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International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science in Krakow 2006

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"East and West: the Common European Heritage"

Second Announcement

Quick Menu: Invitation - Places and dates - Scientific ProgrammePresentations - Abstract submission - Language - Accommodation - Travel - Social Programme - Symposium Fee - Deadline - Payement - Useful Info


We are pleased to invite you to participate in the XXV Scientific Instruments Symposium. We will be delighted to welcome you to Krakow. Apart from scientific sessions and meetings, you will be given an opportunity to enjoy the culture and history of this region of our country.

Places and Dates

The symposium will start on the 10th and end on the 14th of September in Krakow at the Jagiellonian University. After the Symposium we plan to organise three post-conference tour: to Wieliczka Salt Mine,  to Auschwitz-Birkeanu Concentration Camp and  the sightseeing tour in Krakow.

Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland. For centuries Krakow was the capital of Poland, and the major seat of Polish kings, which attracted great scholars and artists from around the world. Today Krakow is regarded as the cultural capital of Poland - a place with an exceptional atmosphere created by its artists.

The XXV Scientific Instruments Symposium will be held at the Jagiellonian University Museum in the building called Collegium Maius. Most of the scientific sessions, the welcoming reception and the registration will take place there. The official opening ceremony will take place in Aula at Collegium Novum. Coffee and tea will be served in the Museum. One session will be held at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow.

Scientific program

The central theme of the symposium is: East and West: The Common European Heritage.

The evolution of science with its concomitant tools has always been  greatly affected by the prevailing political and economic situation.  Many scientific discoveries emerged in the context of historic circumstances which were seminal to intellectual life and development in the particular region. Central Europe, pivotally situated between East and West, has had the unique opportunity of cross cultural communication and information sharing in both directions.  Science in this part of Europe, however, drew mainly from Western influences.

PROPOSALS of the topics for the sessions of the SIC Symposium in Krakow:


1.  Scientific instruments between East and West: collaboration,  transmission, trade.

2. Historical laboratories.

3. The preservation of scientific instruments heritage: research - restoration-conservation.


Any other papers on a subject of interest of the participants will be accepted.



Following presentations are planned:

·        oral presentations (20 min)

·        poster presentations

Authors are requested to indicate their preference about the form of presentations, and the section in which their contribution should be presented. The conference room is equipped with PowerPoint projector, video, slide projector and overhead projector.

The poster session will take place in Collegium Maius. The size of posters is 70 x 100 cm. Authors should mount their posters at least one day before the posters session. Material for set-up will be provided by the organisers.



Abstract submission

The abstracts must be submitted in English in an electronic form (mail to ( as a text file (preferably in Word 98) as an e-mail attachment (one page A4, for each abstract including headings with margins 2,5 cm above and below, 3.5 cm left, 2 cm right). Authors are requested to type the abstract according to the instructions below:

Title (type- Times New Roman, No. 14, Bold)

Author's first name and surnames (type- Times New Roman, No. 14, Bold)

Institution (type- Times New Roman, No.10, Italic)

Address (type- Times New Roman, No.10, Italic)

key words - max. 5 key words (type- Times New Roman, No. 10, Bold)

Text (type - Times New Roman, No12)

The text of the abstract should contain no more than 1600 characters (including space). Avoid any tables, figures and bibliography. The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is June 30, 2006. Abstracts received later cannot be considered for publication in the abstract book. At least one of the authors must be registered as an active symposium participant and pay the registration fee.



Official Conference language

The official language of the conference is English. All lectures, talks, discussions and poster text must be given in English.





Location: 15 minutes by walk from the place of the Symposium.

Approximate fees per room for one night:

University guest house




single room

220 PZL

55 EUR

double room

350 PZL

88 EUR

Hotel ***




single room

280 PZL

70 EUR

double room

400 PZL

100 EUR


560 PZL

140 EUR

Student  Hotel*




single room (with bathroom)

120 PZL

30 EUR

double room (with bathroom)

140 PZL

35 EUR

single room (without bathroom)

75 PZL

19 EUR





single room

100 PZL

25 EUR

double room

120PZL (60PZL/person)


Detailed information about accommodation form will be to find on our web site in January 2006. The payment instructions will be given as well.


Lunches (11-14 September) are included in the registration fee and will be served near the Museum. On the 15 September the lunch is included in the post-conference excursion fee. Every reception (10, 12, 13 September) is included in registration fee as well. The symposium fee does not include the cost of the official dinner (14 September).


You can arrive to Krakow by plane (Airport Kraków-Balice). From the airport to the town centre you can go by taxi, which costs approximately 30 PZL - about 8 EUR (during the day) or 50 PZL - about 13 EUR (during the night). Note that Sunday the cost is higher (about 50 PZL and 80 PZL). You can go by bus as well (No 192, 208 every 20 min. and 692 in "przystanki" name of stop: "Port Lotniczy").

You can arrive by plane also to Warsaw or to Katowice. Take the train from Warsaw (station name: Warszawa Centralna)  to Krakow or from Katowice to Krakow (station name: Kraków Główny)  ( From Warsaw airport to the Warszawa Centralna railway station you can take city bus 175 or by radio-taxi which you can find at the front of the arrival floor (the cost shouldn’t be higher than 40 PZL (about 10 EUR). Travel by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes about 3 hours, from Katowice to Krakow about 2 hours.

The railway station in Krakow is located in the town centre (about 15 min by walk to the marketplace). Your accommodation place you can reach by taxi or tram.

Social programme for Accompanying Person

For Accompanying Persons a rich programme of sightseeing of Krakow will be proposed.



Symposium fee

Payment of the registration fee must be made in Euro by the bank account transfer.



Before May 2

After May 2


  190 EUR

 250 EUR

Accompanying persons

  110 EUR

 150 EUR

Symposium fee includes:

-participation in Symposium sessions,

-conference materials,

-coffee break,

-lunches (from Monday to Thursday),

-mid-conference tour,

-receptions in the Jagiellonian University Museum, in the Museum of Pharmacy and in the Polish Aviation Museum.

Symposium fee does not include:


-official dinner (extra cost 45EUR),

-post-conference excursion (extra cost 50EUR or 40EUR).

Symposium fee for Accompanying Persons includes:

-social programme,

-lunches (from Monday to Thursday),

-mid-conference tour,

-receptions in the Jagiellonian University Museum, in the Museum of Pharmacy and in the Polish Aviation Museum.

Symposium fee for Accompanying Persons does not include:


-official dinner (extra cost 45EUR),

-post-conference excursion (extra cost 50EUR or 40EUR).

Registration and Deadlines

All registrations must be made on the official form provided with this Second Announcement.



Payment and Registration-

Submission of Abstracts -

May 2, 2006

June 30, 2006*

 *Please use the subject of mail: SIC September 2006


All the costs are payable to the Jagiellonian University - SIC Symposium and should be send to: Jagiellonian University BOIN, ul. Gołębia 24, 31-007 Kraków, Poland.

Please indicate which of the following means of payment you choose. (In case of a bank transfers, please cover the banking charges).

You can use bank account transfer or credit card (Visa, Electron, American Express etc.). Please attach a copy of the payment confirmation to Registration Form. In case of using credit card, please send  card details.

Beneficiary: Jagiellonian University BOIN

Bank:BPH S.A. o/Kraków,

Account number: IBAN: PL 75 1060 0076 0000 3300 0015 7610


(Please indicate SIC as well as the name of the participant. Do not forget to bring your copy of document confirming that the payment has been made).


Useful information

1. The currency is Polish zloty (PLN), denoted by the symbol zł (1 zl = 100 groszy).

2. The current exchange rate varies at about 4.00 zl per 1 Euro and 3.30 zl per 1 US Dollar.

3. Use only banks, hotel exchange-offices or cheque-points for money exchange.

4. Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and big markets but not in all hostels and small shops.

5. The price of an ordinary ticket in public transport (bus, tram) is about 2.60 zl.

6. Shopping hours are generally from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (but in center of city shopping hours usually are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m)

7.  Electrical current is 230 V, the frequency 50 Hz.

8. Participants are advised to obtain travel, medical, personal accident and luggage insurance before departure to Poland. Registration fees do not include insurance cover.

For detailed information

check our web site or send e-mail:


about accommodation, travel, payments, excursion *

about scientific programme, abstract or presentation

 *Please use the subject of mail: SIC September 2006

Conference Agency:

Jagiellonian University BOIN:

Mrs. Magdalena Latos

Mrs. Renata Rusek

Mr. Maciej Pilch

 Adress: Gołębia 24, 31-007 Krakow, Poland

Fax/phone: + 48/12/ 663 38 58, Phone: +48/12/ 421 26 62  


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