IFM new buildings are soon to be set in a tranquil valley near Prato. The new location offers an ideal environment for creative interactions and exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Theoretical Physics and Mathematics community. The Einstein-­Galilei IFM is an International Research Centre of excellence for Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, one of the premier institutions in this field.

Facilities and utilities

The IFM new building will be located in a valley not very far from the centre of Prato but easily reachable by car. It will be a unique place of tranquillity. The location will be ideally situated near the Apennine mountains. The natural charm of the location will make the place ideal for refreshing the mind and soul. Participants of IFM programs will be housed in halls of residence, which will have a total of about 20 rooms. Each room will have a terminal connected to the IFM computer system as well as the Internet, and Ethernet port for laptops (or preferably WIFI system), and a working desk.

Tea Hall: This is where coffee breaks are taken. Espresso and other snacks are available, with contributions made on an honour system. Participants can relax there at any time - there is a sofa, a fireplace, and a television (in addition to some tables.)
Reading Room: A good place to sit quietly and study. There are terminals connected to the IFM network, Ethernet ports, wireless networking as well as a scanner, a network printer, and a white board.
Two Team Rooms: These are normally used for the research activities of the programs. Each is set up for 4 people. The two rooms share a network printer. Each room has: A white board. Two terminals. Ethernet network ports and wireless networking workgroup laser printer. Two desks and a discussion table.
Main Office: Copier, fax machine, office supplies
The Main Office is also the location of the Station Manager and Systems Analyst offices.
Main Lecture Room: Most workshop lectures are held here. The room has:
A ceiling­ mounted LCD Projector with remote control, an overhead projector, two projection screens, a digital document camera, ­two whiteboards.
wireless Internet access Capacity: 48

Small Lecture Room: One overhead projector a large projection screen Capacity: 18

Small Discussion Room: A projection screen with a LCD projector, 1 whiteboard Capacity: 8

Poster Wall: This is a magnetic wall in the hallway outside the lecture rooms on which posters may be displayed for the duration of a workshop.
Computer Networks: The IFM computing environment consists of two networks, one for thin­-client and one for direct connectivity to the Internet (wired and wireless). The Sun Rays have 15” LCD panels with a keyboard, mouse and network connection. They have no moving parts, so they are completely silent. They connect to a central Sun server that runs Solaris 10 and the GNOME 2.6 desktop environment. The full suite of standard UNIX software is installed, as well as the most popular tools for mathematics publishing (LaTeX, Emacs, etc). The high ­ speed, permanent Internet connection and a robust selection of Internet software is always available via these terminals. The guest network for laptops is a fast Ethernet network with ports available in all bedrooms, in most meeting areas, and in the main lecture room. Configuration for network access is done automatically via DHCP. The guest network is also accessible via wireless networking (802.11b/g) in all areas of IFM .

Library: IFM will have a, initially small, but growing, library. It will have online access to MathSciNet and other online resources. Participants who have online services at their home institutions are encouraged to establish proxy accounts which will allow them journal access from IFM. The IFM will have a very nice arts/music library which has a good collection of sheet music as well as recorded music and video material. IFM participants are welcome to use this library.
During the stay at IFM, people can be contacted by telephone through Institute switchboard.

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