June 25, 2024 to July 4, 2024
Asiago Astrophysical Observatory
Europe/Rome timezone

The International School in AstroParticle Physics 2024 aims to expose young researchers to the broad theoretical landscape of dark matter particle candidates. Topics will include motivated candidates from the top-down, early universe scenarios for dark matter genesis, and detection strategies. 

The school will take place at the “Osservatorio Astrofisico di Asiago”. This is an observatory owned and operated by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Padua. When it was founded, in 1942, it hosted the largest telescope in Europe (the 1.2 meter Galilei telescope). Nowadays the telescope is still operating, and it is used both for research and teaching activities. Besides being famous for science, the Asiago Plateau is a fantastic location that attracts lots of tourists every year because of the beautiful landscape and the excellent cheese. 

Lectures will take place at the observatory facilities. The capacity of the lecture room will put an upper bound on the number of participants. A reasonable number of participants will enhance the interactions between students and lecturers and among students themselves. The observatory also has a guesthouse where students could lodge if their application to housing support gets approved. 


  • Laura Baudis (University of Zurich): Direct Detection
  • Francesca Calore (LAPTH Annecy): Indirect Detection
  • Laura Covi (University of Gottingen): WIMPs
  • Joshua Foster (MIT): Statistical Tools for Dark Matter Experiments
  • Igor Irastorza (Zaragoza University): Axion Experiments
  • Joerg Jaeckel (Heidelberg University): Axion Theory
  • Massimo Pietroni (University of Parma): Large Scale Structures
  • Marko Simonovic (University of Florence): Introduction to Cosmology

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Francesco D'Eramo (University of Padua & INFN Padua), Luca Di Luzio (INFN Padua), Antonio Masiero (University of Padua & INFN Padua), Marco Peloso (University of Padua & INFN Padua),  Ennio Salvioni (University of Padua & INFN Padua), Luca Vecchi (INFN Padua)

SECRETARIAT: Pina Salente (INFN Padua), Silvana Schiavo (University of Padua), Paola Zenere (University of Padua)

Asiago Astrophysical Observatory