The 21st International Conference on Thermoelectrics





A welcome reception will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Sunday evening, August 25, 2002 starting at 6:00 p.m.  On the last day of the conference, participants will be invited to a farewell reception at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 6:00 pm.


Aquarium of the Pacific


On Monday evening, August 26, 2002 starting at 7:00 p.m., a dinner will be organized at the Long Beach Aquarium. Within walking distance of the Long Beach Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific features more than 12,000 marine animals from over 550 species. Guests will explore the wonders of the world’s largest ocean in one of the biggest aquariums in the United States. Marine life from the three regions of the Pacific Ocean are on display in permanent exhibit galleries on two levels. The Southern California/Baja Gallery features creatures from California’s coastal tide pools and kelp forests like giant sea bass, leopard sharks, seals and sea lions, endangered green sea turtles, and the skates and rays touch pool. The Northern Pacific Gallery showcases inhabitants of the frigid waters of Russia and northern Japan such as playful sea otters, the giant Pacific octopus, puffins, auklets and the Coastal Corner Discovery Lab. The warm, crystal-clear waters of coral lagoons in the Tropical Pacific Gallery include blacktip reef sharks, clownfish, angelfish and triggerfish as well as seahorses and sea dragon and the Live Coral Discovery Lab. For more information, please visit




Conference Banquet


The conference banquet will be held on board the Queen Mary cruise liner permanently docked in Long Beach since 1967. Just before the banquet, the conference guests will be invited to a guided tour of the prestigious ship.



From luxury liner to troop ship to southern California landmark, the Queen Mary has undergone many transformations since its maiden voyage in 1936. It serves as first class hotel as well as tourist attraction. The Queen Mary was already an icon before arriving at its permanent home in Long Beach. “The grandest ocean liner ever built” was hostess to the rich and famous during the 1930s and considered by many as the only civilized way to travel. World War II saw the Queen Mary’s conversion to a troop ship know as the “Grey Ghost”, carrying up to 15,000 troops at one time. She later carried more than 22,000 war brides and children to the United States and Canada. Returned into peacetime service in 1947, she continued trans-Atlantic crossings for another 20 years. By 1967, air travel was more safe and affordable and the days of luxurious, transatlantic travel were almost a thing of the past. After her arrival in Long Beach in December of 1967, she was removed from British registry and ownership turned over to the City of Long Beach. To learn more about the Queen Mary,