30 September 2019 to 2 October 2019
Europe/Zurich timezone
Welcome the workshop "Quo vadis QCD theory: heavy-ion collision perspectives and beyond", organized by the Western Norway Network for Nuclear Matter on September 30th - October 2nd 2019 at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

Heavy-ion collisions provide a unique laboratory to study dynamical phenomena emerging from the fundamental strong interactions. The past decade has seen tremendous progress in both experimental precision at the collider facilities of CERN (LHC) and BNL (RHIC) as well as in theoretical reach, when it comes to understanding matter under such extreme conditions. At the same time the recent gravitational wave measurements of neutron star merges have further invigorated the study of QCD in dense astrophysical objects. The field has also witnessed a lot of activity preparing for future electron-ion collisions.

This workshop aims at exploring the road ahead. How can the community use this momentum to develop new perspectives on the pressing questions to be addressed in upcoming collider experiments, including electron-ion collisions, and multi-messenger astrophysics experiments? 

The questions we would like to address include:
  • what are the outstanding challenges for the QCD theory community in the coming decade?
  • what are the theoretical perspectives on defining refined observables we will access in future collider experiments and  multi-messenger probes?
  • what are the novel opportunities in computing and simulating real-time dynamics of strongly coupled systems from first principles?

The concurrent goal of this workshop is to strengthen the ties between the international QCD community and Norway. The recently established Western Norway Network for Nuclear Matter has as a core mission to strengthen the collaboration among the universities in Bergen and Stavanger as well as the university college in Bergen and comprises both theorists and experimentalists.

The workshop will be organized at the Ydalir Hotel located on the university campus. Local accommodation is covered by a generous grant from the UHnett-Vest network.
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Tuomas Lappi
  • Toru Kojo
  • Matthias Hanauske
  • Aleksi Vuorinen
  • Ionut Arsene
  • Yoshitaka Hatta
Registration for this event is currently open.