[visionlist] Fechner Day 2009: Second call for participation

Elliott, Mark Mark.Elliott at nuigalway.ie
Mon Apr 13 07:02:19 PDT 2009

 Fechner Day 2009: Galway Ireland

Second call for participation

25th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics

Dear friends and colleagues,

apologies for cross postings. This is essentially a repeat of the first call with some minor clarifications. Plus, I hope, in this email hyperlinks are not redirected through the NUIG Galway mail server as has been the case with previous postings. 

The 25th (Silver Anniversary) meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics (ISP) will be held between October 21st and 24th 2009 at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Co. Galway, overlooking Loch Corrib and within a stones throw of the beautiful and atmospheric landscapes of Connemara, Galway and northern Clare. With this email, I cordially invite you to Ireland's west coast, to the luxury of the Glenlo Abbey Hotel and the scholarly and traditionally congenial atmosphere of the Fechner Day. Registration and other details may be found on the meeting web site at http://www.fechnerday.com/

The Fechner Day is the main event co-ordinated by the ISP and has run annually since the Society's inaugural meeting at Cassis, France in 1985. Traditionally the meeting is held around October 22nd, which is the anniversary of the founding of psychophysics in 1850 by mathematician and philosopher Gustav-Theodor Fechner. Details of the history of the Society may be found under http://www.ispsychophysics.org/about-society/history.html while details of previous Fechner Days may be found by following links under http://www.ispsychophysics.org/fechner-day.html The Society's web pages are all under http://www.ispsychophysics.org/

The Venue

This year the meeting will be held with traditional Irish hospitality at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel, situated some 2 miles north west of Galway City. We will open with an evening reception on Wednesday October 21st, and continue to early Saturday evening, October 24th. We aim to have live Irish music every evening in one of the hotel bars, while trips to Connemara, or the Burren, are planned for the Sunday.

The hotel is located between Galway and Connemara, has 5 stars, is situated on 130 acres, which includes a 9-hole golf course, trout fishing and clay-pigeon shooting.  It has several function, meeting and board rooms - all of which would be available to the ISP - with modern AV equipment and complimentary WIFI.

There are two restaurants, one of which consists of Pullman coaches from the Orient Express. There is an additional bar- restaurant, at least one if not two other bars and several lounges including a library in which refreshments are available. The cellar is extremely well stocked, Guinness pulls well off the tap and there are plenty of well aged single malts. Rooms are: single occupancy euro 110 per night, euro 160 double with 38 rooms reserved. Alternative accommodation (and information on how to reserve rooms at the Glenlo Abbey) is listed on the conference web site under http://www.fechnerday.com/venue.html

Meeting Registration and Society Membership

Early registration fees (to 31st July) are euro 194 full and a student rate of euro 90 - thereafter euro 240 and euro 120 Delegates must be ISP members with ISP membership currently at the equivalent of $100 full and $30 for students. Registration costs include refreshments, a small breakfast and light lunch with mid-morning and afternoon coffee served with mini desserts. Also covered is complimentary travel by minibus from and to the venue from the neighbouring Westwood House Hotel. A bound A5 proceedings volume (see below) is also included in the registration costs). Registration should be possible now, but will be fully available at http://www.fechnerday.com/registration.html from February 1st 2009.

Early registration deadline July 31st, 2009

Getting to Ireland's West from North America - is relatively straightforward - http://www.aerlingus.com/ flies daily to Shannon from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando Chicago, Washington, JFK, Boston. Typical prices (currently) are between $650 - $850 return. (See http://www.jetblue.com/ for Jet Blue connections within the USA). From UK and Europe it is oddly less straightforward - but cheap - with flights from London Luton - Galway http://www.aerarran.com/), and from various European destinations (including London Stansted, Luton and Gatwick) - Shannon with http://www.ryanair.com/. Galway is also accessible from Dublin with http://www.aerarran.com/ and Dublin operates as a mini hub, linking UK and Europe with Galway and Shannon. Typical costs - including taxes - are e.g. Stansted - Shannon return: £45 Sterling. Note, importantly, there is no bus or other public transport service between Shannon and Galway after 8:15 pm.
Call for papers

Authors are invited to submit papers and to propose theme sessions on topics including:
Sensory processes
Psychophysical methods
Cognitive factors in psychophysics (e.g. memory, attention)
Time perception
Cross-modal processing
History and philosophy of psychophysics
Animal psychophysics
Mathematical and computational modelling
Practical applications

Last year's scientific programme is available at http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/index.php?id=8254. As in past years, conference papers will be published in a non ISBN proceedings volume. Submit proposals for theme sessions directly to submissions.fechnerday2009 at gmail.com.
Submission Process
1. Oral/Poster presentation
Submit the following to (in subject header 'Presentation')

Abstract (100-150 words)
Preference of oral/poster presentation
Presentation Submission Deadline: May 31st, 2009
2. Proceedings manuscript
The proceedings will be published in book format. For manuscript guidelines, please consult the documents posted at the meeting web site under http://www.fechnerday.com/submission.html. These instructions are for camera ready documents which will be reduced to A5 by the publisher.

If you experience problems downloading these documents, please see the FAQ on the same page or contact us at enquiries.fechnerday2009 at gmail.com

Manuscript Deadline: August 15th, 2009

Financial Support

There are limited funds to support students, and scientists from less advantaged regions who wish to attend this meeting and to make presentations. At present we can announce limited financial support (including support from the Social Sciences Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway) for 3 students from Europe (euro 600) and 2 students or others from elsewhere (euro 1,000). In addition, the Conferences Fund of the National University of Ireland, Galway, has agreed to meet the costs of one speaker to an amount of no less than euro 1,000. For details and to make applications please send a brief CV, title and presentation abstract to the Society President, Dr. Jiri Wackermann at jw at iggp.de .

Further funding possibilities may be announced later.

Schedule in brief

End of May   : Deadline for presentation (poster and oral) titles and abstracts
July  :  Early registration ends
August  :  Deadline for proceedings submission

Please refer back to http://www.fechnerday.com/ for updates. Correspondence may also be sent to me;

Dr. Mark A. Elliott CSci


Room 201, Cois Abhann
Dept. Psychology
National University of Ireland, Galway

Tel.: [Direct line] +353 (0)91 495345; [Internal ext.] 5345
email: mark.elliott - at - nuigalway.ie

on behalf of my co organisers, Stanislava Antonijevic, Catriona Martyn, Heike Schmidt, Brian Bargary and Paul Mulcahy

Táim ag súil go mór bualadh libh i nGaillimh ar lá Fechner 2009
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