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General Information

ELKIN is a biannual international meeting focusing on theoretical and applied Electrokinetics and steered by the International Community of Electrokinetic Phenomena (http://www.electrokinetics.org/). It was initiated more than twenty-five years ago with the first organized meeting taking place in Granada, Spain in 1993. Since then, ELKIN conferences have taken place in different countries with ELKIN 2008 being the second occurrence in the United States. The previous two conferences were ELKIN 2006 in Nancy, France (http://www.ensic.inpl-nancy.fr/elkin06/) and ELKIN 2004 in Pittsburgh, USA (http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/dcprieve/ELKIN/index.htm). ELKIN has established its reputation as the leading international event devoted to Electrokinetic phenomena and their applications in many fields of science and technology. A small and focused meeting, it is known to host well-established and early-career scientists from all over the world based on their scientific merits and achievements.

Participants of ELKIN 2008 will enjoy high-quality scientific talks and discussions in a professional and soothing environment that stimulates networking and collaboration. Innovative ideas suitable for R&D research proposals between ELKIN participants are particularly encouraged. Like its predecessors, ELKIN 2008 will maintain the no-parallel-sessions concept. We are anticipating 5 Plenary Talks (40 minutes), 20 Invited Talks (20 minutes), 70 contributed talks (20 minutes) and about 40 posters. The poster session will start on Monday evening (May 19) with a cocktail reception. Posters will remain on display until the conclusion of the conference. While enjoying the daily lunch, participants will also enjoy informal non-technical talks (e.g., history of Los Alamos and Santa Fe, heritage, collaboration venues, Trinity project, etc.) by a number of LANL or non-LANL figures.

Participants who may need a U.S. entry visa to attend ELKIN 2008 meeting are advised to apply as far in advance as possible. Visa applicants from many countries may need to apply at least 4 months in advance of their travel date. Security-related policies have greatly increased the processing time for visa applications. U.S. consular officers now usually interview applicants as part of the application process. If you need a letter of confirmation of registration, abstract acceptance, or invitation to support your visa application, please contact us at conferences@cnls.lanl.gov to make a request.  Requesters have to be registered to the conference and their abstracts have been submitted prior to issuing the letters.

Useful information and links about visas to the U.S.:
The National Academies provides useful information on visa-related issues and travel information for non-U.S. citizens:
General Requirements and Specific Information on Traveling to the United States.

The U.S. State Department maintains a Web site about U.S. visa policy and procedures

Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for visitors traveling to the U.S.

Visas for students and exchange visitors in the U.S.

The State Department has required citizens from VWP countries to obtain visas if they do not have machine-readable passports and they wish to visit the U.S. One-time exemptions are no longer available to VWP nationals who do not possess a machine-readable passport or a non-immigrant visa.

A series of important national and international scientific conferences on closely related fields will take place right before or after ELKIN 2008 that might be of interest to participants:

Particles 2008, Orlando, Florida, USA (May 10-13, 2008)

IAP 2008, Kyoto, Japan (June 1-4, 2008)

ICCCPCM 2008, Moscow, Russia (June 24-28, 2008)

SoftMatter 2008, Bellaterra, Spain (April 10-11, 2008)

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