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ISE webinar by CARNet: What is the Universe made of?

Friday, 30 January, 2015
Virtual

What is the Universe made of, it's a question that we will try to answer in a webinar organized as a part of the Inspiring Science Education project.  Webinar, that will be held on January 30 at 14:00 (CET), will be leaded by Ph.D. Ivica Puljak, regular professor of physics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Split (Croatia). Expected duration of the webinar is 45 minutes.

The webinar will be held via Adobe Connect. Registrations are not required: just go here and click "Login as a guest".

About the webinar

The question "What is the Universe made of?" falls among of the most important questions that we don’t know the answer to. For example, Science magazine for its 125th anniversary compiled a list of the 125 most important questions with no answer and placed this question in the first place.

When we think about what is the Universe made of, we usually thought it was made up of atoms. It is not surprising, because all the things we can see around us are made up of atoms. But using this hypothesis in explaining some of the latest scientific results, will simply be impossible. Therefore, we must begin to speculate on various other hypotheses, some of which are the most relevant ones to the existence of new types of matter and energy in the universe, that we call " the dark matter" and "the dark energy".

On this webinar we will discuss how the hypothesis of the existence of dark matter and dark energy may explain some of the scientific measurements, concentrating most on the measurement of background radiation satellite WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe) and PLANCK.

Finally we will look at other measurements which are in favor of this hypothesis, and we will present some possible alternative interpretations of the structure of the Universe and the laws of nature.

Biography of professor Ivica Puljak

Ph.D. Ivica Puljak, is a regular professor of physics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Split, Croatia. He obtained a degree in electrical engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, a master's degree in particle physics at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb and a doctor's degree in physics at the Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University in Paris. He has completed his doctoral thesis at the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaise near Paris. He is a member of the CMS and MAGIC collaborations, his specific research field being the search for the Higgs boson and astroparticle physics. He is active in the promotion and popularisation of science.

We invite you to join the webinar and together with professor Ivica Puljak and CARNet’s Inspiring Science Education team start to popularize science by using technology.

For all those who can't join the webinar, a video of the webinar will be available here