Speaker: Simon Barke


Born in Germany, PhD in physics, lived in Tanzania, worked on gravitational wave detectors on ground and in space, now conducting research in Florida on a dark matter generator/detector that is constructed in Hamburg, Germany.

Simon Barke was born in Germany where he studied physics. For a while, he lived in Moshi, Tanzania, and worked at different local schools and universities. Over the last years, he had the privilege to be involved in a number of exciting projects. He was a scientific monitor at the LIGO gravitational wave detector in Livingston (LA, US). He got his PhD for research on low-frequency gravitational wave observatories in space at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Hannover, Germany. Currently he is employed at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, US) where he conducts research on ALPS, a dark matter generator and detector that will be completed by 2019 at the German Electron Synchrotron DESY (Hamburg, Germany)
He also does Android Wear apps, science slams, plays online games, and cannot sing (at all).