VENUE - L'Ecole de Physique des Houches

Les Houches is a resort village in the Chamonix valley in the French Alps. Established in 1951, the Physics School is located in a group of chalets surrounded by meadows and woods, at an altitude of 1150 m facing the Mont-Blanc range - a very favourable environment for intellectual activity in ideal surroundings for skiing, hiking or mountaineering. The École de Physique des Houches is owned by the University of Grenoble.

The Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps, Western Europe and the European Union. It rises 4,810.45 m above sea level and is ranked 11th in the world in topographic prominence. 

How to get there



  • auditorium for 70 people
  • three smaller working rooms
  • desktop computers (10 PCs + 2 Macs) and a Laser Printer
  • hubs to connect laptops to the local network
  • a wireless network
  • a library with the main scientific journals (paper version or online)

Participants are housed in "chalets" in individual bedrooms (electricity: AC, 50Hz, 220V). A flashlight might be useful; the school chalets are scattered on the mountainside and outside lights may be poor (power failures, storms,...). Please bring respective clothes and shoes! Snow chains are required for cars.

Visit the website of the École des Physique des Houches