Municipality of Tripolis
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS)
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy
Rationale ( Greek version)
More than a hundred years ago an extraordinary mechanism was found by sponge divers at the bottom of the sea near the island of Antikythera in Greece. This Antikythera mechanism is an ancient computer from about 100BC which uses bronze gears to make astronomical calculations based on cycles of the Solar System. Now, more than 2000 years after the device was lost at sea, scientists have used the latest techniques in X-ray computed tomography and reflectance imaging to understand its intricate workings.
About every 5 years in the village of Kerastari in the ancient region of Arcadia in Greece experts in radio astronomy from all around the world meet to discuss their latest scientific discoveries and astronomical techniques. (see 2002 workshop and 2007 workshop)
In June 2012 we plan to hold a workshop linking modern and ancient astronomical technology through the Antikythera theme. We will explore the evolution of astrometry and computing from ancient Greece to the present, we will compare the technologies used to unravel the secrets of the Antikythera mechanism with the imaging tools of modern astronomy, and most importantly, as we pursue our vision of an exciting scientific future with telescopes such as the Square Kilometre Array we can reflect on why the Antikythera technology was lost for more than a thousand years and whether this can happen again.
Themes ( Greek version)
Introduction to the Antikythera device.
Session theme: History of scientific endeavour
Session theme: The tomography link
Session theme: Innovation at the Science, Engineering, Computing nexus
Session theme: Positional astronomy
Session theme: Computing
Session theme: SKA and the future.
Confirmed speakers include:
** Contributions to this workshop are invited. Please Register and Submit an Abstract for consideration by the SOC.
The meeting will be held in the Peloponese region of Greece, in the village of Kerastari, nestled in the mountains of ancient Arcadia (close to the town of Tripolis). Time will be scheduled for discussion and interaction, as well as relaxation. The workshop will end with a large party involving the whole village.
Participation at the workshop will be limited to ~80 people due to the size of the venue. As a result some selection may be necessary. Naturally, preference will be given to participants with contributions accepted by the SOC.
Our local bishop ALEXANDROS will open the workshop, and will also conduct a special evening mass on Saturday 16th May 8pm, prior to the party.
The registration fee will be ~E300 for non-students and ~E150 for students and retirees. It covers the reception, light breakfast, lunch and coffee/tea every workshop day, the conference dinner, daily bus transport and publication expenses.
As the workshop is mainly self-funding with limited sponsorship, ALL participants are expected to pay registration, including invited speakers and LOC and SOC members.
In exceptional circumstances, some limited financial support may be possible. Please email directly to the workshop LOC.
** Following generous sponsorship from many institutions (see logos at the beginning of this page), including by the local government organisations, there will be no registration fees for Greek participants.
** Payments for registration will be in Euro and must be paid in cash during registration at the workshop. We regret that we have no facilities for credit card payments. There are many ATMs in town. (If anyone wishes to pay by direct bank transfer, email the worskshop LOC for bank details).
Accommodation costs are not included and must be paid directly to the hotels by the participants. Details on hotels and transporation are included in these webpages.
If an official invitation is needed for visa or other purposes, again email the workshop LOC.
SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
For more information email to: Tasso Tzioumis