Second Announcement

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Second Announcement

International Conference on Rings, Near-rings and Radicals

7 – 13 July 2013

Bloemfontein

 

  • Map of the campus of the University of the Free State (UFS)

The campus map can be obtained via the link campus map. Please note that, unlike most maps, this one has south on its left (and north to its right) when it is opened in front of you so that the sentences printed on the map read from left to right in the usual way. In other words, building 30  is on the Southern end of the campus (and building 13 is towards the Northern end).

 

  • Exchange Rate

In South Africa the currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). Currently, the rate is (roughly) US$1 = R8.85, and €1 = R12.00.

 

  • Accommodation (not applicable to the keynote speakers)

 

The following three establishments are recommended:

 

    • Residence Conlaurês on campus (immediately to the west of building 62 on the campus map). It is a newly built residence, with one-bed and two-bed rooms. There are no self-catering facilities, but breakfast is available. Although every group of roughly 10 to 15 people have to share a bathroom (consisting of 2 to 3 showers and 2 to 3 toilets), they are fairly private. Each shower has its own door and change room, for example.                                                                                                                                                

   Contact Ilze Nikolova (NikolovaI@ufs.ac.za, or phone +27 51 401 9689) for            enquiries  and/or to make reservations.

 

    • Unilofts (also newly built), just across the road from campus, to the south of the athletics track 35 on the campus map. See www.uniloftsbloemfontein.co.za/. Unilofts consists of two-bedroom self-catering apartments, each with its own fully furnished kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom.

 

Contact Ilze Nikolova (NikolovaI@ufs.ac.za, or phone +27 51 401 9689) for enquiries and/or to make reservations.

 

    • Rise & Shine Guesthouse. See www.riseandshine.co.za. This guesthouse is also just across the road from campus, on the southwestern side. This is a bit more luxurious than the other two (but also a bit more expensive, I suppose).

 

All three options shown here are within easy walking distance from the conference venue. If, however, you still prefer (for some reason) other accommodation than any of these, please visit www.sa-venues.com/freestate/guesthouses/bloemfontein.php for other guesthouses, hotels, etc in Bloemfontein. But then you might need a car to travel between your accommodation and the conference venue.

 

 

  • Transport

 

Transport will be provided between the Bloemfontein airport (which is nowadays called the Bram Fischer International airport) and your accommodation. Of course, you’ll need to let me know beforehand about your flight details, and the name/location of your accommodation, so that I can efficiently arrange the transport. If anybody prefers to travel by bus to Bloemfontein, then I will also arrange transport between the bus station and the conference venue. Travel by train is possible, but rare. In the Third Announcement you will be asked to give me your arrival and departure information.

 

  • Meals

 

Every year (for the past 10 years or so) there is a week-long art festival in Bloemfontein, and most of it takes place on the campus of the university. This year, this festival takes place exactly in the same week as the conference (7 to 13 July). This implies that not only will there be several shows, music concerts, plays, films, etc on campus, but also numerous stands where you can buy handicraft artefacts, as well as FOOD (of various types). Apart from this, there are also several other (permanent) food outlets on campus (most of them in building 131 on the campus map), and some just off campus. There are at least two licensed (to sell alcohol) restaurants close-by, namely Träumerei (the southern end of building 131 on the campus map) and Burning Spear Spur (which is near the corner of Nelson Mandela Drive and DF Malherbe Drive, but off campus). Also note that breakfast will be provided at your accommodation (in most cases, at least). 

 

At this stage, the plan is to provide a cocktail party on the Monday evening (8 July), a dinner after the excursion on the Wednesday afternoon (10 July), as well as a farewell dinner on the Friday evening (12 July). So most of the evening meals have already been taken care of by the conference management.

 

Hence, what I want to say is that there is no reason for anyone to go hungry at any time during the conference.

 

  • General
    • Wi-Fi

Is available throughout campus, and possibly at your accommodation as well.

 

    • Weather

In the winter, Bloemfontein can be rather cold during the night. See http://www.sa-venues.com/weather/freestate.htm. However, the days are quite nice, in general. There should be heating in all three establishments mentioned under accommodation, but bring thick pyjamas anyway. A jersey or jacket during the day should suffice. The probability for rain is low. 

 

    • Safety

South Africa is known to be an unsafe country. This is only true if you are in the wrong place at the right time.  As long as you stay in a group and do not wander around all by yourself at night, everything should be fine. Never wear expensive jewellery, especially if you are alone.  It is always wise to lock up valuables, such as laptops, cameras, etc when you do not use it. I guess these guidelines are valid in most countries.

 

    • Official invitation

If you want me to send you an official invitation on a letterhead (for visa purposes, for instance), please let me know, and I will do so immediately.

 

    • Power outlet and drinking water

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. It is safe to drink water from the taps in Bloemfontein. I do it every day, and I am still around. See www.southafrica.net/za/en/travel-tips/entry/travel-tip-drinking-water for more information of this kind.

 

 

  • Conference venue

 

The conference will take place in Room 2 of the Stabilis Lecture Hall complex (building 25 on the campus map).

 

  • Programme

 

The layout of the programme should be roughly as follows:

 

Sunday

7 July

 

Monday

8 July

Tuesday

9 July

Wednesday

10 July

Thursday

11 July

Friday

12 July

Saturday

13 July

 

08:00-08:30

Registration

 

 

 

 

 

A

08:30-08:55

Registration & Opening

Talk

Talk

Talk

Talk

D

R

09:00-  09:50

Plenary

Plenary

2 Talks

Plenary

Plenary

E

R

10:00 – 10:30

Refreshments

Refreshments

Refreshments

Refreshments

Refreshments

P

I

10:30-10:55

Talk

Talk

Talk

Talk

Talk

A

V

11:00-11:25

Talk

Talk

Talk

Talk

Talk

R

A

11:30-11:55

Talk

Talk

Talk

Talk

Talk

T

L

12:00-14:00

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

U

 

14:00-14:25

Talk

Talk

Excursion

Talk

Talk

R

 

14:30-14:55

Talk

Talk

Excursion

Talk

Talk

E

 

15:00-15:25

Talk

Talk

Excursion

Business Meeting

Talk

 

 

15:30-16:00

Refreshments

Refreshments

Excursion

Refreshments

Refreshments

 

 

16:00-16:25

Talk

Talk

Excursion

Talk

Talk

 

 

19:00-22:00

Cocktail Party

 

Excursion & dinner, until about 22:00

 

Farewell Dinner

 

 

 

If it turns out that there are not enough speakers for a five-day conference, it might happen that it will be reduced it to a four-day conference, stopping right after the business meeting on the Thursday afternoon. In this case, the farewell dinner might be moved to the Thursday evening, but, of course, it is too early to make any promises about this right now.

 

  • Registration

 

Please download the registration form (.pdf.doc) complete it (as far as possible) and send it to me by email (meyerjh@ufs.ac.za) or fax (+27 51 401 3805) as soon as possible.

 

The early bird registration fee (before 1 May 2013) is R1800 for participants and R1000 for accompanying persons. This covers the conference material, transport, refreshments, the cocktail party (Monday evening), the excursion on the Wednesday afternoon, as well as the dinners during the evenings of 10 and 12 July. After 30 April 2013, the registration fee goes up to R2000 for delegates and R1200 for accompanying persons.

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There are two methods of payment:

1.    The preferred way is for you to ask me for an invoice, which I will e-mail to you. The invoice contains all relevant information that will enable you to deposit the money into the conference account. Please make sure that all the bank fees are paid by you, otherwise I will have to pay for it, resulting in a reduced conference fee. We do not want that. After you have made the payment (transfer of money), please email me a copy of the proof of payment, containing at least your name, for identification.

2.    If it is impossible for you to use method 1, you should bring the cash to the conference and simply give it to me, after which I will supply you with a receipt. Just remember that the fees will have gone up a bit by then. Unfortunately, I cannot accept credit cards or cheques.

 

The plenary speakers need not pay the registration fee, but they do have to complete the registration form and send it to me (just leave out the accommodation details).

 

  • Abstracts of Talks

 

Abstracts of the talks will be asked for in the Third Announcement, roughly during the first week of June.