The XLIst Rencontres de Moriond will be held in La Thuile , Italy, from Saturday March 18th to Saturday March 25th 2006. It will be devoted to Cosmology: Contents and Structures of the Universe.

La Thuile is a is a pleasant winter sport resort located 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 (this is certainly the case for Russian and Korean participants).

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, particle physics and 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.


1. Program Committee

R. Ansari (Orsay), M. Bucher (Orsay), C. Canizares (MIT), J. Dumarchez (Paris), K. Ganga (Paris), Y. Giraud-Héraud (Paris), D. Langlois (Paris), C. Magneville (Saclay), P. Petitjean (Paris), J. Rich (Saclay), J. Trân Thanh Vân (Orsay).


2. Program

The topics which will be discussed include:

3. Contributions

The detailed program of the meeting will be established according to the latest experimental and theoretical results at the time of the meeting. Participants who wish to present new results are requested to send an abstract of their proposed presentation through the Contribution Form to the organizing committee as soon as possible (before January 31st 2006 at the latest). Due to the limited time available, 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. Hence all participants are expected to play an active role during the entire meeting. Please remember that we make a special effort to bring together theorists and experimenters: theoretical talks should be prepared with experimenters in the audience in mind, and experimental talks should likewise be aimed at theorists. Further information can be obtained from:
Réza Ansari : LAL Univ. Paris Sud Bât 200 F-91898 Orsay
E-mail: ansari@lal.in2p3.fr

Proceedings of the conference will be published. Instructions will be distributed during the Rencontres. Deadline for contributions will be May 15th 2006.



1. Workshop schedule

The workshop will begin on Saturday March 18th 2006 at 18h00 and will end on Saturday 25th, at 11h 30. For the other days, working hours will be: 8h30 - 11h30 and 16h30 - 20h30.

2. Conference facilities

The following equipment will be available: a projector for computer presentations, and an overhead projector for transparencies. 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 on a USB flash memory).

3. Transparencies

The transparencies will be posted on the web just after the conference, in their original format (.ppt, .pdf, .ps, .doc) or only in .pdf if requested.

4. Conference Fee

The conference fee for participants is 340 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 for conference fee payments but are accepted for the hotel bill (See below)..

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 525 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 December 15th, 2005.

For accompanying members, the costs are as follows:
- 525 Euros per adult
- 394 euros per child (6 - 8 years old)
- 262 euros per child (3 - 5 years old)
It may not be possible to find accommodation for your family if you have not requested it by December 31st, 2005.

Important notice: Hotel reservations are made for the whole session: i.e. from the evening of Saturday March 18th to the morning of Saturday March 25th (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. 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. Accommodation grants :

Partial support from the European Union "Marie Curie" Program is available for a limited number of scientists:

Member states presently are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Associated states are: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Please send your application to the secretariat before January 31st 2006.

7. Travel

1) From Paris to Geneva by train (TGV)

Please note that reservations are compulsory for TGV trains.

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

Train Schedule

March 18, 2006

March 25, 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 18h00 on Saturday, March 18th.

2) From Geneva Airport to La Thuile

a) Conference bus

Departure from Geneva International Airport on Saturday March 18th.
The meeting point is on the arrival level at the desk Accueil France International (International Sector of Geneva airport - Tourist Information), which you will find just after passing passport control. The driver of the bus will meet you there 15 minutes before departure.

On saturday, March 18th

Please note that, depending on your country of origin, you may need a transit visa to go through Switzerland on the way to Italy (if in doubt, check with your travel agent or consular service.)

Return conference buses are scheduled to leave La Thuile on Saturday, March 25th at 12h30 sharp (after lunch) and will reach Geneva airport and railway station around 16h00, 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. In La Thuile, the temperature can easily go down under 0 C: make sure you have sufficient antifreeze.

The price for a taxi from La Thuile to Geneva Airport is approximately 295 euros for one person and 90 euros for a grouped shuttle (www.ats-italy.net).

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.

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 (paper or web).




Please return your registration form as soon as possible !

If it is not received by January 31st, 2006,
we may not be able to get hotel reservation for you.