XLIst Rencontres de Moriond
XXVIth Astrophysics Moriond Meeting

From Dark Halos to Light
La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy
Sunday 12 - Saturday 18 March 2006


The Moriond Meeting, entitled From Dark Halos to Light. will be held in La Thuile, Italy, from Sunday March 12th 2006 at 18h00 to Saturday March 18th at 9h00.

La Thuile is a is a pleasant winter sports resort located in the Italian Alps, at 1450 m alt., about 120 km away from Geneva.

The nearest international airport is Geneva (Switzerland). If you arrive in Geneva international airport, do not forget that you may need a transit visa, coming through Switzerland to Italy.

Place of the meeting: Rencontres de Moriond
Planibel Hotel - La Thuile
Valle d'Aosta
11016 La Thuile (Aosta)

Phone: +39 0165 88 45 41
Fax: +39 0165 88 45 35 (Please begin your fax with: To the attention of Rencontres de Moriond).

The purpose of the Rencontres de Moriond is to discuss recent findings and new ideas in astrophysics in a pleasant, relaxed and intimate atmosphere. The meeting intends to promote fruitful collaboration between various communities and between various institutes by bringing together a small number of scientists in beautiful and inspiring surroundings.


The following equipment will be available: a projector for computer presentations, an overhead projector for transparencies and a slide projector for 5cm x 5cm slides. Speakers can bring their presentations on their laptops.

The presentations will be posted on the web just after the conference, in PDF format.
Please fill the abstract submission form if you need so.
We will ask your presentation just after your talk.
We strongly advise you to make a copy of your presentation on a key or CD. You may also send in advance your presentation to the chair-person of your presentation.


The conference fee for participants is 340 euros.

Payment can be made:
  • Before the conference by bank transfer in euros only (add 22 euros for bank fees) to the Moriond bank account:
    Banque de Savoie, Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 73700 - Bourg Saint Maurice, France.
    ADREMOR, Bank Code 10 548, Branch No 00013, Account number 000 47135 153, Key 67, Swift code BSAVFR2C
    IBAN number: FR 76 - 1054 - 8000 - 1300 - 0471 - 3515 - 367 and BIC code: BSAVFR2C
    In this case, the transfer should clearly indicate your name to identify the payment. The corresponding voucher should imperatively be handed to the Moriond Secretary at the conference site.
  • On the conference site by personal checks or traveller's checks in euros or US dollars to the order of "Rencontres de Moriond", handed to the conference secretariat upon your arrival or within the first 2 days of the workshop.
Please avoid cash payment if possible.
Credit cards are not accepted for conference fee payments but are accepted for the hotel bill (see below).


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. Major credit cards (for the hotel accommodations only) are accepted. The total cost (full board) will amount to 480 Euros (double occupancy). It will be difficult to obtain single rooms (to be confirmed). Only a few will be available at an additional cost of 120 Euros. Single rooms should be reserved before January 15th, 2006 (to be confirmed).

For accompanying members, the costs are as follows:
- 480 Euros per adult
- 360 euros per child (6 - 8 years old)
- 240 euros per child (3 - 5 years old)
It will not be possible to find accommodation for your family if you have not requested it by January 15st, 2006 (to be confirmed).

Important notice: Hotel reservations are made for the whole session: i.e. from the evening of Sunday March 12th to the morning of Saturday March 19th (including lunch before departure of the conference bus to Geneva). Please note that the total cost of the meeting will not be reduced even in case of partial attendance.

Cancellations of hotel reservation should be made before February 15th, 2006 (to be confirmed). After this date, the hotel will charge us for the entire cost of accommodation and we will have to ask the participants who cancel their attendance later, to pay for the total accommodation as listed above.


1) From Paris to Geneva by train (TGV)
Please note that reservations are compulsory for TGV trains.
Be especially careful not to reserve too late: TGV trains from Geneva are often full at this time of the year, and particularly on Sundays.

Train Schedule preliminary

March 12, 2006

March 18, 2006

From Paris,
Gare de Lyon

Arrival in

From Geneva

Arrival in Paris,
Gare de Lyon









* Please note that rooms will not be available before 17h00 on Sunday, March 12th.

From Geneva Train Station to Geneva Airport by train: 7 mn, every 15 minutes.

2) From Geneva Airport to La Thuile
Conference bus:
Departure from Geneva International Airport.
The meeting point at the arrival level at the desk "Accueil France International" (International Sector of Geneva airport - Tourism Information). The driver of the bus will meet you there 15 minutes before departure.
On Sunday, March 12th: . the first bus will leave at 13 h 30
. the second bus will leave at 15 h 30
Do not forget that you may need a transit visa going through Switzerland to Italy via France.

Return Conference buses are scheduled to leave La Thuile on Saturday, March 18th at 12 h 30 sharp (after lunch) and will reach Geneva airport and railway station around 16 h 00, depending on the traffic.
An early bus is also foreseen to leave La Thuile in the morning (8 h 30) and reach Geneva airport and railway station at 12h00.

The price for a private taxi from La Thuile to Geneva Airport is approximately 295 euros for one person.

3. Transfer to and from Milan Airport: Malpensa Only on Saturdays and Sundays (shuttle departure time depending of the other passengers).
Cost: 50 euros one way - (information: info@thuile.it)
Reservation at the hotel 5 full working days prior to departure: communicate at the hotel reception your name and surname, your mobile phone number, the number of passengers using the transfer, the flight number and arrival time in Milan Malpensa. Meeting point: Terminal 1 (seating area between Exit A and Exit B, near the "Marco's shop").

The price of a private taxi from La Thuile to Milan Airport is approximately 425 euros for one person.

4. By car (map)
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 turn right direction to La Thuile via Strata Statale Valle d'Aosta (10 km). If chains are necessary, the sooner you put them on, the better is. In La Thuile, the temperature can easily go down under 0 C: make sure you have sufficient antifreeze.
1. Ski and boot rental is available at the Hotel.
2. If you fly to Geneva or Milan airports and your luggage is missing on your arrival, when making your claim, ask for your luggage to be forwarded to you to Hotel Planibel in La Thuile.

Please note that your reply to the program committee member who sent you the invitation is not considered as a registration. Registration for your attendance to the workshop and hotel reservation will only be made on receipt of the registration form.
Please return your registration form as soon as possible. If it is not received by January 15th, 2006 (to be confirmed), we may not be able to get hotel reservation for you.


Elizabeth Hautefeuille
Rencontres de Moriond
BP 33 - 104 avenue du general Leclerc
F - 91192 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex
Phone: 33 (0)1 69 29 05 50
Fax: 33 (0)1 69 28 86 59
Email: elizabeth.hautefeuille AT th.u-psud.fr
Chair: Laurence.Tresse AT oamp.fr Phone: +33 491 05 69 34
Co-chair: Sophie.Maurogordato AT obs-nice.fr Phone: +33 492 00 31 50