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INSTITUTE OF MACROMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY

ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PURE AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY

CZECH CHEMICAL SOCIETY

23rd Discussion Conference of P.M.M.

CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS IN POLYMERIC MATERIALS

PRAGUE, 26 - 30 JUNE 2005

SECOND CIRCULAR



Contents

 


PRAGUE MEETINGS ON MACROMOLECULES
67th meeting - 23rd Discussion Conference

under the auspices of the

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PURE AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY

Macromolecular Division

R.F.T. Stepto
President of the Macromolecular Division

Organized by the

INSTITUTE OF MACROMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY
ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE
CZECH REPUBLIC

K. Ulbrich
Director of the Institute

D. Výprachtický
P.M.M. Head

M. Srpová, E. Grisová, M. Rodová
P.M.M. Secretariat

J. Brus, J. Jůza, J. Kaprálek
P.M.M. Technical Managers

Address:

Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
P.M.M. Secretariat
Heyrovského nám. 2
162 06 Praha 6, Czech Republic

Contact:

Phone +420-296 809 332
Fax +420-296 809 410
E-mail sympo  @imc.cas.cz
WWW https://www.imc.cas.cz/sympo/23discon.html

International Advisory Board

G.K. Elyashevich (Russia) F.P. La Mantia (Italy)
J. F. Gérard (France) P. Sáha (CzechRepublic)
V. Khunová (SlovakRepublic) S.C. Tjong (P.R. China)

Conference Chairman

Miroslav Raab

Conference Co-Chairman

Jiří Kotek

Local Programme Committee

Jeff Bakalar, Alena Halmová, Jiří Kotek, Miroslav Raab, Miloš Sova, Milena Špírková


23rd Discussion Conference
P.M.M.
Prague, 26 - 30 July 2005,23rd Discussion Conference
P.M.M.
Prague, 26 - 30 June 2005


PROGRAMME

SCOPE

This conference will be an exception in the PMM series. Rather than concentrating on a particular branch of polymer science, the aim is to evaluate the present situation of various classes of polymeric materials, and consider their future development. Many aspects of science, technology, economy and ecology will be presented and discussed in a manner that balances realistic approaches and visionary perspectives.

TOPICS

The following topics indicate the scope of the conference proceedings but do not limit it:

SESSIONS

All sessions will be held in the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Praha 6, Heyrovského nám. 2.

The scientific programme consists of invited main lectures of 30 min and additional 10 min for discussion, special lectures of 15 min and additional 5 min for discussion, two panel discussions, and two poster sessions.

LANGUAGE

English is the working language of the Conference; no translation will be provided. All materials for publication must be submitted in English.

PRESENTATION FACILITIES

Data-Video-Projector (XGA) connected to a local PC will be available. Following media can be used for transfer of data: FDD 3.5", CD, DVD-R, USB-Flash. Other supported inputs are via: PC MCIA, IEEE 1394 ports, 4-in-1 Card Reader-Multimedia Card, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Smart Media, or from VHS. No connection of private notebooks or laptops will be allowed.

In addition, an overhead projector will be available.

MAIN LECTURES

The following scientists have already agreed to present main lectures:

Z. Bartczak (Centre for Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Łódź, Poland)
Plastic deformation and orientation of semicrystalline polymers by plane-strain compression and rolling with side constraints

W. Brostow (Department of Materials Science, University of North Texas, Denton, USA)
Molecular dynamics simulations of mechanical and tribological behaviour of polymeric materials

A.M. da Cunha (Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarăes, Portugal)
New functionalities and property enhancement through non-conventional moulding technique

F. Gao (School of Biomedical and Nature Science, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
The future trend of clay/polymer nanotechnology

J.F. Gérard, J. Duchet-Rumeau (National Institute of Applied Sciences, Laboratory of Macromolecular Materials, Lyon, France)
Nanocomposites from layered silicates and polyolefins: From dispersion mechanisms in the melt to properties of nanocomposites

J.L. Kardos, E.M. Wu (Department of Chemical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, USA)
Certification of composite strength reliability using probability modeling

M. Matsuo (Faculty of Human Life and Environment, Nara Women University, Nara, Japan)
Characteristics of polymer composites containing carbon nanotubes and metal particles

G. H. Michler (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany)
Micromechanical effects of balancing strength and toughness of polymers

R. Pfaendner (Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Lampertheim, Germany)
How additives will shape the future of plastics

M. Raab (Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic)
Multiscale approach to research, education and promotion of polymeric materials

Panel discussions

"Polymeric nanomaterials: Dreams and reality"
Invited discussion leader: F. Gao (UK)
 
"Present and future of polyolefins: commodity vs special materials"
Invited discussion leader: P. Lemstra (Netherlands)

SPECIAL LECTURES

The following special lectures have been accepted:

M.M. Alavi Nikje, M. Haghshenas, A. Bagheri Garmarudi, N. Barzande, K. Taheri (Chemistry Dept., Imam Khomejni International University, Qazvin, Iran)
Glycolysis of Waste Polyurethane Foams and Elastomers Under Various Reaction Conditions to Achieve Adequate Method

I. Čatić (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)
Future development of (polymeric) materials

S. Commereuc, V. Verney (Université Blaise Pascal - CNRS, Aubiere, France)
Scientific aspects of mechanical recycling of polymer wastes

V. Ducháček (Department of Polymers, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic)
Recent and current trends in commodity/specialty polymers relationship

G. K. Elyashevich (Institute of Macromolecular Compounds, St. Petersburg, Russia)
Nanoscale electroactive composite materials on the basis of porous polymer films

O. Figovsky, N. B. Blank (Environment Friendly Materials, GmbH., Berlin, Germany)
Composite polymeric materials with improving properties during exposure to an aggressive environment.

M.Y. Gelfer,C.Burger, P.Nawani, B.Chu, B.Hsiao, M.Si, M.Rafailovich (Chemistry Dept., Stony Brook State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA)
Novel approach for the interpretation of X-ray scattering data from layered systems

M. Grmela (Université de Montreal, Montreal, Canada)
Multiscale approach to rheological modelling

C. G'Sell (Ecole des Mines de Nancy, Nancy, France)
Concurrence of cavitation and shear mechanisms in the plastic deformation of solid polymers

C. Jama, I. Errifai, R. Delobel, R. de Jaeger, A. Mazzah (University of Lille, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Cold plasma graft polymerization of organo-phosphorus materials on polymeric surfaces: A new route to flame retard polymers

V. Khunová (Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovak Republic)
The role of reactive modifiers in the transition from micro- to nano-structured polymer composites

A. Kopczynska, G.W.Ehrenstein (Institute of Polymer Technology, University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany)
Adhesive strength of polymer surfaces

J. Kratochvíla, D. Havlíčková, J. Kučera  (Polymer Institute Brno, Ltd., Brno, Czech Republic)
Determination of Limiting Physical and Mechanical Properties of Semi-Crystalline Polymers

D. Kubies, J. Kotek, J. Baldrian, J. Kovářová, M. Šlouf, F. Rypáček (Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic)
PCL/layered-silicate nanocomposites: Effect of the structure on degradation

R. Lach, W. Grellmann (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany)
Aspects of time- and temperature-dependent impact fracture for polymer materials

Y.-L. Liu (Department of Chemical Engineering, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chungli, Taiwan)
Polymeric materials modified with silica nanoparticles: preparation and applications

K. Marossy, A Tóth (BorsodChem Rt., Kazincbarcika, Hungary)
Structure-properties relationship in chlorinated polyethylene (CPE)

Y. Nam Guyn, W. Youn Gu, K. Sung Chul (Agency for Defense Development, Daejeon, Korea)
Toughening of carbon fiber/epoxy composite by the epoxy-polysulfone semi-IPNs with morphology spectrum

J. A. Pomposo (New Materials Department, CIDETEC - Centre for Electrochemical Technologies, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain)
Trends in polypyrrole research: conductivity enhancement in raw materials and dispersions

J. Pospíšil, J. Pilař, Z. Horák (Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic)
New polymeric materials: problems in the performance and durability determination

B. L. Rivas (University of Concepcion, Concepcion, Chile)
Functional polymers to remove metal ions

Yu. A. Shchipunov (Institute of Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Far East Department, Vladivostok, Russia)
A novel class of hybrid polysaccharide-silica nanocomposite materials fabricated by the sol-gel technique

R. Slezák, B. Hausnerová, J. Li, S. Guo (Polymer Centre, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Zlin, Czech Republic)
In situ compatibilization of PS/EPDM blends via ultrasonic extrusion

Y. Tajitsu (Kansai University, Osaka, Japan)
Novel tweezers for thrombus samples in blood vessels using piezoelectric polylactic acid fibers

L. Tokarz, J. Cieślak, J. Stasiński (Industrial Chemistry Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland)
Polyoxymethylene with reduced formaldehyde emission

A. Vermogen, K. Masenelli-Varlot, B. Sixou, G. Vigier, J. Duchet, R. Séguéla, J.F. Gérard (National Institute of Applied Sciences, Lyon, France)
Multi-scale characterization of the dispersion of clay particles in polymer-clay nanocomposites

R. Waché, M.-H. Klopffer, M. Moan (Institut Français du Pétrole, Rueil Malmaison, France)
Barrier properties of polymer layered silicate nanocomposite: an example of singular results

Y.-Z. Wang (Center for Degradable and Flame-retardant Polymeric Materials, Sichuan university, Chengdu, P.R.China)
A perspective biodegradable polymer system: poly(p-dioxanone)-based biodegradable polymers

N. E. Zafeiropoulos (Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Germany)
The application of microfocus synchrotron radiation X-ray scattering to study deformation and fracture mechanisms of polyolefins

T. Zaharescu (Advanced Research Institute for Electrical Engineering, Bucharest, Romania)
Radiation modification in polymers

For topical information on the main and special lectures, please visit our web site at https://www.imc.cas.cz/sympo/23discon/index.html (this page)

 

POSTER COMMUNICATIONS

The number of poster communications is not limited. Every poster communication must be registered for presentation on the Registration Form; the registered poster communication is automatically accepted if the author's participation fee has been remitted.

The poster boards are 120 cm high and 120 cm wide. The material for mounting posters will be provided.

PUBLICATION OF ABSTRACTS

Abstracts of main and special lectures and all registered poster communications will be published in the Programme Booklet provided their camera-ready texts have reached the P.M.M. Secretariat by 15 April 2005.We collect abstracts either on diskettes or CD, by e-mail, or through the Conference website. File formats: RTF or Microsoft Word are most suitable, files in PDF or as GIF pictures with resolution 600 dpi will also be accepted.

It is useful to use file names derived from the name of the participant (if you register with WWW form and upload your abstract, the file is renamed automatically). You may also send a hard copy of the abstract by mail; facsimiles cannot be accepted.

The P.M.M. Secretariat will confirm the receipt of the abstracts of all registered participants. Abstracts of unregistered participants will be neither confirmed nor published or returned.

Abstracts, except for their headings, will be printed without editing.

The Programme Booklet will be available at the Registration Desk.

Preparation of abstracts

Abstracts should not exceed one page of the A4 size.

A sample of an abstract is enclosed at the end of the Circular. It is also available at https://www.imc.cas.cz/sympo/ginfo/abstract.rtf in RTF format.

Abstracts with the format not corresponding to that of the sample will not be accepted.

 

DEADLINES

Early Registration 15 April 2005 Later registration and payment possible for increased fee.
Abstracts 15 April 2005  
Cancellation of registration (if full refund is required) 1 June 2005  

For detailed information, see General Information p.15.

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

Sunday, 26 June

14:00 - 18:30 On-site registration
Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Praha 6, Heyrovského nám. 2
All participants, including invited speakers, should register
The registration will continue on Monday
18:30 - 21:00 Opening reception with concert
The Royal Summerhouse Hvězda ("Star House")
Please gather at 18:00 pm at the entrance of the Institute, after which we will walk together to the "Star House" (5 min).
Complimentary for all registered participants.

All the following sessions (Monday through Thursday) take place in the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Praha 6, Heyrovského nám. 2.

Monday, 27 June

09:00 - 16:00 Registration (continued)
09:00 - 09:20 Opening of the Conference
09:20 - 18:00 Lectures

Tuesday, 28 June

09:00 - 17:30 Lectures, Poster Session I
18:00 - 21:00 Panel Discussion I
Party

Wednesday, 29 June

09:00 - 12:20 Lectures
14:00 - 22:00 Sightseeing in Prague with gala dinner

Thursday, 30 June

09:00 - 12:20 Lectures, Poster Session II
14:00 - 15:20 Panel Discussion II
15:20 - 16:00 Lecture
16:00 Closing ceremony
Farewell drink - complimentary for all participants.

 

Sightseeing in Prague with gala dinner

The excursion starts on Wednesday, June 29, 2 pm at the lecture hall of the Institute, along with a short introductory lecture. Buses will bring participants to several interesting places, starting with Strahov monastery, which boasts of a famous library of books dating back to the 10th century and decorative murals on the ceilings of the Philosophical Hall. After that, it is possible to view the hundred towers of Prague from the Strahov terrace, and to listen to the carillon of the nearby Loreta bell tower.

The next stop will be at the Royal Garden of the Prague Castle, which is highlighted by a Renaissance summer house and so-called 'singing fountain'. Then the participants will be taken to Troja on the outskirts of Prague, where it is also possible to admire a panorama of the city. Nearby is the Botanical Garden, with its tropical greenhouse 'Fata Morgana', which will be included in the sightseeing tour.

The excursion will end in the very centre of Prague, where a gala dinner will be served in one of the historic palaces of Prague. Live music will accompany the service of the meal, in a beautiful setting. As the evening will not have a strict end, and the location is convenient, no further transportation will be provided past this point.

Please book for the excursion using the Registration Form (admission by tickets only). Price: 70 EUR (extra fee).

Accompanying Persons Programme

Guided accompanying persons programme will be provided from Monday through Thursday, depending on interest at the registration desk. Newly, there is NO registration fee for accompanying persons in contrast to what was stated in our 1st circular (300 EUR). The reason is the major change in organization of the accompanying person programme. Instead of pre-arranged full-time schedule for all meeting days as planned previously, the EKU Congress Agency information desk will be open throughout the whole meeting. The participants will have the choice of various excursions to the City of Prague and around Prague with individual on-site reservation. More extensive info, booklets, brochures, maps etc. will be available too in the EKU stand located at the conference site (Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Heyrovského náměstí 2).


GENERAL INFORMATION

REGISTRATION

Final registration

Any person wishing to attend the Conference (including speakers) must submit the enclosed Registration Form to the P.M.M. Secretariat by 15 April 2005.

The Registration Form (unless submitted using the WWW form) should be completed in three copies: any item not filled in means that the particular reservation is not requested. Please return the white and green copies and keep the yellow one; the receipt of your final registration will be confirmed on the green copy sent back to you. The confirmation of Registration Form means only that your registration is accepted; it is not a receipt of payment (see Remittance of fees).

Please note that the title of any contribution should be definitive and identical with the abstract heading (see p. 11).

The abstract does not replace the final registration. Registration Form is also available at https://www.imc.cas.cz/sympo/r23dc.htm

Registration fees

The fees can be paid in any convertible currency but the total must be equivalent to the sum specified in Euro:

  15 April at the latest After 15 April
Full fee 450 EUR 480 EUR (14400 CZK§)
IUPAC Affiliate Member fee* 420 EUR 450 EUR (13500 CZK§)
Student fee** 250 EUR 280 EUR (8400 CZK§)
Sightseeing in Prague with gala dinner 70 EUR 70 EUR (2100 CZK§)

The registration fee for an active participant includes conference materials, admission to all sessions, refreshments, four lunches, and participation in the welcome reception and farewell drink.

None of the registration fees includes the sightseeing in Prague with gala dinner.


* The participant is requested to give the number of his/her IUPAC Affiliate Membership card valid in 2005 in his/her Registration Form and show the card during on-site registration.
** Student-rate registration is available for students who can prove their full-time student status by enclosing a statement of their university or institute with the Registration Form.
§ The bank requires to express the price in Czech crowns for the payment with the card.

Remittance of fees

Please order your bank to transfer the respective amount or enclose a cheque payable to the account "Ustav makromolekulární chemie", No. 478387443/0300, variable symbol 238140, payment title 355, with the Československá obchodní banka (address: Na příkopě 14, CZ-115 20 Praha 1, Czech Republic; IBAN: CZ14 0300 0000 0004 7838 7443, BIC(SWIFT): CEKOCZPP) together with your Registration Form. If you pay by bank transfer, please enclose a copy of your bank draft with your Registration Form. The P.M.M. Secretariat will acknowledge payments by mailing receipts.

The P.M.M. Secretariat is able to accept mail order payments with embossed Eurocard/Mastercard or VISA cards. Please fill in the form (available at https://www.imc.cas.cz/sympo/mailord.htm or https://www.imc.cas.cz/sympo/mailord.pdf or sent on request), sign it and send to the address of the P.M.M. Secretariat by airmail. The receipt of payment will be confirmed.

Remittance of fees is to be made by 15 April 2005. If a cheque is delivered to the P.M.M. Secretariat or payment recorded in the bank in Prague after 30 April 2005 (late payment), the higher rate of registration fees will come into effect and possible arrears will have to be cleared at the Registration Desk. On-site cash payment of a registration fee as a late payment may be accepted only exceptionally and after preliminary agreement of the organizers; without such agreement, the applicant could not be included in the list of participants in the Programme Booklet.

Cancellation

In the event of cancellation of participation, a full refund of the fees paid (less an administrative bank tax) will be made if the P.M.M. Secretariat receives notification before 1 June 2005. Only 75 % of the fees paid will be refunded if cancellation is received after 1 June but before 15 June 2005. In any case, please inform the P.M.M. Secretariat where to return the payment (bank, address, and account No.). Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after 15 June 2005.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation offer of hotels of various categories including a student hostel is available on the web of Congress Agency EKU (CZ -110 00 Praha 1, Vodičkova 17, e-mail info@eku.cz, http://www.eku.cz , tel./fax +420-224 947 589): http://www.eku.cz/akce/Polymeric/PolymericEN.htm

APPLICATION FOR VISAS

A valid passport is required for entry into the Czech Republic. The visas are valid for three months from the date of issue; please note that your visa must be valid until the end of your stay in the Czech Republic. Visas are not required if participants come from countries having a visa-free agreement with the Czech Republic.

IUPAC sponsorship implies that entry visas will be granted to all bona fide scientists provided application is made not less than three months in advance. If a visa is not granted one month before the Conference, the IUPAC Secretariat should be immediately notified by the applicant (phone: +1-919-4858 701, fax: +1-919-4858 706, e-mail: secretariat@iupac.org).

INSURANCE

Participants are advised to arrange, prior to departure, health and travel insurance and whatever insurance they consider necessary. The registration fees do not include provision of any insurance. Neither organizing institutions nor their representatives assume responsibility or liability for personal accident and loss or damage to belongings however caused.


ON ARRIVAL IN PRAGUE

CURRENCY, EXCHANGE, PAYMENT CARDS

Foreign currency may be brought into the Czech Republic without restrictions. The official currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown (Kč). It can be purchased in banks and other exchange offices. The exchange rate is about 30 Kč for 1 EUR (Euro) as of February 2005.

Common international payment cards are usually accepted. Please make inquiries before asking services.

TRANSPORT

The international airport Praha is situated in Ruzyně about 20 km (12 miles) from the city centre and 8 km from the Institute, and is well served by city transport (prepaid tickets have to be validated in the bus, see Public transport below). In addition, airport buses operated by CEDAZ run in about 30-min intervals from the airport to the city terminal (Praha 1, Náměstí Republiky, Metro station of the yellow line B) from 05:30 till 21:30. Airport-bus fare: 90 Kč to the city centre, 60 Kč to Dejvická Metro station (as of January 2005).

International trains arrive in Prague at the following railway stations: Praha - hlavní nádraží (Main Station; also a Metro station of the red line C), Praha - Holešovice (Metro station of the red line C), and Praha - Smíchov (Metro station of the yellow line B).

No special transport for the Conference participants from the airport and railway stations is organized.

Public transport

In Prague, an integrated transport system (underground Metro, trams, and buses) operates without conductors. Tickets must be purchased in advance and stamped inside tram or bus, or before passing the gates of the Metro. Ticket machines are in all Metro stations.

In buses, the most common 60-min tickets can be purchased also from the driver, but with an additional charge of 3 Kč and with the exact change only. Tickets for 8 Kč for a single 15-min journey by tram or bus, or four-stop journey by Metro - as well as transfer tickets for 12 Kč for a 60-min journey (at night, on Saturdays and Sundays 90-min) by all means of transport are on sale at the airport, at railway stations, newspaper stands and tobacco shops, at hotel reception desks, in restaurants, etc. The Metro runs from 05:00 till midnight. The timetables are available on Internet: http://www.idos.cz

How to reach the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry (Praha 6, Petřiny area)

From the Prague Airport, bus No. 179 takes you directly to the Institute (12 stops -"Petřiny" stop).

From the Main Railway Station (Hlavní nádraží), travel by Metro red line C (direction of Ládví) as far as "Vltavská" station (2 stops). From there, take tram No. 1 (direction of Petřiny) to the terminus "Petřiny" (14 stops).

For more details, see https://www.imc.cas.cz/sympo/ginfo/.

Description of the way from dormitory and hotels is at the page https://www.imc.cas.cz/sympo/ginfo/hotels.htm.

Taxi

Taxis can be hired at the airport or the railway stations. The fare is max. 25 Kč per kilometre and 34 Kč is the boarding fee within the city boundaries (2005 January prices). A special taxi fare from the Prague Airport to the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry is 500-600 Kč, to downtown 600-700 Kč. The Airport minibus service CEDAZ provides transport to the City for 360 Kč (1-4 persons).

We recommend negotiating the fare before entering a taxi.

REFRESHMENTS AND LUNCHES

Coffee, tea, and soft drinks (included in the registration fee) will be available during the breaks of the programme sessions.

Lunches (included in the registration fee) will be served from Monday to Thursday from 12:30 to 13:30) for active participants and registered accompanying persons. Admission by tickets only.

CORRESPONDENCE

All correspondence should be addressed to the

P.M.M. Secretariat Phone: +420-296 809 332
Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry Fax: +420-296 809 410
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic      
Heyrovského nám. 2 E-mail: sympo@imc.cas.cz
CZ-162 06 Praha 6    
Czech Republic    

Magic on the outskirts of Prague ...
at the beginning of the 23rd Discussion Conference

The opening reception of the 23rd Discussion Conference will be organized on the premises of the Royal Summer House (known as Star House) located in the close vicinity of the Institute.

In 1555, the Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrolia, second son of the Emperor Ferdinand I, ordered the construction of a Renaissance summer house according to his own design. To assist in the realization of this building he appointed top Italian architects Giovanni Campioni and Avostalis del Pambio. Those masters also decorated the ground floor of the building with stucco reliefs.

The 16th century was a flourishing period for so-called secret sciences and secret societies. This is definitely expressed in the geometry of the building, as the plan is a perfect six-point star shape inside a diameter of sixty feet. Such a star could symbolize two interposed triangles; in other words, an architectonic realization of the Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistus

The horizontal profile of the structure also has philosophical significance. The four levels could each be understood as the representation of the four elements described in ancient Greek wisdom: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. The ground floor is definitely the most beautiful because of the well-preserved decoration; the first floor is kind of a labyrinth, as it is not so easy to exit as it is to enter! The top floor is no less interesting - it presumably contains visible traces of some 16th century initiation rites. Indeed, the original Renaissance floor tiles still show that the room was divided into red and blue halves on an east-west axis. In this space, one could imagine that a novice would be required to cross this division line as part of its initiation. However, there are no written records of this ceremony; after all, it should be kept a secret, right? In any regard, one's imagination has freedom to develop its own scenes.

The magical atmosphere of the Summer House also inspired the French Surrealist Andre Breton to devote a poem in its honor. A part of it is now engraved in a big stone located at the entrance. More recently, a Chinese visitor remarked that the sharp points of the building can also have the effect of removing negative energy from the inner space. You may also notice the peculiar stanchions placed a meter apart from each of the points: the same visitor considered that they may serve to scatter the offensive fields of energy further, thus avoiding possible harm to passers-by. Of course, scientific minds of today can enjoy these speculations as part of a Renaissance fairy tale. But the special feeling of being inside a star, as it were, remains even after 450 years of its existence.

So, be sure to reserve this particular Sunday afternoon and join us for the opening reception party of the 23rd Discussion Conference. Please gather at 18:00 pm at the entrance of the Institute, after which we will walk together to the Star House (5 min).