16th - 22nd June 2002

Château de Blois (France)


Place and Date

The XIVth Rencontres de Blois, entitled «Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry» will be held at the Château Royal de Blois, France, from Sunday, June 16th, to Saturday, June 22nd, 2002.

The picturesque old French town of Blois, famous for its XIV-XVIIth century château, is about 170 km (100 miles) from Paris in the beautiful region of the «Châteaux de la Loire».

The Rencontres de Blois are international conferences, whose spirit is explicitly multidisciplinary. They have now been organized for a number of years in the city of Blois, in France, and have covered topics ranging from particle physics to chaos theory, life and planetary science. They are a mix of invited and contributed papers; posters are also very welcome. Young researchers are particularly encouraged to attend and for this purpose we have set aside funds to partially cover their participation.

Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry is the fourteenth of a series of Rencontres, the most recent ones have been Frontiers of Matter, held in the summer of 1999, Frontiers of Life, held in the summer of 2000 and , Frontiers of the Universe, held in the summer of 2001.

The conference will take place in the Château de Blois itself, an ancient Royal residence situated in one of the most charming regions of France; lunch and dinner are served in the castle to all participants; the conference format is designed to encourage discussion and cross-fertilization of ideas. Participants are expected to stay for the whole week.

Conference secretary

The address of the conference secretary is:

Mr. Christophe Node-Langlois , Rencontres de Blois, Blois2002 
B.P. 33, F-91192 Gif sur Yvette, France 
tel 33 (0)1 69 29 05 50; fax 33 (0)1 69 28 86 59 
email chrisnl@lal.in2p3.fr

When in session, the postal address of the conference is:

Rencontres de Blois
Château de Blois
41000 Blois, France

Welcome and Registration

Participants are expected to arrive on Sunday afternoon, June 16th. Registration at the conference office in the Château de Blois will start at 15:00 on Sunday, June 16th. A welcome cocktail will be offered to the participants and their families at 19:00. It will be followed by a dinner.

Conference Schedule

The conference will start on Monday, June 17th, at 9:00 and will end at 11:00 on Saturday, June 22nd, at 11:00. The conference room will be located at the Château Royal de Blois.

Conference Facilities

The following equipment will be available: a slide projector for 5 cm x 5 cm slides, an overhead-projector for transparencies and a beamer for video-presentations (but participants are expected to use their own laptops).


In order to make transparencies of the conference available on the web, speakers who have their talks in file format (Powerpoint, PDF, Postscript, HTML,...) are invited to send them by email to Renaud Le Gac at legac@in2p3.fr

Abstract submission form

Participants wishing to present their work orally in a parallel session or wishing to make a poster contribution should refer to the conference abstract submission form. For more information please have a look on the "program" pages.


The proceedings will be edited and published. Participants will receive a copy of the proceedings at no extra charge. The deadline for submitting the manuscript is October 1st, 2002. Instructions for submitting the manuscripts will be distributed at the conference and will be also available in the WEB pages from June 2002 on.

Registration Fee

The registration form is available on the registration page. The registration fee will amount to 300 Euros. Payment of the registration fee can be made:
- by personal check in euros to the order of Rencontres de Blois, sent to the conference secretariat or on arrival at the conference;
- by traveller's checks in euros or US dollars on arrival at the conference;
- by prepayment by bank transfer (remember to add 25 euros 25 US$ for bank fees) to the following account:

Rencontres de Blois - Banque Regionale de l'Ouest - Blois, France
Bank code 10528, Branch 00001, Account 01 002 57834G, Key 38
Swift code: CMCI FR22.

It will take one month for our account to be credited, so please have the bank transfer made before May 20th. In any case, bring proof of the transfer and give it to the conference secretariat during registration in Blois. Please, note that we are unable to accept credit card for registration payment.


Information is available on the Lodging paragraph.


In order to enhance the interactions and exchanges between participants, all participants are requested to have lunch and dinner together. The conference has asked a caterer to serve lunch and dinner in the Château de Blois. The package cost for 6 days is 240 euros and will be paid to the caterer on the conference site by cash or check to the order of "Traiteur Guillon". Please, note that this package cannot be reduced for partial attendance. The conference banquet will take place on Thursday, June 20th.

Social program

Several social activities are planned during the conference for participants, their families and guests:
- visits of the Châteaux de Blois et de Chenonceau;
- a "son et lumière" show at the Château de Blois;
- visit of the "Clos Lucé" museum;
- an additional program for the accompanying persons (cost not included in the above) will be organized in collaboration with the tourist office of Blois.


Information is available on the Travel paragraph.

Absolute Deadline for Registration: May 31th, 2002.

If you are unable to access or use our web based forms, or if you urgently need information which is not in the information bulletin, please inform the conference secretary by email at chrisnl@lal.in2p3.fr.



Manuscript for the proceedings of the Conference :
 To be sent before October 1st, 2002 :

  1. hardcopy to
            Claude Barthélemy
            Rencontres de Moriond
            LPT - Bât. 210
            91405 Orsay cedex

  2. PostScript (.ps) copy to
            Lydia Fayard : lyfayard@in2p3.fr
  3. electronic form to  Los Alamos preprint repository.
        Instructions and help for submition >>> here <<<.
        Remember to inform us of the submission number on Los Alamos

        Typing instructions
    Talk duration Number of pages
         40 mn up to 12 pages
    25 mn up to 8 pages
           15 mn up to 4 pages



Address of the hotel, map of Blois

Hotel accommodation will be available in 3 categories :

one star (*), two stars (**) and three stars (***), all rooms having either a shower or a bath.

Please fill in the electronic hotel reservation form (on this web site together with the registration form) and send it by email to chrisnl@lal.in2p3.fr or fax it to 33 (0)1 69 28 86 59.

Room reservations can only be guaranteed if your registration form has reached the conference secretariat by May 31th, 2002. We apologize in advance if it is not possible to reserve the hotel category corresponding to your request. We will acknowledge receipt of your reservation and the hotel category obtained for you.

Please note that hotel reservations at this reduced cost are made for the whole conference: i.e. from Sunday afternoon, June 16th, till the morning of the Saturday, June 22nd (lunch included). The total cost cannot be reduced in case of partial attendance. Cancellations of hotel reservations should be made before May 20th, 2002. After this date, the hotel will require full payment.


The most convenient way to reach Blois is to arrive in Paris and take a train (SNCF) from the Austerlitz railway station to Blois. The following train schedule is still preliminary. Please, check with your travel agency or by consulting www.voyages-sncf.com.

A bus shuttle will be organized at the arrival of some trains to Blois.

Sunday, June 16th 2002 Saturday, June 22nd 2002
Departure from Paris-Austerlitz Arrival in Blois Departure from Blois Arrival in Paris-Austerlitz
11 h 41 13 h 35 12 h 22 14 h 23
13 h 41 15 h 36 / shuttle 13 h 47 15 h 49
15 h 50 17 h 28 / shuttle 15 h 38  17 h 34 
17 h 03 18 h 57 17 h 29 18 h 59
17 h 36 19 h 02 / shuttle 18 h 00  19 h 59 
18 h 03 19 h 44 19 h 16  20 h 58 
18 h 33 20 h 17  21 h 20 23 h 20 
19 h 52 21 h 35    
20 h 53 22 h 27    
22 h 53 00 h 24    

Blois can easily be reached by car. Take the exit "Blois" on the Motorway ("autoroute'') A10 connecting Paris to the Châteaux de la Loire area (about 2 hours drive). Once in Blois, follow the signs "Centre Ville".


On line transparencies of the conference are on the address bellow:

For plenary session http://blois.in2p3.fr/2002/Slide.html
For parallel sessions http://blois.in2p3.fr/2002/SlidePS.html


Bulletin # 1