Attached is another formal announcement for the coming conference in Turin,

It does not include a call for papers, but the organizers will be soliciting
them.  They hope to be able to announce the invited speakers and session
structure shortly.  The organizers are especially interested in
contributions that can quantify the software costs and savings associated
with any change, particularly the possibility of inserting now new leap
seconds after N years.

Below the asterisks there follows an ascii conversion of the attached Word

Demetrios Matsakis


Press Release
Preliminary Announcement: Colloquium on the UTC Timescale 28-30 May 2003
Torino (Italy)
Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale
"Galileo Ferraris"
Conference Hall
Strada delle Cacce, 91
Torino (Italy)

A Colloquium on the UTC Timescale will be
held at Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris
(IEN) in Torino, Italy from 28-30 May 2003.
The purpose of the colloquium is to discuss the
future of the UTC timescale.

As a result of issues raised by sector members of
the ITU-R (International Telecommunication
Union - Radiocommunications) and a letter from
the Director of the Bureau International des Poids
et Mesures (BIPM) to the Secretary General of the
ITU, a new question, ITU-R 236/7 (2000) "The
Future of the UTC Timescale", was generated by
ITU-R Study Group 7 (Science Services) Working
Party 7A (Standard Frequency and Time Signal
Services). The question considers the future
definition and use of Coordinated Universal Time
(UTC) in the ITU-R Recommendations.

Any major change to the UTC timescale as
defined in the current recommendations has a
potentially significant impact on synchronization
of communications networks and navigation
systems and time distribution performance.
Accordingly, Study Group 7 Working Party
7A has established a Special Rapporteur
Group (SRG) to specifically address the future
of the leap second and related issues.
The SRG has held several coordination and
technical exchange meetings to generate,
analyze and discuss alternative approaches to
reduce or eliminate the operational impact of
the leap second. The work to date has
produced a consensual opinion that the SRG
wants to present and discuss with interested
and representative parties.
In support of that purpose the SRG has
organized a concluding Colloquium for
deliberating and drafting a recommendation
to the ITU-R.

Invited presentations will be made by
distinguished representatives in the areas of
International Timekeeping, Navigation,
Earth Rotation, Telecommunications and
Internet Timing. These areas could be
impacted by changes in the UTC Time Scale.
In addition, contributed presentations will be
sought to insure that additional viewpoints
would be expressed.

Additional information can be obtained from
Ron Beard, Chairperson of the SRG
([EMAIL PROTECTED]) and Bill Klepczynski,
Secretary of the SRG ([EMAIL PROTECTED]).

General information
Technical Program
Ron Beard, Chairperson of the SRG
Bill Klepczynski, Secretary of the SRG
Local Organizing Contact Person
Elisabetta Melli
Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale "Galileo Ferraris"
Strada delle Cacce, 91 - 10135 Torino

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