Agenzia di Pollenzo
Address: Albergo dell'agenzia, Via Fossano 21, 12042 Bra-Pollenzo (CN), Italy.
2nd-7th June, 2019

Local Restaurant Info, Restaurant Shuttle, etc.

Meeting Programme is now complete
Guest Programme is now complete ***24th May*** deadline to sign up for Guest Programme


The 6th version of this Conference will be held at Agenzia di Pollenzo in Pollenzo, Italy, in the picturesque hills of Langa and Roero district (part of the World Heritage). Previous conferences were held in:
Vina del Mar, Chile (2009);
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States (2010);
Torres del Paine, Chile (2013);
, United Kingdom (2015);
Puerto Varas
, Chile (2017)

The workshop will be a mix of talks and audience-participation discussions.

-    31st Jan 2019:     deadline for hotel reservation
-    31st March 2019: deadline for early-bird registration free
-    31st March 2019: deadline for abstracts
-    3rd May 2019:     final deadline for registration fee
-    10th May 2019:   deadline to reserve the MXP-Pollenzo shuttle
-    24th May 2019:   deadline to sign up for guest program

Discussion Topics
Workshop Structure
Workshop Programme
Abstracts and Registration
Local Attractions
Science Organising Committee

Discussion Topics:

Examples of discussion topics are:

- How does the microscopic physics influence the macroscopic dynamics of the magnetosphere?
- How important is the kinetic physics on the day-side versus night side?
- 'What drives what' in the magnetosphere-ionosphere system?
- What are auroral signatures of magnetospheric processes?
- What powers the aurora?
- What are the most important couplings in the solar wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere system?
- How are different plasma populations coupled?
- What is the role of plasma waves in the coupling and dynamics of the magnetosphere?
- What are the microscopic and macroscopic processes that lead to radiation belt enhancement and depletion?
- What can we predict with regard to magnetospheric dynamics during geomagnetic storms and substorms?
- Do we have the right to tools and understanding to predict magnetospheric dynamics?
- Data, models, numerical tools: what do we need to improve our forecasting ability?

Workshop Structure:

The workshop will consist of oral presentations and audience discussions.  

Workshop Programme

Workshop Programme is here

Guest Programme is here

The excursion will take place on Wednesday June 5th afternoon at ‘La Reggia di Venaria’, a former royal residence of the Royal House of Savoy. It is one the largest palaces in the world, included in the UNESCO Heritage List in 1997.


The Royal Palace of Venaria

Abstracts and Registration:

•    Registration Fee (before March 31th 2019):                        EUR 450/ US$ 520
•    Registration Fee (after March 31th 2019):                           EUR 550/ US$ 635
•    Guest (welcoming buffet, banquet, and excursion package): EUR 175/ US$ 200

The registration fee includes welcoming buffet, conference banquet, excursion package, coffee breaks and two ‘aperitivo’ associated with the afternoon audience-participation discussions.
Excursion package: transportation, lunch, visit to the Palace of Venaria and dinner (on June 5th, leaving around 12:30-1 PM).

Registration Form:  DOC    PDF

Please complete the registration form and email to Gian Luca Delzanno (delzanno@lanl.gov). Your registration is completed once payment is received.


Abstract Submission:
To submit please use the following template (ppm_abstract.doc) and email to Gian Luca Delzanno (delzanno@lanl.gov). Please be sure you receive an email confirming receipt of your abstract.



We have blocked sixty rooms at the following facilities (within short walking distance from the conference venue).  The rate includes full breakfast buffet, parking, wifi plus access to local facilities.

Albergo dell’Agenzia, four-star hotel, 38 rooms
Single room, EUR 115
Double room, EUR 150

Albergo La Corte Albertina, three-star hotel, 22 rooms
Single room, EUR 75
Double room, EUR 95

Hotel reservations can be made by emailing or calling the hotel (not through the hotel website).

To reserve rooms at ‘Albergo dell'Agenzia’ (four-stars hotel) please use
E-mail: info@albergoagenzia.it
Phone: +39 0172458600

To reserve rooms at ‘La Corte Albertina’ (three-stars hotel) please use
E-mail: info@albergocortealbertina.it
Phone: +39 0172458410
You only need to specify the name of the event (‘THE PLASMA PHYSICS OF THE MAGNETOSPHERE’) and the dates for your stay.


Other hotels are available in the area within a short driving distance.

A few of rooms (3 rooms at Albergo dell’Agenzia and 1 room at La Corte Albertina) are still available at the conference venue.  These rooms will be held until Feb 28th.

Other hotels are available within a short driving distance:

Hotel Cavalieri (4 stars)
Piazza G.Arpino, 37, 12042 - Bra (CN)
Phone: 0039 0172 421516

Albergo Cantine Ascheri (4 stars)
Via G. Piumati, 25 | 12042 Bra (Cn)
Phone: 0039.0172.430312

Hotel Somaschi (4 stars)
Via Nostra Signora del Popolo, 9, Cherasco (CN)   
Phone: 0039 0172 48


The closest airports are:
1)    Turin. Turin has one airport, the Caselle airport (TRN). Turin is about 100 km (63 miles) from the conference venue, which is about 1-hour drive.
2)    Genoa. Genoa has one airport, the Cristoforo Colombo airport (GOA). It’s about 150 km (94 miles) from the conference venue, which is about 1.5-hour drive.
3)    Milan. Milan has two airports, Malpensa (MXP) and Linate (LIN). They are both at about 200 km (125 miles) from the conference venue, which is about a 2-hour drive.

FLYING TO MILAN IS RECOMMENDED since it is much better connected internationally.


RENTING A CAR IS RECOMMENDED. Pollenzo is a small town and exploring the beauty of the area will require some (small amount of) driving. Nevertheless, we plan to have a shuttle service connecting Pollenzo with the nearby town of Bra (5 km – 3 miles) and Alba (15 km – 9 miles, Alba is the ‘capital’ of the Bassa Langa district and features many of the best restaurants in the area). We will post some itineraries for local attractions as guidance for attendees and accompanying persons.

We are planning to organize a shuttle service from Milan airport to the conference venue and back, on Sunday June 2nd and on Saturday June 8th. The shuttle service will be at fixed times in an attempt to group people together. Information will be posted as soon as available.

It is also possible (although it will take longer) to reach the conference venue by train.

From Turin airport (TRN):
1)    Take the bus from the airport to the PORTA SUSA Railway station. There is a bus every 15 minutes and the cost is EUR 7.50. The trip takes about 40 minutes. See http://www.sadem.it/media/6355/000268.pdf
2)    Take the train to BRA (TORINO PORTA SUSA TO BRA). There are many options, including some that will require changing train along the way. The trip that does not require changing train takes about 54 minutes and it is recommended. The cost is around EUR 5. See time tables at http://www.trenitalia.com.
3)    The conference venue is 5 km (3 miles) away from Bra. You can take a cab (but we are also arranging transportation with the hotel).

From Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP):
1)    Take the Malpensa Express train from the airport to the MILANO CENTRALE Railway station. It takes about 1 hour and the cost is EUR 12.
(See http://www.malpensaexpress.it/en/)
2)    Take the train to BRA (MILANO CENTRALE TO BRA). There are many options, the most convenient will require you to change train in TORINO PORTA SUSA station. The trip can take 2-4 hours and the cost is EUR 15-25 depending on the train you choose. See time tables at http://www.trenitalia.com.
3)    The conference venue is 5 km (3 miles) away from Bra. You can take a cab (but we are also arranging transportation with the hotel).


Instructions for the shuttle from Milan MXP airport to Pollenzo, on Sunday June 2nd 2019:
The shuttle meeting point is:
**** Terminal 1, outside door number 8 at the arrivals ****

The driver will have a sign showing the logo of the conference and will also monitor the different flights.
The cost of the shuttle is 50 EUROS per person (one way) to be PAID IN CASH at departure. The driver will provide you with the receipt of your payment.
The phone number to contact the shuttle service is: +39 328 4285368

Information on the shuttle from Pollenzo to Milan MXP airport on June 8th 2019 will be provided in the next few days.

Local Attractions:

Piedmont was named the World's Best Region to Visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet.  Follow the link to see why!!!
Quote: 'The beauty of Piedmont is its diversity, so whether you are exploring its baroque palaces, vineyards or lakes, you will find a reason to love it'.
Gian Luca Delzannodelzanno (at) lanl.gov

Organising Committee:

Joe Borovsky
(Space Science Institute, USA)
Gian Luca Delzanno (Los Alamos Nationaal Laboratory, USA)
Mick Denton (Space Science Institute, USA)
Pablo Moya (Universidad de Chile; Chile)
Marina Stepanova (Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile)
Juan Alejandro Valdivia (Universidad de Chile; Chile)