Conference Poster 

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Sponsored by:

Conseil Régional de la Région Centre,
Ministère de la Recherche,
Ville de Blois.

Scientific programme committee

Etienne Augé, IN2P3 Paris,France
Ludwik Celnikier, Obs. de Paris, France
Jacques Dumarchez, LPNHE, France
Yannic Giraud-Héraud, APC, France
Karl Jakobs, Uni-Freiburg, Germany
Christophe Grojean, CERN
Sotiris Loucatos, CEA, France
Boaz Klima, FNAL, USA
Thomas Lohse, Humboldt Univ. , Germany
Bolek Pietrzyk, LAPP, Annecy, France
Elizabeth Simmons, Michigan State U., USA
Chung-I Tan, Brown University, USA
Jean Trân Thanh Vân, Orsay Univ., France


This is an announcement and call for papers for an international conference which will be held in the Château of Blois, in France's Loire Valley.

Particle Physics and Cosmology will emphasize the increasing interplay between high energy accelerator based physics and cosmology.

The conference will consist of plenary sessions for invited in depth oral presentations (review talks and talks on specific specialised topics), and contributed papers, in the form of relatively short oral papers or posters. We will aim to achieve a balance between review talks, provocative talks given by recognized specialists, and shorter contributions, special emphasis being placed on active participation by younger researchers and post-docs. Parallel sessions are foreseen, and are being organised as the need arises.

This will be the 24th meeting in this series of annual international multidisciplinary meetings, created in 1989 by Jean Tran Thân Van and which has in the past covered many topics in physics, astronomy and biology. All sessions take place in the Château of Blois, a beautiful renaissance castle which has housed many French kings, and notably François 1st. Meals are served in the castle to all participants, in order to encourage interaction between scientists at all levels. Participation is limited to about 150 persons.

The web site for last year's meeting is at

The meeting will be articulated around the results and their impact on current theories from the three major new experimental and observational facilities which are coming on line or have recently been commissioned:
- the PLANCK satellite
- the HERSCHEL satellite

Topics will include:
- the Standard Model in particle physics, in new data and analyses
- the search for the Higgs boson
- theories of and searches for physics beyond the Standard Model
- heavy flavour physics
- neutrino physics (astrophysical and laboratory)
- dark matter, dark energy and recent advances in cosmology.

The detailed scientific programme is currently under development; if you urgently need information which is currently not available on this site, you may contact Boaz Klima, at the email address:

This site will be updated regularly, as new information becomes available. Please login regularly.


For administrative and organizational questions, you may contact the conference secretary, Ms Hady Schenten:
Ms Hady Schenten
Rencontres de Blois
BP 33, F-91192
Gif sur Yvette

Tel : 33 (0)1 69 28 51 35; Fax : 33 (0)1 69288659


Participants at the 23rd Rencontres de Blois in 2011, in front of the Gaston d'Orléans wing of the Château de Blois.

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