The Cairns Convention Centre will welcome more than 500 scientists and experts in the field of strong interactions when it hosts the XVIth Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum Conference from August 19 to 24, 2024. This conference, a significant event in the physics community, is organised by the Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter, University of Adelaide, Australia. Inaugurated in 1994 in Como, Italy, this conference series has evolved into a vital forum for scientists engaged in solid interactions. It fosters stimulating exchanges among theorists and experimentalists and across various related fields. The Cairns event marks the sixteenth edition of this influential series.

Cairns Convention Centre was chosen due to its strong partnerships with the scientific community and its world-class facilities, including the recent opening of the €106 million expansion, providing a total of 10,500 square meters of new floor space.  The attendees will also have the opportunity to experience the destination’s unique local culture and heritage and its stunning natural setting, encouraging scientific exploration and creativity.

The conference aims to unite experts working on solid interactions from diverse perspectives to answer the most fundamental and essential questions in particle physics.  Physicists come together from all over the world to understand the universe in terms of its most minor constituents to improve our knowledge of nature., including lattice QCD, perturbative QCD, QCD vacuum models, QCD phenomenology, and experimental physics. The event will also explore the interface between QCD, nuclear physics, astrophysics, and strongly coupled physics. A particular focus will be on the interplay between QCD and the physics of condensed matter and strongly correlated systems, highlighting their mutual benefits and interactions.

“Hosting such a high-profile scientific conference less than a year after our new expansion opened demonstrates our appeal as a venue dedicated to knowledge sharing, community engagement, and education,” comments Janet Hamilton, General Manager of Cairns Convention Centre. “We are excited to welcome the event as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.”

Dr. Ayse Kizilersu from the University of Adelaide, School of Physical Sciences, who is leading the event’s organisation, added: “We are delighted to be heading to Cairns in August. Both the venue and destination offer incredible appeal to our delegates, ensuring a high level of attendance from around the world. This year’s event promises to be our best yet, and I look forward to welcoming our community when they arrive in Cairns.”