Constrained Dynamics and Quantum Gravity IV (QG05)

General Information

The INFN and the Universities of Cagliari, Mississippi, and Torino invite all interested researchers and students to participate in the Fourth Meeting on Constrained Dynamics and Quantum Gravity (QG05), which will take place in Cala Gonone (Sardinia, Italy) from Monday 12th to Friday 16th September 2005.

The purpose of the meeting (as for the first meeting, held in Dubna, 1995, the second meeting, held in Santa Margherita Ligure, 1996, and the third meeting, held in Villasimius, Sardinia 1999) is to bring together workers from Field Theory, General Relativity and related areas to discuss the present status and latest developments in the quantum treatment of gravitational systems.

The scientific programme, to be decided by the Advisory Committee, consists of invited plenary talks and short communications.

Advisory Committee:

Orfeu Bertolami (IST Lisboa, Portugal)
Luca Bombelli (Univ. Mississippi)
Steve Carlip (UC Davis, USA)
Alessandro D'Adda (INFN Torino, Italy)
Stanley Deser (Brandeis, USA)
Georgi Dvali (NYU, USA)
Sergio Ferrara (CERN)
Gian Francesco Giudice (CERN)
Roman Jackiw (MIT, USA)
Edward W. Kolb (Fermilab, USA)
Luca Lusanna (INFN Firenze, Italy)
Roy Maartens (Univ. Portsmouth, UK)
Hermann Nicolai (AEI, Potsdam, Germany)
Tullio Regge (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
Augusto Sagnotti (Univ. Roma Tor Vergata, Italy)
Kellogg S. Stelle (Imperial College London, UK)
Ruth Williams (DAMTP, Cambridge, UK)

Organising Committee:

Mariano Cadoni (Università and INFN Cagliari)
Marco Cavaglià (University of Mississippi)
Jeanette E. Nelson (Università and INFN Torino)

Local Organisation:

Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Cagliari
Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita` di Cagliari

The Conference Venue

The meeting will take place at the beautiful sea resort of Cala Gonone, about 120 Kms south of Olbia, on the eastern (Tyrrhenian) coast of the island of Sardinia, Italy.

About Cala Gonone

Sardinia is the second largest Mediterranean island after Sicily, separated from Southern Corsica by just 13km of sea, the Bonifacio straits, and is bathed by some of the cleanest water in the Mediterranean. It is stunningly beautiful and unspoilt, and boasts some of the best food in Italy.

Cala Gonone, in the province of Nuoro, is a small port and fishing village in the Gulf of Orosei, the last stretch of uninhabited Italian coast, and home to the last rare examples of monk seal. There are cliffs sweeping down to the sea, snowy white beaches, blue bays and sea caves. A wonderful vegetation of myrtle, rosemary, rock rose and sea lavender border the sandy beaches, many of which can only be reached by sea or by foot, such as, Cala Luna (Moon Beach). The white chalk rocks and limestone cliffs give the water an enticing crystalline pale blue colour. The coastline is dotted with stunning caves and caverns with remarkable stalactites, stalagmites and underground lakes.

Dorgali, 10 km north of Cala Gonone, is famous for craftwork and is the centre of the renowned Cannonau wine-growing region.

Other tourist information can be found at this web site.


In September the weather in Sardinia is normally very good, with warm days and cooler but pleasant evenings. There is usually a sea breeze, and average temperatures are 20C (min) and 26C (max). It rarely rains. The sea temperature is normally about 24C.

Conference Registration

There will be a conference fee of Euro 250 to be paid at registration (cash please). This includes the reception, the conference dinner, coffee breaks, and one excursion. Tickets for the conference dinner and social programme may be purchased for accompanying persons.


The conference Centre is at the Hotel Smeraldo and accommodation is at the nearby Hotel Village Palmasera. See the accommodation web page for further information.



Olbia International airport has several flights a day to/from the intercontinental airports of Milan and Rome. There are also connections to many other Italian and European airports, e.g. Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Olbia, Palermo, Turin, Venice, Frankfurt, Paris, Munich, Zurich, London. See Meridiana or Alitalia. A number of low-cost airlines also fly to Olbia or other Sardinian destinations from many Italian and European airports.

Please note that the conference period is high season. We strongly advise you to book your flights as soon as possible. In particular, the connections between mainland Italy and Sardinia are often heavily booked.


There are numerous ferries from the Italian mainland (eg. Civitavecchia, which is 1-2 hours by train from Rome, or Genova, Livorno, Piombino) to Olbia, though there are also some ferries to Golfo Aranci, 20 km north of Olbia, and connected to Olbia by a public bus service. Arbatax is closer to (and south of) Dorgali but there are fewer ferries, and the road is very bad. For ferry information see this link.


Cala Gonone is easily reached by road from Dorgali and is approx. 120 Km from Olbia airport. Buses from Olbia airport connect with Dorgali and from Dorgali to Cala Gonone there are many buses. We can arrange transport (taxi/minibus) from Olbia (city, port, airport) to Cala Gonone but it must be booked in advance. The charge is about 20/25 Euro.


Those participants needing an invitation in order to apply for visa or financial support are requested to send all details by e-mail: or fax: +1 662 915 5045 (attention of Dr. M. Cavaglià). We will supply letters/faxes in english and/or italian as necessary.

The Postscript, PDF, or ASCII versions of the second announcement can be found here.

Personal inquiries can be addressed to:

This meeting is sponsored by:

Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
Università di Cagliari
Università di Torino
University of Mississippi
Università di Pisa
Regione autonoma della Sardegna

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Last modification: January 21st 2005