|when & where||
The International Meeting 2017 of collectors and
researchers of slide rules and other historic computing
instruments or IM2017 for short will
be held on 22.-24.09.2017 at the
the museum of computing instruments at Bonn University,
The last event of our International Meeting will be the opening of the special exhibition 300 years of logarithmic calculation in German lands at the Arithmeum.
We now have the final programme
and schedule ‐
last update 2017-09-14.
Latecomers: You can still register for the IM! The reduced room rates are not available any more at the conference hotel, but there are still some vacancies; otherwise you have to look at other hotels in Bonn. Don't wait, register now!
The proceedings have been published, see below. Each participant will get his copy with his registration package.
|call for papers||
Traditionally, we have a theme for the International
Meeting, with a couple of sessions devoted to that.
This year's theme is
Calculating in Everyday Life
In many cases in our daily life we perform computing tasks without thinking about it as such, we just do it. That also holds for the devices we use for these activities, we simply use them. So this time we do not ask for reports on yet another intricate special instrument for some technical or scientific application and its calculation, but for interesting bread-and-butter stuff.
Next to this special theme, we are open for all kinds of submissions for our conference, as in all the previous years.
Please send anything about the programme or your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IM2017 programme will follow the traditional
It will start on friday, september 22nd, at 14:00, with a first paper session at the conference hotel. After a break, the traditional swap and demo session will allow you to swap, sell/buy, demonstrate or just inspect slide rules, other instruments, literature or associated materials.
On saturday 23th, we will have paper sessions at the Arithmeum nearby.
In the late morning of sunday september 24th, there will be the formal opening of the special exhibition Old German Slide Rules at the Arithmeum (Flyer, in German).
You will be able to view the Arithmeum collections on friday morning and sunday as well as during breaks on saturday. We will also try to arrange guided tours for specific topics.
Here we have the programme in full detail.
|registration||Everything you need to know is on the registration form. For ease of handling we also prepared a version of it in pure text form, so that you can edit it for completion and send by email to email@example.com. This is also the preferred way of registration. The preferred way of payment is by European bank transfer; if that is not possible, use PayPal. Cash at the registration at the conference should only be the very last resort for people coming from overseas.|
Bonn has many facets. It was founded on the banks
of the river Rhein around 11 BC as Roman military
camp Castra Bonnensis and town Bonna.
The 2000 years of history cannot be told here; look at
the Wikipedia articles about
Bonn and its
Bonn was and still is a place of politics. For many years
it was the capital of West-Germany, and there are still
parts of the government that did not yet move to Berlin.
Today, Bonn is the stage more for international politics,
as there are many UN organizations and NGOs residing here.
Next to all that there is a rich cultural scene
with musea, galleries, the Beethoven concert hall,
the university, and more. Furthermore, Bonn has
some scenic environment. Notably, Bonn marks the
northern end of the romantic river Rhine valley.
Given so many choices, we picked a scenic tour, with
a fall back option in case of bad weather, all explained
on the partner programme page.
Last but least, Bonn was the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. Each year there is the Beethovenfest in september - a month full of classical music concerts. And if you are a lover of classical music, you must not leave Bonn without a visit to the Beethoven-Haus.
Maybe you add a couple of days to your stay? We even prepared a page with some touristic recommendations for you.
|accomodation||Our conference hotel is the Bristol Hotel in Bonn. It provides accomodation, it is the place for the friday afternoon programme, and for the joint friday evening dinner. All you need to know about staying in Bonn (hotel rates, reservations, etc) is documented on a separate accomodation page.|
Bonn and our conference sites are is easily and
conveniently reachable by
The Bristol hotel is situated close to the center of Bonn
and to the main train station.
The Arithmeum is just a short walk away.
Clicking on the maps below will show you map selections
by Google Maps and OpenStreetMap.
Circles on the maps above mark the hotel and the Arithmeum; adresses are
The conference proceedings will be published as a book
in the same format as the proceedings of the last
International Meeting in Germany, the IM2013
in Berlin. Each participant will get a copy as
part of his conference package.
history of IM
and associated organizations
The International Meeting is a yearly event for
collectors and researchers of slide rules and
other mathematical instruments.
The 2017 meeting will be the 23rd in this series.
The IM is traditionally
organized by volunteers of three informal associations,
RST from Germany,
KRING from the Netherlands, and
UKSRC from the United Kingdom, on a rotational basis.
The style of our meetings is informal and non-profit,
in the best tradition of both amateurs in the classical sense
and serious researchers.
In recent years the
Oughtred Society organized two meetings in the US,
and in 2016 the IM took place in Italy.
More about the IM series of conferences is available on the
IM2018 will be held September 21-22, 2018 at the Stratford Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
|contact and impressum||
conference chair: Prof. Karl Kleine
The 2017 International Meeting is organized by Prof. Karl Kleine, Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena, on behalf of the German RST group of slide rule collectors.