CWDB 2019
CWDB 2019
Compact White Dwarf Binaries Conference in Yerevan, Armenia 2019

Third Announcement 

COMPACT WHITE DWARF BINARIES (CWDB 2019)

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Yerevan 15th – 21st September 2019                                                    https://cwdb2019.com



We have ~70 registered participants offering exciting talks on topics of the conference. We expect to have a wonderful meeting, and practically everyone would get a chance to talk upon their request.  The Program of the Conference is in preparation and will be made available at the conference website along with the abstracts of presentations by August 15th.

We expect to have professional equipment and staff to be able to project any kind of presentation during the sessions. However, we urge everyone to bring along a copy (issuable) of their presentation to upload it to the conference proceedings site. 


With great regret, we have to inform you that our applications for financial assistance to different international organizations were not successful and at this moment we have no possibility to waive the registration fee or offer other means of economic support. Few rooms kindly provided by the YSU at their guesthouse have already found their occupants. 

Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan, where the scientific session will be held, provides lunch for participants of the event for 8500Ar  (the equivalent of ~18$ US or 16€).  The lunch will be available four days a week, except for Wednesday. The menu of European cuisine with elements of Armenian specialties would vary from day to day, it will be rich in vegetarian options. (If you have strict dietary restrictions, please let us know by filling out the questionnaire below). Many eateries can be found near the hotel with a variety of cuisines and prices, so if you decide not to lunch at the hotel, please state clearly in the questionary below, so we can plan the lunch with the hotel management. 

On Wednesday the lunch will be offered during the excursion at the 7Qar  restaurant (http://7qar.am)  with a panoramic view of Garni temple and gorge.  The cost of lunch is included in the tour and will be covered by the registration fee.  


Children’s Center

Children’s Center

The reception for the conference will take place at the Children’s Center (39/2 Israyelyan St) kindly provided by the “Yerevan My Love” foundation from 7pm to 9pm on Sunday, September 15th. Local wines and light refreshments will be served. The wines are courtesy of Zenus Bank. The Center can be reached easily by 20 min walking from anywhere at the city center. However, if you want to use a taxi, ask to take you to the “Surb Sarkis” church to avoid any confusion. The Children’s Center is only a few steps away.

 

There are a number of participants who plan to bring along a family or a friend. Please be advised that we will charge 80 $US or equivalent per person at the registration desk to cover reception,  excursion, and the conference dinner.  ActiGroup which helps us will be happy to provide individual and small group tours for accompanying persons throughout their stay in Armenia. Please contact Nana (nana.hovhannisyan@actitour.com).

The Matenadaran: One of the must-visits, while you are in Armenia, is the Museum and the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts. The Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm. However, the Science Committee of Armenia would make possible our visit after hours. On Tuesday, September 17th, the buses will depart 6:30pm  sharp from the Marriott hotel. The Museum is in the heart of the city not far away from the conference venue, but we want to get there all together without delay.  


Excursion: Armenia is rich in historical and architectural monuments. There are literally thousands of churches, temples,  and monasteries worth visiting. The jewels of all these richness are the pagan temple of Garni from the first century AD and the medieval monastery Geghard, partially carved out of solid rock.  On the way to these wonders of human creation, we will stop by the 7Qar restaurant for lunch. Fresh lavash will be baked in front of  you to fully appreciate the taste of local culture. Lavash is a soft, thin unleavened flatbread. It’s  preparation, meaning, and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in Armenia was inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


The Conference Dinner: The conference dinner will take place at the Nazani Restaurant belonging to the Armenian Wine Company. The guests will be offered a tour through the winery and then a traditional meal. The winery is located outside of the city, buses will take everyone back and forth.

We may stop on the way to the winery to see the ruins of a 7th-century Zvartnots cathedral. The building had a distinct, centrally planned aisled tetra-conch design.   


Visit to Byurakan Observatory: Saturday, September 21st. Armenia is home to the Byurakan Observatory, which was an influential international astrophysical center in 50-70s. It hosts a 1m Schmidt telescope which was used to reveal thousands of galaxies with ultraviolet excess known as the Markarian galaxies. Study of stellar associations, flare stars, AGNs, the discovery of dozens of supernovae, hundreds of Herbig–Haro objects and cometary nebulae were carried out at the observatory.  After touring the observatory, guests will be taken to the fortress of Amberd a 10th-century fortress located 2,300 meters (7,500 ft) above sea not far from the observatory.  

We look forward to welcoming you in Yerevan!



Gagik Tovmassian & Boris Gaensicke, on behalf of the organizers



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Second Announcement

COMPACT WHITE DWARF BINARIES (CWDB 2019)

Yerevan 15th – 21h September 2019

https://cwdb2019.com

We are pleased to update you on the organisation of CWDB 2019. We have the following confirmed invited speakers:

Odette Toloza Simone Scaringi

Diogo Belloni Bill Wolf

Stuart Littlefair Matt Darnley

David Jones Deanne Coppejans

Ashley Ruiter Roberto Raddi

Steven Parsons Koji Mukai

Anna Pala Danny Steeghs

Alberto Rebassa Mansergas Yael Hillman

Registration: If you are interested in attending CWDB 2019, please register at https://cwdb2019.com/abstract-sumbission. For a list of registered participants, see https://cwdb2019.com/registered-participants. We would like to inform you that the registration for CWDB 2019 will be closing as soon as the limit of participants is reached. Please pay the registration fee by clicking "MAKE A PAYMENT" at the front page

https://cwdb2019.com to guarantee your participation. The registration fee is 300 $US at the moment and is due to increase to 350 $US soon (June 15, 2019).

Conference Venue: The meeting will be held in the Ararat ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Yerevan, located conveniently at the city's main Republican square. Daily lunch will be served for participants at the hotel.

Accomodation: The Marriott Hotel Yerevan is a luxury hotel in high demand, if you plan to stay at the hotel, you will need to book early. However, there are plenty of less expensive but similarly comfortable hotels in the immediate neighborhood of the conference venue. Popular airbnb.com and booking.com sites also offer a wide variety of accommodations. Please give preference to apartments in the newly (post-Soviet) built buildings in the city center.

Social events: We plan several activities that will allow you to both socialise with the participants, and to enjoy the Armenian culture and history, please see https://cwdb2019.com/social-events for full details.

Travel to Yerevan: Please note, that flights to Yerevan from the majority of European capitals take off late at night (redeye) and arrive the day after. Flights back to Europe leave early in the morning allowing to connect conveniently to other destinations. We found that jetradar.com offers rather convenient routes for reasonable prices.

Getting around: Most Yerevan hotels offer free pick-up from the airport or at a very reasonable price. Usually, hotels also provide abundant breakfast included in the price. WiFi is also routinely provided for no additional price by hotels, rental apartments, cafes, and restaurants.

Registration: If you are interested in attending CWDB 2019, please register at https://cwdb2019.com/abstract-sumbission. For a list of registered participants, see https://cwdb2019.com/registered-participants. We would like to inform you that the registration for CWDB 2019 will be closing as soon as the limit of participants is reached. Please pay the registration fee by clicking "MAKE A PAYMENT" at the front page

https://cwdb2019.com to guarantee your participation. The registration fee is 300 $US at the moment and is due to increase to 350 $US soon (June 15, 2019).

If you have a difficulty with logistics and/or plan to arrive earlier or depart later for some sightseeing we recommend to contact Nana (nana.hovhannisyan@actitour.com), a wonderful lady with the touristic organization ACTITOUR that helps us with this conference. They are very reliable and offer a variety of activities and excursions. She can also help you with the accommodation, and everything else.

Currency: There is a wide net of ATM machines of a variety of banks (including global HSBC) which will dispense the local currency, Armenian Dram. It is probably the most convenient way of obtaining local money. Credit cards are also widely accepted.

Financial support: At this moment, we cannot guarantee any financial support as we are still waiting to hear back from two funding agencies. We can offer a very limited number of beds (shared rooms) at the Yerevan State University (YSU) guesthouse. Please send your request directly to gag@astro.unam.mx.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to interested colleagues and students.

We look forward to welcoming you in Yerevan!

Gagik Tovmassian & Boris Gaensicke, on behalf of the organizers