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Tenth TRR33 Winter School
Passo del Tonale (Italy) 11 - 16 December 2016

10th Year Edition


Overview Lectures

Luca Amendola, Institut für Theoretische Physik - University of Heidelberg

In depth topics

Inflation & CMB Polarization, Chris Byrnes, University of Sussex
Gravitational Waves, Chiara Caprini (Presented by Nicola Tamanini), Institut de Physique Théorique - CEA & CNRS Saclay
Large Scale Structure, Hendrik Hildebrandt, Argelander-Institut für Astronomie - University of Bonn
Statistics in Cosmology, Björn Malte Schäfer, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics - University of Heidelberg

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, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Preliminary Scheduleclick to show

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:30 - 09:20 Amendola Overview I Byrnes
Inflation & CMB Pol. II
CV feedback Tamanini
Gravitational Waves IV
09:30 - 10:20 Speed Meetings Amendola
Overview II
Inflation & CMB Pol. III
CV feedback Schaefer
Statistics in Cosmology III
  Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Departure
11:00 - 11:50 Tamanini
Gravitational Waves I
Overview IV
Statistics in Cosmology I
  Afternoon Break Afternoon Break Afternoon Break Afternoon Break
17:00 - 17:50 Hildebrandt
Gravitational Waves II
Inflation & CMB Pol. IV
18:00 - 18:50 Byrnes
Inflation & CMB Pol. I
Overview III
Gravitational Waves III
Statistics in Cosmology II
  Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  
21:00 - 22:00   Poster Session Regional Dinner Discussion session
with all speakers

Lecture Notesclick to show

Lecture Notes & Scripts

Under the following link you can find all Lecture Notes for this school, including codes and supplementary material. Please ask the organizers for the username and password, in case you haven't received it yet.

Informationclick to show

Registration & fees

The registration deadline is 15th October 2016. Register using the registration form below. Please note that we will accept a limited number of participants (40).

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 October 1st, 2016.


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: Student participants will be grouped in double rooms. There is no single room option. You don't have to book by yourself as we have already arranged for the rooms. Student participants will pay directly at the hotel. (Only those who require a VISA are asked to pay in advance).

  • Prices:
    Double room: ¤47 + ¤1 city tax (per person per day for the half board option)
    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.

Travel information

Suggested solutions

You can reach Trento by train from Verona (about 1h), Venezia Marco Polo (about 2.30 h), or Innsbruck (about 3h).

We will provide a bus from Trento train station to Tonale at about 7pm on Sunday, Dec 11th. 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.

After the school on Friday, Dec 16th, 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. You can pay this together with the participation fee.

If you miss the bus or arrive on a different day, you can reach Tonale 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.

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

Note that a taxi Trento - Tonale directly is quite expensive (~¤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 west:
    • Take the motorway A4 Milano-Venezia until Ospitaletto.
    • Then follow Lago d'Iseo - Valle Camonica (SS42), direction via Tonale della Mendola.
  • From east:
    • Take motorway A4 Milano-Venezia until Seriate
    • Take the SS42/via Nazionale, follow Lovere - Valle Camonica, direction via Tonale della Mendola.

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.

Skiing and other activities

If you would like to go skiing during the breaks, the hotel offers a skipass for the following prices:


  • 2 days: 50 ¤
  • 3 days: 58 ¤
  • 4 days: 65 ¤
  • 5 days: 72 ¤
valid for Tonale, Ponte di Legno and Temù (100km paths). These prices are guaranteed only if you subscribe in advance so that we can add you to the list.


  • 3 days: 82 ¤
  • 4 days: 93 ¤
  • 5 days: 100 ¤

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).

  • Nightly snowshoeshike by moonlight with an alpine guide who explains the starry sky, the nature and history of the region. For information and reservation

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

  • 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:

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:


Italian visa required:

Bus Transfer Trento-Tonale

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

Bus transfer to the hotel at arrival, from Trento to Tonale (more information to come):

I would like to use the arrival bus transfer:

Bus transfer at departure from the hotel, from Tonale to Trento, leaving Tonale after the end of the school on Friday (more information to come):

I would like to use the departure 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


Half Full

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.

Would you be interested in a skiing course?

No Yes, Beginner Yes, Intermediate

Suggested roommate:

Organizing committee

Yashar Akrami, Daniele Bertacca, Santiago Casas, Matteo Maturi, Ana Mikler, Valeria Pettorino, Emilio Romano-Díaz, Javier Rubio, Georg Wolschin.


-- SantiCasas
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