Aug 19 – 24, 2024
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Australia/Brisbane timezone

Second Circular

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the "XVIth Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum Conference” will be held between 19-24 August 2024 at the Cairns Convention Centre in Queensland, Australia.

The Conference poster PDF is linked from the image at the bottom of this page.



Conference web sites

The important dates and the list of conveners for the scientific program, as well as additional information on travel, accommodation and the conference social program, can be found on the conference webpage : (this page is regularly updated).

The Indico webpage for the conference can be accessed at



Scientific Topics

The conference series focuses on QCD, with the aim of exploring all aspects of strongly interacting systems. It provides a forum for exchanging ideas and results between theorists and experimentalists biennially. The conference will have exciting plenary and parallel talks, as well as stimulating round table discussions and a devoted poster session covering the following scientific topics:

Session A: Vacuum Structure and Confinement

Focus Subsection: “Topology and confinement at borderlines of particle physics and condensed matter: emergent confinement in cold atoms and Anderson criticality in the QCD deconfinement transition.”

Session B: Light Quarks

Session C: Heavy Quarks

Session D: Deconfinement

Session E: QCD and New Physics

Session F: Nuclear and Astro-particle Physics

Session G: Strongly Coupled Theories and Dark Matter

Session H: Statistical Methods for Physics Analysis in the XXI Century.



Registration and abstract submission are now open

Abstract submission opening: 29 January 2024

Abstract submission deadline: 29 April 2024

Abstract acceptance notification: 13 May 2024

Registration opening:  29 January 2024

Deadline for paying early registration fees: 03 June 2024

Registration deadline: 01 July 2024

Deadline for student support applications: 03 June 2024

Decisions on student support applications: 10 June 2024



Registration and conference fees

Registration for the conference is through the conference indico website :

Registration fee type         Early Registration            Late Registration

                                             until 03 June, 2024           until 01 July, 2024

Full                                       AUD1150 ~ €690                AUD1300 ~ €790

Student                                AUD900 ~ €540                  AUD1060 ~ €650

Accompanying Person       AUD200 ~ €120                  AUD200 ~ €120

The full and student conference registration fees include: morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea from Monday to Friday, welcome reception, poster session, public lecture and concert, conference dinner, printed programme, the conference pack and the conference proceedings. The fee for an accompanying person includes the welcome reception, conference dinner, poster session, and public lecture and concert.



Support for students

There will be a finite capacity for providing partial financial assistance for student attendance at the Conference. Please note that this is indeed limited to students - it is not possible to provide support for general participants. Support is intended only for students who will be making a presentation (either oral or poster). 

Applications for student support can be submitted by email to and cc it to by 3rd of June 2024.

Please make sure your email contains the following information:

  • email subject line: QCHSC2024 student financial support application - YOUR NAME - YOUR INSTITUTION
  • email body 
  • First name
  • Surname
  • Institution (i.e. your affiliation)
  • Submitted talk type (oral or poster)
  • Talk/poster title
  • Talk/poster abstract
  • A reference letter from your supervisor
  • Additional information that you feel is relevant


If you apply for student support, please postpone payment of your fee until you are informed of the decision on your application - you will be notified on or shortly after June 10th, 2024.




Conference participants are requested to book their accommodation individually. A variety of hotel options are available in the Cairns city centre within easy walking distance of the conference venue.

Reduced rates have been negotiated for the conference participants and the special accommodation deals for QCHSC2024 are listed at the conference webpage



Conference Excursions

We offer three conference excursion options – “Outer Reef”, “Oldest Rainforest”, and “Rainforest with Aboriginal Experience” on Saturday August 24th. As a conference participant, you and your accompanying guests are able to choose one of these three during the registration process. 

The details of all excursions and the cost are available on the webpage at Your preferred trip should be selected during the registration.

Please note that some options have limited capacity and we apologise in advance if your preferred excursion is not available.



Social Programme

The welcome reception will be held in the evening of Monday, the 19th of August. There will be a public talk and a concert on Tuesday, the 20th of August. The poster session will take place on Wednesday, the 21stof August. The conference dinner will be held on Thursday the 22nd of August. 




Cairns Airport is one of Australia’s leading tourist destinations, providing air links to a range of domestic and international locations, and is just 7 kilometres from the centre of Cairns.

Cairns Airport has direct flights from Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Bali, Auckland and Port Moresby. There are also seasonal flights from Shanghai and Seoul.

Detailed travel information can be found on the conference website :



Cancellation Fee and Refund Policy

For delegate registrations:

  • Before 10th June, 2024: Full refund minus $30 administration fee;
  • After 11th June, 2024: 50% of payment refunded;
  • After 4th August, 2024: no refund.

For accompanying person registrations:

  • Before 3rd August, 2024: Full refund minus $20 administration fee.;
  • After 4th August, 2024: no refund.



Visa Information

All travellers to Australia need a valid passport. Visas are required by all visitors travelling to Australia except for New Zealand passport holders.

We advise all international travellers to consult the link below or contact the Australian Consulate in your country to organise the visa that best suits your travel plans. In some cases visas can take unto 3 months to process, so please allow plenty of time.

Visa Information at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship


Depending on the country of issue of your passport, you may be eligible to apply for an eVisitor or ETA via the internet. Please see the following link for more information.

Online Applications at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship


It also is important to note that Australia is an island of immense ecological diversity and takes customs very seriously. To protect its natural ecosystems and agriculture interests, Australia employs strict customs regulations. Organic items such as plants, food, animal products, timber and anything contaminated with dirt or sand may be restricted or even prohibited. Before you set out to Australia, it may be useful to check up on these restrictions at the link below.

Customs Information at the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service



If you require a Letter of Invitation for the conference, please contact us via email.

Please address requests to and cc it to



We are looking forward to seeing you at CONFINEMENT2024! 

Sincerely yours,

The local organising committee:

Ayse Kizilersu (University of Adelaide, Chair) and Nora Brambilla (TU Munchen, Co-chair)

Anthony W. Thomas (University of Adelaide, Senior Adviser and organiser)

Derek B. Leinweber( University of Adelaide)

Wally Melnitchouk (JLAB & University of Adelaide)

Martin White (University of Adelaide) 

Anthony G. Williams( University of Adelaide)

Ross Young (University of Adelaide)

James Zanotti (University of Adelaide)