Finite Geometries First Irsee Conference

Sunday 16 to Friday 21 February 2003

Organisers: Aart Blokhuis, James Hirschfeld, Dieter Jungnickel, Jef Thas

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to participate in this research workshop and, if you wish, to give a talk of 20 minutes on some aspect of your research related to the main topics of this workshop, which extends the series that began with the meeting at the Isle of Thorns in July 2000 and continued with the Oberwolfach meeting in December 2001. As before, the conference topics are

Main speakers

Additional Information


The conference will take place at Kloster Irsee, an early 18th century monastery which has been transformed into a high class conference centre, preserving many of the original late baroque features, including a beautiful church. It is set in the attractive little town of Irsee in the northern part of the Allgäu, a few kilometres from Kaufbeuren. The facilities include a bar (in the historic cellars and serving the local Klosterbräu beer), table tennis, pool table, etc.


Irsee is about 7 kilometres from Kaufbeuren, which has direct train connections to both Augsburg and Munich; from Kaufbeuren it is simplest to take a taxi. It would be advisable to fly into Munich airport; we might also be able to arrange a direct bus transport from there at a reasonable price. By car, Irsee is easily accessible from the Stuttgart-Munich and the Lindau-Munich motorways.


Kloster Irsee has 62 single rooms and 19 double rooms; so we would be able to accommodate a few accompanying persons. The rooms have all modern amenities: all are en-suite, with phones, minibar and the possibility of internet connection, but excluding TV which is only available on special request.


Arrival time is from 3 p.m. on Sunday 16 February. The first session will begin on Monday morning and the last session will end before dinner Friday 21 February. Participants are expected to leave Saturday morning; we can also arrange for a limited number of rooms to be available till Sunday morning.


The conference fee is 150 Euro (reduced to 100 Euro for accompanying persons); this includes the proceedings volume, the formal conference dinner and a Bavarian evening in the cellars. Accommodation and all meals will come to 720 Euro in a single room, and to 630 Euro in a double room. However, it is hoped to subsidise this for some or all participants, depending on the outcome of grant applications.


Please submit by 10 November 2002 an abstract of between one half and a whole page, in LaTeX, modifying the attached sample file. Abstracts should be sent to James by e-mail as below.


We would be grateful for a reply by 1 July 2002. If you wish to book a double room, please indicate with whom you want to share it. Payment for both the conference fee and accommodation should be made by credit card and will be processed via the Kloster Irsee administration. If you intend to come please fill in the attached registration form (including your credit card information); your card will only be charged shortly before the conference. If credit card information is sent by email, the message will be deleted immediately afterwards.

We have to confirm the final number of rooms needed by Christmas 2002; till then, there is no penalty for cancellation. In case of cancellation between 1 January 2003 and 14 February 2003, Kloster Irsee will charge 50 % of the accommodation costs; in case of cancellation after 14 February, the entire cost will be charged. Hence we can only waive the registration fee in such cases. By sending in your registration, you agree to these conditions.

Please send all correspondence other than the abstract, to Dieter, either by email as below, or to

Prof. Dr. Dieter Jungnickel
Lehrstuhl für Diskrete Mathematik
Universität Augsburg
D-86135 Augsburg
For any questions, consult any one of the organisers.

Hoping to see you at Irsee, Aart, James, Dieter, Jef