Friday, June 4, 2010

Frontiers of Fundamental Physics Symposia

There have been ten of these conferences and as of June 2010 an eleventh is planned. El Naschie and his friend Nobel Laureate Gerard 't Hooft have attended some of them. B.G. Sidharth, a fractal space-time enthusiast who published in Chaos, Solitons and Fractals before El Naschie got fired as Editor-in-chief, has been among the main organizers of these events from the beginning. Zahy thinks these symposia deserve a closer look as hotbeds of crackpottery.


In the ninth and tenth conferences only, "and Computational" was part of the symposium title.

Let's start by collecting what we know. We'll add information about the conferences as we find out more. Things we'd like to know include attendees of note from crackpots to Nobel Laureates, dates, venues, and links to Web sites and published conference proceedings. We know little about symposia 1 through 5, and nothing about 7. Readers, can you help?

1st International Symposium
on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics

December 1997
B.M. Birla Science Center, Ardarsh Nagar, Hyderabad, India

2nd International Symposium
on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics

30 December 1998 - 1 January 1999
B.M. Birla Science Center, Ardarsh Nagar, Hyderabad, India

3rd International Symposium
on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics

1999
B.M. Birla Science Center, Ardarsh Nagar, Hyderabad, India

4th International Symposium
on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics

9 - 13 December 2000
B.M. Birla Science Center, Ardarsh Nagar, Hyderabad, India

5th International Symposium
on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics

6 - 8 January 2003
B.M. Birla Science Center, Ardarsh Nagar, Hyderabad, India

6th International Symposium
on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics

26 - 29 September 2004
University of Udine, Italy
Description from physicsworld.com:

The sixth international symposium on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics (FFP6) aims to provide a platform for Physicists from the areas of High Energy Physics, Fundamental Physics, Gravitation and Cosmology, Astrophysics, Fundamental Physics and related areas to meet and share thoughts on the latest trends. The broad focus is intentional.

The International Organizing Committee consists of Prof. Yuval Ne'eman, Tel Aviv University, Israel, Prof. Walter Greiner, J.W. Goethe-Universitat, Germany, Prof. David Finkelstein, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, Prof. M.S. El Naschie, Solvay Institute, Belgium, Prof. C.H. Lai, National University of Singapore, Prof. H. Kroger, University of Laval, Canada, Prof. F. Honsell, University of Udine, Italy, Prof. Alessandro De Angelis, University of Udine, Italy, Prof. S. Cecotti, University of Udine, Italy, Dr. B.G. Sidharth, B.M. Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad, India (Convenor).

FFP6 is being organized under the aegis of the International Institute for Applicable Mathematics & Information Sciences at the University of Udine, Italy (very near Venice) from 26th to 28th of September 2004.

Topics covered include: High Energy Physics, Astro Particle Physics, Fundamental Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology, Computational Physics, Foundations of Computational Science and Quantum Computing.

As in the past a large number of distinguished physicists and researchers will be attending the symposium.

The proceedings will be published.

There will be Special Symposium Lectures, Invited Talks, Contributed Papers and Posters.

The earlier symposia have been attended by some of the most eminent physicists from all over the world like Nobel Laureates Prof. Klaus von Klitzing, Prof. Charles Townes, Prof. G. Hooft and Prof. S. Chu. This aside, Prof. Yuval Ne'eman, Prof. David Finkelstein, Prof. Jogesh Pati and a large number of other high calibre researchers from all over the world have attended and the proceedings have been published by Universities (Orient Longman) and Kluwer Academic.

7th International Symposium
on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics

?

8th International Symposium
on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics

17 - 19 October 2006
Madrid, Spain
Conference Proceedings book.
Related post on El Naschie Watch.

9th International Symposium
on Frontiers of Fundamental and Computational Physics

7 - 9 January 2008
University of Udine and the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Udine and Trieste
Related post on El Naschie Watch.
Conference Proceedings book.
Description from physicsworld.com:
The Frontiers of Fundamental Physics Symposium series has provided a platform for Physicists and scientists in general, from the areas of High Energy Physics, Theoretical Physics, Gravitation and Cosmology, Astrophysics, Fundamental Physics and related areas to meet and share thoughts on latest trends. The broad focus is deliberate. The earlier Symposia have been attended by some of the most eminent Physicists from all over the world like Nobel Laureate Prof. Klaus von Klitzing, Nobel Laureate Prof. Charles Townes, Nobel Laureate Prof. G´tHooft, Nobel Laureate Prof. S.C Chu, Nobel Laureate Prof. D.D. Osheroff, Nobel Laureate Prof. P. De Gennes, Prof. Yuval Ne´eman, Prof. David Finkelstein, Prof. Jogesh Pati, Prof. Ashoke Sen,Prof. Fujikawa, Prof. Murayama, Prof. R. Kaul and a large number of other high calibre researchers from Asia, Europe, North America, South Africa, Russia and Soviet Republics and Australia (with the participation of Nobel Laureate Prof. Leon Cooper). Some of the above participated more than once. The Proceedings have been published by Universities Press (Orient Longman) , Kluwer Academic, Springer and American Institute of Physics.

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Prof. J.W. Walter Greiner, Director, Frankfurt Institute of Advancved Studies, Goethe-Universitat, Germany,- Prof. David Finkelstein, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A.- Prof. M.S. El Naschie, Dept. of Physics, University of Alexandria, Prof.K.R.Sreenivasan, Director, International Centre for Theoretical Physics,Trieste, Prof. F. Honsell, Vice Chancellor, University of Udine, Udine, Italy.- Dr. B.G. Sidharth (Convenor), B.M. Birla Science Center, Hyderabad, India. Prof. H. Kroeger, University of Laval, Canada, Prof. A. De Angelis. University of Udine, Udine, Italy.

As in the past, a large number of distinguished physicists and researchers, including Nobel Laureates, will be attending. These include Nobel Laureates Professors Tony Legget, Sir Harold Kroto and D.D. Osheroff. There will be Special Symposium Lectures, Invited Talks, Contributed Papers and Posters.

The proceedings will be published by the American Institute of Physics.

10th International Symposium
on Frontiers of Fundamental and Computational Physics

24 - 26 November 2009
Perth, Western Australia
Info from the event Web site:
For over a decade the International Symposium Series, FRONTIERS OF FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS has attracted some of the greatest Physicists in the world. The broad objective of the series has been to enable scholars working in related areas to meet on a single platform and exchange ideas.

The topics covered include Astronomy and Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, Gravitation, Cosmology and Computational Physics. The Symposia have been held in India, Italy, Spain and Canada. This will be the first time in Australia.

We are very pleased to announce that the opening plenary lecture will be given by Nobel Laureate Prof. Gerard't Hooft and the inaugural Marshall-Warren public lecture will be given by Nobel Laureate Prof. Doug Osheroff, in conjunction with the symposium.

The following speakers will present invited papers:

Prof. Doug Osheroff, Stanford University, United States of America
Prof. Gerard 't Hooft, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Prof. Mikhail Kovalyov, University of Alberta, Canada
Prof. Jorge Pullin, Louisiana State University, United States of America
Prof. Remo Ruffini, University of Rome, Italy
Prof. Daniel Alonso, University of La Laguna, Spain
Prof. Padma Kant Shukla, Ruhr Universität, Bochum, Germany
Prof. Roland Triay, University of Marseille, France
Prof. Victor Flambaum, University of NSW, Australia
Prof. Gerard Milburn, The University of Queensland, Australia
Prof. Tony Roberts, Adelaide University, Australia
Prof. Peter Drummond, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Prof. Roland Triay, University of Marseille, France
Prof. Michael Tobar, University of Western Australia, Australia
Prof. Huw Price, University of Sydney, Australia
Prof. Helmut Kroger, Laval University, Canada
Prof. Tito Mendonça, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal

Paul Abbott of the blog Exact Solutions writes in the comments:

I have been following El Naschie Watch since the story about CSF first appeared. Independently I'd noticed some "interesting" articles by Iovane in CSF.

I was on the program and organising committees for the 10th FFCP Symposium. I became aware of the crackpots involved with previous FFCP conferences and tried to eliminate them from this conference series. In particular, El Naschie was removed from the international panel. The AIP proceedings of FFCP10 are, I think, quite respectable. Also, the 2011 conference looks ok. I see that Journeau is no longer organizing the conference and the listed names seem reputable.


11th International Symposium
on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics

6 - 9 July 2010
Diderot University, Paris, France
Information from the event Web site.
't Hooft willl attend, but El Naschie will not.

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  2. "In particular, El Naschie was removed from the international panel." Excellent. The good guys win a round.

    I have moved Paul's comment into the body of the post.

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