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Fifth TRR33 Winter School

Passo del Tonale (Italy) 4 - 9 December 2011

Aim of the school

The school will cover topics relevant to the research topics of the TRR33 network, ranging from observational to theoretical subjects. The aim is to bring together observation and theory: "Theory for Observers & Observations for Theorists".

The poster announcing the school is here.

Previous schools: information about previous editions of the school is available here (2007), here (2008), here (2009) and here (2010).


Overview Lectures

Jean-Philippe Uzan, IAP, Paris

Theoretical Lectures

LHC Physics, Laura Covi, Göttingen University
Modified Gravity, Kazuya Koyama, ICG, Portsmouth

Observational Lectures

Large-Scale Structure, Tamara Davis, University of Queensland
CMB, Joanna Dunkley, Oxford Astrophysics

Slides of the lectures

The slides of the lectures can be found can be found here.


Registration & fees

The registrations are now closed.

We have finalised the list of participants. You can find it here.

There will be a registration fee of ¤60 per person, to be paid by bank transfer to the school's account upon confirmation of acceptance. We will send the appropriate details at that stage.

If you need a visa to attend the school and require documents from the organization, we recommend that you contact us as soon as you have confirmation of acceptance and definitely before 1st October 2011.

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TRR-33 members:

  • The TRR-33 will cover all travel expenses including the hotel and the registration fee, through the normal TRR33 travel funding of your group: ask your PI for permission
  • TRR-33 will NOT cover the food & beverage expenses (outside the hotel) because of DFG regulations. The only possibility for reimbursement of these expenses is through your local institute (university) funds. Ask your PI!

Non-TRR-33 participants:

  • Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide financial support to students this year. Please arrange for your own funding through your institution.

Location & accommodation

The school will take place in Passo del Tonale, Italy.


PLEASE NOTE that participants will be grouped in double rooms. No single rooms are available. You DO NOT have to book by yourself as we have already arranged for the rooms.

  • Prices:
    Double: ¤43,00 per person per day (half board)
    full board supplement: ¤8,00 per day

  • Wi-Fi access will be available in the hotel lobby and lounge/bar. One card with five hours of internet access will be included in the participation fee. Further cards will be available for purchase at the hotel for ¤5,00 each.

Travel information

Suggested solutions

We will provide a bus from Trento train station to Tonale at about 7pm on Sunday, Dec 4th. Please try to arrive by 18:30 if you intend to use the bus and wait inside Trento main station (look for the TRR33 Winterschool sign). If your train/flight is delayed please contact the organizers.

You can reach Trento by train from Verona (about 1h), Venezia Marco Polo (about 2.30 h), or Innsbruck (about 3h). After the school on Friday, Dec 9th, there will be a bus transfer Tonale-Trento, arriving at the train station at about 1pm.

NOTE: the cost of the bus transfer is NOT included in the registration fee. The actual cost will depend on how many people request the bus transfer, but should come to approximately ¤20. This will be payable together with the participation fee upon your being accepted.

If you miss the bus or you arrive on a different day, you can reach Tonale from Trento in this way:

  • Close to Trento FSS Station, there is the Trentino Trasporti Station (very close, just beside): take a little train from Trento to Malè (you can buy the ticket at the station).
  • From Malè take a bus to Tonale (the bus stop is outside Malè station, the ticket can be bought at the station). Malè is 30 km from Tonale.
  • Some busses to Tonale only run after 8/12/11 (comment "3" on the timetables). This means that you may only be able to get as far as Vermiglio (10 km from Tonale). In that case take a taxi from the station there.

PLEASE CHECK THE TIME SCHEDULE of the train Trento-Malè and bus Malè-Trento here:

* Trento-Male.pdf: Train timetable Trento > Malè

* Male-Tonale.pdf: Bus timetable Malè > Tonale

* Tonale-Male.pdf: Bus timetable Tonale > Malè

* Male-Trento.pdf: Train timetable Malè > Trento

Note that a taxi Trento - Tonale directly is quite expensive (~¤130-150).

In order to find the most convenient connections to Venezia Marco Polo, Verona or Innsbruck you can visit the websites:,

You can then check the railway connections between the airports and Trento here or here.

By plane: The nearest airports are:

  • Orio al Serio, Milano-Bergamo, about 130 km from Tonale,
  • Brescia Montichiari, about 140 km from Tonale,
  • Verona Valerio Catullo, about 160 km from Tonale,
  • Innsbruck (Austria), about 180 km from Tonale,
  • Milano Linate, about 200 km from Tonale,
  • Venezia Marco Polo about 325 km from Tonale.

By car:

  • Both from south or north, take road SS12 `del Brennero' or motorway A22 until San Michele all'Adige.
  • From there (80 km to Passo del Tonale) take road SS43 and then SS42 direction Passo del Tonale;
  • From east/west: take the motorway A4 Milano-Venezia until Ospitaletto.
  • Then follow Lago d'Iseo - Valle Camonica;
  • In alternative, motorway A4 Milano-Venezia until Seriate direction SS42, follow Lovere - Valle Camonica.

By train:

  • It is easy to reach Trento by train from Northern Italy, Austria, and Southern Germany. Check the railway connections here or here.

Organizing committee

Marco Baldi, Angela Lepidi, Valerio Marra, Valeria Pettorino, Ignacy Sawicki, Wessel Valkenburg, Georg Wolschin.



  • There will be a coherent series of lectures, from the basics to the details of each subject.
  • One general overview lecture series, two observationally-oriented and two theoretical lecture series
  • 24 hours of lectures + ~2 hour discussion panel:
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lectures 8:30 - 9:20
Uzan I
8:30 - 9:20
Dunkley III
8:30 - 9:20
Koyama II
8:30 - 9:20
Covi IV
8:30 - 9:20
Davis IV
Lectures 9:30 - 10:20
Dunkley I
9:30 - 10:20
Davis I
9:30 - 10:20
Covi III
9:30 - 10:20
Uzan V
9:30 - 10:20
Koyama IV
  Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Departure
Lectures 11:00 - 11:50
Covi I
11:00 - 11:50
Uzan III
11:00 - 11:50
Davis II
11:00 - 11:50
Koyama III
  Break Break Break Break  
  Break Break Break Break  
Lectures 17:00 - 17:50
Uzan II
17:00 - 17:50
Covi II
17:00 - 17:50
Dunkley IV
17:00 - 17:50
Davis III
Lectures 18:00 - 18:50
Dunkley II
18:00 - 18:50
Koyama I
18:00 - 18:50
Uzan IV
18:00 - 18:50
Student Talks
    21:00 Students Talks 21:00 Discussion Session    

Student Talks

There will be a special student session in which students will be given the possibility to give a short talk on the topic on which they are working. Should you be interested, please provide the title of your talk during registration process.

Please note that these talks are optional and reserved for students (graduate and PhD); should too many participants apply, we will carry out a selection process.

Skiing and other activities

If you would like to go skiing during the breaks, the hotel offers a five-day skipass for ¤88,00, which will allow access to the complete local ski area including Passo Tonale, Pontedilegno and Presena Glacier, for a total of 100 km of pistes.

If you choose the full-board catering, the hotel will be able to prepare a packed lunch for you instead of the sit-down meal, should you wish to take it with you to the mountain.

Link to the ski area

Link to a high-resolution ski map

Below you can also find more information on further activities available at Tonale. The following information was provided by Tonale tourist information centre.

  • Daily snowshoeshike with an alpine guide who explains the nature and history of our region. Price per person with min. 10 person ¤15,00 instead 20,00 including snowshoes hire and accompanying of alpine guide.

  • Nightly snowshoeshike by moonlight with an alpine guide who explain the starry sky, the nature and history of the region. Price per person with min. 10 person ¤15,00 instead 20,00 including snowshoes and headlight hire and accompanying of an alpine guide. For information and reservation or at our information office. (If enough people are interested we can organize a night excursion once there).

  • Sleddog: sledging hauled by husky dogs. Sleddog school organizes courses of 3 or 4 hours;

  • About the snowmobile, there is “Autofficina Veclani” that organizes a lot of activities. For example, you can use snowmobile in an equipped track here in Passo Tonale, near hotel Dolomiti( 17 euro – 10 minutes, 22 euro – 15 minutes, 28 euro – 20 minutes). There are also organized snowmobile ride along wonderful panoramic trip, starting at the 5 pm circa. The cost of this service is 75 euro(for 2 people) and the time that you expend to do it, is 1 hour. Finally you can have the opportunity to have dinner in a hut / restaurant (La Mirandola or La Baracca); for this activity you start al the 7 pm, paying 160 euro for 2 people. There is always a group leader that will teach you the better way to ride. You can have more information at or calling + 39 0364 91808.

  • The is a swimming pool near PassoTonale?, in Ponte di Legno(10km). It is open from Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm and on Saturnday and Sunday from 3 pm to 8 pm.

  • In Tonale there is a rink near Hotel Savoia, open daily from 10am to 11 pm.

-- ValeriaPettorino - 30 Nov 2011

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