A foreigner traveling to Russia must have a valid passport with expiry date not earlier than 6 months after the date of visitor's departure from Russia and an appropriate visa. 

To get a visa, an official letter of invitation authorized by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has to be submitted to a Russian Embassy or Consulate by an inviting institution (Institute of Applied Physics, RAS). Usually, this procedure takes about 3 weeks (starting from reception of the personal data indicated below). 

The letter of invitation will be prepared for each foreign participant if he/she provides the Organizing Committee with the necessary information, following carefully the following list: 
  • full name as per passport
  • date of birth (day, month, year)
  • place of birth
  • citizenship
  • passport number
  • date of issue
  • passport expiry date
  • place of employment (full name, address, tel., fax)
  •  position
  • dates of stay in Russia (arrival/departure)
  • place of getting visa (the city where the Russian Consulate is situated)
  • copy of passport (pages containing personal data, passport number, expiry
    date); scanned pages sent by e-mail are preferable; copies sent by fax are
    accepted only if there is no opportunity to scan the needed pages
  • mailing address.

Preparation of the official invitation for obtaining a visa will be initiated only on receiving the registration fee. 

To ensure that the visa is issued in time, the participants are strongly advised to apply for a visa immediately after receiving confirmation from the Organizing Committee that the letter of invitation has been sent to the indicated Russian Embassy or Consulate. 

No other forms of official invitations to arrange the visa are valid. 

Letters of confirmation about paper acceptance may also be sent if requested. 


The boat cruise will start in Nizhny Novgorod at  9 a.m. on Monday, July 5, and will arrive in St.-Petersburg at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 12.

Nizhny Novgorod is situated about 400 km from Moscow on the banks of the Volga and Oka rivers. One can get to Nizhny Novgorod either by a direct Lufthansa flight (three times a week including Sunday, July 4, 2004) or through Moscow. Domestic flights and trains from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod are available daily. Participants can departure from St.-Petersburg daily by international and domestic flights and trains.

All participants are requested to inform the Organizing Committee at their earliest convenience about their travel schedule. Transport assistance in Nizhny Novgorod will be available.


The most convenient way to reach Nizhny Novgorod from abroad is to use the direct Lufthansa connection between Frankfurt/Main and Nizhny Novgorod:

Frankfurt (FRA) - Nishnij Nowgorod (GOJ) 
Flight LH3208. Departure 10:40. Arrival 16:45. Tue, Fri, Sun.

Another option is to use any flight to Moscow, from where Nizhny Novgorod can be reached by a regular domestic flight. 

The destination of most international flights to Moscow is International Airport Sheremetyevo II. For domestic  flights, the Airport Sheremetyevo I can be reached by a bus shuttle within approximately 30 minutes. The recommended domestic flights to Nizhny Novgorod are: 

Moscow (Airport Sheremetyevo I) - Nizhny Novgorod 
Flight SU715. Departure 16:40. Arrival 18:10, daily.
Flight SU717. Departure 22:55. Arrival 00:25, daily.

The Moscow Airport Domodedovo is also used for international flights. In this case, the recommended domestic flight is 

Moscow (Domodedovo) - Nizhny Novgorod
Flight C72. Departure 21:55. Arrival 22:50, daily.

The participants are highly recommended to book the international air tickets in advance.


The train connection between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod is also available. 
The timetable for direct trains is the following:

Moscow (Kazansky Railway Station) - Nizhny Novgorod 
Train 24. Departure 22:05. Arrival 5:45, daily.

Moscow (Kursky Railway Station) - Nizhny Novgorod 
Train 22. Departure 23:40. Arrival 7:33, daily.
Train 40. Departure 14:00. Arrival 20:35, daily.
Train 62. Departure 16:55. Arrival 21:50, daily.

NB: Nizhny Novgorod is usually referred to as "Gorky" in the railway service.


Participants arriving in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday, July 4 by the Lufthansa flight LH3208 Frankfurt/Main Nizhny Novgorod or by the domestic flights from the Moscow airports (SU715 and SU 717 from Sheremetyevo I, and C72 from Domodedovo) will be transferred directly to the conference ship 'Georgy Zhukov'.Those who arrive by plane on Saturday, July 3 will be transferred to a hotel. This service will be available if requested in advance only.

Participants arriving in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday, July 5 by train no. 22 from Moscow (arrival at 07:33) will be met at the Railway Station in the central hall (near the information desk, please look for 'FNP 2004' poster) and then transferred to the ship.

Participants arriving by early trains (no. 24 from Moscow and some others) are strongly recommended to wait for the train no. 22 at the Railway Station (there are some waiting halls) and then use the conference bus.
The conference ship will be out the River Station from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Those who arrive in the morning/afternoon of July 4 by train can leave the luggage at the Railway Station cloakroom and make a tour of the city (the River Station has not any cloakroom). Accommodation on board the ship will be available from 20:00 of July 4. 

The River Station ('Rechnoi Vokzal') is located not far from the Railway Station ('Moskovskii Vokzal') and may be easily reached by public transport. The bus stop is situated just across the street when you go from the Railway Station. You need a route taxi (a little bus) as far as the stop 'Rechnoi Vokzal' (route numbers 2, 33, 34, 182, and 
some others). It costs 6 rubles and it takes 10 minutes. Taxi will cost about 50-100 rubles. 

The organizers will be grateful to receive information concerning personal travel schedule from each participant in advance.

Mobile phone number of the Organizing Committee is +7 910 398 1151 (to be used in case of emergency).
This number will be available from Saturday, July 3 to Tuesday, July 13.


Conference participants may be accommodated on board the conference ship starting at  20:00 of July 4. 
Therefore, the participants arriving on Sunday evening, July 4 do not need a hotel and will be accommodated on board a ship. Late dinner will be provided. 

Accommodation for the registered participants arriving on earlier dates will be reserved by the Organizing Committee on their request before June 1. No pre-payment is usually required.


Conference participants will have an opportunity to stay on board the ship one night after the Conference. 
The participants who intend to stay in Saint-Petersburg for two or more days are strongly advised to reserve accomodation in advance. St.-Petersburg enjoys wide popularity among tourists, especially in the first half of the summer, the white nights season. 

Information about St.-Petersburg hotels is available at the sites (in English): 
From these addresses you can link to various hotels and make your choice.

The Organizing Committee recommends as suitable variants, but does not restrict a possible choice to, accomodation in the following hotels:

"Saint-Petersburg" hotel (in English) (in Russian)
The hotel is located in the heart of the city on the Neva Embankment.It welcomes guests with its 410 executive and standard suites.Reservations can be made on-line through Internet.

"Admiralteyskaya" hotel (in English) (in Russian)
This small and comfortable hotel located in the older part of downtown St.-Petersburg offers a selection of about 50 cosy rooms.Reservations can be made on-line through Internet or via e-mail.

"Moskva" hotel (in English) (in Russian)
This modern and comfortable hotel is located opposite Alexander Nevsky Lavra at the corner of the Nevsky Prospekt, the central avenue of the city, facing the Neva river. Reservations can be made on-line through Internet, via e-mail or by fax.

"Pribaltiyskaya" hotel
This hotel, one of the city's most famous hotels, is located on the edge of the Gulf of Finland and offers 1200 comfortable rooms, 40 de-Luxe rooms included. Reservations can be made on-line through Internet. 


Payments in Russian Roubles (RR) are accepted in Russia only. Major credit cards can be also accepted in some large stores, restaurants, and hotels. 

USD and EURO may be exchanged at any bank (typically, from 10.00 to 16.00 on Monday through Friday); exchange of the other currencies is rather irregular and is not recommended. 

Participants arriving in Nizhny Novgorod by the Lufthansa or domestic flights can change the currency in the Nizhny Novgorod airport by the use of credit cards. 

The currency rates for today are about 29.0 RR/USD and 34.5 RR/EURO.