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The Young Local Universe

La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy
March 21 - 28, 2004



We are happy to invite you to attend the XXIVth Moriond Astrophysics Meeting on the Young Local Universe to be held in La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy, from March 21 to March 28, 2004.

As in the past astrophysics meetings, the participants, both theoreticians and observers, will discuss recent findings and explore new areas of exploration through formal as well as informal talks.

Looking forward to see you in La Thuile,

J. Tran Thanh Van and T. Montmerle

Major updates :

(19-3-04):  Update of the Scientific programme

(17-3-04):  New Conference buses timetable
(17-3-04):  Final list of participants: HTML and PDF

(10-3-04): Quick Navigation: Abstracts, see also "2.5 - Scientific programme"
 (9-3-04):  Section   "2.5 - Scientific programme"
 (9-3-04):  Conference Secretary (see just a few lines below)

(19-2-04): Section 4. Travel,   Conf. Bus on March 28, aerport arrival time 15:00
(14-2-04): Section 4. Travel,   Shuttle service to La Thuile
(22-1-04): Section   "2.5 - Program organization and outline"

Conference Secretary: Mrs Elizabeth Hautefeuille
Phone : (33) 169 29 05 50 Fax : (33) 69 28 86 59

Quick navigation:

  • Place and date
  • Practical organization
  • Registration notice
  • Scientific Overview
  • Travel
  • Registration Form
  • Scientific Programme
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  • Travel info links
  • List of participants
        HTML, or PDF
  • Abstracts

    (Last update: 14-2-2004)


    The XXXIXth Rencontres de Moriond session devoted to the Young Local Universe will be held in La Thuile from Sunday March 21 to Sunday March 28, 2004.

    La Thuile is a pleasant winter resort located in the Italian Alps, at 1450 m alt., about 120 km from Geneva. The nearest international airport is Geneva (Switzerland). If you arrive in Geneva International Airport, do not forget that you (especially citizens from Russia) may need a transit visa, coming through Switzerland to Italy .

    Please note that the deadline for registration is the February 15, 2004.

  • Postal address of the meeting:

    Rencontres de Moriond
    Planibel Hotel - La Thuile
    Aosta Valley 
    11016 La Thuile (Aosta), Italy

    Phone: +39 (0)1 65  88 45 41
    Fax:    +39 (0)1 65 88 45 35, Please begin your fax with:  ATTN to Rencontres de Moriond.

    You can find more information on the following Web pages:

     • Hotel Planibel info

     • La Thuile Web site

     • La Thuile map

     • Private shuttle service to/from La Thuile: pdf file,


    The purpose of these Rencontres de Moriond is to discuss recent findings and new ideas in galactic and extragalactic astrophysics in a pleasant, relaxed and intimate atmosphere. The meeting is intended to promote fruitful collaboration between instrumentalists, observers, and theoreticians from all over the world, by bringing together a limited number of participants in beautiful and inspiring surroundings.


    The main goal of this meeting is to bring together researchers and students working on the "Young Local Universe", i.e. on the ISM and star formation from our Galaxy to nearby galaxies as far as molecular clouds and star-forming regions can be resolved by modern ground-based and space observatories. The main effort will be devoted to bring together in an "integrated" fashion participants from galactic and extragalactic backgrounds.

    As a preliminary approach, the discussion will include galactic features such as the Gould Belt, the so-called Local Bubble and galactic HI bubbles, giant HII regions and galactic starburst-like regions of massive star formation, the Local Group (LMC, SMC, etc.), extragalactic bubbles, colliding galaxies and mergers (Antennae, etc.). The corresponding distances span a range of roughly six orders of magnitude, from 50 pc to 10-20 Mpc.

    Theoretical issues among the following ones will also be covered: cloud core collapse, spiral structure, dynamics of central regions of galaxies, the role of metallicity and nucleosynthetic evolution, feedback effects from massive stars (winds, supernovae), interstellar turbulence and magnetic fields, irradiation effects by high-energy particles, triggered star formation, etc.

    Future prospects include high-angular resolution and/or large instruments (adaptive optics, interferometers like ALMA and the VLTI, ELTs, space missions like JWST) and/or high spectral resolution instruments like Herschel, or XEUS, all approved or projected for the next decade. The first results expected from the ultra-violet and mid- to far-infrared space observatories GALEX and SIRTF will be highlighted.

    The Young Local Universe is an international conference supported by the European Research and Training Network  "Formation and Evolution of Young Stellar Clusters".


    The "Young Local Universe" Conference is conceived as the first of three conferences, with the ultimate goal of studying in depth the connection between stellar and extragalactic astrophysics, and cosmology. The three week-long conferences will take place as Moriond Astrophysics Meetings, as follows:

    2004 - Episode I - The Young Local Universe
    2005 - Episode II - The Hidden Side of Galaxy Formation
    2006 - Episode III - Large-Scale Structures and Galaxy Formation

    It is expected that at least a fraction of the participants will attend two of these meetings, or possibly all of them.


    T. Montmerle (Chair), J. Bouvier, A. Chalabaev, B. Lefloch (LAOG,Grenoble); R. Neri (IRAM); D. Elbaz, M. Sauvage (CEA/DAPNIA/SAp, Saclay); J. Tran Thanh Van (LPT, Orsay); Ph. André (Saclay); M. McCaughrean (Potsdam); et D. Galli (Firenze).


    J. Alves (ESO), D. Breitschwerdt (Vienna), C. Cesarsky (ESO), F. Combes (Paris), Y. Fukui (Kyoto), T. Heckman (Baltimore), T.Henning (Heidelberg), V. Icke (Leiden), J. Knödlseder (Toulouse), D. Kunth (Paris), A. Maeder (Geneva), F. Palla (Florence), M. Tagger (Saclay), H. Zinnecker (Potsdam).

    2.5 - SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME (Last update March 12, 2004)



    2.6 - CONTRIBUTIONS (Deadline February 15, 2004)

    The detailed program of the meeting will be established according to the latest results at the time of the meeting. Participants who wish to present contributed papers are requested to submit their title and abstract to the Conference web site (, or as soon as possible. Oral contributions will be selected by the organizers. Space will be available for posters.

    The speakers are kindly asked to write their slides or transparencies in BIG letters, preferably covering the upper 2/3 of the screen.

    Proceedings of the conference will be published. Instructions will be distributed during the Rencontres.

    Further information can be obtained by sending an e-mail to:



    The meeting will start on Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 18:00 and will end on Sunday, March 28 at 12:30.


    The following equipment will be available:

    - slide projector for 5cm x 5cm slides
    - overhead projector for transparencies
    - projector for computer presentations

    Speakers can bring their computer presentations on their own laptops; or alternatively on CD-ROMs or USB flash memories for the Moriond laptop.

    Limited internet connections will be available from the hotel. In particular, a wireless hub will be installed.


    Speakers are requested to bring a good photocopy of their talk. This copy will be kept for display. In order to make their transparencies or slides available on the web, speakers who have their talk in file format  (PowerPoint, PDF, Postscript, HTML…) are invited to send them by e-mail as an attached file (in compressed form; limiting size 5 Mb) to the conference account (, with a short comment to identify the file (title of the talk, authors, etc.)


    The registration fee for the conference is 330 Euro. It will cover the costs of the Proceedings and of all social events for the whole week, from Sunday to Sunday.

    Payment can be made:

    (i) before the conference by bank transfer (add 22 Euros for bank fees) to Moriond bank account:

    -  Banque de Savoie, Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 73700 Bourg St Maurice, France.
    -  ADREMOR - Bank Code 10 548, Branch 00013, Account 00047 135 153, key 67, Swift Code : BSAVFR2C

    In this case, the transfer should clearly indicate your name to identify the payment. The corresponding voucher should imperatively be handed on the conference site.

    (ii) on the conference site by traveler's checks or personal checks in Euro to the order of "Rencontres de Moriond", handed to the secretariat upon your arrival or within the first 2 days of the workshop. Please avoid cash payment if possible. Credit cards are not accepted.


    Although several applications have been sent to obtain financial help from various institutions, the results are not known at this time. We nevertheless hope to be able to help students or junior researchers, by waiving the registration fees and/or the living expenses. Also in the tradition of Moriond, we expect in contrast senior researchers to participate in helping young colleagues by providing a full payment for their registration fees and living expenses. Should our financial requests be very successful, we may be able to provide additional help. Note that travel expenses cannot be reimbursed.


    Housing will be in Hotel Planibel, La Thuile. Meals will be served in this hotel for all participants.

    The hotel bill shall be paid directly to the hotel. Credit card payment (for the hotel accommodation only) can be accepted.

    The cost (full board) will amount to 504 Euro (double occupancy).
    It will be difficult to obtain single rooms. Only a few will be available at an additional cost of 140 Euro.
    Single rooms should be reserved before February 15, 2004.

    For accompanying persons, the costs are as follows:
    - 518 Euros  per adult
    - 388 Euros per child (6 -10 years old)
    - 259 Euros per child (4 - 6 years old)
    It may not be possible to find accommodation for your family if you have not requested it by February 15, 2004.

    Important Notice: Hotel reservations are made for the whole session: i.e. from the evening of Sunday, March 21 to the morning of Sunday, March 28 (including lunch before departure of the conference bus to Geneva).

    Please note that the total cost of the meeting will not be reduced in case of partial attendance.  

    Cancellation of hotel reservations should be made before February 15, 2004. After this date, the hotel will charge us for the entire cost and we will have to ask the participants who cancel their attendance later, to pay for the total accommodation cost as listed above.

    4 - TRAVEL

  • From Paris to Geneva by TGV (Gare de Lyon station). Please note that reservations are compulsory for TGV trains.

  • From Geneva International Airport to La Thuile :

     a) By Conference bus:
    NB: Update of 17-3-04 by Mme E. Hautefeuille, Rencontres de Moriond, Tel.: 33 (0)1 69 29 05 50, :

    "Dear Participant, For those who plan to take the conference bus and have not yet sent us the information, we need to know your approximate time of arrival and time of departure.

    There will be 3 buses, on Sunday, March 21st from Geneva Airport to La Thuile

    .. the first bus will leave at 13h30,

    .. the second bus will leave at 14h45

    .. the third bus will leave at 15h00.

    and 3 return conference buses are scheduled to leave La Thuile on Sunday, March 28th:

    .. 2 buses will leave at 12h30 (after lunch) and will reach Geneva airport around 15h00, depending on the traffic,

    .. 1 bus will leave at 13h00 (approximate arrival time 15h30 to Geneva airport), then CERN."

    (End of Update of 17-3-04)

  •   b) By car:

    La Thuile can be easily reached by car, by the A40 highway to St Gervais, then by the E25 to Chamonix, Courmayeur and Pré Saint-Didier, and then turning right to La Thuile via Strata Statale Valle d'Aosta (10 km). If snowchains are necessary, the sooner you put them on, the better.

    (Note added 14-2-04): The participants who travel to/from La Thuile on other days than March 21 and March 28, can arrange with the private shuttle service (see pdf file and


    If you plan to attend the workshop, please fill in the Registration Form as soon as possible, and in any case before February 15, 2004. If your registration is not received by this date, we may not be able to get hotel reservations for you.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Registration for your attendance to the workshop and hotel reservation will only be made via the web.

    An e-mail receipt will be sent back immediately to confirm your registration.

    You can also check that you have been registered by looking at the list of registered participants (HTML) (you can also get the PDF file)

    Should you have any further questions about the registration, please contact us at