The Joint CoEPP-CAASTRO workshop will be held in Great Western from
Sunday 28 September to Tuesday 30 September 2014

at Seppelt Winery, 36 Cemetery Road, Great Western, Victoria 3374

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Australian Research Council and The Office of the Scientific Attaché, Embassy of Italy, Canberra.


2nd CoEPP - CAASTRO Workshop

This workshop is the second joint workshop between our two Centres and continues one of the key themes from the first workshop – Dark Matter. This workshop is a follow up from the first bilateral ITA-AUS workshop on particle physics held at COEPP in July 2012 where, in a joint declaration, it was resolved, in the light of dark matter searches underway in the Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy, to pursue the potential for a southern hemisphere partner to these efforts in Australia. It was suggested that a suitable site may be found considering the prevalence of mining in Australia.

The workshop location has been chosen to be at Stawell in Victoria as it links into the planning for a potential underground dark matter detection laboratory being investigated at the Stawell Gold Mine. Some of the sessions in the workshop will directly discuss this proposal. The plan for the workshop is to have the program on the first day discuss the Physics of Dark Matter while the second day will focus on worldwide programs for the direct detection of Dark Matter.

Please note: a registration fee will apply for non CoEPP/CAASTRO members

Workshop Venue

The Great Western winery was founded by Joseph Best in 1865. He commissioned local gold miners to tunnel the underground cellars that became known as Drives. The winery was later purchased by Ballarat businessman Hans Irvine, who produced Australia’s first sparkling Shiraz wine. Benno Seppelt took ownership of the winery in 1918 and put Great Western on the map with magnificent sparkling and exceptional table wines, particularly Shiraz. Legendary winemaker Colin Preece took over in 1932 and pursued excellence in winemaking for the next three decades. In 1982 Seppelt became Australia's largest wine brand and has continued to be an iconic Australian wine brand ever since.

Participants can check in from 4:30pm on Sunday 28 September 2014.

Workshop Presentations

As the workshop is only for 2 days, presentation slots are limited. If you would like to present at the workshop please complete the details in the Registration page. The organising committee will then contact you regarding your presentation.

Poster presentations are welcome.


As there is only limited accommodation available at the winery, alternate nearby accommodation is being arranged. All accommodation is being arranged by the organising committee. Please complete your details on the registration page and we will confirm your accommodation details by return email. Accommodation is being arranged in the Ararat township and transport will be provided to take participants to and from their accommodation to the Winery. The Winery is located approximately 10 minutes by road from Ararat.


The workshop venue is at the town of Great Western in Victoria. This is a 3½ hour drive from Melbourne.

There is no direct train to Ararat and travel by train involves train, bus and then a further bus connection. In order to enable more convenient travel to the conference venue, coach transport is being arranged from Melbourne University to the Seppelt Winery on the afternoon of Sunday 28 September. The return travel will also be by coach leaving from the Winery on the afternoon of Tuesday 30 September and returning to Melbourne University. For those who will be continuing their travel the coach will also continue into central Melbourne and Southern Cross station.