Eight world-leading scientists who pioneered the discovery of dark matter and its detection strategies will discuss the history and future of dark matter studies. The event will consist of two series of 3 presentations, each followed by a round table discussion with experts in Cosmology and in the History of Science.

The symposium is open to scientific communities and the public alike. It will take place in the 17th century Koepelkerk in downtown Amsterdam and attendance is by registration only. Tickets cost €15,00 (see registration link below).


08:30 – 09:00 Coffee and tea

09:00 – 09:30 The Dark Matter Problem by Gianfranco Bertone(UvA)

09:30 – 10:00 Dark Matter in Cosmology by Jim Peebles(Princeton)

10:00 – 10:30 Dark Matter in Particle Physics by Michael Turner(KICP Chicago)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee and tea break

11:00 – 11:30 Dark Matter in Astrophysics by Albert Bosma (Obs. Marseille)

11:30 – 12:30 History of a discovery,  round table discussion by previous speakers and Jeroen van Dongen (UvA)

12:30 – 14:00 Break

14:00 – 14:30 Simulating the Cosmos by Simon White  (Max Planck Astr.)

14:30 – 15:00 Indirect Detection of Dark Matter by Joe Silk  (IAP, Paris)

15:00 – 15:30 Direct Detection of Dark Matter by Bernard Sadoulet(Berkeley)

15:30 – 16:30 The future of dark matter searches, round table discussion by previous speakers and D. Hooper

Venue and Location:

The symposium will take place in the 17th century Koepelkerk, in downtown Amsterdam.

Schipol Airport to Koepelkerk:

From Schipol Airport, take a train to Amsterdam Central Station.  Trains leave approximately every 15 minutes and the journey lasts 15-20 minutes.  From the Amsterdam Central Station, it is a 10 minute walk or an 8 minute tram journey to the Koepelkerk.

By tram:

Trams 1, 2, 4, 5, 13 and 17 depart from Amsterdam Central Station and will all take you to within 2 minutes walking distance of the Koepelkerk.  Simply descend at Amsterdam Nieuwezijds Kolk, cross to the opposite side of the street and follow the small alley directly  opposite the tram stop, Korte Lijnbaanssteeg, onto Spuistraat.  Cross to the other side of the street and turn right, following the road back towards Central Station.  The Koepelkerk is located on the first main turning to the left, opposite the Renaissance Hotel.