The 2004 Fall Meeting registration will begin on Sunday, September 5th. Meeting will include 9 symposia, a plenary session, and some training activities for young researchers or scientists wishing to extend their expertise to new fields. It is intended that the conference will be augmented by an exhibition of products and services of interest to those participating in the event. The conference is in part supported by the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research.

Warsaw University of Technology The E-MRS Fall Meeting will be held in Warsaw University of Technology, the biggest technical university in Poland.


The E-MRS 2004 Fall Meeting will consist of the plenary session, 9 symposia, and 3 satellite events.

Plenary Session:

  • Chemical nanoparticle fabrication and processing - from the basics to applications.
    Prof. Helmut Schmidt
    Institute of New Materials (INM), University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Materials Research in the Sixth Framework Programme
    Dr. Jose-Lorenzo Vallés
    Directorate-General for Research, Materials Unit, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • Assembling Materials from Nanoscale Buliding Blocks
    Prof. Richard W. Siegel
    Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, U.S.A
  • The growing importance of computations in materials science: current capabilities and perspectives
    Prof. Erich Wimmer
    Materials Design s.a.r.l. , Le Mans, France
  • Wide band gap semiconductor as spintronic and ferromagnetic materials
    Prof. Tomasz Dietl
    Institute of Physics PAS , Warsaw, Poland
  • Isotope effect in cuprate superconductors
    Prof. Hugo Keller
    Physik-Institut der Universität Zürich


  1. Nanostructured materials and nanotechnologies for new chemical sensors and alternative energy devices
  2. Progress in Polymeric Materials for Medicine and Biology
  3. Science and Technology of Nitrides and Related Materials
  4. Applications of Linear and Area Detectors for X-ray and Neutron Diffraction and Spectroscopy
  5. Superconductors - New Developments, New Materials, New Applications and Nanoscale Investigations
  6. Wide Band Gap II-VI Semiconductors: Growth, Characterization and Applications
  7. Functionalisation of Nanoparticles
  8. Computational Materials Science
  9. Metal Based Nanomaterials, Thin Films and Surface Structures,

Satellite events:

  • Special workshop jointly organized by Symp G and I of EMRS Fall Meeting, the Network "Nanostructred materials" and Center of Excellence Prenabio (6 - 7 September)
  • NATO "Advanced Research Workshop" (8 - 10 September):
  • Special session: Funding and Investment Opportunities in Poland and Central Europe - a European and International Perspective (5 - 6 September)
    Organized jointly by the Institute of Nanotechnology, Nanoforum, and Symposia A, G, and I.
  • Workshop: "Intergranular and interphase boundaries - experimental techniques of investigation and computer simulation methods" (1 - 4 September)
    Organized by Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science & Engineering, Centre of Excellence: NanoCentre.
  • Workshop: "Introduction to MS Modeling 3.0" (6 - 7 September)
    Organized by ICM, Warsaw University
  • Workshop: "Introduction to MedeA modeling" (9 September)
    Organized by ICM, Warsaw University


The conference chairpersons are:

  • K.J. Kurzydlowski, Warsaw University of Technology
  • W. Lojkowski, High Pressure Research Center, Unipress, PAS, Warsaw
  • A. Mycielski, Institute of Physics, PAS, Warsaw
  • P. Siffert, European Materials Research Society, France

The European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) a non profit scientific association founded in 1983 focuses on creating the synergy between interdisciplinary, innovative technologies, spreading and exchanging information and promoting technology transfer from public institutions to industry. The primary objective of E-MRS is to promote and enhance the efficiency of research in Europe in the field of Advanced Materials. E-MRS seeks to quickly inform researchers of the scientific and technological developments in their field of interest from the rest of the world through the society's links with other MRS societies belonging to the International Union (IUMRS).

In 2002 E-MRS decided to launch in parallel to the well established spring meetings in Strasburg also the fall meetings in Warsaw. Already 2 fall meetings have taken place, in 2002 and 2003, with a steadily increasing number of symposia and participants.

In order to contact organisers please follow this link.

Abstracts and presentations

Abstracts must be submitted using on-line abstract editor (click here). The following rules of the abstract composition apply:

  • length is limited to 2000 letters, including spaces and formattings,
  • only Latin and Greek letters are allowed in the abstract body,
  • no formattings but sub- and superscripts are allowed,
  • no drawings,
  • no heading information (title, authors, affiliations) in the abstract body,
  • abstract must be composed and submitted on-line (copy/paste from your word processor is available),
  • abstract is displayed in the final form in the browser (WYSIWYG) and must be verified/corrected by the author on-line as no other edition will be made by the organisers (abstract will be published as is).

Please consult abstract composition manual for more details. You can correct abstract on-line at any time. Abstract submission deadline is May 20th.

Oral presentations

Duration of oral presentation, including discussion, is planned to be: 45 minutes for plenary talks, 30 minutes for invited talks, 15 minutes for contributed talks.

For the oral presentations - the following equipment will be present:

  • a digital projector + a computer with the "PowerPoint" program and CD drive
  • an overhead projector for transparencies.

Because of always possible compatibility problems - we suggest bringing your presentations not only on CD, but also on transparencies (as a last resort).


Poster presentations

The maximum size for a poster is: vertical 2.4 m and horizontal 1.0 m. The poster board will be full white board.


The submitted papers will be subjected to a peer review procedure. Instructions to Authors will be dispatched together with the notification of acceptance of the abstract. All articles should be submitted at the Manuscript Office on the first day of the conference (or date of arrival).

The decision of which journals shall publish the symposia proceedings will be made by the organizers of each symposium. An announcement of these journals will be published on-line. It is already known that the proceedings of the Symposium B will be published in "e-Polymers" the scientific e-only polymer journal under auspices of the European Polymer Federation. http://www.e-polymers.org; Symposium C, Symposium E and Symposium F in physica status solidi; Symposium D in Nuclear Instruments and Methods A; Symosium G in Journal of Metastable and Nanocrystalline Materials; Symposium H in Materials Science; Symposium I in Reviews on Advanced Materials Science.


September 6 - 10, 2004

The exhibition will be located close to the technical session rooms and scheduled to coincide with the technical program. For exhibitors that will mean an excellent opportunity to meet just the right customers and disseminate information effectively. For meeting attendees, it will offer the convenience of visiting with multiple vendors all under one roof. So, plan to pick up some literature, enjoy a hands-on product demonstration, or meet face to face with company representatives.

We cordially invite you and your company to take part in this event. For more detailed information please consult PDF or DOC forms and please contact:

  • Łukasz Ciupiński
    Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering,
    Warsaw University of Technology
    ul. Wołoska 141, 02-507 Warsaw, Poland
    Phone: (+48 22) 660 8529
    Fax: (+48 22) 660 8750
    [email protected]

Deadlines and fees


  • Abstract submission deadline: May 20
  • Notification of acceptance and mode of presentation: June 14
  • Deadline of registration at lower fee: July 31
    Please notice that the discount rate is only applicable for REGISTRATION FORM and PAYMENT received by July 31.
  • After July 31: Additional charge for registration fees
  • Deadline for hotel reservation and ordering of all services: July 31
  • Deadline for reception of full manuscripts: September 6 (or date of arrival)


    Early registration fees (before July 31):
  • Regular fee: 370EUR
  • Fee for E-MRS members: 350EUR
  • Student* fee: 100EUR
  • Accompanying person: 140EUR
  • Fee for Funding Workshop only (does not include E-MRS): 220EUR
  • Fee for Joint Session of Symp.G&I only (does not include E-MRS): 220EUR
    Late registration fees (after July 31):
  • Regular fee: 410EUR
  • Fee for E-MRS members: 390EUR
  • Student* fee: 110EUR
  • Accompanying person: 155EUR
  • Fee for Funding Workshop only (does not include E-MRS): 220EUR
  • Fee for Joint Session of Symp.G&I only (does not include E-MRS): 220EUR
    The registration fee for a Regular Participant includes:
  1. Admission to the plenary session, all parallel symposia and workshops or schools
  2. Program and Abstract Booklet
  3. Conference Badge
  4. Refreshments during breaks
  5. Welcome Reception on September 5th
  6. September 6th and 8th (evenings) - access to the poster sessions + drinks and snacks
  7. The volume of the proceedings of the symposium
    (Each additional copy of the proceedings (also - of the other symposia) can be ordered for the price of 50 Euro)
  8. One year membership in the European Materials Research Society.
    The registration fee for a Student includes:
  • the items listed above, except 7 and 8
    The registration fee for an Accompanying Person includes:
  1. Welcome Reception on September 5th
  2. Conference Badge
  3. September 6th and 8th (evenings) - access to the poster sessions + drinks and snacks
  4. September 6th - Visit to the Botanical Garden and Wilanów Palac
  5. September 7th - Visit to the Łazienki Park
  6. September 8th - Visit to the Royal Castle

*Attention: Students have to present evidence to their status


On-line registration is obligatory. To register for the Conference please complete the on-line Registration & Accommodation Form. The deadline for early registration is July 31. Delegates will be officially registered upon receipt of this form and the appropriate Conference dues. A confirmation will be sent by e-mail. Please check this confirmation very carefully to see if all items you have requested and paid for have been mentioned.

Registration & Accommodation Form as well as registration of abstracts can be found at http://www.science24.com/emrs2004fall/reg


Payments must be made in Euro (for Participants from Poland - the equivalent in Polish Złotys (PLN) at the day of payment according to the NBP mid- rate of exchange).

Separate payments are required for Registration fee and the Accommodation & Social Programme.

Payments for the registration fee & additional copies of proceedings:

The payment for registration fee & additional proceedings must be made to:

  • Warsaw University of Technology,
    Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering
    ul. Wołoska 141
    02-507 Warsaw, Poland
    Phone: (+48 22) 660 8529
    Fax: (+48 22) 660 8750
    [email protected]
When paying please indicate:
  • the Conference code: EMRS4F-FEE,
  • the symposium code !!!!!! (e.g.: "Symp. A"),
  • and your name and address.
Account name: Warsaw University of Technology
Bank name: PEKAO S.A.
Branch name: IV O/Warszawa
Account no: 81124010531111000005005664

You must pay by bank transfer before the Conference. Participants who have not paid before the conference may pay by cash or credit card at the Registration Desk, but the late registration fee will be charged.

Payments for accommodation & social programme

Payment for the hotel accommodation (at least for the first night) and all other services - tourist programme, lunches, banquet (but NOT Conference fees) must be pre-paid to:

    Congress & Tourism Bureau
    47 Żurawia Street Apt. 304
    00-680 Warsaw, Poland
    Phone/Fax: (+ 48 22 ) 621-31-16 ; 628 45 48
    Contact person: Anna Dyga
    e-mail: [email protected]
When paying please indicate: CONGRESS-OR Conference code: 88-305/EMRS and instruct your bank to include your name and address.

Account name: "CONGRESS-OR" Congress & Tourism Bureau (88-305/EMRS)
Bank name: Bank Przemysłowo-Handlowy PBK S.A.
Branch name: IX O/Warszawa
Account no: 14106000760000401040242223

You may pay by bank transfer or with one of the following credit cards: American Express, Master Card, Visa, Diners Club, Euro Card and JCB.

Any remaining hotel costs (bed and breakfast) must be paid to CONGRESS-OR at the Conference. All other hotel costs (telephone, mini-bars, etc.) must be paid directly to the hotel.


Arriving by air:

The Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport is approximately 11 km from the City center (15-20 minutes by car, but during the rush hours it can take even 1 hour). You can go with the bus No.175 from the airport to the City center (to hotels Jan III Sobieski, Marriott, Novotel Centrum, Grand, Sofitel Victoria, Europejski).

Taxi service is also available. Follow TAXI signs outside the building. You can also call for a taxi by dialing e.g: (+48 22) 9622 (Super Taxi), (+48 22) 919 (MPT Taxi), (+48 22) 644 4444 (Sawa Taxi) or (+48 22) 677 7777 (Taxi Merc). Use +48 22 when calling from your mobile. From a Warsaw local stationary phone - the remaining part of the number is enough. Do not take a taxi offered by a stranger (you can be seriously overcharged)! There will be a "CONGRESS-OR" Congress & Tourism Bureau Information Desk at the airport where a hostess will answer your questions and direct you, if necessary.

By train:

All international trains to Warsaw arrive at the Central Railway Station - Warszawa Centralna (in front of Marriott Hotel and Palace of Culture and Science).

By car:

Those participants who are planning to drive should take into account that there is no a freeway system in Poland so the driving needs more time. Congress venue is located in the very center of the City and it is surrounded by a paid parking.

Passports and visas

All foreign visitors must possess a passport valid for at least the next 6 months. Some participants may require visas in order to enter Poland. Please check with your local Polish Consulate or Embassy for details regarding visa and entry requirements.

Letters of invitation

Upon request, the Scientific Secretariate will send a personal invitation to participate. This invitation is meant only to help visitors raise funds or to obtain a visa, and is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support.


Warsaw University of Technology The Conference will be held at the Central Campus of the Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland, 1 Politechnika Place - the very center of Warsaw, in the main building. Many places of interest are within an easy walking distance from there. Good public transport connections are available to and from anywhere in the city.

How to reach the Conference Venue

Many hotels are located within walking distance of the Conference venue, which is also very close to "Metro Politechnika" underground station (one stop from "Centrum" station). You can also take buses No.117, 131, 515, 522, 524, 525 or trams No. 2, 15, 19, 36.

Registration and information during the Conference

Delegates are kindly requested to register at the Central Reception located in the Conference venue (main building of the Warsaw University of Technology), at the beginning of the Conference. Participants will be able to collect their badge and Conference documentation.


The official language of the meeting is English.


Admission to scientific sessions and other events is permitted only to those wearing the official Conference badge.

Central Reception

Central Reception will be open at the following times:

Sunday, September 5th 12:00 - 21:00
Monday, September 6th 07:00 - 20:00
Tuesday, September 7th 08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday, September 8th 08:00 - 20:00
Thursday, September 9th 08:00 - 18:00
Friday, September 10th 08:00 - 12:00


All best endeavours will be made to present the programme as printed. However, the Organisers reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any of the arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to Conference, for any reasons beyond their reasonable control.

The Local Arrangements and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private property of participants, students and accompanying persons, either during or directly arising from the EMRS 2004 meeting. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health, travel and property insurance before they depart from their country.


Hotel reservation and participation in tourist programme can be arranged through this web site.

"CONGRESS-OR" Congress & Tourism Bureau would like to offer you accommodation in Warsaw hotels in various categories .There will be NO shuttle bus services provided by the Organisers between the Conference hotels and Conference venue.

HotelCategorySingle roomDouble roomWalking/Travel Distance from the Conference Site
Sofitel Victoria***** 138 Euro 160 Euro Królewska Street 11, 00-065 Warsaw
20 min - walk & tram
Novotel Centrum*** 92 Euro 102 Euro Nowogrodzka Street 24/26, 00-511 Warsaw
10 min - by tram or underground
Grand*** 70 Euro 82 Euro Krucza Street 28 , 00-522 Warsaw
20 min walking or 15 min - walk & tram
MDM*** 64 Euro 80 Euro Konstytucji Place 1, 00-647 Warsaw
10 min - walking
Profesorski** 35 Euro 46 Euro Bobrowiecka Street 9, Warsaw
30 min by bus
RivieraStudent Dormitory24 Euro 38 Euro Waryńskiego Street 12, 00-631 Warszaw
7 min walking

The above rates include one overnight stay and breakfast. The number of rooms in each hotel is limited. Please indicate your first and second choice in the on-line Registration & Accommodation Form.

A deposit is required for each hotel booking. The deposit is the cost of the first night. The sum will be subtracted from the total amount at the final settlement of account. In the event of non-arrival, the hotel will automatically release the reservation and the payment will be non-refundable. Official check-in time for the hotels is 14:00 hours and check-out is noon.

"CONGRESS-OR" Congress & Tourism Bureau, upon receipt of the Registration and Accommodation Form will issue a booking Confirmation, with the name and address of your hotel.

Accommodation deadline and hotel deposit payment: July 31, 2004.
Attention: Lack of the hotel deposit payment will be taken as resignation of hotel reservation.


Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to the "CONGRESS-OR" Congress & Tourism Bureau. Cancellation before July 31, 2004 - a refund of 70% will be made. Cancellation after July 31, 2004 - no refund. The refund will be made after the Conference.

Social programme


  • Sunday, September 5th, 2004 (in the evening)
    A chance to meet old friends and make new ones at the Welcome Reception at the University of Technology.
  • Monday, September 6th, 2004 & Wednesday, September 8th, 2004 (in the evening)
    Participation in coctail during the poster sessions.
  • Tuesday, September 7th, 2004 (at 20:00)
    BANQUET. This will be the great occasion to talk in a nice atmosphere of how much has been discussed and learned. Cold and hot dishes, drinks and entertainment will be provided. Price: 50 Euro per person.
    Please indicate your choice in the on-line Registration & Accommodation Form.


  • Lunches for EMRS 2004 Conference participants will be provided in the Conference venue from Sept. 6th to Sept. 10th, 2004. Please indicate in the on-line Registration & Accommodation Form a date and number of lunches you want to order.

Program for accompanying person:

  • Monday, September 6th, 2004 - Visit to the Botanical Garden and Wilanów Palace
    9:30-14:30 Sightseeing of Warsaw and visit to the Botanical Garden in Powsin. Visit to the Wilanów - the Baroque residence of the Polish King John III Sobieski set in a lovely park. King John III Sobieski build it in the late 17th century as a present for his French wife. To make her more at home in her new country, the palace was modeled on Versailles, though in much smaller dimensions. Coach departure from the Conference site at 9:30. After sightseeing, lunch in Wilanów.
  • Tuesday, September 7th , 2004 - Visit to the Łazienki Park
    10:30-13:30 Visit to the Łazienki Park around the Royal Summer Palace with the Chopin monument. If you want to escape the hubbub of the big city for a while, this is the place to go to. Apart from its beautiful old trees and romantic ponds, there are some architectural sights to be found here, such as the Palace on the Water - the summer residence of the last Polish King Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski, also the Old Orangery or the Amphitheatre. In the summer at midday, there are Chopin concerts held in the park at the monument of the composer. Coach departure from the Conference site at 10:30
  • Wednesday, September 8th , 2004 - Visit to the Royal Castle
    9:30-13:30 The Royal Castle originates from the Middle Ages. It was the residence of Polish Kings and the seat of Parliament. From 1926 to 1939, it served as the residence of the Polish President. During World War II, the castle was completely destroyed, but thanks to the efforts of Poles from home and abroad it was rebuilt from 1971-1984. Much of the original furnishing and works of art have returned to their former places. The Royal Castle now serves as a museum. Visit to Warsaw Art Galleries and to one of Warsaw's Bake Shops for a taste of Polish sweets. Coach departure from the Conference site at 9:30.

Tourist offer

Local Tours:

  • Sunday, September 5th, 2004 - Sightseeing of Warsaw at 14:00
    14:00-17:00 The guided sightseeing tour in English will introduce you to the most interesting attractions of Warsaw. You will hear about the past and see what is happening today. Departure from the Conference site at 14:00, return at 17:00 straight to Opening Ceremony site.
    Price: 35 Euro per person
  • Wednesday, September 8th , 2004 - Excursion to Żelazowa Wola
    18:00-22:30 Żelazowa Wola is located 60 km from Warsaw. On this bus tour (with guide assistance) you will visit the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin, the famous Polish composer. The house of his parents, surrounded by a beautiful park, has been transformed into a museum, partly retaining its original 19th century interiors. During the summertime Chopin concerts are held at the museum. Following a piano concert, you will be able to taste some of the most delicious dishes of the Mazovian region cuisine in a typical countryside restaurant. There will be many attractions that evening including folklore band performance etc. Coach departures from the Conference site at 18:00. Return to hotels at about 22:30 in the evening.
    Price: 98 Euro per person.

Post-Conferece Tours:

September 11th - 12th, 2004
- 2-day coach tour (coach departures September 11st, 2004 at 7:00 in the morning, returning on September 12th, 2004 at night). The excursion terminates on September 13th with the breakfast at the hotel in Warsaw.

The fee covers:

  • accommodation in Kraków
  • sightseeing of Kraków including Wawel Royal Castle
  • sightseeing of Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • full-board
  • bus transportation
  • guide assistance
  • dinner in Warsaw on September 12th
  • accommodation in Warsaw September 12th - 13th in a *** star hotel in the centre of Warsaw
  • Kraków (Cracow) Poland's medieval capital, Kraków, possesses a unique atmosphere. For centuries, artists have flocked here, and today it has become one of Poland's most popular tourist destinations. From atop a hill, Wawel Castle keeps watch over the Old Town. The castle, built in the Middle Ages, was reconstructed in XVI century in the Renaissance style and its interiors contain the treasures of the Polish Kings. The Cathedral sits beside the castle, the final resting place of all but two of the Polish Kings. Beneath the hill is a cave, which, legend has it, was once inhabited by a dragon. The Old Market Square is alive with visitors from around the world. The central piece of the square, the Sukiennice cloth hall, is still used by merchants today. St. Mary's Church, one of Kraków's many churches, stands across the square. From its tower, a solitary bugle call reminds visitors of the bugler who had a warning of an invasion cut short in the mid-note by a Tatar arrow. Inside stands the spectacular carved Wit Stwosz Triptych Altar.
  • Wieliczka In Wieliczka you can visit a Salt Mine that has been working continuously since the Middle Ages. Visitors can tour three underground levels of the mine walking three kilometres through chambers ornately carved out of salt rock and view the Museum of Kraków Salt working and an underground sanatorium. Wieliczka's Salt Mine has been placed on UNESCO's World's Cultural Heritage list.

Price: 323 Euro per person, extra charge for a single room - 58 Euro per person.
Ordering: through on-line form, in the social programme section.

September 11th - 12th, 2004
- 2-day coach tour (coach departures September 11st, 2004 at 7:00 in the morning, returning on September 12th, 2004 at night). The excursion terminates on September 13th with the breakfast at the hotel in Warsaw.

The fee covers:

  • accommodation in Gdańsk
  • sightseeing of Tri-city - Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot
  • organ concert in Gdańsk-Oliwa
  • sightseeing of Gothic Castle in Malbork
  • full-board
  • bus transportation
  • guide assistance
  • dinner in Warsaw on September 12th
  • accommodation in Warsaw September 12th - 13th in a *** star hotel in the centre of Warsaw
  • Gdańsk In 1997 Gdańsk celebrated its one thousandth anniversaries. Located where the Vistula River meets the Baltic sea, it is part of the Tri-City area which includes the modern seaport of Gdynia and the resort town of Sopot. Gdańsk is a paradise for visitors, with its historic charm intact despite the heavy toll of World War II. Romantic Mariacka Lane invites strollers to experience the quiet of time past, while the long Market bustles with activity well into the evening. The medieval St. Mary's Church, Poland's largest church, towers majestically over the city. Neptune's Fountain stands in front of the late-Gothic Artus Court, one of the Old Town's most impressive buildings. Visitors flock year-round to the town famous for its amber, architecture, and smooth Hevelius beer. It was also here that the Solidarity Trade Union was born.
  • Malbork This town was established by the Teutonic Knights and served as the capital of their mini-state in the years 1309-1457, with the gigantic Gothic castle being the residence of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order. Today the castle represents one of the fine examples of medieval defensive architecture.
  • Oliwa The northern suburb of Gdańsk is home to a cathedral which contains the famous Organ of Oliwa, built from 1763 to 1788. Today it is still played during concerts.

Price: 315 Euro per person, extra charge for a single room - 62 Euro per person. Ordering: through on-line form, in the social programme section.

Attention: The excursions will take place depending on the number of applicants.

Other places to visit in Warsaw:

  • The Old Town (Stare Miasto) is for those who enjoy museums, art, and historical architecture away from the bustle of everyday city life. It is closed to traffic, and in its narrow streets you can relax and leave the 21st century behind for a while. Everything here is within easy walking distance. The Old Town is especially beautiful in the evening when its floodlit walls, houses and monuments begin to live a life of their own. An absolute must for all visitors of Warsaw.
  • Old Town Square This is the hub of the life in Warsaw's Old Town.
  • The Royal Route The Royal Route connects the Royal Castle with the other two royal residences: in the Łazienki Park and the Palace of Wilanów. Especially its northern part between the Old Town and Charles de Gaulle Roundabout is worth seeing, comprising Krakowskie Przedmieście, with its many palaces and churches, and the beautiful campus of Warsaw University, and Warsaw's most elegant shopping street, Nowy Świat. These two streets, carefully reconstructed after the war, are one of the few places that retain the atmosphere of pre-war Warsaw.
  • The Jewish Warsaw The Warsaw Ghetto, where during World War II the Nazis imprisoned over 400 000 Jews, comprises monuments commemorating the place from where Jews were sent to death in the concentration camps. Apart from the monuments, today there is little left that would remind of those days, as the ghetto was completely levelled during the Ghetto Uprising of 1943. The terror of those days, however, can be sensed at two small museums, the Pawiak Prison Museum and the Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom, situated in the cellars of the former Gestapo headquarters at 25 Szucha Avenue (today the Ministry of Education). The huge area of Jewish cemetery in Okopowa street can impress any visitor.
  • The Palace of Culture and Science The Stalinesque skyscraper over the city centre is probably the most impressive example of this style of architecture outside the former Soviet Union. At the multimedia information centre on the 30th floor visitors can get an overview of Warsaw and its history as well as breathtaking views of the whole city.

Local information

Time zone

The time in Poland is the same as in Germany and Spain, but 1 hour ahead of Portugal and UK.


You can use public telephones with phone cards which can be obtained at the post offices, airport, railway stations, kiosks and in some hotels.

Mobile phones

All polish GSM operators use GSM 900/1800 network type. When calling from your mobile to a stationary phone in Warsaw use the prefix "+4822".

Dial-up Internet connection

There are several access numbers you can use, for instance 0202122, 0202422 (Telekomunikacja Polska) 0209568 (Aster City Cable). The login name is ppp and the password is ppp. The cost is the same as that of a local phone call.

Currency and credit cards

The currency unit in Poland is the Polish złoty (zł) which is subdivided into 100 grosze (gr). The current exchange rate to Euro and US dollar can be checked at http://www.oanda.com/converter/classic (choose PLN as the Polish currency code). In February 2004 it is about 4,8 PLN for Euro and 3,9 PLN for USD. Delegates may change foreign currency and travellers cheques at several banks located in the centre of the city as well as in many exchange bureaus, at the railway station, at the airport or in many others places. International credit cards are accepted in many hotels, restaurants, and cash machines.


Electricity supply is 230V.

Climate and clothing

The weather in September in Warsaw is usually warm and pleasant, however the evenings might be sometimes quite cold. The average daytime temperature varies from 15 degrees to 18 degress of Celsius. There is the possibility of rain, so an umbrella, light raincoat and comfortable shoes are advisable. The weather forecast can be checked at http://weather.icm.edu.pl/knowmaps/wwweng/mgram1208.html.


Most shops (except for food stores) are open from 11:00 until 19:00. Some department stores may open earlier or close later on weekdays as well as on Saturdays and Sundays. Polish craftwork is fascinating: wood craving and hand-woven rugs come mostly from the Zakopane region. Other souvenirs include glass, hand-woven baskets, paper cut-outs and crystal. One of the most popular souvenirs is amber from the Baltic Sea. Each individual piece can be fashioned into a pendant, ring, bracelet, or earrings. Most highly prized is amber with a prehistoric insect preserved inside, though it is a rare find. Poland is also known for its silver jewellery, which is sometimes combined with amber to create uniquely Polish pieces.


Poles are known for their hospitality and love of food. Polish meals offer a wide selection ranging from fresh game in season to Baltic herring. Red beet soup or borsch, is well-known, as are Polish sausage (kiełbasa) and stuffed cabbage (gołąbki). Dumplings (pierogi) come stuffed with meat, potatoes, blueberries, or sauerkraut and mushrooms. Bigos is a stew of meat and sauerkraut, while roast duck comes stuffed with apples. For dessert, try pastries with poppy seeds, or perhaps a Polish donut filled with preserved fruit (pączek). In the summer, try our delectable strawberries, blueberries and cherries.


The conference website is http://www.e-mrs.org/meetings/fall2004.

For scientific issues please contact:

  • Conference Secretariat
    Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering
    ul. Wołoska 14
    02-507 Warsaw, Poland
    Phone: (+48 22)660 8794
    Fax: (+48 22)660 8794
    Conference Secretary: Małgorzata Ryszkowska
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