The INFOS conference is a prestigious biennial event which brings together electrical engineers, technologists, materials scientists, device physicists and chemists from Europe and around the world to debate the newest developments on thin insulating films on semiconductors and identify the challenges ahead in this highly diversifying field.
Last decade INFOS events took place in Udine (2001), Barcelona (2003), Leuven (2005), Athens (2007), Cambridge (2009) and Grenoble (2011). The 2013 INFOS Conference will be organized in Cracow (Poland).
The first conference day is planned to be devoted to Tutotial: "Electrons, Phonons, and Photons in Nanostructures". The following three days combine invited and contributed presentations in two parallel sessions and a poster session.
Cracow,or Krakow (Polish: Kraków,pronunciation: [krakuf]), is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. The city has a population of approximately 760,000. Situated on the Vistula River (Polish: Wisła) in the south-east of Poland, the city dates back to the 7th century. Cracow has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs. It was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1569 and the capital of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1569 to 1596. It is home to the oldest Polish university, i.e. The Jagellonian University (established in 1364 by King Casimir the Great).
According to the legend, Cracow was established by a ruler named Krakus over a cave of a dangerous dragon: Smok Wawelski, who demanded human sacrifice every week (young and beautiful virgins, no less- according to some authors). Numerous knights died trying to kill him and the monster was eventually fed a lamb stuffed with sulfur and other noxious ingredients and died a painful death.