COST Chemistry



Sixth European Workshop on

19-24 April, 2001

Sofia, Bulgaria

Scientific Organizing Committee

Erkki Brändas (University of Uppsala, Sweden) and Hans Ågren (The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)
Jordan Stamenov and Yavor Delchev (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Roy McWeeny (Universita di Pisa, Italy)
Jean Maruani (C.N.R.S., Paris, France)
Yves G. Smeyers (C.S.I.C., Madrid, Spain)
Stephen Wilson (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxon, England)

Local Organizing Committee

Rossen Pavlov, Yavor Delchev, Alexander Kuleff, Plamen Yotov (INRNE, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Valentin Monev (IOC, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Alia Tadjer and Anela Ivanova (Department of Chemistry, University Saint Kliment Ohridski), Sofia, Bulgaria.

Information about the Workshop

This Workshop is organized by the Working Group 010 of the Action COST Chemistry D9 of the European Commission and, like those held in Pisa (1996), Oxford (1997), Granada (1998), Paris (1999) and Uppsala (2000), it will bring together chemists and physicists interested in many-body quantum systems in molecular and material sciences. The emphasis will be on innovative theory, its computational realization, and applications.

The Workshop will include sessions on :

It is planned to publish the Proceedings of the Workshop in the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry.

In 2001 the QSCP workshop will be held for the first time in an Eastern European country, Bulgaria. This workshop (QSCP-VI) will be sponsored by the European Commission, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Sofia. It will see, for the first time, the award of the QSCP Promising Scientist Prize by CMOA.

The QSCP-VI workshop will be held in the city of Sofia (Sofiya), Bulgaria's capital city. Sofia was founded by Thracians in the 7th century B.C. on a 4000-year old archeological site. The city lies on an elevated plain at the foot of Vitosha Mountain (2290 m), in the west central part of the country. It is Bulgaria's largest city (1.3 million people) and its economic and cultural centre.

Historic buildings in Sofia include the Chapel of St George, originally a Roman bath and the oldest structure in the city; the 6th-century church of St Sofiya; the golden domed Alexander Nevsky Memorial Cathedral (the largest orthodox church in the world, built in the 19th century after the War of Liberation that ended 500 years of Ottoman rule); the sephardic synagogue (the largest in Eastern Europe) and the Buyuk Dzhamiya Mosque (15th century). Among the city's museums are the Natural History Museum; the National Archaeological Museum; the National Art Gallery; the National Ethnographical Museum, etc. Sofia is the site of the University St Kliment Ohridski (1888); the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1869); the Bulgarian Music Conservatory (1904); the Bulgarian Academy of Medicine (1972); Cyril and Methodius National Library, etc. Modern Sofia, like the rest of Bulgaria, is making the rocky transition from Communism to free-market economics.

If you are interested in receiving further details on the Workshop, then please return the Application form to quantum@rl.ac.uk [e-mail sent to this address in Oxford will be automatically forwarded to the local organizers].

In case of emergency you may also fax to Dr Yavor Delchev at ++ 359 2 975 3619 or phone to Dr Valentin Monev at ++ 359 2 979 6675 betwen 8 and 15 GMT and Dr Yavor Delchev at ++ 359 2 987 3227 otherwise.

Prices and payment

 The number of participants at the Workshop is strictly limited and early application and payment is recommended. The total cost of participation in the Workshop for five days, including registration and social programme for everyone and room and board for resident participants and their dependents, is as follows (the first rate refers to payment received before April 1st  /  the second rate to payment received after April 1st ; prices remain unchanged for participants who sent their registration fees before February 15) :

    Resident participants and their dependents :

        Participants in a single room:   545 USD   /   590 USD
        Participants sharing a double room:   435 USD   /   475 USD
        Participants sharing a quadruple bed suite:   395 USD   /   435 USD
        Accompanying dependents in a single room:   390 USD   /  430 USD
        Accompanying dependents sharing a double room:   305 USD   /  325 USD
        Accompanying dependents sharing a quadruple bed suite:   270 USD   / 295 USD

    Non-resident participants and their dependents :

        Non-resident participants: 160 USD   /   200 USD *
        Non-resident dependents participating in the social programme:   50 USD   /   60 USD *
        * This does not include dinner at the Panorama Restaurant on Sunday, April 22 (additional charge 18 USD)
        Additional charge for lunch and dinner meals for non-residents during the working days of the Workshop: 65 USD   /   65 USD
        (This means that non-resident participants and dependents may have lunch AND dinner meals at the Residence by adding the BULK amount of 65 USD to their fees. No refunds are possible for missed lunch or dinner. Advance registration for meals is requested).

  The cost for participants not housed at the Residence includes registration, the social programme and coffee breaks, and an advanced order (with 40% discount) for the workshop proceedings (including postage and packing). The social programme includes a welcome party, a banquet dinner (where the Promising Scientist Prize will be awarded to the first selected nominee attending the meeting and where the venue of QSCP-VII in 2002 will be disclosed) and a one-day visit to the famous Rila Monastery, founded in the 10th century, 80 km South of Sofia.

  The above costs DO NOT include accident or medical coverage / insurance. Every participant should carry his/her own accident and medical coverage / insurance from his/her home institution or company for the whole duration of the meeting.

  Payment should be made before the 1st of April 2001. After this date an additional charge may be levied (see above rates). Payment should be made by SWIFT money transfer in USD to INRNE for QSCP-VI, account # 6217539 3100027016 at

3 Kaloyan St
1000 SOFIA , Bulgaria


  The above amounts being net costs, the bank of the sender should be asked to put all change and transfer fees to the charge of the sender. In order to reduce bank fees it is suggested to make joint transfers for people coming together. In the above, the first number (6217539) is the bank code, the second (3100027016) the account number of INRNE (Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). PLEASE SPECIFY THAT THE TRANSFER IS FOR THE BENEFIT OF QSCP-VI. Alternative payment can be made by Eurocheque in Euros (then add 10 Euros for extra bank fees paid in Sofia) made payable to INRNE and sent to:

 Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy
 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee
 1784 SOFIA, Bulgaria
 (Fax: ++ 359 2 975 3619)


  A small number of bursaries has been awarded to contribute to the local expenses of younger participants, particularly from Eastern and Southern Europe. Applicants were typically less than 40 years of age and provided a curriculum vitae before February 15, 2001. Recipients of bursaries will be allocated double or quadruple rooms.

Travel information

TRAVEL TO AND FROM SOFIA can be made by plane (at least one daily flight from every major European city), by train (the Paris-Istambul Orient Express travels through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia through Sofia), by bus (cheap bus trips are available at least once a week from every major European city) or by car (Sofia is at major crossroads between Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Balkans).

    By air :

Participants coming by plane will arrive at Sofia Airport (about 5 km east from Sofia). There will be a shuttle on April 19 between 10h30 and 20h30, which will take them to Boyana Presidential Residence. The participants coming outside this time interval can take a taxi to the Residence (about 20 BGN or 10 Euros).
If you want to be met at the airport, please specify date and time of arrival.

    By train :

Participants coming by train will arrive at the Sofia Central Railway Station. The easiest way to reach the Residence is to take a taxi (about 20 BGN or 10 Euros).

    By bus :

Participants coming by bus will usually arrive near the Sofia Central Railway Station. There, the simplest thing to do is to catch a taxi to the Residence (about 20 BGN or 10 Euros). There is a travel company - "Air Kona" - serving the itinerary Vienna-Sofia, which buses may be asked to stop in front of the Residence.

The address of the Workshop venue is: Boyana Presidential Residence, 16 Vitoshko lale bd (at the foot of Vitosha mountain); this is the residence of official guests of the President of Bulgaria (every Sofian knows where it is).

Access to Boyana Residence by urban transport :

    Shuttle bus:

No 21 - itinerary Slatina - Sofia University - Boyana.

    Trolley bus:

No 2 - direction "Buckstone", last stop.

    Regular buses:

No 111 - beltway line, bus stop "Rezidencia";
No 64 - departs Centre for Hygiene, direction Hladilnika (via Boyana and Dragalevci), bus stop "Rezidencia";
No 63 - departs Rouski Pametnik (Russian Monument), direction Boyana, bus stop "Rezidencia".

Detailed travel information can be found at www.sofia.com

The QSCP Promising Scientist Award of CMOA

The 2001 QSCP workshop saw, for the first time, the award of the Promising Scientist Prize administered by CMOA. The prize was awarded at the special ceremony during the banquet dinner of QSCP-VI at Boyana Residence in Sofia.

The nominations were made by established scientists who has attended one or more of the previous QSCP workshops. The received applications were considered and a selection of three nominees, among the many applications received, was made at the joint meeting of the international scientific and local organizing committees in Sofia, Bulgaria, on February 20, 2001; it was proposed for approval to the Board of CMOA before the QSCP-VI meeting. The nominees were announced by the Chairman of the Selection Committee and the prize were awarded by the President of CMOA to the first of the three nominees. Other selected nominees were get a certificate of recognition for their nomination and a gift from CMOA.


Each participant giving an oral presentation will have about 25 minutes allocated for his talk and subsequent questions. More specifically, talks will be arranged in groups of three with 20 minutes allocated to each speaker followed by a period of 15 minutes for discussions on the talks in the group.
The talks can be prepared on slides for usual overhead projector, as well as on MS Power Point files for multimedia projector which will be available during the workshop (Please inform the organizers if you want to use such kind of facility). Poster contributions will be divided into two groups, A and B. Group A will be displayed on Friday, April 20; group B will be displayed on Saturday, April 21 and will stay until the end of the workshop. Each poster should fit within an area measuring about 80 cm x 120 cm. Panels and pins will be provided.
In addition there will be sessions of oral presentations of posters (3 min each).

Submission for Proceedings

Manuscripts are to be submitted to:

Editorial Office, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry,
Department of Quantum Chemistry, University of Uppsala,
Box 518, S-751 20 Uppsala, SWEDEN

with a cover letter containing the corresponding author's address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address. The cover letter should also indicate that the submission is for the Sixth European Workshop on Quantum Systems in Chemistry and Physics, special issue. The deadline for submission is SEPTEMBER 15, 2001! Final acceptance must be made no later than December 15, 2001. Any manuscripts accepted after the December 15th date will be transferred to a regular IJQC issue. Note that a late manuscript therefore runs the risk of being assigned to a later issue due to the delayed refereeing-revision process.

Manuscripts are to be submitted in triplicate, double-spaced and on one side of each sheet only, in final form, with margins at least 2.5 cm on all sides. The publisher now requires that a disk accompanies final, accepted manuscripts. Disk submission forms are found in the back of the Journals along with the Copyright Transfer Forms.

An executed Copyright Transfer Form must accompany submission. With the advent of the U.S. Copyright Law effective January 1978, the transfer of copyright from author to publisher, heretofore implicit in the submission of the manuscript, must now be clearly stated in writing to enable the publisher to assure maximum dissemination of the author's work. A copy of the agreement can be located in the back of each issue of the IJQC along with the new disk submission requirements, from the publisher web site at www.journals.wiley.com/jpages/0020-7608/info.html, or may be obtained from the editorial office at the above address.

A short abstract (maximum length 200 words) is required. The abstract is a summary of the entire paper, not the conclusions alone.

A list of five key words or phrases for indexing must accompany the submission.

When using tables, each table will be supplied on a separate sheet (not interspersed within the text). Please supply numbers and titles for all tables. All table columns should have an explanatory heading.

Please supply legends for all figures and compile these on a separate sheet.

All figures submitted must be in a form suitable for reproduction. If in doubt about the the preparation of illustrations suitable for reproduction, please contact the publisher: Journals Department, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158, USA.

It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication. A copy of the approved permission request will be forwarded to the Editor on the acceptance of the manuscript.

Corresponding authors will receive 50 reprints of their articles without charge. Additional reprints may be ordered and purchased by filling out the form attached to the proof.

Each manuscript submitted is given a tracking number (ex. BU 00-10). Any time you contact the editorial office requesting information regarding your submission you need to include this number.