Subject: MG11 shift in spacetime to Berlin July 23-29 2006
Date: November 30, 2005

Dear Colleagues,

We announce a slight shift in location and dates of the Eleventh
Marcel Grossmann Meeting on recent developments in theoretical and
experimental general relativity, gravitation and relativistic field
theories (MG11). Instead of  St Petersburg July 2-8, it will take place in
Berlin July 23-29, 2006. Regretfully, St. Petersburg could not deliver
economically viable agreements for hotel arrangements, conference facilities
and services. Fortunately, Berlin offered help. The Freie Universitšt Berlin
(Free University of Berlin) is the new location --- it is an attractive destination
for both practical and historical reasons.
It is situated in the park-like district Berlin-Dahlem, the home of an academic
colony of worldwide reputation. The most famous German researchers of the
early 20th century lived and worked there, among them Einstein and Heisenberg.
Otto Hahn's former home is just around the corner from the MG11 conference
site, close to the former Kaiser-Wilhelm Institute of Physics where Hahn,
Meitner, and Strassmann  discovered the fission of uranium in 1938.
The Freie Universitšt Berlin was founded in 1948 as an alternative to the historic
Humboldt University in the Soviet section of Berlin. Henry Ford donated a substantial
amount of money for a library, which provided a basis for teaching and research.
Various faculties were housed in private villas. The number of students grew rapidly
and the Freie Universitšt today is one of the leading universities worldwide with
outstanding recent architectural additions to its splendid campus. Some of the
speakers at MG11 will be accommodated in the famous Harnack House, inseparable
from the "Dahlem Legend". Established during the Weimar Republic by the theologian
Adolf von Harnack, the first president of the Kaiser-Wilhelm Society, it achieved
rapid fame. Nobel Prize winners and their students met here for social interaction and
academic discussion, participating in lectures and colloquia. Here they could lunch,
read the international press, drink coffee in the garden, engage in sports, and play music.
The list of former guests and lecturers reads like a "Who's Who of Science": Albert
Einstein, Peter Debye, Werner Heisenberg, Fritz Haber, Adolf Butenandt, Otto Hahn,
Lise Meitner, Otto Meyerhof, Max Planck, Max von Laue and Otto Warburg. One
Nobel Prize winner, the biologist Hans Fischer, even received the news of his award
during his stay at the Harnack House. Ricarda Huch, the Swiss art historian Heinrich
Wolfflin, and the Indian philosopher Rabindranath Tagore also added to the House's
luster and prestige. In 1935, in direct opposition to the government, Max Planck led an
impressive commemoration of Fritz Haber here. The Kaiser-Wilhelm Institutes were
later reorganized and renamed in the former physicist's honor as  Max Planck Institutes.
The MG11 conference banquet dinner will take place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel next to
Potsdamer Platz. The Marcel Grossmann Awards ceremony will be honored by the
presence of German public personalities, and a rich series of events is planned for the
social program. We look forward to a successful scientific program facilitated by this
spectacular conference venue and hope to see you there.

Best regards,
Remo Ruffini, chair of the International Organizing Committee
Robert Jantzen, chair of the International Coordinating Committee
Hagen Kleinert, chair of the Local Organizing Committee


Some relevant links:

The Free University of Berlin:
Berlin Tourism:
The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (the tower on the left housed a Van de Graaf "atom-smasher"):
The Harnack House:
The new library built by Norman Foster:
The Einstein Tower in Potsdam:
The Brandenburg Gate (symbol of the German reunification):
The Bellevue Castle (residence of the German President)
The Charlottenburg Castle:
The zoo:
The Friedrichstadt Palace:
The MG11 Banquet site:
The Mapquest Map centered on the Free University:
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