************************* Ron-fest: Fifth Official Announcement ***********************

Dear Participants,

As preparations for our conference are approaching completion, I am writing with a few specific requests and questions; PLEASE READ AND RESPOND AS APPROPRIATE PROPTLY:


(1) SPEAKERS: Review your talk titles at:


If you would like to revise your title (or your abstract), please let Bill Finney know (w-finney@northwestern.edu) BY MAY 31.

Programs and abstract books will be printed after this date.

(2) NON-SPEAKERS: If you intend to bring a poster for presentation, please let Bill Finney know (w-finney@northwestern.edu) BY MAY 31.

Depending on the count of posters we will decide on any poster size restrictions.

(3) PARTICIPANTS *NOT* STAYING AT ST.JOHN HOTEL: If you have guests (family members or other) who will attend either the Monday Reception or the Wednesday Banquet you need to register and pay for them (note: your own participation is covered by your registration fee). To do so please use the hotel form at:


and FILL IN ONLY the NON-PARTICIPANT AND PAYMENT INFORMATION and fax to the hotel fax number.

(4) If you have not paid your registration fee and you intend to come to the conference, please try to complete this step as soon as you can at:


I am looking forward to your prompt responses and of course to welcoming you on the island!

Best regards,



Matthew Bailes - Swinburne University of Technology

Luciano Burderi - University of Cagliari

Tiziana di Salvo - University of Palermo

Peter Eggleton - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Zhanwen Han - Chinese Academy of Sciences

Vicky Kalogera - Northwestern University

Andrew King - University of Leicester

Gijs Nelemans - Radboud University

Fred Rasio - Northwestern University

Hans Ritter - MPA Garching

Mike Shara - American Museum of Natural History

Chris Tout - University of Cambridge

Ed van den Heuvel - University of Amsterdam

Ron Webbink - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dayal Wickramasinghe - Australian National University

CIERA - Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics
Northwestern University