Conference Poster 

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Sponsored by:

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

Scientific programme committee

Ursula Bassler, France
Peter Biermann, Germany
Claude Canizares, USA
Ludwik Celnikier, France
Catherine Cesarsky, France
Jan Conrad, Sweden
Alina Donea, Australia
Jacques Dumarchez, France
Jean-Marie Frère, Belgium
Hartmut Gemecke, Germany
Yanick Giraud-Heraud, France
Nigel Glover, UK
Mario Greco, Italy
Patrice Hello, France
Boaz Klima, USA
Rocky Kolb, USA
Antoine Letessier-Selvon
Joe Silk, UK
Thierry Stolarczyk, France
Alexander Studenikin, Russia
Yoichiro Suzuki, Japan
Jean Tran Thanh Van, France
Yiping Wang, China


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.

Windows on the universe will emphasize that our current understanding of the Universe is intimately related to the wide variety of techniques, experimental, observational and theoretical, now available to study it. The year 2009 has been dubbed "World year of astronomy"; it is in fact the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of a telescope to study the sky, and also the 400th anniversary of the publication of Kepler's laws of planetary motion, which led ultimately to our understanding of gravitational forces.

Windows on the Universe will be organised around a number of basic themes, including:

  • The electromagnetic window
  • The gravitational window
  • The astroparticle window
  • Accelerator physics
  • Fundamental processes

    The conference will consist of plenary sessions for invited indepth 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. Parellel sessions are foreseen, and are being organised as the need arises.

    This will be the 20th anniversary of this series of international mulitidisciplinary meetings which have 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 detailed scientific programme is currently under development; if you urgently need information which is currently not available on this site, you may contact L. M. Celnikier, 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


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