The workshop will take place in Eilat, the southern port city located a
5 hour drive away from Tel Aviv and a 4-1/2 hour drive from
Jerusalem. Busses are available from both cities, as well as flights (see
The meetings will be held at The Neptune Hotel, North Beach, Eilat, Israel.
Phone number to connect to the workshop in the hotel: 972-7-6369369.
Useful URL sites on Eilat: http://eilat/net
* Social program
There will be plenty of time to see the local sites. There will be an
informal reception on Tuesday night, April 4, an organized
day conference tour of the Eilat area (Saturday, April 8), and a
festive closing dinner on Monday night, April 10.
(A fee will be charged for accompanying persons to these events.)
Registration fee for early registration, (until March 10, 2000) is
$150 for the second part (the ISF Workshop, April 9-11) and $400 for
the two parts combined (April 5-7 and 9-11). The early registration
fees for students will be half the above amount.
Late registration will cost an additional $50. The fees include the
informal reception, the festive dinner and refreshments throughout the
workshops. Separate payments will be required for the tour (April 8),
and for accompanying people joining the festive dinner. The fees are
waived for invited speakers (but not for their company).
accommodation forms along with
payment to the workshop secretary (address on registration form).
Early registration is strongly advised in order to guarantee accommodation
at the hotels, however it will also be possible to register at the
workshop itself throughout its duration.
* Accommodations and services
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Neptune Hotel (5-star) and at
the Galei Eilat Hotel (3-star) for a few days before, during and
after the conference period, April 3-13. Telephone number:
972-7-6369369. The Galei Eilat Hotel
is situated next door to the Neptune Hotel. Telephone number:
972-7-6367444. The Neptune Hotel,
situated on the beach of the Red Sea, hosts a swimming pool, tennis courts,
sauna and fitness gymnasium. Participants and accompanying persons
are welcome to use the facilities (some are for a fee) upon request.
The Neptune Hotel's URL site:
The price of a room at the Neptune Hotel for double occupancy
is $66.00 and single occupancy is $53.00.
The price of a room at the Galei Eilat Hotel for double occupancy
is $46.00, single occupancy is $37.00 and three people in one room
is $63.00. If needed, please contact us for childrens' rates.
The above prices include a full Israeli breakfast.
Lunches and dinners are at the participants
free choice. There are many restaurants specializing in varied cuisine
to fit every budget at easy walking distance from the hotels.
Payment for accommodation will be by the participant directly to
the hotel. The participant is also personally responsible for any extra hotel
charges that may incur (e.g. room service, laundry, telephone, etc.).
It is possible to stay for a few days before and after the workshop
at the hotels in Eilat for the same special workshop rate depending upon
room availability. Rooms can be guaranteed only if reserved
well enough in advance.
Computer service: Computer service at the workshop will be available
for email only.
This service will not be available on Tuesday, April 11, from 12:00 noon.
Foreign and local currency: International credit cards will work in
all automatic teller machines (bank-o-mat). Currency can also be exchanged
in the bank at Ben-Gurion International Airport, in the hotels and in any
city bank. The approximate exchange rate is US$1 = 4.2NIS, 1DM = 2.1NIS.
* Places of interest in and around Eilat
Eilat is situated on the great African rift and hosts many
natural points of interest. Amram's pillars,
Coral beach (Coral deposits and multi-coloured fish abound in
this underwater nature reserve. Skin-diving equipment for hire.),
Ein nefatim (A small spring flows at the foot
of this waterfall attracting many animals from the area.), Hai bar (A
twentieth-century Noah's Ark which houses animals in danger of extinction,
and are among the rarest in the world.), International
bird-watching centre, Red canyon, Solomon's pillars and the Timna valley.
There is a beautiful underwater observatory, and a dolphin reef where
you can dive with dolphins, enjoy nature films or watch dolphins and
sea-lions being trained. Sites on Eilat
Climate: The weather at the beginning of April is generally warm at
noon during the day and cool in the early morning and evening. There is an
average of 4 rainy days per winter in the Eilat area.
In Jerusalem it can get quite cold (even snow), so bring a warm coat if
you plan any trips to this area.
Average temperature ranges: Jerusalem 12-20.5C, Tel-Aviv/Rehovot
13-22C, Eilat 16.5-29.5C.
Travel: Arrival to Eilat is independently at your choice.
Some European cities have direct charter flights to Eilat.
(If you encounter difficulties in reserving a connecting flight to Eilat,
we can make a reservation for you from here on Arkia airlines.)
There will be a conference bus travelling from central Israel to Eilat.
Please see the
form if you would like to use this service.
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