48th Probability Summer School
Saint-Flour (France), 08 - 20 July 2018

Address of the school

Hotel des Planchettes
7, rue des Planchettes
F-15102 Saint-Flour Cedex, France

Tel: +33 471 60 10 08
Fax: +33 471 60 22 44 (only during the school)


Tel: +33 473 40 70 50
Fax: +33 473 40 70 64

Lecture schedule

The first lecture will take place on Monday, July 09 at 9 a.m., the last lecture will finish on friday, July 20 at 12.15 p.m. Lectures take place each morning, one session from 9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and another from 10.45 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. (except on Sunday).

Short lectures

Besides courses, participants of the School are invited to give a short lecture (35 minutes) about their research work. These communications are held in the beginning of the afternoon and after dinner. We would like as many participants as possible, especially young researchers, to give a lecture. Blackboards and a beamer will be available for the lectures.


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Note to members of CNRS

The school is organised jointly with CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), and the registration of members of CNRS (researchers or students) is paid for by CNRS. See more details in French.

Rates 2017

Student Academic Full
"Standard" room 440 €
"Comfort" room 520 € 640 € 970 €

  • Standard room: common shower and toilet at the same floor.
  • Comfort room: shower in the room; most of these rooms (but not all) also have toilets.

Notice that only a limited number of "standard" rooms is available.

  • The student rate can be granted to PhD students (send an attestation of your adviser).
  • The academic rate is applied to teachers and researchers from universities.
  • The normal rate is applied to other participants.

The rate includes the participation to the summer school, the accommodation and the meals at the "Hotel des Planchettes" where the lectures take place. Participants with academic and normal rates are accomodated in single comfort rooms. Students are accomodated in the category of their choice (standard or comfort), usually in double rooms.

These rates cannot be reduced, even in case of partial attendance. We cannot provide any financial support for the travel expenses.


The "Hotel des Planchettes" (an ancient Roman Catholic Seminary) dates from the 18th century. It has a shaded yard and a car park.

Family accommodation can be provided and should be paid directly to the Hotel des Planchettes during the stay.

We would like to draw the attention of families to the fact that the Hotel des Planchettes is not a holiday centre nor the Summer School a place of leisure. We will do everything we can to facilitate the accommodation of families, but we do ask each family to be reasonable considering the moderate accommodation fees.

Accommodation is provided from Sunday, July 08 before the evening meal to friday, July 20 after lunch.


It is not possible to bring to Saint-Flour all the mathematics library from Clermont-Ferrand. Participants will find at Saint-Flour, for consultation, a copy of all references which have been communicated by the lecturers. Participants are asked to bring to Saint-Flour all books and articles needed by them during the school. Note that Wi-fi access is available at the Hotel des Planchettes.

How to come to Saint-Flour

The City of Saint-Flour is decomposed into a Lower Town ("Ville Basse") and an Upper Town ("Ville Haute"), and the Hotel des Planchettes is on the slope between them. You can look at the Tourism Office web site.

By train: Saint-Flour can be accessed via Clermont-Ferrand. In Paris, trains to Clermont-Ferrand leave from Gare de Bercy. From Clermont-Ferrand, Saint-Flour is accessible by SNCF regional trains and coaches. Some coaches have an additional stop (called "les allées") in the upper town, which is closer to the Hotel des Planchettes.

By air: Clermont-Ferrand airport has regular flights to Paris CDG, Paris Orly, Lyon, Nice, Amsterdam, Brest, Lille, Londres Luton, Strasbourg. See also the Air France website or the Fly Kiss website. From the airport, the railway station is accessible by city buses or regional TER trains (train stop "Aulnat Aéroport" on the line Clermont-Fd-Thiers-St-Etienne)

By coach: Clermont-Ferrand is connected to Lyon, Paris and other main cities by the following companies: Flixbus, Isilines and Ouibus.

By car: Saint-Flour is on the A75 motorway (Clermont-Ferrand - Béziers) 100 km south of Clermont-Ferrand. The access to the "rue des Planchettes" is from the road between the lower and upper towns.

A shuttle will be organized in the afternoon of July 08th (around 5.30-6 pm) to take participants from Clermont-Ferrand railway station and airport to the Hotel des Planchettes. A return shuttle will depart from the Hotel des Planchettes after lunch on July 20th.

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