2021 Annual Workshop


The second Centre Annual Workshop will be held on Monday 29th November - Wednesday 1st December 2021. This year’s Workshop will be an online event, held via Zoom (and the posters session in Gather) with in person gatherings at the nodes.

Code of Conduct

In registering for this event, you have agreed to abide by the Centre’s Code of Conduct. Please ensure that you are familiar with the Code of Conduct, including the Centre Values which are detailed in the full document. An extract of the requirements regarding conduct in meetings is below (click to expand the section).

The Centre expects Centre Members to behave in a courteous, respectful and professional manner during any meetings they attend at or on behalf of the Centre whether virtually or in person. Consistent with the Centre Values and the Code of Conduct, the Centre expects that all people who attend Centre endorsed activities including workshops, executive and any other committee meetings, conferences and retreats are treated with dignity and respect at all times.

Therefore, Centre Members are required to:

i. take positive steps to help prevent behaviours that undermine the Code of Conduct including bullying, harassment and sexual harassment;

ii. make a reasonable effort to ensure that communication is appropriate for a professional audience including people from different backgrounds;

iii. demonstrate tolerance for people’s differences based upon any protected attributes such as: race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction;

iv. refrain from engaging in or turning a blind eye to any use of racist, sexual or sexist language or imagery; and

v. refrain from insulting or putting down other attendees –rather, critique ideas not individuals.

Offenders may be subject to further disciplinary action, including but not limited to having their Centre membership revoked and being banned from participating in any future Centre meetings or other activities. Anyone who wishes to report a violation of this policy is asked to speak confidentially to the meeting organiser, the Chief Operating Officer or the Centre Director who will then determine the most appropriate course(s) of action.

Zoom details

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/84357544653?pwd=Vkw5YkJaV3FIVHZwUDJVaHRKTE92Zz09

    Password: 334997


Or join from a H.323/SIP room system:

    Dial:84357544653@zoom.aarnet.edu.au | or SIP:84357544653@zmau.us | or

    Meeting ID: 84357544653 | Password: 334997


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Some meeting etiquette and procedure…

  • if you are not currently presenting, speaking to the meeting, and are not the Session Chair, please make sure your microphone is muted.

  • perhaps if you are to address the meeting (e.g. during question time), please state your name and maybe also institution, to give some context, and so we all know who you are!

  • it is up to presenters to use Zoom’s Screenshare on their own computers to display their presentation files to the workshop (unless an alternative has been arranged in advance). Please make sure that you know how to use Screenshare before it’s your turn to present. (The linked files are for backups in case something goes significantly awry, as well as for archiving.)

Uploading presentations

If you are unable to upload your presentation to the Centre’s Confluence site, please email your presentation file directly to padric.mcgee@adelaide.edu.au

Note: if you have a presentation that you do not want to upload to this page (which is a public page), they can be uploaded here instead: 2021 Annual Meeting - (Private) ARC CoE for Dark Matter Particle Physics - Confluence (atlassian.net)

If you do have login access to the Centre’s Confluence site, please login as usual and follow these steps:

  • click on the Edit icon (the pencil icon at the top-right corner of the page (note that you may need to scroll up the page for it to be visible);

  • scroll down the page until you find your assigned timeslot in the Agenda (below);

  • click in the “File” box for your timeslot;

  • click on the “Files and images” icon at the top of this browser window (6th from right near the centre of the window);

  • click “Upload a file” to upload the file from your computer;

  • once it has uploaded, it will be highlighted in blue with a tick mark in the top-right corner;

  • click “Insert a file” to place the file link at the location where your cursor was in the third step in this process;

  • click “Publish” in the top-right corner of this browser window in order to save and publish your edit to the page.


NOTE: if there are multiple file links in one timeslot, not all of them may be visible at once. If so, hover your cursor over that timeslot in the Agenda, and one or more arrows should appear; you can use these left and right arrows to scroll through the multiple file links.



NOTE: the tables for the Agenda may be wider than your browser window. In this case, at the very end of the Agenda table for each day, there should be a horizontal scroll bar which will allow you to scroll across to the rest of the table. This horizontal scroll bar will be visible only when you are viewing the very end of each day’s Agenda.


Note: times are given in AEDT. Adelaide is 0.5 hours behind; Perth is 3 hours behind.

Monday 29th November

Time (AEDT)

Topic / talk title



Link to recording

Time (AEDT)

Topic / talk title



Link to recording


Please join the meeting 10-15 minutes prior to its start time.

The meeting proper will commence at 10:30 sharp.

This is to allow for any unexpected problems, etc.




Welcome and Introduction

Elisabetta Barberio (Director)



Session 1

Session Chair

Raymond Volkas




Research Theme Session - Direct Detection





Gusts in the Headwind: Uncertainties in Direct Dark Matter Detection

Grace Lawrence




SABRE Status Report

Gary Hill




SABRE Prospective and Physics Reach part 1

William Melbourne

Talk on private centre page



SABRE Prospective and Physics Reach part 2

Madeleine Zurowski

(see above)



Cygnus: Status and Future Plans

Lachlan McKie




ORGAN: Results and Future Plans

Aaron Quiskamp




WISP & Snowmass: How to be part of the International Conversation

Mike Tobar




WIMP: Future Experimental Landscape

Peter Cox/Elisabetta Barberio








Session 2

Session Chair

Anthony Thomas




Research Theme Session - LHC




13:15 (6 mins)


Geoff Taylor



13:21 (12 mins)

Physics analyses with the ATLAS experiment

Harish Potti



13:33 (12 mins)

The Australian ITk programme

James Webb




Research Theme Session - Metrology





Metrology: Overview

Ferdos Dastgiri




Radioimpurities in Detector Materials: Potassium-40

Zuzana Slavkovska




Lead-210: A Radioimpurity In Particle Detectors For Dark Matter Studies

Michaela Froehlich



Session 3

Session Chair

Phillip Urquijo



14:15 (30 mins)

Outreach Activity

Jackie Bondell



14:45 (40 mins)

ED&I Session

Cedric Simenel and Phillip Urquijo (Portfolio Leaders)



15:25 (15 mins)

Media & Communications Session

Fleur Morrison














Tuesday 30th November

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Please join the meeting 10-15 minutes prior to its start time.

The meeting proper will commence at 10:30 sharp.

This is to allow for any unexpected problems, etc.


Session 4

Session Chair

Andrew Stuchbery



10:30 (45 mins)

Keynote presentation - Low-mass DM detection

Noah Kurinsky, Staff Scientist, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Noah got his PhD from Stanford in 2018 working on the SuperCDMS experiment, using new detector concepts to probe sub-GeV dark matter. From 2018-2021, Noah was a Lederman Fellow at Fermilab, where he spearheaded efforts to combine concepts from quantum information science and particle physics to open new windows into the study of dark matter. He joined SLAC in 2021, starting a new lab focused on meV-GeV mass dark matter detection with quantum sensors. Noah is a member of the SuperCDMS collaboration, a founding member of the BREAD axion search experiment, and leads R&D programs into novel qubit architectures and advanced techniques for phonon and photon sensing in low-background environments.




Research Theme Session - Theory




11:15 (20 mins)

Cosmological simulations: beyond the Standard Model

Robert Mostoghiu



11:35 (20 mins)

Constraints on the dark photon from deep inelastic scattering

Xuan-Gong Wang



11:55 (20 mins)

Saving the axion from gravity: the 'companion axion' and its phenomenology

Zac Picker



12:15 (15 mins)

Exploring the cosmological dark matter coincidence with infrared fixed points

Alex Ritter



12:30 (15 mins)

A new stellar constraint on axion-like particles

Fred Hiskens








Session 5

Session Chair

Ben McAllister



13:25 (20 mins)

Awards Ceremony

Elisabetta Barberio/Justin Zobel

selection Criteria



13:45 (1 hour)

Code of Conduct Deployment / Emotional Intelligence Module Launch

Mark Dean



14:45 (15 mins)

ECR Update

Lindsey Bignell, Zuzana Slavkovska, William Melbourne

ECR Survey link







15:20 (1 hour)

Poster Session

Various - see attached list

See the attached document that contains instructions on using Gather and the link to access Gather during the annual annual meeting and poster session.

Poster presenters and Centre members who wish to view the posters in Gather must have access to their own laptop/computer with camera and microphone.








Wednesday 1st December

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Topic / talk title



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Please join the meeting 10-15 minutes prior to its start time.

The meeting proper will commence at 10:15 sharp.

This is to allow for any unexpected problems, etc.



EQUS / CDM Combined Session




10:15 (45 mins)

Keynote Presentation:

To see 85% of the World in a Grain of Sand: Search for wave-like dark matter in the ADMX Run 1C dataset 

Dr Chelsea Bartram

Chelsea is an experimentalist at heart, with a goal of finding dark matter and revealing physics beyond the Standard Model. Her research interests lie at the intersection of particle physics, fundamental symmetries, dark matter, and quantum electronics. She is a leader in the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment (ADMX) located at CENPA, a nuclear physics lab at the University of Washington. Her research pulls from disparate fields such as microwave technology, low temperature physics and high magnetic fields. It even has overlap with the world of amateur radio–a hobby which prompted an interest in science many years ago. She has had the privilege of working in numerous research groups, touching on fundamental symmetries and neutrino physics. As a graduate student, she built a tabletop experiment to search for CPT-violation in positronium at UNC Chapel Hill. Chelsea finds nothing so empowering as building an experiment that tells you something about the real world and she strives to teach others to do the same. 



11:00 (20 mins)

Finding Dark Matter with Superfluid Helium

Astrophysical phenomena in dilute superfluids 

Glen Harris 

Tyler Neely 



11:20 (20 mins)

Towards Cryogenic Particle Detection 

Catriona Thomson



11:40 (20 mins)

Bloch-Redfield or Lindblad equations for modelling a current biased RCJ  single photon detector

Graeme Flower




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Password: 334997



12:00 (20 mins)

Other Aspects of Low Mass Direct Detection

Matthew Dolan








Session 6

Session Chair

Nicole Bell



13:00 (15 mins)

Advisory Board Chair

Professor Aidan Byrne



13:15 (1 hour)

Innovation Activity

Christine Thong

QR code → short feedback survey (2 mins)


14:15 (15 mins)

SUPL C Chair

Sue Barrell



14:30 (15 mins)

Director’s Conclusions / Visions for the Future

Elisabetta Barberio









Node Activity - each node has the option to run a social activity or finish the day early.









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Poster presentation template

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