Science and Language

The 13th Annual Meeting of the Academia, Rotterdam, 14-16 June 2001

The thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Academia Europaea will be held in the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands, from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 June 2001. The overall theme of the Meeting will be "Science and Language".

Language is an important factor in all academic disciplines and is constantly developing. The digital revolution is adding new problems and new possibilities. Four symposia topics have been selected, on Linguistics, Genetics, Special Languages, and Land-sea interactions. Parallel minisymposia will also be included in the programme. Local students will particularly be encouraged to participate in these mini-symposia.

The Meeting will be held at the Expo- and Congress building of the Erasmus University, where registration will take place on Thursday 14 June. The Opening Ceremony and the Erasmus Lecture will be at the Town Hall in the centre of Rotterdam. The main scientific programme will occupy Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June.

The social programme includes a tour of the Rotterdam Harbours by ship and a visit to the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. This museum holds paintings by Pieter Breughel, including the famous Tower of Babel which will be used as the logo of the Meeting, symbolising the diversity of languages and the need for good coordination in a stable society.

The main recommended accommodation is at the Novotel just outside the campus (80 Euros for a double room, plus breakfast plus 4% city tax), with additional rooms also available at other hotels in the city.

The programme and registration information are included in this edition of The Tree. The registration fee for participants will be 100 Euros, and for accompanying persons 50 Euros. This fee includes participation in all sessions and social events of the meeting, and, for accompanying persons, excursions on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June. The city of Rotterdam is easily reached by road, rail or air. Amsterdam Schiphol airport is 45 minutes by direct train, Rotterdam airport is 10 minutes by bus or train.

From the newsletter of the Academia Europaea, "The Tree", February 2001.