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Sixth TRR33 Winter School
Passo del Tonale (Italy) 9 - 14 December 2012


Overview Lectures

Peter Coles, Cardiff University

In depth topics

Dark Matter, Marco Cirelli, IPT, Saclay and Particle Theory, CERN
The Universe through the 21-cm line, Jonathan Pritchard, Imperial College London
Large-Scale Structure and Dark Energy, Yvonne Wong, RWTH Aachen

Slides are available here.

Aim of the schoolclick to show

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

The school is part of a series, and was previously organized in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Preliminary Scheduleclick to show

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lectures 8:30 - 9:20
Coles I
8:30 - 9:20
Cirelli I
8:30 - 9:20
Wong III
8:30 - 9:20
Cirelli IV
8:30 - 9:20
Pritchard V
Lectures 9:30 - 10:20
Wong I
9:30 - 10:20
Pritchard II
9:30 - 10:20
Cirelli III
9:30 - 10:20
Coles V
9:30 - 10:20
Coles VI
  Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Departure
Lectures 11:00 - 11:50
Pritchard I
11:00 - 11:50
Coles III
11:00 - 11:50
Pritchard III
11:00 - 11:50
Wong V
  Break Break Break Break  
  Break Break Break Break  
Lectures 17:00 - 17:50
Coles II
17:00 - 17:50
Cirelli II
17:00 - 17:50
Wong IV
17:00 - 17:50
Cirelli V
Lectures 18:00 - 18:50
Wong II
18:00 - 18:50
Coles IV
18:00 - 18:50
Pritchard IV
18:00 - 18:50
Student Talks
  21:00 (Students Talks) 21:00 (Students Talks) 21:00 Discussion Panel @ Bar    

Informationclick to show

Registration & fees

The registration deadline was on 20 September 2012. We have filled all the available spaces and will announce the participants list shortly.

There is 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 an official invitation letter, we recommend you to contact us as soon as you have confirmation of acceptance and definitely before 1st October 2012.


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: ¤45 per person per day (half board)
    full board supplement: ¤8 per day

  • Wi-Fi access will be available in the hotel lobby and lounge/bar although it can be somewhat unreliable. 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 each.

Travel information

Suggested solutions

We will provide a bus from Trento train station to Tonale at about 7pm on Sunday, Dec 9th. Please 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 14th, 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 Malč (you can buy the ticket at the station).
  • From Malč take a bus to Tonale (the bus stop is outside Malč station, the ticket can be bought at the station). Malč is 30 km from Tonale.

Please check the time schedule of the train and bus between Trento and Malč:

* Train timetable Trento - Malč

* Bus timetable Malč > Tonale

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 at Trenitalia or Duetsche Bahn.

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 at Trenitalia or Deutsche Bahn.

Organizing committee

Valerio Marra, Valeria Pettorino, Ignacy Sawicki, Wessel Valkenburg, Georg Wolschin.


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 four-day skipass for the following prices:


  • 1 day: ¤ 31,00
  • 2 days: ¤ 59,00
  • 3 days: ¤ 79,00
  • 4 days: ¤ 99,00
  • 5 days: ¤ 115,00
valid for Tonale, Ponte di Legno and Temů (100km paths). If we can collect more than 20 skipass we can get a higher discount.

Alternatively, FREESKi is a skipass valid for the entire area of Dolomiti di Brenta, including Madonna di Campiglio, Folgarida-Marilleva, Andalo-Molveno and Pejo (prices around 95-115 euro for 4-6 days).

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 (located next to the conference hall).

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

  • Nightly snowshoeshike by moonlight with an alpine guide who explains the starry sky, the nature and history of the region. Price per person with minimum 10 person is ¤15,00 instead of 20,00 including snowshoes and headlight hire and accompanying of an alpine guide. For information and reservation or at the Tourist 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 in Passo Tonale, near hotel Dolomiti (17 euro – 10 minutes, 22 euro – 15 minutes, 28 euro – 20 minutes). There are also organized snowmobile rides with wonderful panoramic views, starting at 5 pm circa. The cost of this service is 75 euro (for 2 people) and it lasts about 1 hour. Finally you can have the opportunity to have dinner in a hut / restaurant (La Mirandola or La Baracca); this activity starts at 7 pm and costs 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 Passo del Tonale, 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.

Weather forecast:

List of participantsclick to show

Vicente Atal Leiden Universiteit
Joschka Beyer ITP, Heidelberg
Krzysztof Bolejko The University of Sydney
Emer Brady ITP, Heidelberg
Santiago Casas ITP, Heidelberg
Kunting Chua Harvard University
Christopher Crowe Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Darko Donevski University of Novi Sad
Damian Ejlli INFN Ferrara
Kieran Finn Oxford University
Noemi Frusciante SISSA
Dominik Gangkofner Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Alexander Gelsin ITA, Heidelberg
Jan Niklas Grieb Max-Planck Insitute for Extraterrestrial Physics
Max Grönke University of Oslo
Pietro Guarato University of Geneva
Caroline Heneka ITP, Heidelberg
Tobias Henz ITP, Heidelberg
Alvaro Iribarrem European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Ivan Ivanitskiy Lomonosov Moscow State University
Mikhail Ivanov Lomonosov Moscow State University & Institute for Nuclear Research RAS
Alexander Jost RWTH Aachen
Natallia Karpenka Stockholm University
Alexey Levin Lomonosov Moscow State University
Andrej Obuljen University of Belgrade
Malak Olamaie University of Cambridge
Pablo Ortiz Instituut-Lorentz / NIKHEF
Alexandros Papageorgiou Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Ajinkya Patil Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Yvette Perrott University of Cambridge
Ksenia Ptitsyna Lomonosov Moscow State University
Salvador Salazar Albornoz MPE
Carlos Sanchez Alonso IFAE Barcelona
Petr Satunin Institute for Nuclear Research, Moscow
Adam Solomon DAMTP, University of Cambridge
Anna Tokareva Lomonosov Moscow State University
Dimitar Vlaykov University of Goettingen
Victoria Volkova Lomonosov Moscow State University
Tatiana Volkova Samara State University
Michael Wilson University of Edinburgh
Philipp Wullstein Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
Jaewon Yoo Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich

Registration Formclick to show

IMPORTANT NOTICE: WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT A MAXIMUM OF 40 PARTICIPANTS. We will confirm whether you have been accepted or not shortly after the deadline.

Personal Information

First name*:

Last name*:



Name of supervisor:

Topics of research:

Current status:
Master student
PhD student

Start date of PhD:

Participated in previous TransRegio Winter School in Tonale:

* will be displayed in list of registrants


Italian visa required:

Bus Transfer Trento-Tonale

Note: the cost of the bus transfer is not included in the registration fee.

Transfer at arrival, Trento to Tonale, leaving Trento train station in the evening on Sunday 9 December (more information to come):

I would like to use the bus transfer:

Transfer at departure, Tonale-Trento, leaving Tonale after the end of the school on the morning of Friday 14 December arriving in Trento at about 13h00 (more information to come):

I would like to use the bus transfer:


All accommodation is in shared double rooms. If you do not provide a name for a suggested room-mate, we will allocate someone of the same gender as you.

Gender: Female Male


If you are skiing and have full board, the hotel will be able to prepare a packed lunch for you instead of the sit-down lunch.

Half Full

Suggested roommate:


Only if you are a student and would like to give a brief presentation about your work:
Title of your talk:


You can always contact us at with any questions or if you have trouble using the registration form.
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