AIPEA School for Young Scientists (ASYS)

A pre-conference school will be held over two days on a trend topic in clay science to be decided with the assistance of the Organizing Committee. Possible topics: Electron microscopy, Clays in the Solar system.

Participants: Young Scientists up to 99 years old. Places available: 25;

Venue: depending on topic, Earth Sciences Institute of Andalusia (IACT) or Science Faculty UGR;

Chair: to be decided by the Organizing Committee depending on subject matter.

Book: All lectures will be included in a book of the AIPEA Educational Series (AES), distributed free of charge to all participants (students and lecturers) of the School;

Fees: Tentative fees are 300 €, including technical sessions, accommodation, meals and book;

 Teachers: To be appointed according to the ASYS topic. They will be provided with accommodation and meals for the two days of the school. Teachers should attend all   lectures and be available to interact with the participants. Conference registration fees will be waived for teachers;

Grants: Three fee grants will be offered by the Organizing Committee. The different National Clay Groups will also be requested to finance some inscriptions for their   students.

Database of people and institutions

Mailing and publicizing of the Conference will be done using a database of approximately 20,000 scientists, supplied by courtesy of Dr. Saverio Fiore.

Social program

In addition to the scientific and professional contents of the conference, a range of social opportunities for networking and for enjoying Granada and the surroundings will be available. This is part of the congress budget.

The social program currently includes:

Welcoming reception;

Visit to the Alhambra;

Free visits to the exhibitions in the Science Park during conference dates for delegates and escorts.

There are many exciting places to visit in Granada. Visits and tours to places of tourist interest such as the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, Charterhouse Monastery, Sierra Nevada, etc., will be facilitated for participants and their escorts who so desire.

During the course of the Congress promotional activities will be organized to include explanatory talks on questions concerning clays.

In addition, an act is proposed to be held in collaboration with the University of Granada to acknowledge the work of Prof. Juan Luis Martín Vivaldi, founder of the Clays School and former Professor of the University.

How to reach Granada

Granada is located in the heart of Andalusia at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and quite close to the Mediterranean Sea. A place with gentle summers perfect to enjoy sports in a privileged district with the highest peaks of the Iberian Peninsula.

By plane:

Federico García Lorca Airport is located in the town of Chauchina, 15 km. from the city of Granada. Bus and taxi services connect the airport with Granada city-centre.

Málaga – Costa del Sol Airport (120 km) is biggest international airport in southern Spain, with flights to principal national and international airports. There are direct buses from Málaga airport to Granada bus station. On occasion it may be faster to take a bus from Málaga airport to Málaga bus station and then catch a bus to Granada.

By bus

There are many buses each day to and from other large Spanish cities. For schedules, go to: http://www.alsa.es/portal/site/Alsa?portal.alsa.request.locale=en_GB.

By train

The train station is fairly central. Granada is not yet on a high-speed line, but this is due to be completed in the near future. The Talgo train takes about 5 and a half hours from Madrid. Seville is 4 hours by train. Most people choose the bus rather than the train when coming from Malaga or Almeria.

By road

Granada is connected by the national motorway network. The modern connections to Granada make it, for example, two hours from Seville or one hour from Málaga by motorway. The A-92 motorway runs through the province of Granada, connecting the Levante (East coast) with western Andalucía. The A-44 connects it with Madrid and the whole of southern Spain.

Hotel accomodation

From hotels with more services to simple and comfortable rooms, Granada has numerous and varied accommodation adapted to all needs (more than 200 hotels and hostals, more than 13,000 hotel rooms). Many hotels are located within easy walking distance of the venue location. Block reservations can be made immediately on receiving the AIPEA’s decision regarding the conference. Hotel rates are traditionally very competitive in the summer months. The prices start from 20 €.

On the other hand, student halls of residence are owned by the University of Granada, and could be used on the proposed dates.