January 25, 2002

Final Scientific Program

November 12, 2001

Due to the efforts of the Local Organizing Committee new more discounted Hotel room rates are offered to the Symposium guests - see Hotel Reservation

November 5, 2001

Dear Colleagues,

Let me express my gratitude to everybody who has replied on my mail.

Having analyzed the responses, we can see that many scientists from various countries intend to arrive at Haifa and take part in the SHS Symposium in February 2002. In order not to deprive them of such possibility and taking into account
 - safe situation and normal stile of life in Haifa during the last year
 - assurance of Local Organizing Committee in Haifa to take all measures to provide maximum safety , including transportation, social events etc.
 - budget considerations
we decided to held the 6th Int. Symposium on SHS in Haifa on February 17-21, 2002, as it was announced earlier.

The Israeli-Russian Combustion Workshop will be held within the framework of the Symposium.

The program of the symposium will be completed and specified as soon as possible and will be placed on the website of the SHS-2001. The Final Announcement will be placed on the website in several days. Reception of the papers for publication in SHS Journal is being continued despite of the participation at the Symposium.

For more operative work with all questions, please communicate Dr. I. Gotman, Co-Chairman ( or Prof. E.Y. Gutmanas, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (

The Russian delegation will participate in the SHS-2001 on February 17-21, 2002 in Haifa.

We will put all our efforts for the success of this important event.

Alexander Merzhanov
General Chairman

September 19, 2001

Dear participant of the VI International Symposium on Self-Propagating High-Temperature, SHS-2001.

Following the tragic events of 11 September, 2001, in the USA the Organizing Committee of SHS-2001 has received a number of letters from the Symposium participants and Advisory Committee members urging us to postpone the event. Having carefully considered these requests, the Organizing Committee has reluctantly decided to reschedule the SHS-2001 Symposium for 17-21 February, 2002.

No major changes in the scientific and social Program of the Symposium are foreseen. The registration fees for SHS-2001 will remain as announced. The fees already paid and the payment for hotel reservation will be valid for the new symposium date.

General ChairmanA.G. Merzhanov
Co-chairmanI. Gotman
Chairman of the Local CommitteeE.Y. Gutmanas
CoordinatorA.E. Sytschev

August 30, 2001 Dear SHS-2001 participant,

In response to several inquiries sent to the Symposium Organizers, the Israeli Local Committee of SHS-2001 has decided to release the following communication describing the current situation in Israel.

In spite of recurring shooting incidents in several localized areas of the West Bank and 'Aza Strip (near the towns of Hebron, Ramalla and 'Aza) and in Gilo district of Jerusalem, the life in the central and northern parts of Israel (Tel-Aviv, Haifa) is going on as usual: restaurants and pubs are full, beaches are crowded, streets and shopping malls are alive with children who are on school vacation. Over the past few months, several world famous performers, such the soprano Dame Kiri Takanawa, the violinists Maxim Vengerov and Vadim Repin, the conductor Daniel Barenboim with the Berlin Staadskapella Orchestra, have visited the major Israeli cities (Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Haifa). In September, the Annual International Week of Chamber Music will be held in Jerusalem with many famous musicians coming from abroad, the pianists Elena Bashkirova and Efim Bronfman among them.

In July, the Maccabia (Jewish Olympic Games) was held in Israel with more than a thousand participants coming from overseas. In particular, the swimming competition was held in Haifa, in the Olympic Pool of the Technion. In July-August, the annual Scientific Summer Camp (SciTech 2001) was held in Technion, Haifa with more than a hundred Israeli and foreign high-school students living and studying on the Technion Campus. Also in Haifa, the 10th International Conference on Intergranular and Interphase Boundaries in Materials was held on July 22-26. The majority of the Conference 80 participants (> 70%) came from overseas, among them 25 from the Western Europe, 9 from the USA, 4 from Japan and 17 from the Eastern Europe.

In media reports from Israel, the real danger to people in the streets is greatly exaggerated. Nevertheless, the Local Organizing Committee of SHS-2001 has decided to take additional protective measures to increase the feeling of security among the Symposium guests. Participants arriving at the Ben-Gurion Airport will be met by our representatives who will arrange their transportation to Haifa. Special buses will run between the hotels and the Conference Venue at the Technion. No strangers will be allowed at Symposium Events.

Around 100 researchers and industry representatives from 16 countries have already confirmed their participation in SHS-2001. Among them is a large group of scientists from Russia headed by the Symposium General Chairman, Prof. A.G. Merzhanov, who are coming after having consulted the Russian Embassy in Tel-Aviv. The SHS-2001 Symposium will definitely take place, at a high scientific and organization level. Your participation will allow the devised interesting program to be realized at its fullest.

We invite you to come to Haifa to take part in the 6th International Symposium on Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis (SHS-2001), and look forward to meeting you in October.

Local Organizing Committee

July 25, 2001 “Joint Israeli-Russian Workshop on Combustion” October 16, 2001, Haifa, Israel will be held within the framework of the VI International Symposium on Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis.

April 24, 2001 “Tentative Scientific Program” and “Time Table” were published
(see Scientific Program)

April 17, 2001 In April 2001, General Chairman Alexander Merzhanov and Coordinator Alexander Sytschev visited Haifa, a host city of the VI International Symposium on SHS. They had a meeting with Elazar Gutmanas (Chairman of Local Organizing Committee), Irena Gotman (Co-chairman of Organizing Committee), Alon Gani, Valery Rozenband, and other members of Local Organizing Committee. It was stated that the number of submitted papers attained a value of 206 (including 20 invited papers). The meeting approved the Opening procedure as well as the scientific program and symposium schedule. The visitors got acquainted with the premises suggested for oncoming Symposium, demonstration facilities, reserved hotels, and planned sightseeing. They also visited the TECHNION laboratories and discussed the perspectives of mutual cooperation (see the photos). The visitors were much impressed by the country and its people.

A general impression is that the preparations proceed under normal conditions with an intention to organize the Symposium on a high level.
  • Organizing Committee at work (photos: 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Conference halls (photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Reserved hotels
  • Visited laboratories (photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Planned sightseeing
    • Haifa (photos: 1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Akko (Acre) (photos: 1, 2, 3)
    • Capernaum (photos: 1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Tabgha (photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    • Rosh Hanigra (grottos on the Lebanese border) (photos: 1, 2, 3)
    • Nazareth (photos: 1, 2)
    • Jordan River (Yardenit) (photos: 1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Jordan Valley and Jordan border (photos: 1, 2)
    • Jerusalem (photos: 1, 2)
    • Sea of Galille (Yam Keneret) (photos: 1, 2)
    • Kochav Hayarden (Belvoir) National Park (photos: 1, 2)
    • Golan Heights (photos: 1, 2)
March 26, 2001 A working meeting of the Organizing Committee SHS-2001 will be held in Haifa, Israel, at TECHNION-Israel Institute of Technology on April 6 through 13, 2001.

Prof. A.G. Merzhanov, General Chairman, and Dr. A.E. Sytschev, Coordinator, will also come to Haifa to participate in the event.

March 15, 2001 International Program Committee of SHS'2001 has got about 200 abstracts and begun to compile the Tentative Program.
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