Cross-disciplinary perspectives on model-independent searches

11th-12th February 2019, Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh

Co-sponsored and co-hosted with the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, this two-day workshop will bring together particle physicists, astrophysicists and cosmologists to discuss the state of the art on methodological challenges and promises in using model-independent searches across a range of areas and searches. Registration is required for this event.


Tessa Baker
Riccardo Barbieri
Jon Butterworth
Tiziano Camporesi
Michael Krämer
Ofer Lahav
Pablo Lemos
Antonio Masiero
John Peacock
Tara Shears
Licia Verde

Francesca Vidotto


Enrico Magnani: ‘Supernova Dark Matter No.1’ (2018); acrylic, enamel, and phosphorescent pigment on aluminium-paper multi-layer board. [original size: 80x80cm]
Nora Boyd
Elena Castellani

Ana-Maria Crețu
Siska De Baerdemaeker
Luigi Del Debbio
David Freeborn
Marie Gueguen
Melissa Jacquart
Victoria Martin
Michela Massimi
C.D. McCoy
Alex Murphy

Daniele Oriti
Marilena Streit-Bianchi
Karim Thebault
Joe Zunzt

Monday 11th February

1400-1410 Michela Massimi
Welcome and Introduction to the workshop
Model-independence in particle physics. Experimentalist Perspectives.
1410-1455 Tara Shears
(comments by Karim Thebault)
1500-1545 Jon Butterworth
(comments by Victoria Martin)
1545-1600 Break
1600-1645 Tiziano Camporesi
(comments by Elena Castellani)
Model-independence in quantum gravity. Experimental and theoretical perspectives
1645-1730 Francesca Vidotto
(comments by Daniele Oriti)
1730-1800 Themes and Roundtable for Day 1
(chaired by Ana-Maria Crețu)
1800 Drinks reception

Tuesday 12th February

0930-1000 Coffee
Model-independence in particle physics. Theoretical perspectives. Chair: David Freeborn
1000-1045 Michael Krämer
(comments by Michela Massimi)
1055-1140 Riccardo Barbieri
(comments by Luigi Del Debbio)
Model-independence in cosmology. Theoretical and experimental perspectives. Chair: Marie Gueguen
1140-1225 Tessa Baker
(comments by C.D. McCoy)
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1415 John Peacock
(comments by Siska de Baerdemaeker)
1415-1500 Ofer Lahav & Pablo Lemos
(comments by Nora Boyd)
1500-1515 Coffee
Model-independence in astrophysics and astroparticle physics
1515-1600 Licia Verde
(comments by Joe Zunzt)
1600-1645 Antonio Masiero
(comments by Alex Murphy)
1645-1715 Themes and Roundtable for Day 2
(chaired by Melissa Jacquart)
Final Reflections. Historical and Philosophical Perspectives
1715-1730 Marilena Streit-Bianchi and Michela Massimi