T H I R D A N N O U N C E M E N T -- S T A R B U R S T C O N F E R E N C E

Final registrations are now accepted at http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/meetings/starburst2004/ (from 27 May until and including 30 June 2004)

=> Actions are required from everyone planning to attend <=
NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 30 JUNE!

Dear prospective conference participant,

September is drawing nearer, and the organisation of the conference on "Starbursts -- from 30 Doradus to Lyman Break Galaxies", to be held in Cambridge (UK) from 6-10 September 2004, is making good progress.

The preliminary programme has now been established, with review, invited and contributed speakers having been notified of the SOC decisions. We will be making the preliminary programme available on the conference web site in the near future. Watch this space!

At the time of writing, we have already received close to 280 preliminary registration requests, of which some 60 per cent indicated that their attendance is "definite". Unfortunately, this exceeds the capacity of the lecture theatre at the University of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy by more than 100 seats, if everyone of you were to come.

At this point, we solicit your *final* registrations. From 27 May 2004, you can use the "final registration form" linked from http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/meetings/starburst2004 for this purpose.

Everyone, invited and review speakers inclusive, must submit their final registration to us, for practical reasons.

In practice, this means that:

(i) if you are a REVIEW, INVITED, or *confirmed* CONTRIBUTED SPEAKER, and you would like us to arrange accommodation for you, you can submit an accommodation request. Accommodation is limited, so be sure to register early!

ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS WILL BE DEALT WITH ON A FIRST COME (and pay) FIRST SERVED BASIS.

You will also need to submit your payment of the basic conference fee (60 pounds sterling), and - if applicable - for the conference dinner (40 pounds sterling; except review and invited speakers) and the conference proceedings (35 pounds sterling) at this time. The proceedings will include all talks in book form, while the poster contributions will be added on CD-ROM.

We accept cheques drawn on a British bank, in pounds sterling, or personal cheques in US dollars or in Euros. For US dollar payments, we will use an exchange rate of GBP 1.00 = US$ 1.90; for payments in Euros, we will charge GBP 1.00 = EURO 1.60. Cheques should be made payable to "University of Cambridge". Please send your cheques by regular mail to:

      Institute of Astronomy
      University of Cambridge
      c/o Suzanne Howard
      Madingley Road
      Cambridge CB3 0HA
      UK

We also accept Visa or MasterCard credit and debit card payments and purchase orders from your university. In this case, please submit the form electronically, and FAX a printed copy including your credit/debit card details or purchase order to:

+44 - 1223 - 337523 or +44 - 1223 - 339910 (confidential fax)

(ii) if you were not selected for a contributed talk, intended to present a POSTER all along, or perhaps NOTHING at all, this is the time that you will need to register and submit your registration fee payment (and, if applicable, also your payment for the conference dinner and the proceedings). And again, if we need to book accommodation for you, we will need to know this as soon as possible as well, as also in this case

REGISTRATION AND ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS WILL BE DEALT WITH ON A FIRST COME (and pay) FIRST SERVED BASIS.

Accommodation is limited, so be sure to register early!

For payment details, see under (i) above. Remember, we are heavily oversubscribed, so that we recommend you to register early, in order to secure your place. Places will be reserved until the meeting's capacity is reached, after which we will operate a waiting list system, if needed.

In both cases, your registration and accommodation will be final only after your payment details have been received and cleared.

=> In all cases, the payment deadline is 30 June 2004 <=

Please let us know if you have any questions, or need more practical information. If your name includes non-standard (US/UK keyboard) characters, please indicate them as latex code on the registration form, or use the comments box at the bottom of the form to let us know (so that we can give you a properly spelled conference badge).

We hope to see many of you in Cambridge in September!

On behalf of the LOC,

Richard de Grijs (Chair)