International Workshop



25-30 June, 2003

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Haifa, Israel

In recent years there has developed a growing interest in the role of small sets in (infinite-dimensional) Analysis. Such sets can be small in several senses, e.g., measure-theoretic (Gauss null sets, Haar null sets), topological (sets of the first Baire category), a combination of both (Gamma-null sets), and metric (sigma-porous sets). These concepts have found application in many areas of Analysis, e. g., Approximation Theory, the Calculus of Variations, Convexity, Differentiability Theory, Fourier Analysis, the Geometry of Banach Spaces, Nonlinear Analysis, and Optimization.

An International Workshop on Small Sets in Analysis will take place at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology during the period June 25-30, 2003. The Workshop will be held under the auspices of the Center for Mathematical Sciences at the Technion. Its purpose is to bring together researchers to present and discuss recent developments and to assess future directions.

Organizing Committee: Eva Matouskova, Simeon Reich and Alexander Zaslavski.

Participants include: Yoav Benyamini, Stefan Cobzas, Marianna Csornyei, Bernard Dacorogna, Francesco De Blasi, Robert Deville, Vladimir Fonf, Aurelia Fraysse, Alexander Ioffe, Menachem Kojman, Tadeusz Kuczumow, Joram Lindenstrauss, Roberto Lucchetti, Olga Maleva, Warren Moors, Jozef Myjak, David Preiss,  Alexander Rubinov, Slawomir Solecki, Tomas Szarek, Jaroslav Tiser, Ludek Zajicek, Tudor Zamfirescu, Miroslav Zeleny and Nikolay Zhivkov.

For further information :
Sylvia Schur (Workshop Coordinator)
Department of Mathematics
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
32000 Haifa, Israel
Phone:     972 4 829 4278
Fax:         972 4 829 3388

Please make every effort to  ensure that your registration form reaches us before April 30, 2003.  The workshop will commence on the morning of Wednesday, June 25, 2003, so participants should reach Haifa by Tuesday evening. Lectures will be held from Wednesday through Monday.

Talks - Abstracts
If you are interested in presenting a talk, please let us have a title and short abstract of your talk. Talks will be up to 45 minutes each, so you should indicate how much time you wish to talk. Abstracts should be no longer than one page in length and can be sent either by e-mail in LaTeX/TeX, or typed and sent by mail (no larger than 14cm x 20cm) by April 30, 2003.

Airport arrival

 A "sherut" (shared taxi service) by the Amal Taxi Co. provides transport from Ben Gurion Airport direct to your hotel in Haifa. The cost is about $12.00, including service charges and the service is available at all times. However, it can cost more if there are not enough passsengers. There is also a bus service from Ben-Gurion Airport to Haifa (bus No. 947) available daily from 6:30 to 20:40 hours, except for Saturdays. On Fridays public transport stops 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. There is also a special taxi service to Haifa available at the airport for about $70.00 per taxi (at night the price is higher).

Transportation from Haifa to the airport on your departure can be arranged for about $12.00. This airport shuttle functions at night and at certain times during the day. There is also a good bus service.

We have succeeded in obtaining hotel rooms for workshop participants at the Dan Gardens hotel at a very special price ($58 per night for a single room  and $34 per person for two people sharing a double room). The price includes breakfast and service charges. These rates also apply to periods directly before and after the workshop. 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 April 30, 2003.   The hotel is a modern bed and breakfast hotel. It is very well situated and only a short walk to business and leisure centers, with striking views of Haifa Bay.

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 cards are widely accepted in Israel.

Climate and clothing
The weather in Haifa in June is hot with temperatures at about 30 degrees Celsius.  Humidity is moderate and there is very little chance of rain.  Light clothing and informal dress are recommended.

Workshop banquet
The workshop banquet will be held on Sunday, June 29.  Please indicate on the registration form whether or not you wish to participate in the banquet

Workshop excursion
An excursion is planned for Saturday, June 28. Please indicate on the registration form whether you are interested in participating in this excursion.