Institute of Advanced Studies in Mathematics
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology





  13-16 June, 1999   will be held at the

  Technion, Haifa, Israel  

The workshop will be devoted to the study of the relationship between the geometry of a manifold and the spectrum of the Laplace operator (and related operators, such as the scattering operator) of the manifold. Particular emphasis will be placed on problems related to isospectrality.

The workshop will be very limited in terms of size and financial resources. Please be sure to inform the organizers in a timely manner if you are interested in participating.

Invited speakers include:    P. Berard (Grenoble),   P. Buser (Lausanne),   C. Gordon (Hanover),    R. Gornet (Lubbock),   P. Perry (Lexington), D. Schueth (Bonn), and D. Webb (Hanover).

Organizers: Robert Brooks (Israel) and Carolyn Gordon (U.S.A.)

For further information:

Sylvia Schur (Secretary)

Department of Mathematics

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

32000 Haifa, Israel


Fax: 972 4 832 4654

Deadline for registration

The deadline for registration is March 31, 1999. Please make every effort to mail/email your form in time to ensure that it reaches us before that date. The workshop will commence on the morning of Sunday, June 13, 1999, so participants should reach Haifa by Saturday evening. Lectures will be held from Sunday through Wednesday.

Talks - Abstracts

If you are interested in giving a talk, please indicate this on the enclosed registration form. The title and an abstract of your proposed talk should reach us by March 31, 1999. Abstracts should be up to one page in length, and can be sent either by e-mail in TeX/LaTeX, or typed and sent by mail (no larger than 14cm x 20cm).

Airport arrival

The following options are availabe for reaching Haifa from Ben Gurion Airport:

1. A shared taxi (limousine) service, known here as a "sherut" is provided by the Amal Taxi Co. direct to your hotel in Haifa. The cost is about $10.00, including service charges and the service is available at all times. However, if the "sherut" departs without a full complement of passengers, the driver might charge extra. Don't forget to tell the driver the name of your hotel.

2. There is a bus service from Ben-Gurion Airport to Haifa (bus No. 947) available daily from 6:30-20:40 hours, except for Saturdays. On Fridays buses stop running before 16:00. Bus fare costs about $8.00 (payable only in Israeli shekels) per person, and a taxi from the Haifa central bus station to your hotel costs about the same.

3. A taxi service to Haifa is available at the airport at all times for about $60.00 per taxi.


Transportation from Haifa to the airport on your departure can be arranged for about $10.00. This airport shuttle, however, functions only at night and at certain times during the day. There is also a good bus service.


Hotel rooms will be available for the workshop at the Shulamit Hotel on Mount Carmel at the following rates:

                                double room (2 persons sharing): $ 96.00
                                single room:                                 $ 69.00

The price includes breakfast and service charges. These rates also apply to periods directly before and after the workshop, if reservations are made together with the registration form. In order to benefit from the special workshop rates, please complete the enclosed registration form and mail/email it so as to reach us no later than March 31, 1999.

Climate and clothing

The weather in Haifa in June is sunny and warm, with temperatures at about 28C (80F). Humidity is moderate and there is very little chance of rain. Light clothing and informal dress are recommended.

Currency exchange

Changing currency in Israel is expensive due to bank charges. We do not, however, recommend that you buy Israeli currency abroad. We suggest that you pay your hotel bill in foreign currency (which will also save you the 17% value added tax). We also advise you to limit your currency exchanges to a minimum as a bank charge is made on each exchange, in addition to the charge made for each traveller's check cashed. Possibly the best way to save is through the use of a credit card. All major credit card are accepted in Israel.