General Information

Important Dates

On-line submission for abstracts starts: Spring 2005
Deadline for abstract submission: March 1st, 2006 (was extended until March 8th)
Notification of acceptance: March 15th, 2006
Deadline for early registration: April 1st, 2006
Deadline for author registration: April 12th, 2006 (for inclusion in programme)
Conference: July 2-5th, 2006

Buildings

The conference will be held in 50 meeting rooms in 8 buildings all within a short walking distance on University Campus. We have arranged the parallel sessions into the buildings based on subject themes:

Building  Theme  Color  Tracks  Streams
Askja   APP   Red  
7
  Application, Keynotes, Tutorials
Oddi   TRANS   Purple  
6
  Transportation, Education, IT, OR
Arnagardur   PROD   Blue  
7
  Production, Heuristics
Adalbygging   OPT   Yellow  
12
  Optimization, Nonlinear
VR-II   DEC   Orange  
9
  Decision Science, Social Systems
Endurmenntun   FIN   Green  
5
  Finance, Stochastic
Haskolabio   PLEN   Gray  
4
  Plenaries, Semi-Plenaries
Logberg   EWG   Brown  
2
  EWG User Meetings

Registration Desk

The registration desk will be on the 2nd floor in the Askja (APP) building. The opening hours at the registration desk are:

Saturday   July 1st   16:00 - 19:00
Sunday   July 2nd   07:30 - 19:00
Monday   July 3rd   07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday   July 4th   08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday   July 5th   08:00 - 17:00

If you have already settled your registration fee(registration fee, hotel and tours), you can go straight to the registration desk where you will receive your badge with tickets, conference bag, and other conference materials. We recommend picking up your registration material as soon as you arrive during the weekend to avoid queues on Monday morning.

Conference Secretariat Desk

The Conference Secretariat (Iceland Incentives Inc.) will have their desk on the 2nd floor in the Askja (APP) building. There you can check your registration status and payments, purchase tickets and sign up for conference tours. All unpaid invoices, including final payments for hotel and tours, must be settled with the Conference Secretariat before receiving the registration materials. Phone numbers at conference secretariat desk: (+354) 696-1402 and (+354) 696-1403.

Information Desk

The Information Desk is located in the registration area on the 2nd floor in Askja (APP) building. Presenters can ask questions about the program and get technical assistance. Information Desks will also be in all conference buildings Monday through Wednesday.

Badges Required

Your EURO XXI 2006 badge must be worn at all technical sessions and for all social functions. You will receive tickets for the Welcome Reception, the Blue Lagoon tour, lunches, conference tours and banquet, which will be inserted in the plastic cover for the badge, so it is very important that you do not lose your badge. The cost for a new badge is ISK 1.000 (10 Euros) plus the cost of replacing any lost tickets.

Messages

A message board will be located on the 2nd floor in Askja (APP) building. Please check the message board periodically to see if you have received a message.

Exhibition

During the conference there will be a software and book exhibit in Askja (APP), the same building as the registration. The exhibitors are:

Posters - Discussion Presentations

Discussion presentations and posters will be on display in the Adalbygging (OPT) in poster area on the second floor.

Audio/Visual Equipment

Every room is equipped with a desktop PC connected to a LCD projector. The computer contains up-to-date software for the main presentation formats (Powerpoint, MS Office, PDF, Postscript) and have USB connections for memory cards. You can either use your laptop or transfer your presentation onto the desktop. Please make sure to arrive at your session at least 1/2 hour before it begins. Before the session begins, all presenters should set up and test their presentation and the connection with the LCD projector.

Speaker Information

The location of your session is shown in the Abstracts section of the Conference Program book and in the Master Track Schedule. Please be on time for your session, check in with the session chair, and test the A/V equipment. Time your presentation to fit the allotted time (30 minutes for 3 speakers and 22 minutes for 4 speakers in a session), allowing time for questions and audience participation. Presentations should be limited to key issues with a brief summary. Feel free to bring along copies of your paper to distribute or to provide a handout with related information.

Session Chairs

The role of the Chair is to ensure the smooth execution of the session. Make sure to:
  • Contact the speakers before the session, to verify who will present and to pre-empt any technical problems.
  • Begin the session on time. Each session lasts 90 minutes, with equal time allotted for each paper in the session.
  • Introduce the speaker and the title of each presentation.
  • Express visually to the speaker how many minutes (10,5,2) are left, using either your hands or prepared cards
  • Ensure that presentations do not overstep their time frame (30 minutes for 3 speakers and 22 minutes for 4 speakers in a session).
  • That presentations are given in the order shown in the program, to allow for jumping between sessions

Language

The official conference language will be English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Coffee Breaks

Coffee will be served in all conference buildings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, during session hours.

Lunches

Lunches will be served at Radisson SAS Hotel Saga on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 11:00 and 14:00. Lunch will be served in several dining rooms in the hotel. Tickets are required for lunch, so please remove the appropriate one from your badge holder and have it ready to avoid long queues.

Special Dietary Requests

Please contact the Conference Secretariat Desk on the second floor in the Askja (APP) building for special dietary needs. Food allergies and diseases are taken into consideration.

Public Transportation

Reykjavik has extensive city bus system called "Strćto". General route city buses number 11, 12, 14, and 15 as well as Rapid Transit route buses number S1, S3, S4, S5 and S6 stop in the vicinity of the Conference area and Radisson SAS Hotel Saga at regular intervals from 07:00-23:00 on weekdays, 07:00-23:00 on Saturdays, and 10:00-23:00 on Sundays.

Routes, timings and maps for all city buses can be found on www.bus.is/english/routes. Please also consult with your hotel/guesthouse reception staff. One way fare with a city bus is ISK 250 and you must have the exact change ready, as the bus driver can not change money. A card with 10 tickets can be purchased on city buses at the price of ISK 2000.

Banks and Money

Official banking hours in Reykjavik are 09:15-16:00 Monday to Friday.

All banks in Iceland can exchange foreign currency, and some shops (especially those catering to tourists) will accept payment in US dollars or Euros. Most shops and businesses accept the major credit cards (Visa, Euro/Mastercard, and American Express), so it is generally not necessary to carry much cash. Credit cards are commonly used in Iceland even for quite small transactions. ATMs can also be found in many places.

The currency used in Iceland is the Icelandic krona (crown) abbreviated ISK. The approximate exchange rate 15. May 2006 was: EUR 1.00 = ISK 95 and USD 1.00 = ISK 75. It is best to exchange your money into ISK in Iceland, and then re-exchange any surplus before you leave, as foreign banks may not deal in ISK. You can exchange your money at the bank at the airport on arrival and departure.

There are two banks in the conference area: Landsbanki in Háskólabíó Conference Centre and KB Banki in Radisson SAS Hotel Saga. ATM machines are in both places. In the city, the Change Group at the tourist information centre, Bankastrćti 2, is open daily, from 08:30-20:00.

Shopping hours in Reykjavik

City downtown opening hours may vary but stores are generally open from 10-18:00 on weekdays and 10-14:00 on Saturdays. Some stores stay open longer on Saturdays and most downtown stores are open until 18:00 on the first Saturday of each month. There are two shopping malls in Reykjavik, Kringlan and Smaralind.

Postal Service

Postcards and stamps can be purchased in the souvenir shop at Radisson SAS Hotel Saga. There is a mailbox in the hotel lobby.

Telephones

Direct calls can be made to all parts of Iceland. The code into Iceland from overseas is +354. Mobile phones in Iceland use the European GSM system.

Police

The main police station is located on Hverfisgata, directly opposite the Hlemmur bus station. The emergency phone number is 112. For non-emergency contact with the police, call 569 9000.

Medical Help

For an ambulance, call the emergency number, 112.
For less dire medical emergencies, go to the emergency room (Slysadeild)
at the National University Hospital, Fossvogur, tel. 543 2000.
For medical assistance (outside normal business hours), call Laeknavaktin, tel. 1770.
For dental emergencies, call tel. 575 0505.

Weather Climate

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool temperate ocean climate; cool in summer and fairly mild in winter. The average temperture during summer is 10-15 degrees Celcius. However, the weather is very unpredictable and tourists should be prepared for the unexpected. When travelling in Iceland you should bring along a sweater or cardigan, a rainproof (weather-proof) coat and good shoes. Remember also to bring your swimming suit and a towel for the Blue Lagoon.

Tutorial Sessions

In addition to the traditional opening plenary session, prominent researchers and practitioners will be invited to present a series of semi-plenary lectures mainly devoted to research and state-of-the-art reviews.

Organized Sessions

Parallel streams of the conference will include organized sessions of 3-4 papers each. Suggestions for topics of invited sessions and proposals of sessions are welcome. See further information under Program | Call-for-Papers.

Discussion Presentation Sessions

Discussion presentations based on posters will be scheduled in a session (presentation of 30 minutes) and informally exhibited during all the day. At the end of the day all the posters are changed. Contributions that are suitable for a discussion presentation sessions:

  • Authors willing to present a poster.
  • Authors wishing to present more than one paper.
  • Contributions selected by the Programme Committee.
  • European Working Group promotional presentations.

Contributed Papers

All members of the international OR community are cordially encouraged to present papers describing their current research and applications. These contributed papers will be organized in parallel sessions following the topics list. Please note: At most one contributed paper can be accepted from the same lead author.

Internet

Internet access is available in the Computer Labs which are located in most buildings and are open as long as the buildings are open. Access to the Internet is also available through wireless network (802.11g and b) on campus for attendees bringing their own laptops. This network is open (insecure) with the SSID “conference”. Technical support is provided by the Information Desk on 2nd floor in the Askja (APP) building. Usernames and passwords are provided on one of the tickets that are stored in your badge.