:: WCC2006 in Santiago de Chile
Chile is proud to host the 19th IFIP World Computer Congress. WCC 2006 will cover recent advances in all fields of Sciences and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), from theoretical computer science to the relationship between ICT and society, via hardware and software technologies, artificial intelligence, human-system interactions and education, without forgetting non-functional aspects related to our dependency on computing and communication systems, and, the associated risks.
Santiago has all the necessary assets to make WCC 2006 a great event
An attractive country
Chile is 4.300 km long and 177 km wide with approximately 15 millions inhabitants. The capital, Santiago de Chile, is connected to the world by many airlines offering regular flights. Santiago lies at the foot of the highest segment of the Andes, with peaks that remain snowcapped even during the hottest summer months. Covering an area of 15,500 sq km, it is home to over 5.5 million people. There are over 7.000 four and five stars hotel rooms in Santiago. The climate in Santiago is of a temperate-semiarid sort, with well-marked seasons, perfectly dry summers, moderately rainy winters, polychrome springs and rust-colored autumns. Spring highs over around 20C (68F), lows around 10C (50F), but may occasionally climb to 28C (82F). About 1.5 hours to the west are the Pacific coast resorts and the coastal cities of Via del Mar, Valparaso, declared UNESCO world heritage site, and Pablo Neruda's house in Isla Negra. A number of vineyards -one of them inside the city limits- offer tours to visitors, who can not only taste some of their famed wines, but also enjoy the view of their old, well-tended parks. Some experiences in Santiago are: cultural tour of the city, riding the rapids rafting trip to Maipo canyon, Andean highlights nature walks, condor spotting. Some interesting places to visit in Chile are: Atacama Desert (the dryest in the world), Northern coast, Easter Island, Termal spring resort, southern lake district (fly fishing), northern Patagonian cruise, Glaciars and Torres del Paine National Park.