Exploring the Universe
Contents and Structures of the Universe



The XXXIXth Moriond Workshop will be held in La Thuile , Italy, from Sunday March 28th to Sunday April 4th, 2004 It will be devoted to Exploring the Universe - Contents and Structures of the Universe.

La Thuile is a is a pleasant winter sports resort located 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 may need a transit visa, coming through Switzerland to Italy.

Postal address of the meeting:

Rencontres de Moriond
Planibel Hotel - La Thuile
Valle d'Aosta
11016 La Thuile (Aosta)
Phone: 39 (0)1 65 88 45 41
Fax: 39 (0)1 65 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 cosmology 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.


1. Program Committee

R. Ansari (Orsay), J. G. Bartlett (Paris), S. Carroll (Chicago), J. Dumarchez (Paris), Y. Giraud-Héraud (Paris), D. Langlois (Paris), C. Magneville (Saclay), Y. Mellier (Paris), P. Rosati (ESO), J. Trân Thanh Vân (Orsay), M. Treyer (Marseille).


2. Program

The topics which will be discussed include:

3. Contributions

The detailed program of the meeting will be circulated at a later date. Participants who wish to present new results are requested to send an abstract of their proposed presentation through the Contribution Form to Yannick Giraud-Héraud ( as soon as possible (before January 31st 2004 at the latest). Due to limitation of time, only a restricted number of talks can be accepted. According to the tradition of the Rencontres de Moriond, a large amount of time will be reserved for both organized and spontaneous discussions.

Proceedings of the conference will be published. Instructions will be distributed during the Rencontres. Deadline for contributions will be June 30th 2004.



1. Workshop schedule

The workshop will begin on Sunday March 28th 2004 at 18 h 00 and will end on Sunday April 4th, at 12 h 30. For the other days, working hours will be: 8 h 30 - 1l h 30 and 16 h 30 - 20 h 30.

2. Conference facilities

The following equipment will be available: a slide projector for 5cm x 5cm slides, an overhead projector for transparencies and a projector for computer presentations. Speakers can bring their presentations on their laptops (while the compatibility of such devices has improved recently, we ask you to bring a back up copy for overhead projector).

3. Transparencies

In order to make transparencies of the conference available on the web, speakers who have their talks in file format (Powerpoint, PDS, Postscript, HTML...) are invited to send them by email to :

Speakers are requested to bring a good photocopy of the transparencies of their talk. This copy will be kept for display and used for preparing the summary talk.

4. Conference Fee

The conference fee for participants is 330 Euros. It will cover the cost of the copy of the proceedings and the cost of all social events.

Payment can be made:

Please avoid cash payment if possible.

Credit cards are not accepted.

5. Accommodation

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 504 Euros (double occupancy). It will be difficult to obtain single rooms. Only a few will be available at an additional cost of 140 Euros. Single rooms should be reserved before January 15th, 2004.

For accompanying members, the costs are as follows:
- 504 Euros per adult
- 378 euros per child (6 -10 years old)
- 252 euros per child (4 - 6 years old)
It will not be possible to find accommodation for your family if you have not requested it by January 31st, 2004.

Important notice: Hotel reservations are made for the whole duration of the workshop i.e. from the evening of Sunday, March 28th to the morning of Sunday, April 4th (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 29th, 2004. 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.

6. Funding :

Partial support may be available for a limited number of young scientists (up to 35 years) who are nationals of a european union member state or an associated state. Please send your application form before January 31st 2004.

Please send your application before January 31, 2004 to:

J. Tran Thanh Van, Rencontres de Moriond, Université de Paris-Sud, LPT, Bat. 210,
91405 Orsay Cédex, France, Fax: 33 (0)1 69 15 82 87,
with a copy to Elizabeth Hautefeuille  at

7. Travel

More detailed information will be communicated later.

1) From Paris to Geneva by train (TGV)

Please note that reservations are compulsory for TGV trains.

2) From Geneva Airoport to La Thuile

a) Conference bus

departure from Geneva International Airport on Sunday, March 28th: the bus will leave at 13 h 30.

Return conference buses are scheduled to leave La Thuile on Sunday, April 4th at 12 h 30 sharp (after lunch) and will reach Geneva airport and then CERN (if requested) around 17h00, depending on the traffic.

b) By car

La Thuile can be easily reached by car from France: 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 Strada Statale Valle d'Aosta (10 km). If chains are necessary, the sooner you put them on, the better.



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 31st, 2004,
we may not be able to get hotel reservation for you.