Finite Geometries Second Irsee Conference

Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 September 2006

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 of previous meetings which took place at the Isle of Thorns (2000), in Oberwolfach (2001), in Irsee (2003) and at La Roche (2004). As before, the conference topics are

Main speakers

Additional Information


As in 2003, 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 rooms have all modern amenities (all en-suite, with phones, minibar and the possibility of internet connection, but excluding TV which is only available on special request); the facilities include a bar (in the historic cellars and serving the local Klosterbräu beer), table tennis, pool table, etc. See


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. By car, Irsee is easily accessible from the Stuttgart-Munich and the Lindau-Munich motorways.


The conference is for up to 90 participants, mainly by invitation. Kloster Irsee has 62 single rooms and 19 double rooms; so we would be able to accommodate a few accompanying persons.


Arrival time is from 3 p.m. on Sunday 10 September. The first session will begin on Monday morning and the last session will end before dinner Friday 15 September. Participants are expected to leave Saturday morning.


The conference fee is 150 Euro (reduced to 100 Euro for accompanying persons); this includes the proceedings volume as well as the formal conference dinner. Accommodation and all meals (including two tea/coffee breaks per day) comes to 726 EUR in a single room, and 630 EUR Euro in a double room. However, due to successful grant applications, it will be possible to subsidise this for some of the participants. Please let us know if you want to attend, but require assistance to do so, before the end of 2005.


Please submit by 1 May 2006 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 March 2006. 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 needs to 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. Please use a separate registration form for accompanying persons.

We have to confirm the final number of rooms needed by July 15 2006; till then, there is no penalty for cancellation. In case of cancellation between 16 July 2006 and 7 September 2006, Kloster Irsee will charge 50 % of the accommodation costs; in case of cancellation after 7 September, 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