About the Conference Location


  Taipei, Taiwan

 IIS, Academia Sinica

   Life Around Academia Sinica


Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan, a mountainous island with abundant natural resources, is situated within three major climatic zones. Its various topography endows the island with very diverse biological aspects. The protection of Taiwans natural ecosystems is a unique and difficult challenge. Mountainous topography and different forest types are combined with large scale human development in Taiwan to create an ecological island within the actual physical island itself. To protect these ecological islands, the government has set aside nearly 10 percent of the land in a multi-tiered conservation system that includes six National Parks, 18 nature preserves, 20 nature reserves, and one wildlife sanctuary.

Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is situated in northern Taiwan. As the largest and most prominent city on the island, Taipei is right in a basin surrounded by mountains and crossed by rivers. The mountains north of Taipei in Yangminshan National Park dominate the landscape, the Tamsui and Hsintien Rivers meander through the southeast, while the Keelung River crosses the city to the northeast.

The climate of the island is subtropical, the average temperature is between 22 (71) to 24(75. The weather in December is mild with occasional rain showers and the temperature is around 20(68). Visitors are suggested to bring an umbrella or a raincoat.


Academia Sinica

Academia Sinica, founded in 1928, is the highest-ranking academic institution. The current President of Academia Sinica is Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee,a Nobel laureate in Chemistry in 1986, who was inaugurated on January 15, 1994. The Academy consists of 25 institutes in various disciplines including mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

The Academia Sinica is located in Nankang, east suburb of the City of Taipei. The Academic Activity Center in the Academy has several lecture rooms, dining rooms, and 90 rooms for guests of the Academy. Each guest room is equipped with airconditioning, telephone, television, and a private bathroom. The room charge is NT$700 per day for a single room and NT$1100 per day for a double and should be paid in local currency (NT Dollars). Facsimile and e-mail services can be arranged by the Local Organizing Committee.

Downtown Taipei (30-40minutes ride by car) has comfortable hotels to fit different budgets. The Organizing Committee would suggest the Academic Activity Center as the most appropriate accommodation for lodging, due to its most convenient location. However, we have also provided information of several hotels for your reference. Reservations for all accommodation are required. The Congress will provide an updated information for lodging when it is available.

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