McDonald Insititute seminars bring together experimental and theoretical astroparticle physicists, and astronomers. They are held approximately fortnightly, September to November and January to to March, and on an ad hoc basis outside of term. They currently take place on Thursdays at 3:30 PM Eastern Time (Kingston/New York). Contact me if you would like to attend.

Full abstracts are posted at

Upcoming Seminars


September 16 2021
Jooyoung Lee (Queen’s University)

September 30 2021
Katelin Schutz (McGill University)

October 14 2021
Chris Cappiello (Queen’s University)

October 28 2021
Seyda Ipek (Carleton University)

November 4 2021
Qinrui Liu (Queen’s University)

November 18 2021
Tien-Tien Yu (University of Oregon)

Past Seminars

March 30 2021
Xavier Mougeot (CEA Saclay)
Weak interaction transitions in ionizing radiation metrology: from fundamental physics to applications

March 16 2021
Evan McDonough (U. Chicago)
Constraining Early Dark Energy with Large Scale Structure

February 16 2021
Livia Ludhova (Forschungszentrum Jülich)
The new journey to the center of the Earth: goeneutrino measurement with Borexino

February 9 2021
Rebecca Leane (SLAC)
Dark Matter in Stars and Planets

January 26 2021
Hongwan Liu (NYU & Princeton)
Lyman-Alpha Constraints on Cosmic Heating from Dark Matter Annihilation and Decay

January 12 2021
Lina Necib (Carnegie Observatory/MIT)
Tracing Dark Matter with Stars

December 8  2020 (SPECIAL TIME: 12:00pm ET)
Lena Funcke (Perimeter Institute)
Rethinking the origin of neutrino masses: the role of gravity

December 1 2020
Patrick Fitzpatrick (MIT)
New Pathways to the Relic Abundance of Vector-Portal Dark Matter

November 10 2020
Miguel Escudero (TU Munich)
Neutrinos in Cosmology

October 13 2020
Mehdi Shafiee (Queen’s)
Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors

September 29 2020
Daniel Stolarski (Carleton)
Emerging Jets

September 15 2020
Pedro Machado (Fermilab)
Back to (Mass-)Square(d) One: The Neutrino Mass Ordering after NOvA and T2K recent results

March 3 2020
Pat Scott (University of Queensland)
Searches for dark matter and new physics with GAMBIT

February 11 2020
Nassim Bozorgnia (York University)
The dark matter distribution from simulations and Gaia data

February 4 2020
Shirley Li (SLAC)
New opportunities in MeV neutrino astrophysics

January 28 2020
Carlos Vivo-Vilches (Carleton)
Accelerator mass spectrometry Survey of Trace Radionuclides for Experiments on Astroparticle physics (ASTREA)

January 27 2020
Nirmal Raj (TRIUMF)
Gravitational Microlensing of Non-baryonic Compact Objects

January 21 2020
Kim Boddy (Johns Hopkins)
Searching for Dark Matter Interactions in Cosmology

January 7 2020
Elaine Fortes (Universidade Federal do Pampa)


October 8 2019
Gopolang Mohlanbeng (Brookhaven)
Inelastic dark matter revives the dark photon explanation of the muon g-2 anomaly

October 7 2019
Björn Lehnert (LBNL)
KATRIN/neutrino masses

September 17 2019
Masha Baryakhtar (NYU)
Searching for Ultralight Bosons with Black holes and Gravitational Waves

July 12 2019
David G. Cerdeño (IPPP, Durham University)
On the (low) threshold to new physics?

March 21 2019
Katie Mack (NCSU)
Vacuum decay, black holes, and extra dimensions

March 14 2019
Miriam Diamond (University of Toronto)
Dark Sectors in Electron Fixed-Target Experiments

Februrary 28 2019
Sean Tulin (York University)
New directions in self-interacting dark matter, from astrophysics to the lattice

February 21 2019
Djuna Croon (TRIUMF)
Gravitational Waves: a new window on the Dark and Early Universe

February 7 2019
Charlie Rasco (Oak Ridge National Lab)

January 17 2019
Evan McDonough (Brown University)
New Gravitational Probes of Dark Matter)


November 15 2018
Antonia Hubbard (Northwestern University)

November 8 2018
Roxanne Guenette (Harvard)
Searching for nu physics with liquid argon detectors

October 18 2018
Jessie Shelton (Illinois)
Dark Matter In and Out of Equilibrium

October 4 2018
Chen Sun (Brown University)
Particle Phenomenology in the Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

September 27 2018
Andrew Cheek (IPPP Durham University)
Making the most of direct detection