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About us

Beneficiary nodes
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid UAM
Belén Gavela (Coordinator)
University of Durham UDUR
Silvia Pascoli
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS
Asmaa Abada

Max Planck Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Wissenschaften MPG
Georg Raffelt
Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie KIT
Thomas Schwetz

Universitat de Valencia UVEG
Pilar Hernández
Universitaet Zuerich UZH
Laura Baudis
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare INFN
Stefano Rigolin
Universitat de Barcelona UB
María Concepción González García
Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen Stiftung Oeffentlichen Rechts UGOE
Laura Covi
University of Southampton SOTON
Steve King
Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg UHEI
Joerg Jaeckel

ICRR and KAVLI IPMU, the University of Tokyo TOKYO
Takaaki Kajita
European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN
Elena Wildner
Columbia University in the New York City COLUMBIA
Elena Aprile
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory FERMILAB
Stephen Parke
Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences IHEP
Yifang Wang


University of Washington UW
Ann Nelson

Harvard University HARVARD
Lisa Randall
University of California LBNL (Berkeley)
Mary K. Gaillard
Stony Brook University SB
Concha González García


Universidade de Sao Paulo USP
Renata Zukanovich
Universidad Antonio Nariño UAN
Marta Losada
Zewail City of Science and Technology ZEWAIL
Shaaban Khalil
University of Delhi UD
Brajesh Choudhary
Harish-Chandra Research Institute HRI
Sandhya Choubey
Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences IPM
Yasaman Farzan
Hamamatsu Photonics HAMAMATSU
Yuji Yoshizawa
GMV Aerospace and Defense SA Unipersonal GMV
Ana Curiel
Kromek Group PLC KROMEK
Max Robinson
Sissa Medialab MEDIALAB
Enrico Balli

El País
Patricia Fernández de Lis

Friends of Elusives

Membership of this group is open to organisations interested in being part of the network on an informal basis. There will be opportunities to share information, learn about project developments, workshops and activities, and to collaborate with members of our ITN.

National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics (NICPB)
Martii Raidal
Duke University
Chris Walter
The University of Edinburgh
Alex Murphy
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Graciela Gelmini
University of California, Irvine
Mu-Chun Chen
Centro Atómico Bariloche
Esteban Roulet
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Osamu Yasuda
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Thomas Hambye
Arizona State University
Cecilia Lunardini
KTH, Sweden
Mattias Blennow
Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, India
Sanjib Agarwalla
Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics
Marc Schumann
School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Poonam Mehta
The Ohio State University
John Beacom

Elusives is a European ITN project (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015//674896-ELUSIVES), which focuses on Neutrino and Dark Matter phenomenology and their connection, with emphasis on the role of the symmetry relating matter and antimatter. Experimental and theoretical aspects are also encompassed. The network involves nodes in six European countries and its associated partners extend to seven non-European countries.


Neutrinos and Dark Matter are the most abundant and also the most elusive building-blocks of nature because of their tenuous couplings to the ordinary matter we are made of. Each particle has a mirror image with identical mass and opposite charge: its antiparticle. What is the essential nature of particles and antiparticles? This is a most fundamental open question in science. The laws of physics are almost -but not quite- symmetric for particles and antiparticles, and this could explain why the universe is made of matter, i.e. why we are here. Tiny differences detected in visible matter are largely insufficient, while an asymmetric behaviour of neutrinos or of DM may be the seed. In turn, the unnaturally symmetric behaviour of strong interactions points to a new particle, the axion, also a superb DM candidate. For the first time, the connection between these asymmetries in the visible and invisible world will be addressed. Very timely, an ambitious experimental search of asymmetric behaviour has been launched on neutrinos, axions and other DM, and the Higgs, with imminent major breakthroughs. The path to understand the Universe and build the New Standard Model must confront this problem. The mission of Elusives ITN is to form the new generation of researchers to accomplish this task, focusing on phenomenology with the necessary link to experiment. This is the first transnational such program, exploiting the capital investment in new experiments and overcoming the fragmentation of the research effort.


Elusives ITN is uniquely placed to achieve this task:

  1. World-leadership in all relevant scientific areas is present
  2. A multidisciplinary approach fosters the neutrino-dark matter synergy
  3. In addition to theorists, it includes neutrino and dark matter experimentalists; theory-experiment cross training is a characteristic of this ITN
  4. Outstanding training record
  5. Partnership of major HEP international laboratories and key experiments
  6. Partnership with world-leading cutting-edge research-related industry
  7. Strong expertise in outreach and communication with three dedicated companies including a major national newspaper
  8. Top quality expertise from emerging countries
  9. Optimal in gender balance and role models, with over 50% female international leaders as coordinators.

This European project will provide funding for PhD and young postdoc positions, from 2016 on.


This program is synergetic with that of the FP7 ITN invisibles ( which is about to finish, building upon its expertise and exploring a new scientific realm. Iy will also run in parallel with the recently approved “staff-exchange” EC RISE project InvisiblesPlus ( which will complement the action of Elusives.


For a list of network members (including both beneficiary or partner nodes) and friends of the network, please click here (under construction).