UnknownGianfranco Bertone (Amsterdam), chair

is an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam, where he investigates topics at the interface between Particle Physics and Cosmology. He is the editor of the book “Particle Dark Matter: Observations, Models and Searches”, editor-in-chief of the journal “Physics of the Dark Universe”, and author of the popular science book “Behind the Scenes of the Universe: From the Higgs to Dark Matter.”


UnknownAlbert Bosma (Marseille)

is an astronomer at the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Maresille. He played an important role in establishing the existence of dark matter, starting from an important analysis of the rotation curve of galaxies that he performed as a PhD student at the University of Groningen.



imageJim Peebles (Princeton University)

Jim Peebles is a Canadian-American physicist and theoretical cosmologist who is currently the Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus of Science at Princeton University. He has made many important contributions to big bang nucleosynthesis, dark matter and dark energy, and he is considered as one of the founding fathers of Modern Cosmology.


CabreraBernard Sadoulet (Stanford)

Bernard Sadoulet is a Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Director of the UC system-wide Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (INPAC). He was one of the pioneers of so called ‘direct’ dark matter searches, and together with Blas Cabrera he has been awarded the 2013 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics.





JosephSilkJoe Silk (Paris)

Joseph Silk is Professor of Physics at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, Université Pierre et Marie Curie. He was the Savilian Chair of Astronomy at the University of Oxford from 1999 to September 2011 and since 2010 the Homewood Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University. He was awarded the 2011 Balzan Prize for his works on the early Universe.





JosephSilkMichael Turner (Chicago)

Michael S. Turner is a professor at the Depts. of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, and the Director of the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics. His research focuses on the earliest moments of creation, and he has made contributions to inflationary cosmology, particle dark matter and structure formation, the theory of big bang nucleosynthesis, and the nature of dark energy.


JosephSilkSimon White(Max Planck Institute)

Simon White is a director at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astrophysik. He has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2006, and was the recipient of the Gruber Prize in Cosmology in 2011, for his pioneering use of numerical simulations to model and interpret the large-scale distribution of matter in the Universe.