Fechner Day 2019

Dear friends and colleagues

I am very pleased to announce that Fechner Day 2019, the 35th annual meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics will be held at the Rixos Downtown Hotel in Antalya, Turkey, between November 2nd to 6th. The meeting is organised in collaboration with Dr. Evrim Gülbetekin and staff of the Department of Psychology at Akdeniz University, the Mediterranean University of Turkey. The slight change in date is due to a confluence of meetings at the time of the anniversary of the founding of psychophysics, and is organised to fall largely over the weekend to maximise opportunities to attend.

Location and Venue: Antalya

From Wikipedia: Antalya is a metropolitan area of some 2.2M inhabitants located in southern western Mediterranean region of Turkey. The city that is now Antalya was first settled around 200 BC by the Attalid dynasty of Pergamon, which was soon subdued by the Romans. Roman rule saw Antalya thrive, including the construction of several new monuments, such as Hadrian’s Gate, and the proliferation of neighbouring cities. The city has changed hands several times, including to the Seljuk Sultanate in 1207 and an expanding Ottoman Empire in 1391. Ottoman rule brought relative peace and stability for the next five hundred years. The city was transferred to Italian suzerainty in the aftermath of World War I, but was recaptured by a newly independent Turkey in the War of Independence.

Antalya is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera. Large-scale development and governmental funding has promoted tourism. A record 12.5 million tourists passed through the city in 2014.

In early November, the weather in Antalya is expected to be manly dry with an occasional shower, with temperatures in the 20-30 degree range.

Getting to Antalya: Antalya Airport (AYT) www.antalya-airport.aero/homepage serves a number of low-cost carriers from major European, Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Union territories, as well as Middle East hubs. Travel to Antalya should not be particularly expensive from Europe, although November is the end of the holiday season. Alternatively, Antalya is served by domestic airlines, particularly Turkish Airlines www.turkishairlines.com and Pegasus Airlines www.flypgs.com/en. Both carriers provide a frequent, cheap, comfortable and reliable service to Antalya from either Istanbul Atatürk or Sabiha Gökçen International Airports, the first of which is a major hub itself, due to operational range of Turkish Airlines.

Venue: the Rixos Downtown Antalya downtownantalya.rixos.com is a 5* hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel is 1 km from the Antalya Museum and 7 km from Konyaaltı Beach, although access to the sea is much closer.

The upscale rooms offer minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus balconies, sitting areas, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded suites have separate living rooms, and some have whirlpool baths. Room service is available.

Amenities include Turkish and international restaurants, open-air dining and a cafe, plus 7 bars and regular live entertainment. There’s a high-end spa, a heated outdoor pool and a gym. Activities such as tennis, badminton, water sports are available.

See Registration, Accommodation and Conference Fees (below)

Preliminary Program Information

Keynotes

We are pleased to announce – provisionally – the following keynote speakers

Onur Güntürkün (Ruhr University Bochum)
Ruth Litovsky (U-W Madison)
Yoshitaka Nakajima (Kyushu University)
Canan Başar-Eroğlu (University of Bremen)
Jim Townsend (Indiana University)
Steve Link (UC San Diego)

Call for special sessions and free talks/posters

Our website should be up and running in the next week or so. But in the mean-time the following email addresses are active

  • Info: infofd19@gmail.com
  • Registration: regfd19@gmail.com
  • Submission: submissionfd19@gmail.com

Please direct proposals (200-300 word abstract alongside list of speakers and topics) for special theme sessions to the Submission email. Please add ‘Theme Session Proposal’ in the subject line of your email

For talks or posters, please send a 200 word abstract indicating your preference (Poster or Talk) to the Submissions email. Please add ‘Talk/Poster Proposal’ in the subject line of your email

For general information, please email ‘Info’ and for registration queries, ‘Registration’. Please refer to the information on Registration, Accommodation and Conference Fees given below:

Registration, Accommodation and Conference Fees

Registration will be open once the web site is up and running by mid February and I will revert to you then with details of how to register.

Accommodation we have negotiated special deal with the Rixos Downtown Hotel for 40 rooms, and we have 20 additional rooms in the university guest house (bed and breakfast) at a discounted rate for students. A free shuttle bus will transport from the guest house to the hotel and return (about 2 km). We will provide options to pay for either full-board or half-board accommodation at the hotel within the conference fee. Similarly, there is an option to pay for the university guest house within the discounted student conference fee. The first 40 fee-paying registrants covering accommodation will be allocated one of the discounted rooms at the Rixos Downtown, likewise for the first 20 fee-paying student registrants. There are also conference fees without accommodation included.

I hope, if we fill the 40 rooms, we can negotiate further rooms with the hotel at the rates below.

We have attempted to be flexible, but this doesn’t cover every possibility. If you want something different, email us at ‘Registration’
Conference Fees

All conference fees (in Euro) cover small items, proceedings volume, lunch and coffee breaks at the venue, as well as ISP membership fees of 90 Euro (full) and 35 Euro (discounted). Conference fees also cover the cost of the conference!

The conference dinner, planned to be held at the venue, will cost an additional 35 Euro.
The excursion, planned or the 6th November, will involve additional cost.

Terms:
Single room – 4-nights single occupancy
Double Room – 4 nights double occupancy
Half Board – 4 days breakfast and lunch
Full Board – 4 days breakfast, lunch and dinner prepaid, plus unlimited drink allowance at the hotel bars.

Conference Fees:

Double-room registrant full-board: 629 Euro
Double-room registrant half-board: 563 Euro

Single-room registrant full-board: 567 Euro
Single-room registrant half-board: 503 Euro

Student registrant in University guest house: 224 Euro

Registrant without accommodation in the fee: 428 Euro
Student registrant without accommodation in the fee: 138 Euro

Excursion

It is planned to offer the opportunity to visit local archaeological sites, and we will be back with further details.

With very best wishes and hoping to see you later in the year in Antalya

Mark

Dr. Mark A. Elliott
School of Psychology, National University of Ireland Galway
Galway, Republic of Ireland
T.: +353 (0091 495345
E.: mark.elliott – na – nuigalway.ie


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