Universal Science

Universal Science

Aula Magna, University of Lisbon - 14 October 2022 - 19:00 CET

Curiosity, Diversity, Discovery

Universal Science is organized as part of the ATLAS Collaboration Week hosted by the University of Lisbon

Panel Discussion
Panel discussion with (from left) Elise Le Boulicaut, Tracey Berry, Ricardo Gonçalo, Joana Gonçales de Sá, Patricia Gonçales, Pedro Abreu. (Image: S. Goldfarb)




An evening with the experts on how we are using basic research and an internationally diverse set of scientists to answer our most fundamental questions about the universe, and how this effort directly benefits humankind.

The event will feature short presentations on Particle Physics, Applications to Society and International Collaboration, followed by an open panel discussion and Q&A on current and future possibilities in each area.

This event has been organized by members of the University of Lisbon, Portuguese Laboratory for Instrumentation and Particle Physics (LIP), the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG) and the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

Header image credit © CERN




  • 18:00 - Drinks, Exhibits, Demos organised by the University
  • 18:30 - Introduction
  • 18:40 - A Universe of Particles, A Particle in the Universe
  • 19:00 - Applications of Particle Physics in Society
  • 19:20 - Social Physics and Complexity
  • 19:45 - Q&A and panel discussion
  • 20:30 - End of programme

More of the ATLAS public programme





A Universe of Particles, A Particle in the Universe

Pedro Abreu

Pedro Abreu, Physicist, University of Lisbon, LIP, Pierre Auger Observatory

Pedro Abreu is a particle physicist from LIP working on the Pierre Auger Observatory. Using data from the DELPHI experiment at LEP he received his PhD in 1996 from Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisboa, where he is now Associate Professor (with habilitation). More recently he is involved in outreach activities in Portugal and other countries, coordinating the IPPOG’s International Masterclasses in Particle Physics in Portugal and the CERN’s Portuguese Language Teachers Programmes. He is also, at present, co-Chair of IPPOG - the International Particle Physics Outreach Group - and Vice-President of the Portuguese Physics Society.

Applications of Particle Physics in Society

Patricia Gonçalves

Patrícia Gonçalves, Physicist, Instituto Superior Técnico of Lisbon University, LIP Director

Patrícia Gonçalves is an Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico of Lisbon University and Researcher at LIP, Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas in Lisbon, Portugal, where she is a member of the board of Directors since 2017. She coordinates LIP´s activities related to Space applications, in the field of Space Radiation Environment and Effects, she is with the Portuguese group participating in the Pierre Auger Observatory and she is a member of the Geant4 collaboration. Her main research work in the past 20 years has been centred in astroparticle physics experiments and in the study of the Particle and Radiation Environment in Space and of its effects and implications for Space exploration. Since 2011 she has been the principal investigator and project manager of LIP´s contracts with the European Space Agency and in collaboration with the space industry. In addition, she currently supports the management of LIP´s projects related to charged particle therapy of cancer.

How do we know what we know?

Joana Gonçalves de Sá

Joana Gonçalves de Sá, Physicist, LIP, SPAC

Joana Gonçalves de Sá is a researcher at LIP and the coordinator investigator of the Social Physics and Complexity (SPAC) research group. She has a degree in Physics Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico – University of Lisbon, and a PhD in Systems Biology from NOVA – ITQB, having developed her thesis at Harvard University, USA. Her current research uses data analytics and machine learning to study complex problems at the interface between Biomedicine, Social Sciences, and Computation, with a large ethical and societal focus. She coordinated the Science for Society Initiative at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and was the founder and Director of the Graduate Program Science for Development (PGCD), aiming at improving scientific research in Africa.




Elise Le Boulicaut

Elise Le Boulicaut, Physicist, Duke University, ATLAS Experiment

Elise Le Boulicaut is a physics PhD student at Duke University working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. She received her bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College with a major in physics and a minor in mathematics. Her thesis work focuses on testing new theories of particle physics by analyzing data from the Large Hadron Collider's Run 2, which ran from 2015 to 2018. She spent a year at CERN from 2021 to 2022 working on testing detector components for an upgrade of the ATLAS tracker. She is also involved in the ATLAS outreach group, where she helps develop printable educational material.

Ricardo Gonçalo

Ricardo Gonçalo, Physicist, University of Coimbra, LIP, ATLAS Experiment

Ricardo Gonçalo obtained his PhD at Imperial College London in 2003, for work in the ZEUS experiment, in DESY, Hamburg. After his PhD he joined the ATLAS experiment at the LHC accelerator at CERN, and the Royal Holloway college of the University of London. He works on Higgs physics, the ATLAS trigger system, and on new detectors for the future high luminosity phase of the LHC and beyond. He is now an assistant professor at the University of Coimbra and a researcher at the Portuguese Laboratory for Instrumentation and Particle Physics (LIP). He is currently the Portuguese representative in the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG).

Tracey Berry

Tracey Berry, Physicist, Royal Holloway, ATLAS Experiment

Tracey Berry is a particle physicist working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. She completed her undergraduate and PhD at University of Oxford, while also playing lots of sports, including netball at University (Blues) level. She has spent over 20 years searching for evidence of new physics beyond the Standard Model at the Tevatron and then the LHC. She worked on the CDF experiment for her PhD and enjoyed spending a year out at Fermilab in USA, where she took up running! Directly after her PhD, she won a fellowship at University of Liverpool and ran several marathons in this time. Since then she has been lecturing and researching at the Royal Holloway (RHUL), University of London. She is keen on and active in public outreach and equality, diversity and inclusion. She has led diversity initiatives at RHUL Physics Department for over a decade, leading the Department to achieve the Institute of Physics (IoP) Project Juno (gender equality) Champion Award (one of the first 6 Departments in UK) and Athena Swan Silver Award (one of the first 5 Departments in UK). She subsequently served on the IoP Project Juno Assessment panel for 6 years. She has co-led a Women In Physics group for over 10 years at RHUL and is presently one of the ATLAS Diversity and Inclusion contacts.




Steven Goldfarb


Steven Goldfarb, Physicist, University of Melbourne, ATLAS Experiment

Steven Goldfarb is a particle physicist from the University of Melbourne working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. He has served as Muon Software Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and contributed to early studies in the search for the Higgs boson. Steve currently chairs the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG), coordinates University of Michigan undergraduate programmes at CERN and is an American Physical Society Fellow. Steve frequently gives public talks on science, discovery and international collaboration, co-wrote a popular TED Ed video “The basics of the Higgs boson” and, most importantly, fronts the world-famous Canettes Blues Band.