26 August 2018 to 1 September 2018
Reggio Calabria, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Diffraction and Low-x 2018 is a joint effort between the Diffraction and Low-x workshop series. The purpose of this workshop is to stimulate discussions between experimentalists and theorists in diffractive hadronic physics, QCD dynamics at low-x, parton saturation and exciting problems in QCD at HERA, Tevatron, LHC, RHIC and the future EIC.

The conference venue will be the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Reggio Calabria, Italy, from August 26th to September 1st,  2018.

Diffraction is a biennial workshop dedicated to theoretical and experimental progress in diffractive processes at high energies. The previous events took place in Cetraro (2000), Alushta (2002), Cala Gonone (2004), Milos (2006), La Londe-les-Maures (2008), Otranto (2010), Lanzarote (2012), Primošten (2014) and Acireale (2016).

Low-x is an annual workshop whose spirit is to favour fruitful and informal discussions between experimentalists and theorists in low-x, diffractive hadronic physics and exciting problems in QCD at HERA, Tevatron and LHC. Low-x has been held since DESY (1993), then Saclay (May 1994), Cambridge (July 1995), Durham (June 1996), Madrid (June 1997), Berlin (June 1998), Tel Aviv (June 1999) Oxford (July 2000), Cracow (June 2001), Antwerpen (September 2002), Nafplio (June 2003), Prague (September 2004), Sinaia (June 2005), Lisbon (June 2006), Helsinki (September 2007) Crete (July 2008), Ischia (September 2009), Kavala (June 2010), Santiago de Compostela (June 2011), Cyprus (June 2012), Eilat (June 2013), Kyoto (June 2014), Sandomierz (September 2015), Gyongyos (June 2016) and Bisceglie (June 2017).


The registration deadline was extended until July 25th and the abstract submission deadline is July 16th.


The Workshop is organized and sponsored by

and is also supported by

It is patronized by

Città Metropolitana di Reggio Calabria

Comune di Reggio Calabria


Reggio Calabria, Italy
Grand Hotel Excelsior


  • Diffraction in e-p and e-ion collisions
    Inclusive DIS: total cross sections, structure functions, heavy flavors
    Inclusive diffraction and dijets in DIS
    Hard diffractive photoproduction
    Exclusive final states in diffractive DIS (vector mesons, DVCS, etc.)
    Analyticity/duality models of inclusive/diffractive reactions; Pomeron trajectory
    Diffraction at the EIC
    Forward detectors and Roman pots
  • Diffraction and photon-exchange in hadron-hadron, hadron-nucleus and nucleus-nucleus collisions
    Soft and hard diffraction at the hadron colliders
    Total and inelastic cross section measurements
    Odderon physics
    Central exclusive production
    Forward physics at the LHC
    Forward detectors
    Gamma-p and gamma-gamma collisions at hadron colliders
    Low-x physics at LHC
    Beyond standard model and photon exchange processes
    Phenomenology of gap survival probability
    Monte Carlo for soft and hard processes
    Heavy ion collisions at RHIC and EIC
    Phenomenology of diffraction off nuclei
    Ultraperipheral collisions
  • Spin Physics
    New results on spin physics
    Spin and polarization physics
    Prospects in spin physics
    Generalized parton distributions
    Transverse momentum dependent PDFs

  • QCD and saturation
    Perturbative QCD and factorization issues
    Leading-twist diffraction and the breakdown of pQCD factorization theorems
    Leading-twist diffractive DIS and nuclear shadowing
    Non-universal antishadowing
    Progress in AdS/QCD and related topics
    Diffractive dijet, hadrons light-front wavefunction from AdS/QCD, and color transparency
    New results in the BFKL physics
    New results in the color dipole/kt-factorization approach
    New results within the Color Glass Condensate model
    Saturation and evolution
    Diffraction from non-perturbative QCD

  • Low x, PDFs and hadronic final states
    PDFs at low and high x
    Jet cross sections
    Fat jets
    Vector meson, pion, etc. productions

The workshop will take place at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Local Organizing Committee
Cristian Baldenegro (Lawrence)
Giuseppe Callea (Cosenza)
Marcella Capua (Cosenza)
Francesco Giovanni Celiberto (IFT Madrid)
Federico Deganutti (Lawrence)
Francesco La Ruffa (Cosenza)
Evelin Meoni (Cosenza)
Nicola Minafra (Lawrence)
Alessandro Papa (Cosenza, co-chair)
Timothy Raben (Lawrence)
Christophe Royon (Lawrence, co-chair)
Marco Rossi (Cosenza)
Matteo Scornajenghi (Cosenza)
Enrico Tassi (Cosenza)

International Advisory Committee
M. Albrow (Fermilab)
M. Anselmino (Torino)
F. Barreiro (Madrid)
J. Bartels (Hamburg)            
A. Bialas (Cracow)
S. Brodsky (SLAC)
I. Caprini (Bucharest)   
M. Capua (Cosenza)
J. Chwastowski (Cracow)
J. Chyla (Prague)
T. Csorgo (Budapest/Gyongyos)    
A. de Roeck (CERN)    
E. de Wolf (Antwerpen)    
R. Devenish (Oxford)
J. Dias de Deus (Lisbon)
V.S. Fadin (Novosibirsk)
R. Fiore (Cosenza)            
M.B. Gay Ducati (Porto Alegre)
K. Goulianos (New York)
W. Guryn (Brookhaven National Laboratory)        
Y. Hatta (Kyoto)        
E. Iancu (Saclay)      
L.L. Jenkovszky (Kiev)
V. Khoze (Durham)
B. Kopeliovich (Valparaiso)
K. Kumerički (Zagreb)
E. Levin (Tel Aviv)
A. Levy (Tel Aviv)
M. Lublinsky (Israel)
C. Marquet (Palaiseau)        
A. Martin (Durham)
L. McLerran (Brookhaven National Laboratory)
C. Merino (Compostela)
Z.-E. Meziani (Philadelphia)
A. Milov (Rehovot)      
A. Mueller (New York)        
P. Newman (Birmingham)
N.N. Nikolaev (Jülich)
R. Orava (Helsinki)
A. Papa (Cosenza)
K. Passek-Kumerički (Zagreb)
R. Peschanski (Saclay)        
M. Praszalowicz (Cracow)
E. Predazzi (Torino)
F. Ptochos (Cyprus)       
C. Royon (Lawrence)
A. Sabio Vera (Madrid)
A. Santoro (Rio de Janeiro)
R. Schicker (Heidelberg)
J. Soffer (Philadelphia)
G. Soyez (Saclay)        
A. Szczurek (Cracow)
E. Tassi (Cosenza)

Workshop secretary
Rita Bertelli (INFN, Frascati)

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