selection process is completed.
one of the world's foremost international database conferences,
throws its doors open to all database researchers in Central and
Eastern Europe. VLDB takes place in September of 2003 in Berlin
within easy reach of all countries east of the Oder and Danube
rivers. One of the primary goals of VLDB 2003 is to acquaint young
database students and scientists from the East with their colleagues
from the same region and from all over the world, to foster a
viable database community in the East and to strengthen an atmosphere
of congenial partnerships with researchers from the rest of the
2003 offers a unique opportunity to meet people who have had a
major influence on the evolution of the field, and others who
hold promise to do so in the future, and to learn about the technical
and scientific challenges to the community over the next years.
Many who attended one VLDB conference have made it a habit to
repeat the experience.
VLDB organization is aware of the financial limitations for our
colleagues in the East. Several companies, not-for-profit foundations
and the VLDB Endowment have generously contributed funds for the
financial support of up to 50 to 60 colleagues from Poland, the
Baltic states, Belorussia, Ukrainia, Russia, Czech Republic, Slowakia,
Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and the states from former Yugoslavia.
includes the full registration fee, either at the student or full
delegate level, and a fixed amount that should cover moderately-priced
accommodations in Berlin and daily expenses. We expect that recipients
contribute their own funds for their travel expenses to and from
2003 hopes to attract the best minds from Central and Eastern
Europe. Therefore, expect an element of competition if you apply
for support. If you register with this site we will ask you to
supply data on you academic curriculum and activities, database
background, list of publications if there are any, and a short
sketch of what you hope to gain from your participation with the
conference. Those of you who submitted a paper are considered
particularly serious contenders. A small committee of W. Cellary,
L. Kalinichenko, J. Pokorny, H. Schweppe and B. Thalheim will
make the final decisions after the closing date for applications.
advise you to continue to visit this Web site. As we go along
we will publish information on special events dedicated to our
visitors from the East. For example, students are encouraged to
apply to a Ph.D. workshop. For visitors to ADBIS 2003 in Dresden
who go on to VLDB we plan a workshop over the intervening weekend.
VLDB 2003 organizers encourage all database students and scientists
from the East to take the opportunity and to apply right now.