15-19 June, 2009, Novosibirsk, Akademgorodok, Russia
Welcome to PSI'09!
The conference is to be held in Akademgorodok (Academy town), 30 km South from Novosibirsk, the largest city of Siberia. Akademgorodok is located in a picturesque place near the Ob lake. It is surrounded with birch and pine forests, which is very good not only for work but for recreation as well. Silence, beautiful landscape, and pure air are the factors promoting scientific activity and creativity.
Novosibirsk local time is +6 GMT, +3 Moscow Time.
You can fly to Novosibirsk via Moscow by Aeroflot, Transaero or S7. Direct S7 flights will bring you from Frankfurt, Hannover, Seoul or Beijing to Novosibirsk and back. Electronic tickets on Aeroflot, S7 and Transaero flights are available on the websites - payment can be made by VISA and other popular cards.
All participants will be met at the Novosibirsk airport Tolmachevo and brought to Akademgorodok by a special transport.
Upon your arrival in Novosibirsk, please look for an Organizing committee member with PSI 2009 badge and a poster. If you have difficulties with transfer from the airport, please call +7 913 928 2005 (Pavel Emelianov, mobile).
If by some reason the Organizing committee failed to meet you, please take a taxi, but NEVER, IN NO CASE take a random taxi in the airport and refuse all offers! Use only the authorized taxi companies - we recommend the Grand-Auto company. The counter of taxi order is located to the right side of the domestic flights arrivals block. The price (Tolmachevo airport - Akademgorodok) is fixed at about 20 EU. Don´t overpay the driver!
Organizing Committee has booked rooms in the Zolotaya Dolina (Golden Valley) Hotel for all conference participants.
We are sorry but, due to changes in euro exchange rate (see The Central Bank of the Russian Federation) and the hotel prices as well, the accommodation rates are now as follows:
All payments for accommodation are to be made to the hotel receptionist by cash in Russian roubles when checking out.
When in the hotel, you should introduce yourself as a participant of the PSI 2009 conference held by the Institute of Informatics Systems, and receptionist will find your name in the list of pre-booked rooms.
Registration and organizational issues
Registration of PSI participants will be organized in the "Zolotaya Dolina" hotel on Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14 from 12:30 till 19:00.
On Monday, June 15 (and the next days), registration will take place in the lobby of the Small Hall of the SB RAS House of Scientists (it is 10 minutes walk from the hotel), from 08:30 till 18:00.
When in the hotel, you should introduce yourself as a participant of the PSI 2009 conference held by the Institute of Informatics Systems. Receptionist will find your name in the list of pre-booked rooms and give you a key.
Conference fee is EU 350.
Conference Schedule can be found on the Conference Programme page.
The conference language
The conference language is English. Simultaneous translation of talks at the workshop on the history of informatics on Monday, 15 will be provided.
Conference Secretariat will be located in the House of Scientists, Room 200 that will be open from 9.30 till 18.00 on Monday, June 15, and from 8.30 till 18.00 during the other Conference days. The secretariat members will do their best to provide informational and organizational support to participants.
Internet access is provided in the Hotel (2nd floor). Wi-Fi connection will be available in the lobby of the Small Hall.
Social Programme of PSI 2009 includes:
On Sunday, June 14 and Saturday, June 20, free excursions to Novosibirsk will be organized for "early and late birds", respectively
Please note that breakfast is not included in the hotel rates. Buffet is situated on the 8th floor of the hotel. Every conference day (June 15-19) a free breakfast will be served for PSI participants in the restaurant of the Zolotaya Dolina Hotel starting from 8:00. Lunch will be served in the restaurant of the House of Scientists at 12:30 during the Conference days (June 15-19). Please inform us about your meal preferences (vegetarian, etc.)
Currency and banking
Euro, US dollars and Russian roubles can be obtained from ATMs with Visa, EuroCard/MasterCard, Maestro Cirrus and other popular credit cards. ATMs can be found in many places - in the hotel, House of Scientists, Post Office (near the hotel), supermarkets, etc.
In Novosibirsk banks you can also obtain US dollars, Euro or Russian roubles with American Express, Visa, EuroCard/MasterCard and other cards at the current exchange rate. Brokerage is from 1% to 5% depending on the face value of the cheque. Novosibirsk banks also operate with Thomas Cook and CitiCorp traveler's cheques. Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday, 9:00-17:00. You can exchange cash for Russian roubles in banks and at exchange offices.
Weather and Nature
June in Novosibirsk is generally warm and sunny, with daytime temperatures in the range of 25-30 C. Akademgorodok is flanked by a large sand beach - a good place for suntan, volleyball and swimming (night swimming in the Ob lake is guaranteed!). Forests and parks are great for hiking and jogging.
Mosquitoes are a minor nuisance; ticks, however, although few, pose a considerable danger of fevers and viral encephalitis - be careful during forest walks and check your clothes thoroughly afterwards. If bitten by a tick, do not remove it, and tell an organizing committee member immediately! You can find a life-sized image of a tick in your participant´s map. Walking along wide gravel paths and on roads is safe.
220V, 50Hz, two pin round plugs.
01 - fire, 02 - police, 03 - ambulance. If using a cell phone, you may dial 112 instead of 02, as well.