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  • Nov 07 2011

    7 - 11 November 2011 International Workshop on Ultracold Molecules

    An International Workshop on Ultracold Molecules will take place from 7 - 11 November 2011 at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).

    Hosted by:

    The National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP), South Africa.


    Alexander Avdeenkov (NITheP, South Africa)
    John Bohn (JILA, NIST and University of Colorado)
    Hanns-Christoph Nägerl (University of Innsbruck and Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria)


    7 November 2011 to 11 November 2011


    This workshop will cover many areas of contemporary interest in this rapidly growing field, including applications to chemistry, many–body physics, and precision spectroscopy, with an emphasis on the prominent role of dipolar physics in ultracold atomic and molecular samples.


    A 5 day workshop.
    Since a lot of different subjects will be discussed, the speakers will try to explain in broad, understandable terms what the main challenge is that they are confronting and what are the general tools they are using. Talks are 45 min duration, followed by 15 min discussion.


    Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), Stellenbosch, South Africa, a beautiful new research & visitor center in the scenic university town of Stellenbosch. A brochure about the venue can be downloaded here

    Invited speakers:

    Doerte Blume (Washington State University)
    Hans Peter Büchler (Universität Stuttgart)
    Barbara Capogrosso-Sansone (ITAMP, Cambridge)**
    Lincoln Carr (Colorado School of Mines)
    David Chandler (Sandia National Laboratories)
    Amodsen Chotia (JILA, University of Colorado)**
    Olivier Dulieu (Laboratoire Aimé Cotton, CNRS, Orsay)
    Chris Greene (JILA, NIST and University of Colorado )
    Edward Hinds (Imperial College London)
    Jeremy Hutson (University of Durham)**
    Zbigniew Idziaszek (University of Warsaw)
    Paul Julienne (NIST)
    Svetlana Kotochigova (Temple University)
    Roman Krems (University of British Columbia)
    Ben Lev (Stanford University)
    Heather Lewandowski (JILA, University of Colorado)
    Bas van de Meerakker (Radboud University Nijmegen)
    Takamasa Momose (University of British Columbia)
    Tilman Pfau ( Universität Stuttgart)
    Guido Pupillo (Universität Innsbruck)
    Goulven Quemener (JILA, University of Colorado)
    Igor Ryabtsev ( Institute of Semiconductor Physics SB RAS, Novosibirsk)
    Georgy Shlyapnikov (Université Paris Sud, CNRS)
    Tetsu Takekoshi (Universität Innsbruck)
    Chris Ticknor (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
    Eberhard Tiemann (Universität Hannover)
    Hermann Uys (CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa)
    Matthias Weidemueller (Universität Heidelberg)
    Susanne Yelin (ITAMP, Cambridge)

    **to be confirmed

    Registration Information:

    Due to space limitations, the number of participants will be strictly limited. To register for this workshop, please complete the on-line registration form on this page. For any additional questions that you may have, please do not hesitate to contact Alexander Avdeenkov at The closing date for registration is 30 September.

    Registration Fee

    Please note that there will be a Registration Fee applicable, which will be payable upfront. This amount will be R2000. These monies will then have to be paid upfront into a South African banking account, of which the details will be communicated here shortly.

    This registration fee is not applicable to invited speakers.

    The registration fee must be paid in advance to Stellenbosch University, NITheP.

    Banking detail: (for international participants)
    Bank: First National Bank Cape Town
    Physical Address: 5th Floor Media City
    No 1 Heerengracht
    Rua Vasco Da Gama Entrance
    Cape Town
    Account name: University of Stellenbosch Foreign Income
    Account number: 62107177083
    Branch Code: 204 109
    S.W.I.F.T Address: FIRNZAJJ
    Reference: R1313/Initial and Surname

    Banking detail: (for local/South African participants)
    Bank: Standard Bank
    Account name: US Deposito
    Account number: 073006955
    Branch code: 050610
    Reference: R1313/Initial and Surname

    Financial Support

    There will be a limited number of South African students that will be able to receive financial support. If you are interested, please indicate that on the application form on this page. If you indicate that you wish to apply for financial support, please e-mail your study record to Alexander Avdeenkov (avdeenkov(at) If we do not receive your study record, you will not be considered for receiving financial support.

    Tourist attractions

    South Africa is a popular tourist destination, and receives over two and a half million international visitors per year. Information about tourist attractions is available at and similar websites. A number of good travel guide books are also available.

    Weekend excursions:

    The conference organizers will contract tour operators to provide excursions on the weekend of November 12-13 (weather permitting). There are three options. The first excursion is a sight-seeing tour around the Cape Peninsula. Things to look forward to include spectacular views of Table Mountain and the cliffs that drop into the sea on both the Atlantic and Indian ocean sides of the peninsula; the Cape Point Nature Reserve; and the penguin colony at Simons Town. The second excursion is a wine tour with wine tastings at several of the prominent wine farms in the Stellenbosch area. There is also a half day wine tour available. The cost of the excursions is not included in the conference fee. Participants should budget roughly 50 Euro per excursion (excluding lunch and entrance fees). For more detailed information please see below:

    Full Day Tour

    Depart 09:00
    Return 17:00

    Witness the wine making process from the vineyards to the bottle & visit the historical towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek & Paarl.

    Tourist attractions

    •City orientation
    •Dorp Street
    •Die Braak
    •Wine tasting

    •Drive through Paarl
    •Wine tasting
    •View Nelson Mandela‘s former prison (Victor Verster)

    •Historical village
    •Huguenot memorial (optional)
    •Wine tasting
    •Helshoogte pass

    Optional lunch on a wine farm and opportunity to purchase.

    PRICE: R350 per person (minimum 6 persons)
    Excludes: lunch and optional visits/entrance fees

    PRIVATE TOURS: R1800 per vehicle (1 to 5 persons)
    Eg. 2 persons R900 per person
    Eg. 4 persons R450 per person

    Half Day Tour

    Depart 09:00
    Return 13:00

    Depart 14:00
    Return 18:00

    Tourist attractions

    •Wine tasting
    •Stellenbosch orientation
    •Die Braak
    •Dorp street
    •Second wine tasting

    PRICE: R200 per person (minimum 6 persons)

    Excludes: lunch and optional visits/entrance fees

    PRIVATE TOURS: R1200 per vehicle (1 to 5 persons)
    Eg. 2 persons R600 per person
    Eg. 4 persons R300 per person

    Full day tour

    DEPART 09:00
    RETURN 17:00

    Tourist attractions

    •Twelve Apostles
    •Chapman‘s Peak
    •Ostrich viewing
    •Cape Point
    •Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
    •Penguin colony (optional)
    •Simons Town
    •Kalk Bay
    •False Bay

    PRICE: R350 per person (minimum 6 persons)
    Excludes: Lunch and optional visits / entrance fees

    PRIVATE TOURS: R2100 per vehicle (1 to 5 persons)
    Eg. 2 persons R1050 per person
    Eg. 4 persons R525 per person

    NITheP contact information:

    For administrative assistance, please contact Monique Louw, Secretary, NITheP at 021-808-2649 or 083 272 7734.