Join Dr. Gianfranco Bertone at the May 7 Perimeter Public Lecture as he dives into one of the most pressing challenges in modern science – identifying the nature of dark matter.

It’s been called the universe’s most elusive substance—and for good reason. First hypothesized in the 1930s, dark matter is thought to make up over a quarter of the mass of our universe—far more than ordinary matter—yet we still don’t understand its nature or composition.

On Wednesday May 7, 2014, join Professor Gianfranco Bertone as he explores this cosmic mystery in “Behind the Scenes of the Universe: From the Higgs to Dark Matter,” part of Perimeter Institute’s Public Lecture Series presented by Sun Life Financial. Bertone will take the audience from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to the new generation of astroparticle experiments being conducted deep underground and in space as he explores the huge impact that direct detection of dark matter would represent for physics and beyond.

Bertone is an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam, where he investigates topics at the interface of particle physics and cosmology. He is also a member of GRAPPA, a new center of excellence in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics at the University of Amsterdam.

In addition to his research, Bertone edited Particle Dark Matter: Observations, Models and Searches, was editor-in-chief of the journal Physics of the Dark Universe, and has authored a popular science book, Behind the Scenes of the Universe: From the Higgs to Dark Matter.

Bertone’s lecture will be held on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM EDT in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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