The purpose of the Rencontres de Moriond is to discuss recent findings and new ideas in physics in a pleasant, relaxed and convivial atmosphere. The meeting is intended to promote fruitful collaboration between various communities and institutes by bringing together a small number of scientists in inspiring surroundings. At the Rencontres:
- theoreticians meet experimentalists.
- young scientists at the post-doctoral level meet more senior researchers and discuss all the presented results with them.
Some priority is given to young scientists to orally present and defend their own work. The Rencontres are recognised as an excellent training opportunity as well as an opportunity for young scientists to integrate into the physics community.

Each year several sessions are organized concerning different domains such as Electroweak, QCD, Cosmology, Gravitation, Astroparticle or Nanophysics.