our other senior colleagues
are expected to invite their former and present students to
join us at the Festival.
There are welcome specialists - beyond the traditional disciplines - from the fields e.g., of
Museum of Fine Arts
Symmetry Festival 2003
will be organised in the same Conference Centre in
Budapest, where the symposium, Symmetry of
Structure, was organised in August 1989.
The Conference will take place in the Agro Hotel Conference
Center*** (Address: H-1121 Budapest, Normafa út
54), situated on Svab Hill, a nice, silent part of Buda,
offering beautiful panoramas of the city. The hotel
provides a theatre style conference room, further
rooms with flexible walls for parallel sessions, exhibition
space, panorama terrace, reception room.
The nearby forest trails offer a wide range of sports and recreation. The downtown can be reached easily by car (15 min.) or by public transport (30 min.).
Exhibition will be held in Millenaris Park, a brand new prestigious exhibition hall in the center of Budapest.
The official language of the Conference is English. No simultaneous translation will be available.
Visitors from European countries (except Albania, Belarus, Bosnia, Moldova, Russia and Turkey) are not required visas. Participants from a few overseas countries will need a visa (please check beforehand).
The Organizers of the Conference do not provide insurance and do not take responsibility for any loss, accident or illness that might occur during the Conference or in the course of travel to or from the meeting site. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the participants to check their coverage with their insurance provider.
Bank, Currency, Credit Cards
The unit of currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF), denoted as “Ft” by the Hungarians. International credit cards (AmEx, EC/MC, Visa) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. ATMs are available at the Airport and all over the city. (1 EUR is approx. 260 HUF)
Hungary is in the temperate zone, weather in August is usually nice and warm. Daily temperature ranges from 25oC to 30oC and the relative humidity is below 40%.
The electricity supply in Hungary is 220 V AC (50 Hz)
Registration and Information Desk
The Registration and Information Desk will
operate in the Agro Hotel Conference Center as follows:
|Saturday 16 August
| Sunday 17
| Monday 18 August
| Tuesday 19 August
|Wednesday 20 August
|Thursday 21 August
|Friday 22 August
INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS AND EXHIBITORS
Overhead projector, data-beamer
will be available in all session rooms. Slide projector will be available
upon request. Authors wishing to give a computer presentation are kindly
asked to bring their own laptop.
Exhibitors: the delivery-, customs cost and administration must be arrange by the exhibitors.
Arrival in Budapest - transfer from the airport
Most participants will arrive at the Budapest Ferihegy Airport. The simplest means of transportation to any place in Budapest is via minibuses. This door-to-door Airport Minibus Service is reasonably priced (approx. EUR 9-10) and is much more reliable than taxis.
Getting to the Conference venue by public transportation
The Agro Hotel Conference
Center can be reached as follows:
• from the Pest Downtown, Deak ter (square):
METRO Line 2 (red) to Moszkva ter
• from Keleti (East)
METRO Line 2 to Moszkva ter
• from Nyugati (West)
tram #4 or #6 to Moszkva ter
From Moszkva ter:
take bus #21 (written in black!), get off at Hotel Olympia
--- 2-3 minutes’ walk
(straight forward and then to the right, approx. 250 m) to the Agro Hotel.
Tickets are available
at METRO stations, news-stands or major bus/tram termini
and must be validated inside
the vehicles or at the entrance to the METRO. Please keep your ticket with you by the end of the rout/exit (Metro).
15 July 2003
15 July 2003
| Regular fee
||HUF 84.000 + 25% VAT
||HUF 104.000 + 25% VAT
| Discount fee for subscribers to S: C&S*
||HUF 60.000 + 25% VAT
||HUF 80.000 + 25% VAT
| Student fee
(copy of student card is required)
|HUF 40.000 + 25% VAT
||HUF 64.000 + 25% VAT
| Accompanying persons' fee
||HUF 20.000 + 25% VAT
||HUF 20.000 + 25% VAT
you wish to subscribe for the journal, please visit: Symmetry: Culture and Science.
Subscription fee is 78 EUR.
Payments can be made by credit card (AmEx, Eurocard/Mastercard
and Visa are accepted) or by bank transfer.
Payments by bank transfer should be sent to the following account of the Symmetry Festival Secretariat
In the case of bank transfer the proof of remittance should be sent (preferably by fax: +36-1-386-9378) to the Symmetry Festival Secretariat. In order to be able to identify payments, please make sure that the name of each Conference participant is clearly indicated on all documents.
- payments sent by bank transfer must be free of charges for the SCOPE Co. Ltd.
- the cut-off date for early registration (15 July 2003) will be strictly enforced
- for on-the-spot payments credit cards (AmEx, Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa) and cash (HUF) will be accepted.
Hotel fee should be paid
directly to the hotel.
| Hotel (Room rates include breakfasts and all taxes.)
|Hotel Agro Conference Center
One night room rate will be charged
- in case of non-attendance if a cancellation notice in writing is not received by the Symmetry Festival Secretariat on or before 01 August 2003
- in case of delayed arrival if the Conference Secretariat is not advised on or before 01 August 2003
- If no credit card data is available hotel booking will be arranged only after having received the registration fee.
- The accommodation fee has to be paid directly to the Symmetry'2003 Conference Secretariat at the registration on the spot.
Confirmation of registration and accommodation will be sent by mail
upon receipt of the completed Registration and Hotel Reservation Form
credit card information or the proof of remittance
in case of bank transfer.
Please bring the confirmation with you to the Conference for presentation at the Registration Desk.
for refunds of the registration fee (less 20% administration
charge) will be honored only if they are received before
01 August, 2003.
No refunds will be given for cancellation requests received after that date or for non-attendance.
15 July 2003
16-22 August 2003
International Advisory Board:
Adler, I. (USA) (biology, mathematics)
Aerts, D. (Belgium) (physics)
Avnir, D. (Israel) (chemistry)
Bookstein, F. (USA) (biology)
Bruhn, S. (Germany) (musicology)
Caglioti, G. (Italy) (physics, arts)
Chua, L. (USA) (electronic engineering)
Collier, J. (Canada) (philosophy of science)
Crowe, D. (USA) (mathematics)
D'Ambrosio, U. (Brazil) (ethnomathematcis)
Dunham, D. (USA) (mathematics, arts)
Durini, L. D. (Italy) (arts)
Elitzur, A. (Israel) (physics, philosophy of science)
Frolov, K.V. (Russia) (mechanical engineering)
Gerdes, P. (Mozambique) (ethnomathematics)
Gould, L. (USA) (physics)
Hahn, T. (Germany) (crystallography)
Hofkirchner, W. (Austria) (information science)
Hofstadter, D. (USA) (cognitive research)
Ilgen, F. (The Netherlands) (arts)
Imponente, A. (Italy) (arts)
Kappraff, J. (USA) (mathematics)
Kerszberg, M. (France) (biology)
Koptsik, V. A. (Russia) (crystallography, physics)
Lederman, L. (USA) (physics)
Lee, T. D. (USA) (physics)
VLoeb, A. L. (USA) (crystallography, arts, design)
Mackay, A. (UK) (crystallography)
Mainzer, K. (Germany) (philosophy)
Marcus, S. (Romania) (linguistics)
Marijuan, P. (Spain) (information science, engineering)
Miyazaki, K. (Japan) (mathematical crystallography)
Ne'eman, Y. (Israel) (physics)
Olovsson, I. (Sweden) (chemistry)
Pardavi-Horvath, M. (USA) (physics)
Penrose, R. (UK) (physics)
Petoukhov, S. V. (Russia) (bioengineering)
Pimenta, E. (Portugal) (architecutre, arts, music)
V Prigogine, I. (Belgium) (chemistry)
Rosen, J. (USA) (physics)
Rossi, C. (Italy) (chemistry)
Ruffini, R. (Italy) (astrophysics)
Saniga, M. (Slovakia) (astronomy)
Schattschneider, D. (USA) (mathematics, arts)
Sequin, C. (USA) (mathematics, arts)
Sims, J. (USA) (arts, mathematics)
Trivedi, K. (India) (design, philosophy)
Verostko, R. (USA) (arts)
Vitiello, G. (Italy) (physics)
Weaire, D. (Ireland) (physics)
Weinberg, S. (USA) (physics)
Wegner, B. (Germany) (mathematics)
Wiggs, R. (USA) (mathematics, arts)
Zee, A. (USA) (physics)
Hungarian Advisory Board
T. Balogh, L. Beke, L. Cser, G. Darvas,
P. Érdi, Z. Gáspár, A.
Kálmán, M. Kedves, P. Michelberger, Z. Perjés, E. Szathmáry, K. Széles,
T. Tarnai, E. Tusa.
S. Bérczi, J. Böhm, A. Csáji,
J. Cseh, Z. Dárdai, D.
Erdély, K. Fittler, T. Fleischer,
G. Fröhlich, E. Gaul, G. Gévay, G. Hajnóczi,
E. Hartmann, S. Kabai, J. Karsai, M. Makai,
C. Mezei, L. Ropolyi, L. Szabados, A. S. Szöllõsy.
Symmetry Festival Secretariat
SCOPE Ltd., c/o Ms. Éva Thiry
Kende utca 13-17, Budapest, H-1111 Hungary
to avoid misunderstanding:
the organiser of the Symmetry Festival is not