Conference Poster 

Sponsored by:

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

Scientific programme committee

Étienne Augé, Orsay Univ., France
Ludwik Celnikier, Obs. de Paris, France
Jodi Ann Cooley-Sekula, SMU, Dallas, USA
Jacques Dumarchez, LPNHE, France
Yannick Giraud-Héraud, APC, France
Karl Jakobs, Uni-Freiburg, Germany
Christophe Grojean, CERN, Switzerland
Sotiris Loucatos, CEA, France
Boaz Klima, FNAL, USA
Thomas Lohse, Humboldt Univ., Germany
Silvia Pascoli, Univ. of Durham, UK
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 talks. 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 26th meeting in this series of annual international multidisciplinary meetings, created in 1989 by Jean Trân Thanh Vân 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 two major new experimental and observational facilities which have already delivered important results:
- the PLANCK satellite

Topics will include:
- the Standard Model in particle physics, in new data and analyses
- the characterization of 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 25th Rencontres de Blois in 2013, in front of the Gaston d'Orléans wing of the Château de Blois.

You may download a higher resolution copy of this photograph by clicking here.

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