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International Symposium「Dark matter searches in the 2020s - At the crossroads of the WIMP」

We are delighted to announce the symposium entitled "Dark matter searches in the 2020s - At the crossroads of the WIMP" that will take place at Kashiwa Research Complex in Kashiwa Campus (University of Tokyo, Japan) on November 11-13, 2019.

For more information and to register, please visit the event homepage:

The registration and abstract submission for the conference in November are now open.
We will schedule a small block of time for contributed talks and poster contributions.

We are holding a small number of the guest houses in Kashiwa Campus.
If you want to stay at the lodging, please answer several choices in "Guest house in Kashiwa Campus"
on the registration page (Please note the first-come-first served basis due to the limited supply).

To enable students and young postdocs to present their work at the symposium, we will be able to offer limited travel support to participants applying for a contributed talk or poster. Support comprises domestic transportation within Japan and accommodation costs.
If you want to acquire travel support, please indicate this during abstract submission, along with providing a short cover letter and CV.

Please note that registration and abstract submission are independent steps.
Deadline for the abstract submission and travel support is September 27, 2019 and the registration closes on November 1, 2019.


Scientific Rationale:

Testing the hypothesis of particle dark matter is one of the key questions in Physics today. While no conclusive experimental evidence has been found so far, a new generation of experiments promise a big leap forward in the next decade. Future indirect, direct and collider experiments will be conjointly in reach to probe the largest part of the parameter space of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), the long-standing canonical dark matter candidates. By this, a confirmation or manifest rejection of the WIMP hypothesis is in reach during the next 10 years.

The goal of this symposium is to stimulate exchange between these various next-generation WIMP searches. Therefore, it brings together Japanese and international researchers from all relevant experimental and theoretical fields. These include up-to-date particle and interaction models, astrophysical constraints, and the status of the next-generation instruments. Additionally, we aim at a special focus on the neutrino floor background for future direct searches, and searches for DM signatures in charged astroparticles. By this, the symposium helps to foster collaborations and to explore the complementarity of the different search strategies.


Main Topics:

Dark matter theory
Collider experiments for dark matter searches
Dark matter direct detection experiments
Dark matter indirect detection experiments
Astrophysical constraints on dark matter distribution

We encourage especially young researchers and students to attend the conference.


Confirmed Invited Speakers (as of August 23, 2019):

Andrea Albert (LANL), Graciela Gelmini (UCLA), Nagisa Hiroshima (Riken), Moritz Hütten (MPP),
Fabio Iocco (ICTP/Imp. Coll. London), Rubén López-Coto (Padova), Shigeki Matsumoto (Kavli IPMU),
Takeo Moroi (U. Tokyo), Yutaka Ohira (U. Tokyo), Masaki Yamashita (ICRR), Satoshi Shirai (Kavli IPMU),
Gabrijela Zaharijas (U. Nova Gorica), Paolo Salucci (SISSA)


We are looking forward to welcome you in Tokyo!


On behalf of the Organising Committee:
Kohei Hayashi (ICRR, chair)
Moritz Hütten (MPP, chair)
Shoji Asai (University of Tokyo, CERN)
Masahiro Teshima (ICRR, MPP)
Shigetaka Moriyama (ICRR, IPMU)
Masahiro Kawasaki (ICRR, IPMU)
Shigeki Matsumoto (IPMU)
Masahiro Ibe (ICRR)
Tatsuo Yoshida (Ibaraki University)
Masaki Yamashita (ICRR)
Kentaro Miuchi (Kobe University)
Midori Sugahara (ICRR, secretary)
Diana Werner (MPP, secretary)

This workshop is supported in part by
- MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas:
16K21730 for Shoji Asai (PI),
19H05802 for Shigetaka Moriyama (co-PI),
18H05542 for Masahiro Ibe (PI)
18H04359 for Kohei Hayashi (Publicly),
- Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S):
17H06131 for Masahiro Teshima (PI),
- Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B):
17H02878 for Shigeki Matsumoto (co-PI),
and the grant for ICRR's Fiscal Year 2019 Inter-University Research Program (PI: Moritz Hütten)