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General Information

High Energy Particle Physics (HEP) is an exciting, high profile discipline which explores the basic structure of matter and the fundamental forces in nature. Armed with our present knowledge we can scientifically approach some of the most fundamental intellectual questions ever asked: What was the universe like a billionth of a second after it was created? What will be its fate? What is the origin of mass? What is the identity of Dark Matter? Why does the universe have more matter than anti-matter? Is matter intrinsically stable?

The Australian Institute for High Energy Physics (AUSHEP) was founded in 1989 on the initiative of the High Energy Physics groups from the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney.

Current AUSHEP members are:

Full members:

  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Wollongong
  • The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
  • Monash University
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Associate members:

  • The University of N.S.W.

  • Our Objectives
    • To promote and coordinate research in HEP in Australia.
    • To encourage theoretical HEP, and in particular the symbiosis between theory and experiment.
    • With the consent of the members to act as the representative body in Australia in a large number of areas, both domestic and international.
    • The promotion and coordination of cooperation in the sharing of resources.
    • The coordination of courses, specialised schools and workshops, and the organisation of public lectures.

    ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics
      The ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics brings together experts from across Australia and internationally to unlock the secrets of dark matter and foster the science and engineering leaders of the future. The centre brings together experimental and theoretical physicists across Australia, with expertise in particle, nuclear, astro and quantum physics. It will explore the particle nature of dark matter using state-of-the-art experiments based in Australia and overseas and create new theories of Nature that contain dark matter particles and describe their interactions.

    ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP)
      The ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP) was established in 2011 through the award of an Australian Research Council grant of around $25 million over seven years. The Centre was a collaborative research venture between the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide, the University of Sydney and Monash University, with the University of Melbourne hosting the head office. Bringing together theoretical and experimental physicists, CoEPP enabled participation in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva. Through CoEPP, Australian physicists participated in the discovery of the Higgs boson at the LHC. CoEPP leaves a legacy of an expanded and coordinated effort in theoretical and experimental particle physics research across Australia.

    Experimental Physics

    Australian high energy physicists participate in a number of international collaborative experiments at the frontier of science and technology. We play an integral role in their construction, maintenance and operation, as well as working together with other institutes to interpret the final results. The main experiments in which AUSHEP member institutes participate are:
    • ATLAS - situated at CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics) in Switzerland and France
    • LHCb - also at CERN
    • Belle II - situated at KEK (High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation) in Japan
    • ADMX - situated at the University of Washington
    • SABRE-south - dark matter direct detection experiment situated at SUPL (Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory) in Victoria, Australia

    Theoretical Physics

    For more information about theoretical particle physics in Australia please visit:

    Medical Physics

    • CMRP - Centre for Medical Radiation Physics (University of Wollongong)


    Bodies and projects charting the future of the field.

    • ICFA - The International Committee for Future Accelerators
    • ACFA - The Asian Committee for Future Accelerators
    • ILC - The International Linear Collider
    • FCC - The Future Circular Collider
    • CLIC - The Compact Linear Collider

    Further information on the program at each institute, with contact names and addresses, can be obtained from the associated web pages found here, or by contacting:

    Professor Geoffrey Taylor

    School of Physics
    The University of Melbourne
    Victoria 3010 Australia
    Phone: +61 3 8344.5456  
    Fax: +61 3 9347.4783
    Secretary and Treasurer:
    Professor Nicole Bell

    School of Physics
    The University of Melbourne
    Victoria 3010 Australia
    Phone: +61 3 8344.3112  
    Fax: +61 3 9347.4783

    HEP Links

    Created: October 2003
    Last Modified: 1 March 2016
    Maintained by: Nicole Bell