May 3 – 5, 2023
Center for Astrophysics and Gravitation, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon
Europe/Lisbon timezone

The International Conference "Dark Matter and Stars: Multi-Messenger Probes of Dark Matter and Modified Gravity" aims to bring together scientists working across the different research fields of astrophysics, cosmology, and modified gravity. We want to look at the dark matter problem from different perspectives, considering it to be of particle nature, as well as modification of gravity. This meeting is intended to initiate cross-field discussions of dark matter searches, their current status, and future prospects.


  • Dark matter in compact stars (neutron stars, white dwarfs, exotic stars)
  • Multi-messenger and gravitational wave probes of dark matter
  • Models of dark matter
  • Cosmology
  • Modified gravity

We seek to encourage dialogue between different research groups to enhance collaboration and help to improve our understanding of dark matter. The conference is also planned to introduce the dark matter research field to encourage attendance by young scientists including Ph.D. students.

The meeting will be held at the Centro de Congressos, Center for Astrophysics and Gravitation, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal. 


Registration for the conference is free of charge. Maximum attendance is 120, to ensure all participants are comfortable and have ample opportunities to interact with one another. The selection of the final participant list is the responsibility of the organizing committee. Participants are chosen according to availability and conference goals, as explained above.


  • Masha Baryakhtar (University of Washington)
  • Joseph Bramante (Queen's University)
  • Katy Clough (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Laura Covi (Göttingen University)
  • Christopher Dessert (New York University)
  • Eleonora Di Valentino (Sheffield University)
  • Tim Dietrich (University of Potsdam/Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute))
  • Daniela Doneva (University of Tuebingen)
  • Chris Kouvaris (National Technical University of Athens)
  • Ruth Lazkoz (University of the Basque Country)
  • Andrea Maselli (Gran Sasso Institute)
  • David F.  Mota  (University of Oslo)
  • Sanjay Reddy (University of Washington)
  • Aaron Vincent (Queen's University)

We are pleased to share the recordings of the talks. The talks are listed in the playlist as they were presented at the conference

Selected papers of the conference will be published in a Special Issue of Particles, an MDPI peer-reviewed open-access journal. Manuscripts submitted to this Special Issue should contain original work or be a review of the field of expertise of the author(s). All submissions will be peer-reviewed by internationally recognized experts. More information and the submission form for manuscripts can be found here:

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Ilídio Lopes (Co-chair, IST, University of Lisbon)
Violetta Sagun (Co-chair, University of Coimbra)
Laura Sagunski (Co-chair, Goethe University Frankfurt)
Ana Brito (IST, University of Lisbon/Instituto Superior de Gestão)
Marco Calzà (University of Coimbra)
Edoardo Giangrandi (University of Coimbra, University of Potsdam)
José Sande Lemos (IST, University of Lisbon)
Grigorios Panotopoulos (Frontera University)
Joseph Silk (Johns Hopkins University/Oxford University/Paris, Institute of Astrophysics)

The conference is supported by the FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia through the grant CENTRA UIDB/00099/2020, Collaborative Research Center Transregio 211 (CRC-TR 211) and Clusterprojekt ELEMENTS.

Center for Astrophysics and Gravitation, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon
Centro de Congressos
Av. Rovisco Pais 1 1049-001 Lisboa, PORTUGAL
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