It is a pleasure to announce

the Tenth Alexander Friedmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology and Fourth Symposium on the Casimir Effect to be held from June 23, 2019 (date of arrival) to June 29, 2019 (date of departure) at Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The working language of the Seminar and Symposium is English.

This International Conference is organized by:

Institute of Physics, Nanotechnology and Telecommunications, Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University, where Alexander Friedmann was working as a Professor during the period from 1920 to 1925, i.e., at the time when he created the theory of expanding Universe.

Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University was founded in 1899. It is also known in Russia and abroad as the Polytechnic Institute - a recognized Russian and world-wide leader in both fundamental and applied sciences. The Polytechnic University includes 12 Institutes, more than 100 Departments, 120 laboratories and 20 International Research Centers. Presently the University trains more than 30000 students and post-graduates, and 3000 of them came to St.Petersburg from 98 countries. Please see for details the following Internet site:
www.en.spbstu.ru

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Topics

The objective of the meeting is to promote contacts between scientists working in the field of Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology and related fields. It is well known that the important role in Gravitation and Cosmology is played by the Casimir effect. To underline this, special Symposia devoted to this effect have been included in the Programs of the 7th, 8th, and 9th Friedmann Seminars. The Casimir effect is a multidisciplinary subject. Its applications extend from gravitation and cosmology to the van der Waals forces, materials properties, precise measurements and nanotechnology.

The main topics to be discussed at the tenth Friedmann Seminar and the fourth Casimir Symposium are the following:

Classical gravity

Observational and theoretical cosmology

Theoretical Astrophysics

Quantum effects in curved space-time

Quantum gravity

Gravitational theory with extra dimensions

Geometrical aspects of gravitational theory

Casimir effect in cosmology and at a laboratory table

including materials properties, precise measurements, field-matter interaction, and applications to nanotechnology

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • A. I. Rudskoy (Chair, Russia)
  • S. B. Makarov (Vice-Chair, Russia)
  • V. M. Mostepanenko (Vice-Chair, Russia)
  • V. M. Petrov (Vice-Chair, Russia)
  • Yu. V. Pavlov (Scientific Secretary, Russia)
  • V. B. Bezerra (Brazil)
  • E. R. Bezerra de Mello (Brazil)
  • G. Bimonte (Italy)
  • M. Bordag (Germany)
  • V. V. Dubov (Russia)
  • A. A. Grib (Russia)
  • A. V. Ivanchik (Russia)
  • G. L. Klimchitskaya (Russia)
  • P. S. Luo (China)
  • A. M. Mickaelian (Armenia)
  • U. Mohideen (USA)
  • M. Novello (Brazil)
  • G. Palasantzas (Netherlands)
  • C. Romero (Brazil)
  • A. A. Starobinsky (Russia)
  • R. Triay (France)
  • D. A. Varshalovich (Russia)
  • A. P. Yefremov (Russia)

Local Organizing Committee

  • V. V. Sergeyev (Chair, Russia)
  • E. N. Velichko (Vice-Chair, Russia)
  • C. C. Korikov (Russia)
  • L. B. Liokumovich (Russia)
  • E. K. Nepomnyashchaya (Russia)

Participation

For participation in the Tenth Friedmann Seminar and Fourth Casimir Symposium, please fill out one of the three Registration Forms, depending on the country of your origin, which are posted below. The Registration Form and a brief abstract of your talk (the txt-file in English containing the title, the author names, and the text of 10 to 15 lines volume) should be sent by e-mail as soon as possible to the address of the Scientific Secretary Dr. Yuri V. Pavlov:

yuri.pavlov@mail.ru yuri.pavlov@mail.ru

We will confirm the receiving of each abstract and the Registration Form.

The deadline for registration is March 30, 2019.

Registration Forms

Please indicate the following information about you. Using this information, we will issue the official invitation which you might need to get the Russian visa from the Russian Consulate (if necessary) or apply for funding of your participation from your National funding Agencies.

Registration Form for the Russian Citizens (in Russian)

Registration Form for Foreign Citizens Who Do Not Need the Russian Visa

Registration Form for Foreign Citizens Who Need to Obtain the Russian Visa

Attach the pdf-file of the pages of the passport with this information.

Proceedings

The Proceedings of the Tenth Friedmann Seminar and Fourth Casimir Symposium will be published in two special issues of the Journals Int. J. Mod. Phys. A and Mod. Phys. Lett. A (World Scientific Publishing Company) both of which are indexed by the Scopus and Web of Science. The deadline for submission of full manuscripts for publication is September 20, 2019. All details concerning the preparation rules and submission procedure of the manuscripts will be posted in April of 2019 at this website.

The Conference registration fee is US $200

The Organizing Committee will pay the major part of registration fees for participants from the countries of former Soviet Union which do not belong to the European Community. The decreased registration fee for participants from these countries is Rubles 2000. The registration fee covers a Conference bag, participation in all sessions and Conference events (coffee breaks, welcome party and excursion), publication of the Program and the special issues of the Journal containing the Conference Proceedings.

Scientific Program

Under construction. The Program will contain longer and shorter oral talks, and the poster sessions. Selection among the submitted abstracts will be made by the Scientific Organizing Committee.

Talks submitted for presentation at the 10th Alexander Fredmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology

Talks submitted for presentation at the 4th Casimir Symposium

Accommodation

The beginning of the Conference is approaching and it is due time already to make the reservation of a Hotel at St.Petersburg.

Participants may stay at any city Hotel in St.Petersburg or at the business Hotels (hostels) belonging to the Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University.

Hotels

You may choose the city Hotel yourself, but the Organizing Committee suggests two of them to your attention:

1. The 3-stars city Hotel "Sputnik", Toreza prospect 36, is situated at one bus stop from the metro station "Ploshchad' Muzhestva". From this Hotel one can reach the conference site at the Polytecnic University by walking during 15-20 minutes or by a trolley-bus. For the period of June 23-29 the price for a single room per night is Rubles 5500, i.e., approximately US$84 (breakfast is included). Please make your reservation yourself at the Internet site:

https://sputnik-hotel.ru/en/

2. The 4-stars city Hotel "Oktiabrskaia", Ligovsky prospekt, 10/118 is situated near the metro station "Ploshchad' Vosstaniya" at the downtown of St.Petersburg close to all places of interest. From this Hotel one can reach the conference site at the Polytechnic University by metro during about 25 minutes with no connections. For the period of June 23-29 the price for a room per night (suitable for one person or for a couple) is Rubles 8600, i.e., approximately US$130 (breakfast is included).

For the reservation of this Hotel, please send a letter to the Scientific Secretary Dr. Yuri Pavlov by the address:

yuri.pavlov@mail.ru yuri.pavlov@mail.ru

no later than on May 20, 2019. In this letter, please indicate your name and the exact date and time of your arrival and departure. You will make payment for your stay at the Hotel registration desk on your arrival to St.Petersburg (the Organizing Committee has the special agreement with the Hotel "Oktiabrskaia").

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATION AT THE CITY HOTELS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE END OF JUNE IS THE VERY TOP SEASON OF WHITE NIGHTS WHEN ALL HOTELS AT ST.PETERSBURG ARE FULLY BOOKED.

Hostels

Alternatively, you may choose to stay at the following business Hotels (hostels) of the Polytechnic University:

1. At Grazhdanskii prospect, 28. From this hostel one can reach the conference site during about 15 min. walk. The prices for a single and double rooms per night are Roubles 1500 and 2000, respectively, i.e., approximately US$23 and 30 (breakfast is not included). The bathroom and kitchen are shared with another room at the same apartment.

2. At Lesnoi prospect 65/1, metro station "Lesnaya". From this hostel one can reach the conference site by metro during about 20 min (two stations). The prices for a single and double rooms per night are Roubles 1500 and 2000, respectively, i.e., approximately US$23 and 30 (breakfast is not included). The bathroom and kitchen are shared with another room at the same apartment.

3. At Lesnoi prospect 67/2, metro station "Lesnaya". From this hostel one can reach the conference site by metro during about 20 min (two stations). The price for a separate small apartment with all facilities designated for 1 or 2 persons for your choice is Rubbles 2000, i.e., approximately US$30 (breakfast is not included). The larger one- and two-rooms separate apartments designated for up to 3 and 4 persons are also available for Rubles 3000 and 4000 per night, respectively (i.e., approximately US$46 and 61).

4. At Khlopina street 9/2, metro station "Ploshchad' Muzhestva". From this hostel one can reach the conference site by metro during about 15 min (one station) or by a bus and a trolley-bus. The prices for a single and double rooms per night are Roubles 1200 and 1600, respectively, i.e., approximately US$18 and 25 (breakfast is not included). The bathroom is shared with another room at the same apartment. A kitchen shared with several other apartments is available.

To make your reservation at the University hostels, please send a letter to the Scientific Secretary Dr. Yuri Pavlov as soon as possible but no later than on April 15 by the address:

yuri.pavlov@mail.ru yuri.pavlov@mail.ru

In this letter, please indicate your name, the desirable hostel from the above list, the type of the room, apartment (including price), and the dates of your arrival and departure. Please be aware that for late reservations some of the options might be already unavailable.

We are looking forward to see you at St.Petersburg in June.

Cultural Program

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is well known all over the world as a great city suggesting outstanding architecture attractions combined with a gripping view of the mighty Neva River and its granite embankments.

Museums & Theatres

The cultural attractions of Saint Petersburg include more than two hundred richest museums starting from the splendid Hermitage and Russian Museum, numerous theatres leaded by the famous Mariinsky theatre, Concert Halls, and picturesque gardens.

Palaces & Parks

Around Saint Petersburg there are several palace and park ensembles each of which is of greater scale than, for instance, Versailles.

White Nights

The Tenth Friedmann Seminar and Fourth Casimir Symposium will work during the best period of the so-called "white nights" when darkness retreats and even at night time one can easily read a newspaper with no artificial illumination. During this period of time Saint Petersburg is immersed in a mysterious and promising atmosphere so expressively described in classic Russian literature.

All participants of the Friedmann Seminar and Casimir Symposium will have an opportinity to take part in the bus city tour and have individual excursions to various places of interest for their choice.

Historical Notes

The First Alexander Friedmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology devoted to the centenary of his birth took place in 1988, June 22-26, at Leningrad (now St.Petersburg). The Proceedings of this event were published in A. A. Friedmann Centenary Volume, Eds. M. A. Markov, V. A. Berezin and V. F. Mukhanov (World Scientific, Singapore, 1989). There was a decision to organize the Alexander Friedmann Laboratory for Theoretical Physics at St.Petersburg which was formally realized in 1991.

In September 12-19, 1993 the Central Astronomical Observatory at Pulkovo of the Russian Academy of Sciences in collaboration with Alexander Friedmann Laboratory of Theoretical Physics organized at St. Petersburg the Second Alexander Friedmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology. The Proceedings of this event were published in 1994 (Eds. Yu. N. Gnedin, A. A. Grib and V. M. Mostepanenko, Central Astronomical Observatory at Pulkovo of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Friedmann Laboratory Publishing, St.Petersburg, Russia).

The Third Alexander Friedmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology took place on July 4-12, 1995 at St. Petersburg. It was organized by the same organizers. The Proceedings of this Seminar were edited by Yu. N. Gnedin, A. A. Grib and V. M. Mostepanenko (Friedmann Laboratory Publishing, St.Petersburg, 1995).

The Fourth Alexander Friedmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology was organized at St.Petersburg, June 17-25, 1998 by the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences and A. Friedmann Laboratory for Theoretical Physics. The Proceedings of this Seminar (Eds. Yu. N. Gnedin, A. A. Grib, V. M. Mostepanenko and W. A. Rodrigues Jr.) were published by the Jnstituto de Matematica, Estatistica e Computacao Cientifica, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brasil, Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Friedmann Laboratory for Theoretical Physics, St. Petersburg, Russia in 1999.

The Fifth Alexander Friedmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology was held at Joao Pessoa (Brazil), 24-30 April 2002. It was organized by the Federal University of Paraiba and by the Alexander Friedmann Laboratory for Theoretical Physics. The Proceedings of this event (Eds. V. M. Mostepanenko and C. Romero) were published as a special issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics A, Vol. 17, No 29 (2002).

The Sixth Alexander Friedmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology was held at Cargese, France, from June 28 to July 3, 2004. The Proceedings of this event (Eds. V. M. Mostepanenko and R. Triay) were published as a special issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics A, Vol. 20, No 11 (2005).

The Seventh Alexander Friedmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology accompanied by the Satellite Symposium on the Casimir Effect was held at Joao Pessoa (Brazil) from June 29 to July 5, 2008. It was organized by the Federal University of Paraiba. The Proceedings were published as a special issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics A, Vol. 24, No 8&9 (2009) and were edited by V. B. Bezerra, V. M. Mostepanenko and C. Romero.

The Eighth Alexander Friedmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology accompanied by the Second Satellite Symposium on the Casimir Effect was held at Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from May 30 to June 3, 2011. It was organized by the Brazilian Center for Physical Research, Institute for Cosmology, Relativity and Astrophysics. The Proceedings were published as the special issues of the International Journal of Modern Physics A, Vol. 26 , No 22 (2011) and International Journal of Modern Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 3 (2011), Editors V. M. Mostepanenko and M. Novello.

The Ninth Alexander Friedmann International Seminar on Gravitation and Cosmology accompanied by the Third Satellite Symposium on the Casimir Effect was held at St.Petersburg (Russia) from June 21 to June 27, 2015. It was organized by the Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University and Central Astronomical Observatory at Pulkovo of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Proceedings of this event were published as the special issues of the International Journal of Modern Physics A, Vol. 31 , No 2&3 (2016) and International Journal of Modern Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 41 (2016), Editors V. M. Mostepanenko and V. M. Petrov.