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Eleventh TRR33 Winter School
Passo del Tonale (Italy) 10 - 16 December 2017



Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), Anthony Challinor, University of Cambridge

Gravitational Waves, Tanja Hinderer, Nijmegen University

Statistics in Cosmology, Emille Ishida, Université Blaise Pascal

Dark Energy and Modified Gravity, Kazuya Koyama, University of Portsmouth

Dark Matter, Stefano Profumo, University of California

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, 2015 and 2016.

Scheduleclick to show

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 - 09:50 Speed Meetings Profumo
Dark Matter I
Gravitational Waves II
Statistics in Cosmology IV
Free morning
10:00 - 10:50 Challinor
Dark Energy II
Statistics in Cosmology III
Gravitational Waves III
Free morning
  Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Free morning
11:20 - 12:10 Hinderer
Gravitational Waves I
Working Group Setup Challinor
Dark Matter III
Free morning
14:00 - 14:50 Afternoon Break Afternoon Break Afternoon Break Afternoon Break CV Feedback
15:00 - 15:50 Afternoon Break Afternoon Break Afternoon Break Afternoon Break CV Feedback
16:00 - 16:50 Afternoon Break Afternoon Break Afternoon Break Afternoon Break Koyama
Dark Energy IV
17:00 - 17:50 Koyama
Dark Energy I
Statistics in Cosmology II
Dark Matter II
Working Groups Hinderer
Gravitational Waves IV
18:00 - 18:50 Ishida
Statistics in Cosmology I
Dark Energy III
Working Groups Profumo
Dark Matter IV
19:30 - 21:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Regional Dinner Dinner
21:00 - 22:00   Poster Session Discussion session
with all speakers
(Including talk by Frank Könnig)
Regional Dinner  

CV Feedback

In this session, students have the opportunity to bring their CV and get individual feedback (a one to one conversation, rather than in front of everyone) from speakers and organisers. Students rotate every 5 minutes and, depending on the number of applicants, will be able to discuss with one or more advisors. Requirements: the student needs to check the appropriate box within the registration form; the student willing to take part needs to bring a printed copy of the CV to the school. If time permits, the students can also bring a full sample of application (including research plan or cover letter).

Working groups

The activity aims at stimulating discussion and collaborative "research" among the participant guided by the lecturers. There will be two parts: one setup and one proper discussion session.

During the setup, each of the lecturers will form its group and propose a question that the students will have to develop among them. During the proper working group, the question be analysed further under the supervision of the lecturers.

There will be four groups: Dark Matter, Dark Energy/Modified Gravity, Statistics in Cosmology and Gravitational Waves. The participants will be divided among themselves according to the preferences they have expressed at the time of registration.

Informationclick to show

Registration & fees

The registration deadline is 1st of October 2017. Register using the *registration form* below. Please note that we will accept a limited number of participants (40).

There is a registration fee of ¤80 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, 2017.


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 10th. 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 Saturday, Dec 16th, there will be a bus transfer Tonale-Trento, arriving at the train station at about 11am.

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 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:

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 Deutsche 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.

Lecture notes

The lecture notes for this school and any supplementary material should be available at a later stage on a private link.

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: 55 ¤
  • 3 days: 62 ¤
  • 4 days: 68 ¤
  • 5 days: 75 ¤
valid for Tonale, Ponte di Legno and Temů (100km paths). These prices are guaranteed only if you subscribe in advance so that we can add you to the list. Please note that the skipass does not include the rent of the skiing material. You will have to pay for this separately.

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;

  • There 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 Saturday 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:



Current status:
Master student
PhD student
Invited Speaker

Name of supervisor:

Topics of research:

Start date of PhD:

Have you participated in previous TransRegio Winter School in Tonale:

How many times have you participated?


If you wish to present a poster at the school, please introduce the title here:

CV Feedback

Please indicate if you want to participate in the "CV Feedback" session. If yes, please remember to bring a printed copy of your CV.

CV Feedback:

Working Groups

If you wish to participate in the Working Groups, please indicate, by order of preference, your two topics of choice. You can choose between: Gravitational Waves; Statistics in Cosmology; Dark Matter; Dark Energy/Modified Gravity.

1st Topic:

2nd Topic:


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 Other

If you know someone you would like to suggest as a roommate, please indicate it below:

Suggested roommate:


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.

Please indicate below if you have any diet intolerances or special requirements.

Would you be interested in a skiing course? Please note that you will have to pay the renting of the skiing material separately.

No Yes, Beginner Yes, Intermediate

Code of Conduct

Please take a moment to read the Tonale 2017 Winter School Code of Conduct, and tick the box below afterwards.

I have read and accept the Tonale 2017 Code of Conduct

Organizing committee

Dario Bettoni, Caroline Heneka, Nelson Lima, Valeria Pettorino, Javier Rubio.


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