Key dates

  • Early registration deadline:
    12 February 2016
  • Abstract submission deadline (poster):
    29 February 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    11 March 2016
  • Online accommodation booking deadline:
    13 March 2016


Invited speakers

Introduction to the invited speakers at this event.

Tom Blake, University of Warwick, UK

Title: Rare b-hadron decays

I am an experimental particle physicist and currently a member of the University of Warwick Elementary Particle Physics group. I have been a member of the LHCb collaboration since 2008. My main area of research interest is the study of rare decays of b-hadrons. Rare decays of b-hadrons provide a unique opportunity to test the Standard Model of particle physics, providing sensitivity to as yet unobserved particles with masses at the TeV energy scale. Since September 2013 I have held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.


Themis Bowcock, University of Liverpool, UK


Keith Ellis, Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP) Durham University, UK


Anne Green, University of Nottingham, UK

Title: Cosmology

Prof. Anne Green is an astroparticle physicist at the University of Nottingham. She has a BA in Physics from the University of Oxford and a DPhil in early Universe cosmology from the University of Sussex. Her research interests lie at the interface between astrophysics and particle physics. The main focus of her current research is the search for dark matter, in particular the signals expected in direct detection experiments and their dependence on the dark matter distribution. She also works on early Universe cosmology, in particular inflation and primordial black holes.


Giles Hammond, University of Glasgow, UK

Chris Hays, University of Oxford, UK

Title: Standard Model Measurements at the LHC

Dr Hays' research focuses on understanding the electroweak sector through measurements of  Higgs boson production and the W boson mass. After receiving his Ph D at Columbia University  with a leptoquark search in Run 1 D0 data at the Tevatron, Dr Hays moved to the CDF experiment  as a postdoctoral researcher with Duke University. There he began the arduous task of  measuring the W boson mass to the highest possible precision, currently two parts in 100,000. In 2006 Hays joined the ATLAS experiment as a lecturer with Oxford University, where he turned  his focus to Higgs boson searches and measurements in the WW and tau-tau decay channels. Hays led the Electroweak and Exotics physics groups at CDF, and is now a convener for the LHC Higgs working group tasked with developing the theoretical and experimental frameworks for measuring the properties of the Higgs boson.


Anna Holin, University College London, UK

Title: The world of accelerator neutrinos

Kostas Nikolopoulos, University of Birmingham, UK

Title: Higgs results at the LHC

Dr Kostas Nikolopoulos is an experimental particle physicist and Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He received his PhD from the University of Athens. His research is focused on electroweak symmetry breaking and the scalar sector. Being a member of the ATLAS Collaboration for more than 10 years, he contributed in all stages of the experiment; from installation and commissioning, to operations and detector performance studies, to the discovery of the Higgs boson and the study of its properties. He was ATLAS H->ZZ coordinator (2010-2012), leading the group to the observation of the Higgs boson in the four lepton final state.


Kostantinos Petridis, University of Bristol, UK

Title: Recent results from LHCb


Stéphanie Roccia, CNRS, France

Title: Electric Dipole Moment experiments


Neil Spooner, University of Sheffield, UK

Title: Direct searches for galactic particle dark matter

Alex Tapper, Imperial College London, UK

Title: Future upgrades to the LHC

I am an experimental particle physicist at Imperial College London. I have been a member of the CMS collaboration at CERN since 2006, where the twin focuses of my research are searches for supersymmetry and the trigger system of the experiment. I led searches for supersymmetry in CMS in 2010-11 at the startup of the LHC and then changed to leading the project to upgrade the trigger system, editing the Technical Design Report in 2013. I'm currently involved in analysing data from the latest LHC run at 13 TeV and continuing to contribute to the design of future upgrades to the CMS trigger system.


Iacopo Vivarelli, University of Sussex, UK

Title: Search for supersymmetric and exotic signatures at the Large Hadron Collider with ATLAS and CMS

Dr Vivarelli is a long-standing member of the ATLAS collaboration. After an intense period working on the assembly and commissioning of the ATLAS hadronic calorimeter, he focused on the understanding of jets as a tool for physics measurement, concerning reconstruction algorithms and object calibration. At the LHC startup in 2009, after having focused on the use of the first collision data to commission jet measurements, he moved to searching for the production of supersymmetric particles with ATLAS. He is now one of the two coordinators of the whole supersymmetry search program in ATLAS.

Kai Zuber, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Title: Non-accelerator neutrino physics

- 1990 Diploma degree at University of Heidelberg working on the solar neutrino experiment GALLEX

- 1992 PhD degree at University of Heidelberg working on the Heidelberg-Moscow double beta decay experiment

- 1993-1996 Postdoc at University of Heidelberg working in the H1 experiment at HERA (DESY)

- 1996-2002 Postdoc at University of Dortmund working on the NOMAD and HARP experiment at CERN

- 2002-2005 Heisenberg Fellowship of the German Research Society (DFG) performed at Oxford University working on SNO and HARP

- 2005-2008 Senior lecturer/reader at University of Sussex working on SNO and COBRA

- since June 2008 : Head of the Nuclear Physics Department at TU Dresden working on COBRA, GERDA, SNO+, Borexino, COMET


H.V. Klapdor-Kleingrothaus, K.Zuber: Particle Astrophysics (in german, english, russian) 1997

K. Zuber: Neutrino physics, IOP Publ. 2004 (2nd. edition 2011)

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