Is our current understanding of the Universe correct?

Is our current understanding of the Universe correct?

Event Name Is our current understanding of the Universe correct?
Start Date 2 Oct 2018 1:00 pm
End Date 2 Oct 2018 2:00 pm
Duration 1 hour

Location: 14SCO (E7B) T5

Title: Is our current understanding of the Universe correct?

Abstract: In the last two decades, cosmologists have successfully establish a standard model of Cosmology that is capable of explaining the large-scales-structures of the Universe that we see. This model however relies on two unknown: dark matter and dark energy, which are meant to be related to fundamental fields. Yet there is no direct evidence for these two components in experimental set-up for the moment.  After reviewing the evidence for dark matter and the modern attempts for its detection, I will discuss the implication for fundamental Physics and the possibility that Cosmologists and Particle Physics may need to drastically revisit the current paradigm.

Bio:Professor Céline Boehm

As an astroparticle physicist, Professor Boehm has worked around the world, most recently as Chair of Physics at the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology at Durham University, in the UK. She previously held academic positions in physics at the Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique Théorique in France, CERN in Switzerland, and Oxford University in the UK.

Professor Boehm completed her PhD in Theoretical Physics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris in France and her Master of Science at both Ecole Normale Supérieure and the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. In parallel, she completed a Master of Science in Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Féminine in France.

In recognition of her significant contributions to physics and demonstrated impact in her field, Professor Boehm was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK in 2015.

Joining the University of Sydney in January 2018, Professor Céline Boehm is only the second woman to be Head of School for Physics in the school’s history.

She has been on the board of numerous national committees in the UK and France, including for the Institute of Physics in the UK, and the major funding body in France: Agence Nationale pour la Recherche. She has also been a grant proposal reviewer for funding bodies in Ireland, Spain, Chile, USA, Switzerland, UK and France.

Science communication is also an area that Professor Boehm has made significant contributions to including doing a TEDx talk at Durham University, speaking at Pint of Science in the UK, giving tours of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland, and running many public engagement science activities across Europe.

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