First (and Last) Bulletin of NOW 2004



1 – Conference Website


The website of the conference is For any information, please contact the conference secretariat at the email address



2 – Completing your arrival information


If you have not already done so, please send us your complete arrival information (date, place, hour, and flight or train number) as soon as possible. We need such information not only to ensure lodging, but also (for those not driving to Conca Specchiulla) to pick you up at the airport or at the train station, which are both very far from Conca Specchiulla. Notify us immediately in case of last-minute changes (see the last paragraph for emergency numbers).



3 – Lodgings


All the participants will be lodged in the Grand Hotel Daniela, which is also the site of the workshop. Please note the following points concerning your arrival, departure and payment. The workshop sessions will start on Sunday 12 and will end on Friday 17. The arrival day is expected on Saturday 11 and the departure day is expected on Saturday 18, in the morning. If you wish to extend your stay beyond these dates, you should make personal arrangements with the Hotel.


Hotel payment. You will pay for your stay directly to the Hotel. Any major credit card will be accepted. You can ask for specific forms of receipt, but you have to inform the Hotel in advance (one or two days before leaving).



4 – Arrival


There are four ways to reach Conca Specchiulla:


i)               By sea. We have not considered this possibility. However, it would be by far the easiest way, if you could only find a boat taking you to the shore of Conca Specchiulla. At that point, after two minute walk, you would have arrived.


ii)             By flight. The nearest airport is Brindisi (we exclude the Bari airport because it is too far). We are organizing our own shuttle service from the Brindisi airport, but we need to know at a high level of accuracy, day, flight code and time of arrival, otherwise we cannot ensure your transfer by bus to Conca Specchiulla. In order to avoid confusion with the regular bus service to and from Lecce, conference posters will be visible on the bus.


iii)            By train. The only practical railway station is Lecce (in principle you can reach Otranto, but it is not a practical choice). Also in this case we need to know at a high level of accuracy, day, train number and time of arrival, otherwise we cannot ensure your transfer by bus to Conca Specchiulla.


iv)            By car. A few indications for those who travel by car follow. You can reach Bari following the “Autostrada A14”, a very good highway, then take the exit in the direction “Brindisi – Lecce”. After ~150 km you will get to Lecce. From Lecce to Conca Specchiulla you may follow these directions:


                                               i.     The easiest way (~55 km): Before entering Lecce, take the “Tangenziale Est” up to the indication to Maglie and Otranto. The route is very good. Before entering Otranto, you turn left once more following the indications for S. Cataldo and “Laghi Alimini”. After 11 km you find on the right the indication for Conca Specchiulla and Grand Hotel Daniela.


                                             ii.     The shortest way (~45 km): Before entering Lecce, take the “Tangenziale Est” up to the indication to Melendugno. When you arrive to Melendugno, you turn to the right in the direction of Torre dell’Orso. You follow this direction until you reach Torre dell’Orso, which is on the sea. You then turn right along the sea (direction Otranto) and after 4 km you find on the left the indications of Conca Specchiulla and Grand Hotel Daniela.


A road map of Salento can be found in the web site of the conference. Parking in the Hotel Daniela is provided  free of charge for the customers.


You can also find other useful information on the workshop home page.



5 – Departure


You need to tell us in advance your return travel plans, in order to allow us to organize your transfer from Conca Specchiulla to Brindisi airport or to Lecce railway station. If you extend your stay after September 18, you must arrange the transfer by yourself.



6 – Fee


The conference fee is 250Ř. No conference fee is requested for accompanying persons. You are required to pay the fee of the workshop cash and in Euros. We regret this point, which, however, cannot be avoided. So, you are advised to prepare your fee in advance, since is not easy to change money at Conca Specchiulla, and we expect the exchange rate of the Hotel to be not so convenient. Of course, you will receive a receipt of your payment.



7 – Computer Facilities


Some desktop PC’s, printers, and wired connections will be provided to participants. Wireless connection will also be available for the whole hotel area, so it is a good idea to bring your laptop at the workshop.




8 – Talks


Each plenary talk will be 40’ long (+ 5’ for discussion). Parallel talks will take typically 20’ (+ 5’ for discussion). Both overhead and video projectors will be provided for the presentations. Participants are expected to give electronic presentations with their own laptop. However, we will provide two laptops (one for MAC OS X and one for Windows users) for presentations.



9 – Presentations on the web and Proceedings


Copies of talks for plenary and parallel sessions will be posted on the workshop web site. For this reason, speakers who present their talk in electronic form should provide a copy of the talk possibly both in Power Point® and PDF format. Transparencies will be scanned. All presentations by plenary and parallel session speakers will be included in the published proceedings. The format for published papers and submission details will be forwarded directly to the invited speakers. A copy of the proceedings is included in the registration fee for each participant. The proceedings will be published by Elsevier (Nuclear Physics B - Proceeding Supplements). We recall that the proceedings of NOW 2000 have been published on Nucl. Phys. B (Proc. Suppl.), vol. 100.



10 – Weather


Beware. Even though you will be in the South of Italy, the month of September is not hot, in general. The wind blows normally from the North, storms are not so rare and in the night the temperature decreases remarkably. So, clothing must be adequate. You can find weather information on this site (in Italian) or on this site (in English).



11 – Free time


As you can see from the program, there is a break going from about 12.00 to 16.00 o’clock, which can be used freely. A small train is provided by the Hotel to reach the Hotel beach, where you can have, included in the Hotel facilities, the use of beach umbrellas, deck chairs, etc. Otherwise, you can reach easily the sea through the pinewood, which divides the Hotel from the sea. As a third possibility, you can swim in the large swimming pool of the Hotel. With regards to your lunch, you can have it in the Hotel, or you can ask (during breakfast) to have a take-away lunch prepared.



12 – Excursions


There will be a short excursion in Otranto on the evening of Monday 13. On the excursion day  (Wednesday, September 15) we will propose you two alternatives tours. You are required to choose one of them in advance. This choice is not by far definitive, you can change it at the last minute (not all together, please!), but it will be very useful for our organization to know in advance your preference to a good level of approximation.


a)    South Coast tour. You leave Conca Specchiulla in the south direction. You will see, along the coast, Capo d’Otranto, Porto Badisco, Zinzulusa grotto (visit to the grotto, bath, and lunch), Castro. We hope to reach Gallipoli if time and weather allow.


b)    Alberobello tour. You leave Conca Specchiulla in the north direction. Visit of Lecce with its baroque churches, Alberobello with its famous trulli, and Ostuni, the “White Town”. The lunch will be provided during the tour.



13 – Tours for accompanying persons


We have not organized additional tours for the accompanying persons. In principle, to stay in Conca Specchiulla is comfortable, and the accompanying persons can enjoy the beaches and the sea. However, you can ask the reception of Grand Hotel Daniela to organize or suggest you tours of various kinds (visit to Lecce, to Otranto, tours by boat, etc.) at your expenses.



14 – Emergency


If you have any kind of emergency, please call the Grand Hotel Daniela, whose telephone number is +39.0836.80.66.48, or directly Prof. Fogli, whose cellular phone number is +39.320.9232.336.