The nature of Dark Matter phenomenon remains one of the biggest unsolved problem of contemporary fundamental physics. Since early astrophysical observations of gravitational effects of Dark Matter, many theoretical approaches that would elaborate on its possible origins, properties, cosmological evolution and astrophysical implications have been developed. Many experimental searches of particle physics candidates for Dark Matter in collider measurements and in astrophysics have been deployed greatly cratering into the parameter space of several most popular models. Several news ways of probing the hidden physics of Dark Sectors where, in principle, Dark Matter could originate from are being established.

The school will start with a basic overview of experimental situation with searches for hints of Dark Matter and theoretical foundations of what the hidden sectors are and what role they play in fundamental physics. A few planned lectures and seminars would be primarily targeted at Ph.D. students and young postdocs, reviewing some of the main theoretical concepts and status phenomenological explorations of Dark Sectors. The school will also include discussion sessions, with active participation of students and lecturers where selected topics and questions would be covered in some basic detail. Finally, a specialised session devoted to students' and young researcher's short presentations about their research projects will be organised.

Format of the School:

We plan for a hybrid (in-person & online) event, with a limited on-site participation. All the lectures and presentations will be broadcasted via Zoom, recorded and posted online.

The hybrid format will also be applied for coffee breaks, welcome drink and school dinner so that on-site and remote participants would stay connected and have an opportunity for informal discussions.

Due to active Covid-19 regulations at Lund university, only a limited number of on-site participants are allowed to be present in auditorium, with the majority of trainees and lecturers participating online/remotely.

There is no registration fee. The registration deadline is 

***** October 8th 2021 *******

IMPORTANT! For on-site participation, due Covid-19 restrictions an early registration is strongly encouraged since only a limited number of on-site participants will be accepted in the room. On-site participation has to be approved before any travel arrangements can be made.

Financial support:

Only a limited number of external selected trainees and invited lecturers who attend the School in person can be supported by the COST. Inquiries about the financial support (with a clear motivation) should be sent via email to but no later than 

***** October 1st 2021 *******

Confirmed lecturers and topics:

  • Sergey Burdin - Dark Matter direct searches
  • Carlos Herdeiro - Black holes, bosonic stars and ultralight Dark Matter
  • Antonio Morais - Models for ultra-light Dark Sectors
  • Alexander Belyaev - Towards the Consistent Dark Matter exploration
  • Kimmo Tuominen - Dark matter through the Higgs portal
  • Andrea Addazi - Phase Transitions and Primordial Black Holes from Dark Sectors
  • Monica D'Onofrio - The Dark Matter quest at colliders
  • Giacomo Cacciapaglia - composite Goldstone Dark Matter
  • Zhi-Wei Wang - Strongly-Coupled Hidden Sectors
  • Antonino Marciano - Gravitational Wave probes for Dark Matter
  • Caterina Doglioni - Dark Matter complementarity
  • Andy Buckley - Using precision measurements to constrain new physics models with CONTUR
  • Rebeca Gonzalez Suarez - Non-standard collider signatures: long-lived particles
  • Pedro M. Ferreira - Dark phases of multi-scalar models
  • Felipe Freitas - Machine-Learning methods for Dark Sector searchers
  • Rui Santos - Particle Physics anomalies from Dark Matter 
  • Wei-Chih Huang - Dark Sectors for matter asymmetry and neutrino physics

Internet access is available through the eduroam wireless network.

Dates: from 18 October 2021 9:00 to 21 October 2021 18:30 

Location: Zoom and Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics,
Lund University, Sölvegatan 27, Lund
Room: TBD

Zoom link will be communicated to the registered School participants shortly before the School starts.

Any inquires about the school programme etc should sent via email to

Public lecture:

In association with the School, we organise a public lecture by Prof. Francesco Sannino on Tuesday, October 19th at 18:00. Those who would like to attend the public lecture, either in person or online, are kindly requested to fill out a very short registration form here

Organising committee:

  • Roman Pasechnik (chair)
  • Monica D'Onofrio
  • Caterina Doglioni
  • Rebeca Gonzalez Suarez
  • Zhi-Wei Wang
  • Antonio Morais


Lund university
K308 Teorilabbet
Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, Lund University, Sölvegatan 27, Lund
Registration for this event is currently open.