Dear Colleague,
It is our great personal privilege and pleasure, as Conference Chairmen, to inform you about the International Conference "Frontiers of Nonlinear Physics" and to invite you to attend it and to make it a great scientific event. The Conference will be held on board a comfortable boat cruising from Nizhny Novgorod up the Volga river and further to St.-Petersburg from July 5 through July 12, 2004 (the last date can be slightly shifted). 
The Conference will be devoted to recent progress in the interrelated fields of nonlinear dynamics with applications to physical systems of different origins. The scope of the Conference is state-of-the-art and advance in the fields of top interest, ranging from nonlinearities in fusion plasma and astrophysical objects to nonlinear phenomena in the upper ocean, in particular. We hope that such a wide scope and informal atmosphere of the river cruise will stimulate active discussions and links between scholars and will attract young researchers to this promising field of modern science. This is really our key goal and intrinsic stimulus to hold the meeting.  

We also schedule a special program of sightseeing in Russian historical centers on the cruise route and a set of social events. The prospective boat is a comfortable 4-deck river liner, and the route itself is planned to be very interesting, along the upper Volga to the Russian North (Onega and Ladoga lakes) and further along the Neva river to St.-Petersburg. This could be a unique occasion for many participants to get familiar with both, the Russian history and nature. 

We regard this meeting as a continuation of the Topical Conference "Frontiers of Nonlinear Physics" which was held in Nizhny Novgorod in July 2001 under the umbrella of the  International Conference "Progress in Nonlinear Science" dedicated to the 100-th anniversary of Alexander A. Andronov, and which attracted leading experts from all over the world. Now we intend to establish a regular meeting in this field that is to be held once in three years. Another essential background of our forthcoming conference is the International Workshop "Solitons, Collapses and Turbulence" which was held at the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, RAS in 1999 and 2002 and also attracted many scholars renowned in the nonlinear community. Now two leading RAS institutions, namely, the Institute of Applied Physics, Nizhny Novgorod, and the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Moscow, have decided to combine their efforts in organization of this meeting.  

If you don't reject in general an opportunity to take part in the Conference and if it does not interfere with your schedule for the next year, please fill in and return to us the enclosed Registration Form.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Conference next July.

Conference Chairmen

Alexander Litvak
Institute of Applied Physics 
Russian Academy of Science
Nizhny Novgorod 

Vladimir Zakharov
L.D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics 
Russian Academy of Science 

Contact the Conference Chairmen: fnp@appl.sci-nnov.ru