David Berge

Astroparticle physics, gamma-ray astronomy

Since 2017, David Berge is a leading scientist at DESY working in the areas of particle and astroparticle physics. He is leading the gamma-ray group at the DESY site in Zeuthen. His research is focussed on cosmic particle accelerators and the search for dark matter. For the latter, he is focussing on gamma-ray telescopes like H.E.S.S. or the future CTA as well as on ATLAS at the proton-proton collider LHC. His experimental work combines methods and data of both particle and astroparticle physics. His research carrier started with a PhD in gamma-ray astronomy at the Max-Planck institute for nuclear physics in Heidelberg. He then switched fields and worked at CERN in ATLAS for 7 years during the LHC startup phase. In 2013, he moved to Amsterdam as GRAPPA faculty member. GRAPPA is a research focus area of the University of Amsterdam at the interface of particle and astroparticle physics. In 2017 Berge accepted an offer for a joint professorship for particle and astroparticle physics at DESY in Zeuthen and the Humboldt University of Berlin. He continues to work at the interface of these two fields and is heavily involved in preparations of the upcoming global gamma-ray observatory CTA.

Academic career

Since 2018

Full professor (W3) of particle and astroparticle physics at the Humboldt University of Berlin

Since 2017

Leading Scientist at DESY


Associate professor University of Amsterdam (GRAPPA)


Assistant professor University of Amsterdam (GRAPPA)


Staff scientist at CERN (ATLAS)


Research fellow at CERN (ATLAS)


PhD in Heidelberg at Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics


Master in physics at Humboldt-University of Berlin



CTA council member as Dutch representative
Chair H.E.S.S. observation committee
Coordinator H.E.S.S. working group for galactic science
H.E.S.S. and CTA collaboration board member as Dutch PI of gamma-ray astronomy
Since 2013
Member LHC working group for forward physics for the cosmic-ray connection
Co-founder ATLAS forum for astroparticle physics