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Nonlinear Cosmology Programme 2003 (NCP2003)
Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Nice, France, May 15 to September 15, 2003.
This is a very informal theoretical cosmology programme to be attended by cosmologists and specialists in nonlinear dynamics (physicists and mathematicians). Generally the programme is devoted to questions in cosmology for which the use of recent advances in nonlinear dynamics is expected to play a crucial role. Among the possible topics the following two may be stressed:
List of participants
The emails are given with a French-flavoured anti-spam precaution: AROBASQUE stands for the "at" sign, and POINT means just "dot".
Local telephone numbers in the observatory are indicated only for those participants that are actually present.
(J. Silk and B. Tully are also guests of José Pacheco)
The typical day schedule9.30-10.00: Coffee
10.00-13.00: Talks and lectures
14.00-16.00: Discussion session
Workshop 1 (June 30 to July 5)
For the titles of talks see above.
Monday, June 30 (only afternoon)
Tuesday, July 1
Wednesday, July 2
Thursday, July 3
Friday, July 4
Workshop 2 (August 26-28)
For the titles of talks see above.
Tuesday, August 26
Wednesday, August 27
Thursday, August 28
The programme will be taking place at the Nice site of the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, mostly in the meeting room next to the library (Pavillon Henri Chrétien). General information on the Observatoire is available here and here (in French).
Most long-term participants will be accommodated at:
Résidence de tourisme "Lou Pantai"
A map is available here. The simplest way to reach the Résidence, coming from the airport, is to drive along the sea (Promenade des Anglais) until you reach boulevard Gambetta where you make a left; after about 2 km turn right on boulevard Joseph Garnier; after 200 m to 300 m turn left on boulevard Auguste Raynaud. The Résidence is at number 19 on the left. There is a parking, accessible only after having asked at the check-in (accueil).
If you are coming by car using the motorway A8, exit at "Nice Nord" and drive south on boulevard Gorbella which goes over into the boulevard Auguste Raynaud. The Résidence is then on the right (the distance from the motorway is about 1.5 km).
The telephone is +33-4 93 82 47 32 (from France 04 93 82 47 32, see also calling hints below). If you are able to speak to the Director (Mrs. McUmber), she knows fluent English. This may be useful if a significant unexpected delay happens (e.g. missing a plane connection). [If needed you can also reach her on her mobile at 06 88 42 65 32.]
The normal hours of the Résidence are 9 to 18 Monday-Friday. Arrival on Saturday or outside of the normal hours requires special arrangement with Mrs. McUmber. Please, avoid arriving on Sunday.
At arrival you will be told the telephone number at which your apartement can be called directly (from abroad replace 04 93 ## ## ## by +33-4 93 ## ## ##). You will be able to make direct outgoing calls by dialing 0, followed by the regular number (they will be billed to your account; it may be significantly cheaper to use a prepaid telephone card).
Please note that apartments situated on lower floors of Lou Pantai may be easily reachable by somewhat acrobatically minded thieves; there has been one incident involving a participant of our programme, although such things do not happen often. Do not leave windows or balcony doors open if you are outside the room, do not leave valuables at too conspicuous places (especially visible through windows from outside).
Many short-term participants will be accommodated at one of two hotels, the Best Western Hotel Nautica or Hôtel Helvétique:
Western Hotel Nautica
A map is available here. The hotel is situated about 250 m from Gare Riquier. The telephone is +33 4 92 00 21 21 (04 92 00 21 21 from France). The negotiated special rate per night (including tax and breakfast) is 64.76 Euro and free parking is provided.
A map is available here. The hotel is situated in about 2 km from Gare Riquier, there is a bus connection as explained below. The telephone is +33 4 93 62 15 55 (04 93 62 15 55 from France). The negotiated special rate per night (including tax and breakfast) is about 61 Euro.
Getting to the Observatoire
From Lou Pantai: Turn right on boulevard Auguste Raynaud when leaving the Résidence and turn left on boulevard Joseph Garnier until you reach Place General de Gaulle; turn left on avenue Malaussena and you will immediately see the bus stop (total walking time about 5 min). Take bus number 1 or 2 (direction: Port/Riquier). You can also take bus 5 which stops right in front of the Résidence but is less frequent. If you take bus 1 or 2 you will get off at the end station and you will be on boulevard Riquier; cross it; continue about 100 m; turn left at Place Auguste Blanqui; you will then be just in front of the Riquier Railway station; there take the minibus 74 to "Observatoire." IMPORTANT: if you have already read this page, note the following change due to displacement of the bus 5 stop: If you arrive by bus 5, get off at the first stop after passing under the railway bridge (it is called "Bischoffsheim" and is not the end stop, so be careful) and wait until bus 74 comes (you can even have a cup of coffee at the bar "Le Phil à Pat" next to the stop). See the schedule of bus 74 below; note that the stop "Bischoffsheim" is its first stop after departure from the Riquier station.
Travel time from the Résidence Lou Pantai to Riquier: 30-45 min depending on traffic, from Riquier to Observatoire: 10 min (another 7 min needed to walk up to the "Pavillon Henri Chretien" inside the Observatoire). Hence total time door to door should be between 1 h and 1 h 30 min.
There is an alternative method where you walk from the Résidence to the Nice main train station (Nice Ville), which takes about 20 min, and then take one of the frequent local trains (direction Vintimille) which reaches the Riquier station (Gare Riquier) in 4 min.
From Best Western Hotel Nautica: Turn right as you come out of the hotel and follow rue Barberis two blocks until you come to rue Arson, then turn left and follow three blocks to place August Blanqui, where you take the minibus 74 to the Observatoire. See the schedule of bus 74 below.
Note that one can walk up from Gare Riquier to the Observatoire by a nice and steep path in 40 to 90 min depending on your shape (ask a knowledgeable person to show you the first time: not so easy to find).
From Hôtel Helvétique: Turn left as you come out of the hotel and walk to avenue Jean Medecin where you will take a bus number 1, or 2 or 5 to Riquier. The stop is in front of the bank Société Generale at the corner Jean Medecin-Hôtel des Postes. Some people prefer walking to Riquier (about 2 km).
The schedule of bus 74
departure Riquier Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 6:50, 7:20, 7:50, 8:10, 8:45, 9:15, 9:50, 10:10, 11:00, 11:20, 12:05, 12:45, 13:10, 14:00, 14:400, 15:00, 15:50, 16:30, 17:05, 17:35, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30. Return from Observatoire: 10:00, 10:30, 11:10, 11:35, 12:20, 13:00 13:25, 14:20, 14:50, 15:20, 16:05, 16:30, 17:20, 17:45, 18:15, 18:45, 19:15, 19:45 (better to show up 5 min early since bus may be early)
Wed, Sat. and period of school holidays (includes July and August): 6:50, 7:20, 7:50, 8:10, 8:45, 9:15, 9:50, 10:10, 11:00, 11:20, 12:05, 12:45, 13:10, 14:00, 14:40, 15:00, 15:50, 16:30, 17:05, 17:30, 18:10, 18:50, 19:30. Return from Observatoire: 10:10, 11:00, 11:20, 12:05, 12:45, 13:10 14:00, 14:40, 15:00, 15:50, 16:30, 17:05, 17:30, 18:10, 18:50, 19:30 (better to show up 5 min early since bus may be early)
To call an observatory telephone from outside, dial 04 92 00 ## ##, where ## ## is a four-digit extension inside the observatory.
For local calls outside the observatory, dial 0 first, then the ten-digit French telephone number. For long-distance and foreign calls please ask a local participant who will give you a suitable code (somewhat confidential). Please note that you cannot call mobile phones from observatory fixed phones.
There are several Linux PCs and X terminals with guest accounts available for participants (details of their location and access procedures are better explained on the spot rather than in an abstract text like this).
Should you like to connect your own laptop, please let us know in advance by dropping an email so that we arrange a static IP number for you. Once you have an IP, configure the TCP/IP access by indicating the IP 192.54.###.42 for the gateway and the IPs 192.54.###.60, 192.54.###.72 for the primary and secondary DNS (### must coincide with the corresponding part of your static IP, which may vary).
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