Fourth CAASTRO-CoEPP Joint Workshop

Challenging Dark Matter (CDM)
Tuesday 21 November 2017
Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, South Australia
42 Pioneer Avenue via Golflinks Road, Rowland Flat


Abstract Booklet

Talk Slides

A number of Shuttle Buses have been arranged to take delegates to the workshop from two locations in Adelaide: Adelaide Airport and Rydges South Park Adelaide.  If you haven’t let me know your travel and transport needs please contact me ASAP by reply email.

Please read the information below carefully:

1.Monday 20 November 2017

  • Delegates in Adelaide: Rydges South Park Adelaide, 1 South Terrace: The shuttle bus will depart from Rydges South Park Adelaide at 5:30pm.  The bus will depart from outside the hotel on South Terrace.  Please meet the bus by no later than 5:25pm so the bus can depart on time.
  • Members arriving into Adelaide Airport (Adelaide Airport maps links please click for: Terminal Grounds Map and Terminal Interior Map):This transfer will depart at approximately 6:30pm.  Once you have disembarked, please make your way to the baggage claim area.  Kim Dorrell, a CAASTRO A-team member will be at the baggage claim area to meet you (she will be wearing a CAASTRO polo shirt and will be holding a CAASTRO Bus sign).  Please look out for Kim and wait with her until all delegates have assembled.  The driver will be waiting in the terminal and the bus will depart from the southern end of the domestic terminal in the Charter Bus area of Adelaide Airport.  Debra Gooley and Kylie Williams will also be available upon their arrival from Sydney

2. Tuesday 21 November 2017

  • A shuttle bus will return delegates to Adelaide Airport and Rydges South Park.  The bus will depart at 4:10pm at the conclusion of the workshop.  For members returning to Perth organisers will contact you directly to finalise arrangements.


  • For members arriving on the shuttle bus check-in will be available on arrival at the Novotel Barossa Resort.  For delegates making their own way to the Resort check-in is available from 2pm.
  • Rregistration for the Workshop will take place from 8:30am on 21 November 2017 in the pre-function area of the Cabernet Room in the main building of the Resort.


The workshop will focus on:

  • High energy physics constraints including IceCube.
  • Is MOND dead , or even mortal?
  • Is there an annihilation signal in the Galactic centre or in dwarf galaxies?
  • What is meant by the dark sector? Is there one or more kind of Dark Matter?
  • Did dark matter feature in the thermal history of the Universe?
  • Is directional dark matter detection really feasible experimentally?
  • Does what we know of galaxy halos tell us anything about what dark matter is?
  • Does dark matter influence solar structure? CMB fits: cracks in LCDM  ?
  • Warm DM and the evolution of structure and Axions with radio telescopes
  • WISPs and low energy high precision experiments.
  • Simulating Dark Matter Annihilation Feedback


  • Elisabetta Barberio, UMELB
  • Nicole Bell, UMELB
  • Gary Hill, Adelaide
  • Nik Iwanus, USYD
  • Katie Mack, UMELB
  • Chris Power, ICRAR/UWA
  • Peter Quinn, ICRAR/UWA
  • Christian Reichardt, UMELB
  • Gavin Rowell, Adelaide
  • Lister Staveley-Smith, ICRAR/UWA
  • Michael Tobar, UWA
  • Ray Volkas, UMELB
  • Martin White, Adelaide


  • Elisabetta Barberio, UMELB
  • Jeremy Mould, SWIN
  • Anthony Williams, Adelaide


  • Caroline Hamilton, UMELB
  • Anthony Williams, Adelaide
  • Kylie William, USYD