XLIVth Rencontres de Moriond

La Thuile, Italy, February 1-8, 2009



The Rencontres de Moriond (Astroparticle session) will be held in La Thuile, Italy, from Sunday February 1st 2009 at 17h00 to Sunday February 8th 2009 at 11h30.

La Thuile is a pleasant winter resort located in the Italian Alps, at 1450 m. alt., about 120km away from Geneva. In addition to ski and related activities, Aosta valley provides as well nice walks.

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.

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 mails/phone-calls/fax with: 'To 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 is intended 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
  • a common laptop for presentations (speakers can also bring their presentations on their laptops, although this solution is less favored)
Speakers are requested to bring a copy of their talk on a USB flash memory: all talks will be dowloaded on a dedicated computer.
The presentations will be posted on the web just after the conference, in PDF format.
We will ask for your presentation just after your talk.
Proceedings of the conference will be published. Instructions will be given during the Rencontres. The deadline for the contributions will be April 15th 2009.
The conference fees for participants is 350 euros.
Payment should be made (by order of preference):
  • Before the conference by bank transfer in euros only (add 22 euros for bank fees) to the Moriond bank account :
    Banque Populaire Val de France, 3 rue Henri Amodru,
    91190 - Gif sur Yvette, France.
    Bank Code 18707,
    Branch No 00019,
    Account number 09521346453,
    Key 33,
    Swift code CCBPFRPPVER (Bank Identification code),
    IBAN number: FR 76 - 1870 - 7000 - 1909 - 5213 - 4645 - 333
    In this case, the transfer should clearly indicate your name to identify the payment. The copy of the bank transfer should imperatively be handed to the Moriond Secretary at the conference site.

  • On the conference site by personal checks or travellers' checks in euros to the order of "Rencontres de Moriond", handed to the conference secretary upon your arrival or within the first 2 days of the workshop.
    Please avoid cash payment if possible.
    Credit card are not accepted for conference fees payments but are accepted for the hotel bill
    (see below).
Housing will be in Hotel Planibel, La Thuile . Hotel Reservation is made by the Conference Secretariat. 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 approximately to 595 Euros (double occupancy). It may be difficult to obtain single rooms. Only a few will be available at an additional cost of 210 Euros. Single rooms should be reserved before January 1st, 2009.
For accompanying members, the costs are (approximately) as follows :
- 595 euros per adult
- 447 euros per child (6-8 years old)
- 298 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 january 1st, 2009.

Important notice : Hotel reservations are made for the whole session: i.e.
- from the evening of Sunday February 1st to Sunday February 8th noon (including lunch before departure of the conference bus to Geneva). (check out of the room before 10am)
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 January 10th, 2009. 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.

More detailed information will be communicated later.
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 : 7mn, every 15 mn.

2) From Geneva Airport to La Thuile
a) Conference bus :
Departure is from Geneva Airport (Swiss Sector):
MEETING POINT: At the arrival level, in front of your exit from customs, at the desk Accueil France International (Swiss Sector of Geneva Airport - Tourism Information). The driver (with the 'Rencontres de Moriond' Poster) will meet you there 15 minutes before departure.
Sunday February, 1st:
1 bus at 13:30
1 bus at 14:30
1 bus at 15:30
(time schedule to be confirmed: please check again on the web site few days before leaving)

Return conference buses are scheduled to leave La Thuile on Sunday, February 8th at 12h30 sharp (after lunch) and will reach Geneva railway station and airport and then CERN (if requested) around 17h00, depending on the traffic.

a bis) From Geneva airport to Chamonix by a regular bus (40,00 euros one way ticket, duration 1:30), then from Chamonix to La Thuile by taxi (approximate cost: 100 euros)

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 (10km). If chains are necessary, the sooner you put them on, the better.

3) From Milano Malpensa Airport to La Thuile :
Shuttles only on Saturday and Sunday. Reservation shall be made directly at the hotel, 6 full days prior to departure, giving exact name and surname, number of flight and time of arrival and departure. More informations will be given here when available.
4) Through Airport Transfer Service (http://www.a-t-s.net/) :
Valid from Milano or Geneva: 88 Euros in shared transfers (the price per person is reduced with the number of persons)
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 1st, 2009 we may not be able to get hotel reservation for you.

The conference secretary will be pleased to give you further information.
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