May 7 – 9, 2018
University of Pittsburgh
US/Eastern timezone

The 2018 Phenomenology Symposium will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh.  It will cover the latest topics in particle phenomenology and theory plus related issues in astrophysics and cosmology.


Early registration will end April 16, 2018

Registration will close April 30, 2018

Talk submission will end April 23, 2018

Conference banquet May 8, 2018


Plenary program and full program are now available.


Confirmed plenary speakers and topics:

  • Babis Anastasiou (ETH, Zurich): Recent developments in perturbative QCD
  • John Beacom (Ohio State Univ.): Astro-particle Physics in the New Era
  • Tim Cohen (Oregon): Physics Beyond the Standard Model
  • Marco Drewes (UC Louvain): New Physics with Neutrinos
  • Robin Erbacher (UC Davis, CMS): Searches for New Physics at LHC
  • Francis Halzen (Wisconsin): News from IceCube
  • Chad Hanna (Penn State): Gravitational Waves: the New Window to the Universe
  • Scott Hughes (MIT): Mapping Spacetime Across Many Scales with Gravitational Waves
  • Sebastian Jaeger (Univ. of Sussex): New Physics with Heavy Flavors
  • Hassan Jawahery (Maryland): Physics at the LHCb
  • Tesla Jeltema (UC Santa Cruz): Cosmology in the New Era
  • Rafael Lang (Purdue): News from Direct Dark Matter Searches
  • Ben Nachman (LBNL, ATLAS): SM and Higgs Physics at LHC
  • Michael Peskin (SLAC): Physics at Future Lepton Colliders
  • Mikhail Shaposhnikov (Lausanne): The Standard Model and Particle Physics
  • Tomer Volansky (Tel Aviv): Dark Matter: Theory and Practice
  • Lian-Tao Wang (Chicago): Physics at Future Hadron Colliders
  • Elizabeth Worcester (BNL): Neutrino Physics Experiments: the Present and Future

Parallel session mini-reviews:

  • Matt Buckley (Rutgers): Supersymmetry after 80 fb^-1
  • Richard Ruiz (IPPP, Durham): Monte Carlo Techniques for New Physics at NLO and Beyond

Forum on early career development. Panelists: Sally Dawson, Keith Dienes
May 7, 1:00-1:45 PM

PITT PACC Travel Awards: With support from the NSF and DOE, there are a number of awards (up to $300 each) available to domestic graduate students for travel and accommodation to Pheno 18. A student applicant should send an updated CV and a statement of financial need, and arrange for a short recommendation letter sent from their thesis advisor, by email to with the subject line "Pheno 18 travel assistance". The decision will be based on the academic qualification, the talk submission to Pheno 18, and the financial need. The deadline for the application is April 9, and the winners will be notified by April 17.  (Each research group may be limited to one awardee. Winners in the previous years may have lower priority for consideration. Winner institutes and names will be announced at the Symposium banquet.)

PHENO 2018 ORGANIZERS: Brian Batell, Cindy Cercone, Ayres Freitas, Dorival Gonçalves, Tao Han (chair), Ahmed Ismail, Adam Leibovich, Natália Maia, David McKeen, and Satyanarayan Mukhopadhyay

PHENO 2018 PROGRAM ADVISORS: Vernon Barger, Lisa Everett, Kaoru Hagiwara, JoAnne Hewett, Arthur Kosowsky, Yao-Yuan Mao, Tilman Plehn, Xerxes Tata, Andrew Zentner, and Dieter Zeppenfeld.


The Pittsburgh Marathon will take place May 6, 2018


PHENO 2017


University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
This symposium is supported in part by the US National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and PITT PACC.