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 for particle physics candidates of Dark Matter in collider measurements and in astrophysics have been deployed greatly cratering into the parameter space of the most popular models. Several news ways of probing the yet hidden physics of Dark Sectors and Dark Matter 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 Hidden Sectors and what role they play in fundamental physics. The planned lectures and discussion sessions would be primarily targeted at Ph.D. students and young postdocs, but may also be of interest for more senior researchers. The lectures will elaborate on some of the basic theoretical concepts and the status of phenomenological explorations of Dark Matter and Dark Sectors. The School will include extended discussion sessions, with active participation of students, researchers and lecturers, where selected topics and questions would be covered in detail. Finally, a specialised session devoted to students' and young researcher's short presentations about their research projects will be arranged.

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 has been extended to

***** October 16th 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: K308 Teorilabbet

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. For the official announcement and more details, please see:

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