Next General Assembly Agenda

Official invitation to the General Assembly (GA) of the International Symmetry Society

Dear International Symmetry Society Member:

The General Assembly will be on Sept, 12 at 9 p.m. in the Conference Lounge of the Imperial Belvedere Hotel at Hersonissos of Heraklion, Crete, in the framework of the 9th Society Congress at the same place (September 9-15, 2013).

If we do not have the majority of members there, i.e., we do not have a quorum, the General Assembly will be on Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. at the same place, with the same agenda.

By law, in this second case the General Assembly may make valid decisions, even in that case if we do not have a quorum.

Suggested Agenda for the GA:
1 Opening of the meeting.
2 Election of Chair of this meeting
3 Election of minute-takers for this meeting
4 President’s Report (Nagy)
5 Treasurer’s Report on the Melbourne account (Lugosi)
6 Election of New Officers
7 Election of site of next congress
8 Outline of EU Programs for Cooperation in Science, Education and Culture between EU and USA/ Canada/ Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Republic of Korea / Eastern Europe,  Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region (Vandoulakis)
9 Oversight Committee Chair’s Report (Goranson)
10 Discussion on the site and on the Society journals
11 Others.


Denes Nagy
President of the International Symmetry Society

Culture and Science Now Online

The scanned articles from the early International Symmetry Society journal ‘Culture and Science’ are now available here on line. Simply click on the ‘Journals’ tab at the top of the page. This was a very large effort, but we now have these important papers integrated into the indexes for our early electronic journal, ‘Visual Mathematics.’

There are some very valuable papers here.

Feel free to contact me (tedg *at* for help in mining this resource.

If you are an author, please feel free to use the permalinks when referencing your papers.

Visual Mathematics Now Online

Visual Mathematics has moved!

The electronic journal of the International Symmetry Society is no longer supported in Belgrade, and has been moved here for better access and stability. We have completely reindexed the entire journal, making it easier for members and scholars to access the papers. We are also performing some coding voodoo that makes these papers more visible to search engines. Go to the new index of the papers here, and the art here.

Concurrently, we are working to put up all the print papers from ‘Culture and Science.’ This is a lot of clerical work and we could use some help.

Folk-Vernacular Architecture 8-10 June 2012

Special foci:
with an outlook to folk music and folk dance

June 8 (morning) – June 10 (early afternoon), 2012
Budapest – Veszprém – Szentendre


JUNE 8 (Friday) – BUDAPEST, “Eötvös 10” (culture center)
Address: 1067 Budapest, Eötvös Street 10

(1) International Conference on Folk Architecture – Vernacular Architecture
(2) Conference and Discussion on Traditions and Rural Development
(3) Folk music / Bartók – Takács – Schulze (conference with music)
(4) Roundtable and exhibition “Forma”, which is also the title of a new journal of the Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Budapest
(5) Evening program: Schulze’s Indonesian Theater

JUNE 9 (Saturday) – VESZPRÉM (110 km from Budapest to the West)
Headquarter of the Hungarian Academy of Science (MTA)
Address: 8200 Veszprém, Vár Street /Castle Street/ 37
The brief history of the city:ém

Conferences – continued

JUNE 10 (Sunday) – SZENTENDRE (20 km from Budapest to the North)
Open Air Ethnographic Museum (“Skanzen”)

Excursion and mini-conference with the local specialists
(folk architecture, folk art, folk music).

GOALS of the conference are
– to exchange information in an international circle,
– to share ideas how to preserve the sites of folk / vernacular architecture,
– to discuss how the related knowledge may help modern architecture in the 21st century.

We also hope to provide a regular (bi-annual?) forum in the future with the above goals.


HOTEL (for the entire period):

We negotiated a special price for the participants, close to an iconic boulevard in Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; see:ássy_út
There will be a bus for the trip of the 2nd and 3rd day.

Please contact: Denes Nagy – email:

Honorary Member Wins Nobel

Danny Shechtman – the host of our 4th Symmetry Congress in 1998 and an Honorary Member of our society – was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011. In the last fifteen years, this is only the fourth case that this prize was given to a single person – following Ahmed H. Zewail (1999), Roger D. Kornberg (2006), Gerhard Ertl (2007) – and not shared by two or three scholars. Danny made a revolutionary contribution to science by discovering the quasicrystals that have 5-fold and other such symmetries that were earlier considered as “forbidden” in crystallography.

See the text of the Presentation Speech by Professor Sven Lidin (10 December 2011):

See a Video of the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony (89 minutes):

Danny’s works in our Society’s publications:

Shechtman, D. (1994) Symmetry in periodic and quasi-periodic crystals, Symmetry: Culture and Science, The Quarterly of the International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry, 6, 480 (published for the 3rd Symmetry Congress).

Shechtman, D,  Nagy, D.  at al., eds. (1998) Order/Disorder, Vols. 1-3, Haifa: Technion, 168 + 167 + 84 pp. (published for the 4th Symmetry Congress).

Two Important Conferences


2nd International Conference on Architecture and Structure


3rd (Iranian) National Conference on Spatial Structures

The Second International Conference on Architecture and Structure, with the motto “Towards the Future with Creativity and Innovation” will be held on 15-16 May 2011.

The Third (Iranian) National Conference on Spatial Structures will be held on 17-18 May 2011.

With the contribution of more than 20 international experts in the field of architecture, structure, spatial structures and architectural technologies, these conferences provides a forum for academic and practicing architects and engineers as well as experts of relevant professions, to share their experiences.

Venue: The conference will be held at the College of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran, Iran.

Side Programmes

Workshops: There will be around 20 workshops with relevant themes conducted by specialists in the field.

Competitions: There will be four competitions for the interested participants.

Exhibition: Parallel to conference an exhibition of relevant material will be held for interested participants.

Technical Visits: Technical Visits to notable structures either built or under construction will be arranged.

For further information you may see our websites: Architecture and Structure, Spatial Structures