Elisabetta Barberio

  • Director
  • CDM
  • University of Melbourne
  • Road-tripping in Ballarat (2024)

Professor Elisabetta Barberio is a professor of physics at the University of Melbourne and the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics (CDM).  She initiated the direct detection dark matter program in Australia, which led to the construction of the first underground laboratory in the South Hemisphere, the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL) in Victoria.  SUPL will host the SABRE experiment, the first Australian dark matter direct detection experiment led by her.  She had an important role in the discovery of the Higgs boson particle at the Large Hadron Collider.  Professor Barberio was a researcher at CERN, the European laboratory of Particle Physics, where she performed measurements that confirmed the theory describing the behaviour of fundamental particles to an extraordinary degree of precision.  She was recently awarded Italy’s highest-ranking honour, the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana), in recognition of her outstanding contributions to experimental particle physics research.

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