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XII International Workshop on Nonlinear Elasticity in Materials

Ajaccio, Corsica, June 3-9, 2007

Sponsors Include
The Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics
Los Alamos National Laboratory
The Acoustical Society of America


Participants, Abstracts, and Images

All the 2007 conference information is now on this single page, though images will be added soon. Our participants are listed simply as a GIF to avoid spam. You still can access the posted abstracts for the 2007 conference. Please forward any images (as JPEGs) you'd like to posted on this site to Jeff Simpson.

Dear Colleague,

The 12th International Workshop on Nonlinear Elasticity in Materials will be June 3-9, 2007, in Ajaccio, Corsica (France). The annual workshop provides the means for a core group of researchers worldwide to have the opportunity to meet, exchange information, and plan the next year's work. All persons interested are encouraged to attend. The general goals of this workshop are to discuss recent findings regarding the elastic nonlinear behaviour of solids including basic research in geomaterials and other solids, applications to nondestructive evaluation of solids, earthquake strong ground motion, earthquake dynamics, medical diagnostic applications, nonlinear imaging, and time-reversal combined with elastic nonlinearity, and other topics as well.

The workshop is designed to stimulate interactions among researchers in nonlinear elasticity. In the morning sessions, researchers present their research findings while the afternoon sessions are aimed at exchanging information, data, and ideas.

Registration - The fee, €170 payable in cash only, will be on the terrace at Hotel Les Mouettes from 17:00-18:00, Sunday June 3. The meeting will be held at the Palais des Congres, Quai l'Herminier in the center of Ajaccio.

Presentation Schedule - The schedule for the conference is available in two formats - as a PDF or a web page. Presentations are to be no more than 30 minutes in duration.

Abstracts - Abstracts are posted on our abstract post page. We are negotiating publication of the abstracts in an international journal and/or by an international acoustics organization. Additionally, abstracts will be compiled and distributed at the conference. Abstracts should be submitted in Word-friendly format by May 1, 2007 to Paul Johnson. They should include a title and a summary of no more than one page.

Lodging & Getting There - We have an entire page dedicated to lodging, reservations, maps, and transportation.

Did you book by March 16th? Also make your workshop reservation. Cancelling later will be much easier than attempting to book a room later. The hotels are filling up fast. If you are unsure whether or not you will attend, please book anyway; you may cancel later.

Previous Conferences - In 2006, one afternoon session was dedicated to analysing strategic directions for research in nonlinear elasticity and to investigating the possibility and manners to support future collaborations and projects. A dedicated session focused on using nonlinear imaging technique to detect land mines and another on crack dynamics. (2006 Images)

Your participation will be greatly appreciated. If you are not interested, please inform us so that we can remove your e-mail address from our notification list.

Yours sincerely,

  Michele Meo, University of Bath

  Paul Johnson, Los Alamos

  Carène S. Larmat, Los Alamos

P. S. - If you have questions, suggestions, comments, or updates regarding the conference web site, contact Jeff Simpson.

General Conference Information

The conference will be held at the "Palais des Congres", the convention center, in the heart of Ajaccio.

Reserving a Room

We hope you reserved your room by March 16th. Book now!   Canceling later will be much easier than attempting to book a room later. The hotels are filling up fast. If you are unsure whether or not you will attend, please book anyway; you may cancel later.

We have an agreement with the Chamber of Commerce (Chambre du Commerce) in Ajaccio. We will make our reservations through them for your hotel of choice. However, to be sure we have no further problems, Carène Larmat will make your reservation for you. Please complete the Hotel Request Form and forward to Carène.

A credit card will hold a room with no prepayment. There is no penalty unless you cancel with less than 48 hours before the reservation. If you have any problems, please contact us. As this is high season, please reserve your room early. Specify that you are attending the International Workshop on Nonlinear Elasticity in Materials.


Les Mouettes is the primary hotel, but it is a 20-30 minute walk from the conference center. The hotel is closed until 23 March, but e-mail and FAX work. Les Mouettes has fifteen rooms, all facing the sea. Add €14 for breakfast. There are five 'Charmes' rooms (20-23m2) at €149 until 8 June then €179/day. Eight 'Superiors' (20-25m2) with a private sun deck are €179 then €219/day. A single 'Junior Suite' (30m2) is available. It has private sun deck and runs €219 then €269/day. The one 'Luxe Suite' (45m2) with a private sun deck is €259 then €319/day.

The Hotel San Carlu seems to be popular. It has five rooms at €97/day with breakfast. Confirm cancellation policy before reserving.

The Hotel Kalliste is an inexpensive alternative in Ajaccio. Ranking two stars, it is a 19th-century building that has been renovated recently. It is only 2 minutes or so from the Palais de Congres, the middle of Ajaccio. It has five rooms available. The rate is €56 - 94/day, though these tariffs have not been confirmed by the Palais des Congres. Add €7.5 for daily breakfast in the lobby.

For more information regarding hotels, visit the Palais des Congres.

Getting There

It IS possible to fly from Charles de Gaulle (CGD) to Ajaccio on Air France with a layover in Nice or Marseille, but it may be more expensive. However, you don't have to traverse Paris to get to Orly (ORY) all while dealing with jet lag. As of 13 May, the lowest RT fare available between Paris (both ORY and CDG) and Ajaccio on major air carriers was $266.

  • From Paris - Via Air France
  • From London - British Airways connects via Nice and Marseilles - Expedia
  • From Rome - Flights are considerably more expensive. Expedia
  • Palais des Congres lists more flight information in French.

There is a shuttle from CDG to Orly that operates 6 AM to 10:30 PM: Line 3 of Les Cars Air France stops at Porte C2, Port B1, and Niveau Galerie Porte 3 of CDG and at the arrivals level of Orly Ouest (west terminal) as well as Orly Sud (your flight to Ajaccio probably leaves from Orly Ouest). The cost is €16 (about $20) one way, adult. Time will depend on traffic. Allow ample connection time to travel from north of Paris to south of Paris on the beltway (peripherique).

Corsica - General Information

The Organizer's Choice To Do List*

Thinking of arriving early? The Festival of St. Erasmus begins on June 2 with a procession and blessing of the fishing boats in Ajaccio. This is a colorful local festival; the fishing boats will be decorated, fish will be grilled at outdoor stalls, and there will likely be music and fireworks.

In Ajaccio, the Musee Fesch, reported to hold the finest collection of Italian art outside of the Louvre in France, is housed in the former residence of Cardinal Fesch, the maternal uncle of Napoleon. From their web site... "The building was constructed at the request of cardinal Fesch, maternal uncle of Napoleon I, in order for an Institute of Arts and Sciences to be set up. Born in Ajaccio in 1763, dying in Rome in 1839, this Prelate bequeathed to his home town more than a thousand works of art. The museum is the most important in France after the Louvre as regards Italian painting."

The large prehistoric stone monument site of Filatosa, Corsica's Stonehenge, is a World Heritage Site. This isn't very far from Ajaccio.

A four-hour train ride will take you from Ajaccio to Bastia, crossing the mountain spine and valleys of Corsica. (Timetable - PDF File)

The town of Bonifacio (Wikipedia Images) to the south is worth a visit, even if it is heavily touristed.

The GR 20, the toughest long distance trail in Europe, traverses Corsica diagonally from north to south. It is 180km long with a total variation in height of about 10 000 metres. It can be walked in 15 days. Though the GR20 doesn't require any climbing techniques, a perfect fitness level and confidence in walking over a variety of rugged terrains is necessary. Read more about this and other hikes.

*Thanks to She Who Organizes the Universe

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