An overview of the subject
by the organizers Bradlow, Goldman, García-Prada and Wienhard of the AIM conference on
representations of surface groups.
The wiki maintained by
G. WILKIN whose user name is "surface" and password is "groups".
on representations of surface groups. Still incomplete: no bibliography
The conference room has two white blackboards. You can use slides
to be projected, and we can locate a video projector, to be connected
at a computer if you wish to use beamer. In the last case please warn us
in advance in order to reserve the video projector and tell us whether
you bring your own computer. Do not forget your cables.
If you have special needs or you are vegetarian please send Louis a message in order to warn the restaurant/hotel.
will accommodate -- food and lodging -- all participants. L'Escandille is an
hotel situated in the (small) ski resort of
The hotel has a free wifi connection. There is also a quite large lounge where we can spend afternoons and there
will be a refreshment around 5pm every day. The hotel has a large
swimming pool and sauna, hammam.
L'Escandille is located in the Vercors, famous
for cross country skiing, in the French Alps, one hour by bus from Grenoble. Do not forget
to bring your winter equipment. Check out tourist information about
You can walk around the hotel located within a large park as well as in the village but you can
also practice ski nearby.
All the gear needed for skiing can be rented from the specialized
shop (which is related to the hotel). There are shuttles from
the village to the ski slopes around Autrans. You can practice countryide skiing as well as
(a little) alpine ski.
The following webcams -- here
-- will give you an idea about the snow you may find
in the village and on the three closest ski trails.
The weather cast for these days could also be found on the
web sites above (as well as the quality of the snow etc), for instance here
The average temperature in July is between 12 C (53 F) at 28 C (82 F)
but may change a lot.
In order to reach the village of Autrans, you
first have to go to Grenoble.
Thus, your trip involves two steps which we detail below
1. arriving at the bus station Grenoble-Gare
Routière which is very close to the train station,
2. taking from there the bus to Autrans.
From Lyon-Airport to Grenoble Gare-Routière
(=Bus-Station). The closest international airport is
Lyon Saint Exupery International Airport -- code LYS --. From Lyon airport, there is a shuttle service Lyon Airport-Grenoble
Gare routière leaving in front of the main exit.
You can buy tickets from the desk located just in the front of the exit
door and you will get a better deal with a two-ways ticket. Credit
cards are usually accepted but you may have to use and remember your
There are buses approximatively every hour, but Sunday service stops
earlier in the evening.
Grenoble Gare routière will be the last -- and usually only --
Here is the time
schedule (as of September 2010) for the Lyon Airport-Grenoble shuttle.
From Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Grenoble train station.
If you land in
de Gaulle Aiport, you can take the high speed train TGV to Grenoble directly from the airport
(for schedule and tickets,
The train is usually direct to Lyon, then you have to switch
on a local train for Grenoble.
For instance, there are trains leaving Roissy-Charles de Gaulle at 11:01 arriving at 15:11, and leaving at 13:01 arriving at 17:11.
From Grenoble train station to Grenoble
If you come by train, you reach
Gare routière by walking for 50 meters to the left when you
leave the train station. There, you will see a large bus parking lot.
From Grenoble Gare-Routière to Autrans.
You have two choices: the conference bus or a regular bus.
1. The conference bus:
We shall rent a bus to bring us from the Gare routière to l'Escandille at Autrans. We schedule that the bus leaves from Gare
Routière around 17:30, depending on the schedule of the participants. The trip to Escandille takes about 1 hour, so
that we can be at Escandille around 18:30.
2. Regular buses: We strongly suggest that you
catch our conference bus: Autrans is 34km away from Grenoble and not
Nevertheless, here is the site wher you can find the time schedules for Grenoble-Autrans for those who cannot arrive in
due time to catch our bus. Here is how you should do. First take the
bus from Grenoble to Lans en Vercors (stop at "Office du
Tourisme") and then take the correspondence bus from Lans en
Vercors to Autrans (stop at "Le Village"). Escandille is at
about 10 minutes walk from the stop. In the linked schedule, you
will find two lines Grenoble-Lans en Vercors namely 5110 and 5100. The
last bus on Sunday is leaving at
18:30 on line 5100 -- but this may be subject to change, so check the schedule.
From Lans en Vercors to Autrans, the line operating is 5120. The last bus leaves at 19:15 and arrives at 20:00 at Autrans.
Be aware that on the flyer, are also specified which days of the week the
respective bus service is operational. You can also phone l'Escandille (04 76 95 32 02)
and we will do our best to help you if you get lost in your way.
Departure The departure day is Friday, March 25th at 1:30 p.m.
We have rent a bus that will bring everyone back at
the Gare routière. From there, you can take again the shuttle to
Lyon airport or the train.
Support: We cover local expenses of all participants. We shall
reimburse the travel expenses in economy class of participants travelling from abroad.
We made our budget expecting that the European participants will cost no more than 300 euros,
and American/Asian participants no more
than 800 euros and probably less. Also, we encourage you to use your
own personal grants for these travel expenses.
If you have trouble in finding flights within these limits, please warn us as
soon as possible, so that we can update our provisional budge.
We shall also reimburse the train tickets of French students.
Reimbursement form for travel expenses:
This shall be updated later
We expect about 50 participants. Below is a tentative list
Nguyen Duc Manh
Clara Rossi Salvemini
Ser Peow Tan (*)