Dr Andrew PontzenWhy does dark matter…matter? -  A critical look at one of the most controversial areas of modern physics.

Recently there’s been a lot of talk about dark matter. We can’t see it, yet we’re convinced there’s five times more of it than normal, visible matter.

But if it’s not visible, just what is the evidence that it’s there – and should we trust it? Why have laboratory experiments here on Earth failed to find anything? And, even if it does exist, why does dark matter…matter?


Dr Andrew Pontzen is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in theoretical cosmology at University College London. He obtained his PhD from Cambridge University in 2010.

His research spans the early universe to the present day, piecing together how our modern cosmos was built from ingredients like dark matter.

He has spoken about physics at music festivals as well as other events across the UK, and has appeared on shows including BBC Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage, Human Zoo and Inside Science, BBC4’s Sky at Night and BBC2’s Stargazing Live.

He has also written and presented videos for TEDED and writes for New Scientist and BBC Focus magazines. There is more about his work at www.cosmocrunch.co.uk, or you can follow him on twitter: @apontzen.

Year 12 Career Conference – Monday 26th January 2015