On Friday May 13 & Saturday May 14, a research symposium will be held in honour of Allan Griffin and his contributions to physics. The schedule of events, registration information, venue information, and lodging recommendations are below. In general the talks will be aimed at specialists in cold atom and condensed matter research. However historical and personal anecdotes about Allan will be sprinkled throughout the event. Feel free to contact or for further information.

Venue: Massey College is located at 4 Devonshire Place. The college is both a graduate student residence and an interdisciplinary meeting place for academics and professionals in all disciplines. All talks will be held in the Upper Library. Breaks will be in the Common Room. A formal banquet will be held in Ondaatje Hall friday night.

Registration: There is no fee for registration, but please send your name and affiliation to Helen Iyer ( so we can keep track of numbers -- for instance for meals and coffee breaks.

Organizing committee:
Joseph Thywissen, Chair (University of Toronto)
Jason Ho (Ohio State)
Arun Paramekanti (University of Toronto)
Sandro Stringari (Trento)
Eugene Zaremba (Queen's University)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Scientific Program

Eric Cornell (JILA/NIST Boulder)
Henry Glyde (Deleware)
Hui Hu (Melbourne)
Jeff McGuirk (Simon Fraser University)
Philippe Nozieres (ILL)
Yoji Ohashi (Keio University)
Gora Shlyapnikov (Orsay)
David Snoke (Pittsburgh)
Sandro Stringari (Trento)
Edward Taylor (Ohio State)
Eugene Zaremba (Queen's University)

Session Chairs:
Sandy Fetter (Stanford)
Jason Ho (Ohio State)
Vincent Liu (Pittsburgh)
Mohit Randeria (Ohio State)


Friday, May 13, 2011:
9:00a — Morning session (4 talks)
12:00p — Lunch
1:30p — Afternoon session (2 talks)
3:00p — Tea & coffee in Common Room
4:00p — Lab tours available at the Department of Physics (meet at MP025).
6:30p — Reception and Formal Banquet, Ondaatje Hall

Saturday, May 14, 2011:
9:00a — Morning session (5 talks)
12:30p — Brunch
1:30p — Alumni session, Common Room

Link to detailed schedule [pdf]

Link to list of attendees [htm]

Travel arrangements

Lodging: Contact the Holiday Inn Bloor-Yorkville at +1 416 968-0010, and mention the UofT Physics department Corporate Rate. It should be $130 + tax per night.

Transport: From either the Pearson International Airport (YYZ) or the Toronto City Centre Airport (YTO) one can use public transit for $3. A taxi from YYZ takes about 30 minutes and is roughly $60; and from YTO takes about 10 minutes and is about $20.

Map: See the map at left for the location of the Holiday Inn, Massey College, and the Department of Physics. A more detailed map including museums and a few restaurants can be found here.

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Allan giving an invited talk [photo credit: Ray Griffin] [high-res version]