【November 16-19, 2020】Dark Matter searches in the 2020s -At the crossroads of the WIMP


Dear colleagues,

This is the second announcement of the “KASHIWA DARK MATTER SYMPOSIUM 2020” that will take place online on zoom on November 16-19, 2020.

1. The invited speakers are confirmed. 
2. The time schedule is fixed (10:00 – 13:30 UTC on each day).
3. Deadline for the abstract submission is *October 30, 2020*.

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

To enable young researchers to present their work at the symposium, we encourage especially postdocs and students to participate and to present their work at the symposium.

This is the second of a series of dark matter symposia started in 2019

Also, please forward this information to any interested colleagues.


– Tobias Binder (Kavli IPMU, the University of Tokyo)
– Oleg Brandt (University of Cambridge)
– Francesca Calore (LAPP Annecy)
– Jodi Cooley (Southern Methodist University)
– Mariangela Lisanti (Princeton University)
– Manuel Meyer (ECAP, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg)
– Marc Schumann (University of Freiburg)
– Masaki Yamada (Tohoku University)


The symposium will last from 10:00 to 13:30 UTC on each day,
Monday, Nov. 16 to Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. On each day, 
we will have two sessions of 90 minutes duration, separated 
by a coffee (lunch, or dinner) break. Sessions include an invited 
highlight talk and contributed talks of 12′ plus 3′ question time.


In 2019, over 100 students, Postdocs, and senior scientists from all
over the world came together at Kashiwa campus near Tokyo to discuss the
status of the searches for dark matter. After a year has now passed full
of exciting results, the nature of dark matter is still elusive. To
ultimately solve the dark matter mystery, a joint effort is needed by
indirect, direct and collider experiments. To foster the exchange
between the fields and to exchange recent progresses in theory and
experiment, we have now established a regular series of yearly meetings:
the Kashiwa dark matter symposia. This year in 2020, the symposium will
be virtual.

The goal of the symposium series is to bring together international
researchers from all relevant experimental and theoretical fields in
current and future dark matter searches. This year, we aim at a special
focus on alternative dark matter candidates beyond the WIMP paradigm,
including a dedicated session on axions and axion-like particles.


– Dark matter theory
– Collider experiments for dark matter searches
– Dark matter direct detection experiments
– Dark matter indirect detection experiments
– Astrophysical constraints on dark matter
– Axions and Axion like particles (ALPs)

We are looking forward to welcome you online!

On behalf of the Organising Committee:
Shoji Asai (University of Tokyo, CERN)
Kohei Hayashi (Tohoku University, co-chair)
Moritz Hütten (MPP, co-chair)
Masahiro Ibe (ICRR)
Masahiro Kawasaki (ICRR, IPMU)
Shigeki Matsumoto (IPMU)
Kentaro Miuchi (Kobe University)
Shigetaka Moriyama (ICRR, IPMU)
Koji Terashi (University of Tokyo, CERN)
Masahiro Teshima (ICRR, MPP)
Masaki Yamashita (ISEE, Nagoya University)
Tatsuo Yoshida (Ibaraki 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, main hosts)
19H05802 for Shigetaka Moriyama (co-PI, main hosts)
18H05542 for Masahiro Ibe (PI)

– Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S):
17H06131 for Masahiro Teshima (PI, main hosts)

– Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B):
20H01895 for Shigeki Matsumoto (PI), Kohei Hayashi (co-PI)
17H02878 for Shigeki Matsumoto (co-PI)

and the grant for ICRR’s Fiscal Year 2020 Inter-University 
Research Program (PI: Moritz Hütten).