Festival de theorie 2003 :

Relaxation in Magnetised Plasmas

7 - 25 July 2003
Aix-en-Provence, France

Practical Information


The mountain of Sainte Victoire
The workshop will be held in Aix-en-Provence, a beautiful  town located in the south of France, well known for its historic and cultural heritage. The city is also famous for its colourful markets, its numerous fountains and its animated sidewalks cafés.

The fountain of  La Rotonde

A patchwork of the life in Aix : terraces of the cafés on the Cours Mirabeau, fine architecture and gorgeous countryside


Marseille-Provence international airport is only 20 kilometers from Aix (Nice is about 150 km). There are very frequent flights from Paris to Marseille. An advice : check that your flight in-Paris and out-Paris are from the same airport (changing airport is unpleasant after a long flight).
From the airport, you have frequent bus connections to Aix (30 mn). (see schedule) Aix is located 30 km away from Marseille Saint Charles train station (see French railways company SNCF for more information). From the station, you have frequent train and bus connections to Aix (30 mn).
The TGV station Aix-en-Provence is about 15 min away by bus. Aix is located at the intersection between highway A7 (Paris-Lyon), A51 (Alps), and A8 (Nice-Italy).
A map indicating the location of the festival.
Another, more detailed, map describing the location of the festival.
a zoomable map ( the address : avenue du Pigonnet 6 Aix-en-Provence, France )
(The entrance to Montperrin is just opposite the hotel Pigonnet)


Bus Service Aix-en-Provence



Due to the Aix Festival, a limited number of rooms has been booked. Three possibilities are available within a walking distance to the campus : two hotels and one residence. The residence is suitable for a family stay.

1/ Hotel La Rotonde (***) located in the centre of Aix-en-Provence, hotel La Rotonde has 42 comfortable and air-conditionned rooms, all equiped with mini-bar, direct phone, modem plugg and satellite TV, a pleasant bar in the hall and private car park and garage.

Single room (with shower and toilets), breakfast included : 63 Euros/night. (in 2001, 2003 prices not yet available)

2/ les Citadines Aix-Forbin (***) Résidence hôtelière

55 Euros/night.

3/ Hotel Residence "Les Jardins Mozart" :

3 minutes walk from the Cours Mirabeau, the residence is situated in the new residential and cultural area of Aix-en-Provence. This very new building holds 90 fully furnished flats, from one to four rooms. The residence offers services as :

    Reception desk open 6 days/7
    Mail and fax delivery, maintenance visitor assistance*
    Access to the residence with a personnal magnetic key
    Cafeteria for breakfast*
    Internet access*
    Coin-operatoed washers and dryers*
    A storage area
    A public phone in lobby*
    Linen kit (sheets and towels) and dishes kit (cooking ustensiles and dishes)
    Un underground parking*
    Microwave rental*
    Housekeeping once a week*

    *services with extra charge.
Summer 2003 short stay rate/pers/week
studio (1 pers.) 
  T2 (1 or 2 pers.)
  1 week	 
  230 Euros/week	
  215* Euros/pers/week 
  2 weeks 
  185 Euros/week	
  175* Euros/pers/week 
  3 weeks 
  180 Euros/week	
  165* Euros/pers/week 
 housework fees (on leaving) 
  26 Euros	
  35 Euros 
  150 Euros	
  300 Euros 
- All prices per person
- *T2 occupied by 1 person doubles the price per person, i.e. 430 Euros/week for 1 week.  
- Reservation requires an advance of 76 Euro. Within 3 days of arrival a deposit of 150 Euro/person
is required (which is returned at the end of the stay).

Useful links


Announcement Practical Information Committees Festival 2001
Announcement (pdf) Participants Registration form  
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