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It is our pleasure to inform you that the International Seminar traditionally called "Quarks" will be held by the Nuclear Physics Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Georgian Academy of Sciences in collaboration with Novgorod State University from June 1 to June 7, 2002. "Quarks-2002" is the twelfth in the series of seminars taking place every two years since 1980; the previous one, "Quarks-2000", was held in the town of Pushkin near St.Petersburg. The coming Seminar will start at hotel "Valday" in Novgorodskaya region and afterwards move to the town of Novgorod ("the Great").

The hotel "Valday" is situated in a National Park in the heart of central Russia, 400 km North-West of Moscow and 300 km South-East of St.-Petersburg. The lake Uzhin surrounds the hotel site, which occupies two semi-islands covered by forest. Large distance from big cities and roads ensures clean air and water in this area, and gives a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Russian nature.

Novgorod is an ancient city whose history dates back to the IX century. Capital of the Republic of Novgorod, in XII to XV centuries it was one of the biggest and most powerful Russian cities. Vast trade with Western and Eastern Europe entailed its prosperity and wealth which lead in turn to the development of culture and art. Many of the architectural and painting masterpieces created at that time have survived till our days. Among them are worldwide famous St.Sophia's Cathedral (1045-1050), the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in the Prince Yard near the Market (1113) and many others.

The program of "Quarks-2002" includes both plenary sessions and informal discussions on various problems, including such aspects of particle physics and quantum field theory as QCD (both perturbative and non-perturbative), Grand Unified Theories and physics beyond the Standard Model, supersymmetry, extra dimensions, physics under extremal conditions. Other subjects are astrophysics and cosmology as related to particle physics and selected experimental results. We expect that about 120 physicists will participate in the Seminar.

Further information is available via e-mail,

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