The GRAPPA center of excellence has hosted last week “Astroparticle Physics: a joint TeVPA/IDM conference”. The event brought together two major international conference series in Astroparticle Physics: TeV Particle Astrophysics and Identification of Dark Matter.
The conference was opened by rector Dymph van den Boom, and saw the participation of more than 320 participants. The programme started with a conference overview presented by the chair of the organizing committee Gianfranco Bertone, and ended with a summary talk by Fermilab scientist Dan Hooper. In between, there were about 35 plenary talks, and 240 contributed talks in the parallel sessions.
This 6-day conference has provided the stage for the most recent advances in Astroparticle Physics, and more specifically on: Cosmic Rays; Dark Matter in Cosmology; Direct Dark Matter Searches; Indirect Dark Matter Searches; High Energy Particle Physics; Neutrinos; and High Energy Astrophysics.
Among the highlight if the conference: the presentation of new data from the AMS-02, HESS II and LOFAR experiments, and updates from all the major experiments in the field. A large number of presentations and a round table were dedicated to the discussion of the Fermi GeV excess from the Galactic center, and to its interpretation in terms of Dark Matter and Astrophysical sources.
Beside traditional IDM/TeVPA topics, the programme of ‘Astroparticle Physics’ also included plenary talks on Neutrino Properties and Gravitational Waves, and two special talks by Oscar Klein Center’s director Lars Bergstrom and CERN’s Director General Rolf Heuer, on the future of ‘Astroparticle Physics’ and ‘Particle Physics’ respectively.
We would like to thank the members of the conference’s SOC and LOC, the plenary speakers, the conveners of the parallel sessions, and all the participants, for making this event a success.
Group photo at the Tuchinski Theater [courtesy of Joakim Edsjo]. In the first row, starting from left: Douglas Finkbeiner, Rolf Heuer, Stan Bentvelsen, Patrick Decowski, Christophe Grojean, Gianfranco Bertone, Roberto Ruiz de Austri, Lars Bergstrom, David Berge, Natalie Wells and Anne-Marieke Crommentuijn.