About the conference

Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum

Inaugurated in 1994 in Como, Italy, this series of conferences has become an important forum for scientists working on strong interactions, stimulating exchanges among theorists and experimentalists as well as across related fields.

The aim of the conference is to bring together people working on strong interactions from different approaches, ranging from lattice QCD to perturbative QCD, from models of the QCD vacuum to QCD phenomenology and experiments, from effective theories to physics beyond the Standard Model.

The scope of the conference also includes the interface between QCD, nuclear physics and astrophysics, and the wider landscape of strongly coupled physics. In particular, the conference will focus on the fruitful interactions and mutual benefits between QCD and the physics of condensed matter and strongly correlated systems.

The fourteenth edition of this conference series will be jointly hosted by the University of Stavanger and the Academy of Science Stavanger. The event will take place at the Ullandhaug Campus of the University of Stavanger, Norway, 27th July - 1st August 2020.

Important Dates


Abstract submission opening:   1 December 2019
Abstract submission deadline:  17 May 2020
Abstract submission acceptance notification:  1 June 2020
Registration opening: 1 December 2019
Deadline for paying reduced registration fees: 6 June 2020
Registration deadline:   20 July 2020
Deadline for application for financial support: 17 May 2020
Financial support notification: 1 June 2020

Registration and Conference Fee


Registration for the conference will be possible through the conference indico site starting on December 1st, 2019.  

Early Registration until June 6th, 2020 Late Registration until July 20th, 2020
€300 €350

Past editions:


  • 13th Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum
    31 July - 6 August 2018, Maynooth, Ireland
  • 12th Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum
    28 August - 4 September 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 11th Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum
    8 - 12 September 2014, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 10th Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum
    8-12 October 2012, Munich, Germany
  • 9th Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum
    30 August-3 September 2010, Madrid, Spain
  • 8th Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum
    1 - 6 September 2008, Mainz, Germany
  • 7th Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum
    2 - 7 September 2006, Acores, Portugal
  • 6th Quark Confinement
    2004, Sardinia, Italy
  • 5th Quark Confinement
    2002, Gargano, Italy
  • 4th Quark Confinement
    2000, Wien, Austria
  • 3rd Quark Confinement
    1998, TJNAF, Newport News, USA
  • 2nd Quark Confinement
    1996, Como, Italy
  • 1st Quark Confinement
    1994, Como, Italy
  • Scientific program

    A: Vacuum structure and confinement

    Mechanisms of quark confinement (vortices, monopoles, calorons...) and the structure of the vacuum in non-Abelian gauge theories. Chiral symmetry breaking, and the Dirac spectrum in the low-momentum region. Studies of ghost and gluon propagators. Confining strings and flux tubes, their effective actions. Renormalons and power corrections. Interface between perturbative and nonperturbative physics.

    Conveners: D. Antonov (ITP, U. Heidelberg), M. Faber (TU Vienna), J. Greensite (San Francisco State U)

    Focus Subsection: Emergent Gauge Fields and Chiral Fermions

    Chiral fermions and anomalous hydrodynamic effects in condensed matter systems, quantum simulators of QCD, topological phenomena in condensed matter systems.

    Conveners: F. Assaad (Würzburg U.), K. Jansen (DESY Zeuthen), T. Schaefer (NC State U), V. Shevchenko (NRC Kurchatov I.)

    B: Light quarks

    Chiral and soft collinear effective theories; sum rules; lattice calculations; Schwinger-Dyson equations; masses of light quarks; light-quark loops; phenomenology of light-hadron form factors, spectra and decays; structure functions and generalized parton distributions; exotics and glueballs; experiments.

    Conveners: J. Goity (Hampton U.), B. Ketzer (Bonn U.), M. Constantinou (Temple U.) H. Sazdjian (IPN Orsay), N. G. Stefanis (Ruhr U. Bochum)

    C: Heavy quarks

    Heavy-light mesons, heavy quarkonia, heavy baryons, heavy exotics and related topics: phenomenology of spectra, decays, and production; effective theories for heavy quarks (HQET, NRQCD, pNRQCD, vNRQCD, SCET); sum rules for heavy hadrons; lattice calculations of heavy hadrons; heavy-quark mass determinations; experiments.

    Conveners: G. Bodwin (Argonne NL), P. Pakhlov (ITEP, Moscow), J. Soto (U. Barcelona), A. Vairo (TU Munich)

    D: Deconfinement

    QCD at finite temperature; quark-gluon plasma detection and characteristics; jet quenching; transport coefficients; lattice QCD and phases of quark matter; QCD vacuum and strong fields; heavy-ion experiments. experiments.

    Conveners: P. Foka (GSI), J. Ghiglieri (SUBATECH, Nantes), E. Iancu (CEA/DSM/Saclay), P. Petreczky (BNL), A. Vuorinen (U. Helsinki)

    E: QCD and New Physics

    Physics beyond the Standard Model from hadronic physics, including precision experimental data and precision calculations.

    Conveners: W. Detmold (MIT), S. Gardner (U. Kentucky), M. Gersabeck (U. Manchester), E. Mereghetti (LANL), J. Portoles (IFIC, Valencia)

    F: Nuclear and Astroparticle Physics

    Nuclear matter; nuclear forces; quark matter; neutron and compact stars.

    Conveners: M. Alford (Washington U. St.Louis), D. Blaschke (U. Wroclaw), T. Cohen (U. Maryland), J. Marton (SMI Vienna), A. Schmitt (U Southampton)

    G: Strongly Coupled Theories

    Hints on the confinement/deconfinement mechanisms from supersymmetric and string theories; strongly coupled theories beyond the Standard Model; applications of nonperturbative methods of QCD to other fields.

    Conveners: D. Espriu (U. Barcelona), Z. Fodor (U. Wuppertal), S. Khalil (Zewail City U.), A. Martin (U. Notre Dame), E. Neil (U. Colorado)

    H. Statistical Methods for Physics Analysis in the XXI Century

    Machine learning techniques; data fitting and extraction of signals; new developments in unfolding methods; averaging and combination of results.

    Conveners: T. Dorigo (U. Padova), S.V. Gleyzer (CERN), P. Shanahan (MIT), L. Tagliacozzo (U. Barcelona)

    The Conference Poster


    Public lectures on July 27th 2020

    We are delighted that Prof. Eckard Elsen, director of research and computing of CERN will give a public lecture in the evening of July 27th 2020. The talk takes place at 20:00h at the Clarion Hotel Stavanger located at Arne Rettedals gate 14, 4008 Stavanger in the city center of Stavanger.

    Participants who speak Norwegian are kindly invited to join already at 19:00h for the outreach talk by Prof. Are Raklev of the University of Oslo on the fundamental concept underlying our conference: confinement.

    The event is open to the general public and entry is free. Coffee, tea and water will be served. We hope that you will enjoy an exciting evening with physics at the forefront of human knowledge.

    (Lecture titles are tentative.)

    Staying at the conference


    Participants are kindly requested to book their accommodations individually.

    We have pre-reserved 50 rooms at the University of Stavanger Campus hotel Ydalir (www.ydalir.no) which is conveniently located close to the venue of the conference. You can benefit from a reduced rate for conference participants by using the reservation code "QuarkYdalir". When contacting the hotel for booking, please indicate besides the code that you are participating in the 2020 confinement conference.

    It is our pleasure to make avaialble hotel rooms at a reduced rate through the travel agency Egencia. If you follow the link below, you will be taken to their booking portal. If participants wish to benefit from reduced rates they are requested to 1) fill in their personal information 2) select to book accommodations 3) select dates of stay and the hotel of choice 4) confirm their choice 5) pay for the accommodation via the Egencia portal. Be aware that this booking process is independent from the registration process on the ConfXIV indico page.

    Egencia booking portal for accommodations at reduced rates


    We are happy to offer childcare services free of charge to parents attending the 2020 Confinement conference with their children. Please contact us via email (ConfXIV@uis.no) about your childcare needs before May 1st 2020. Please also indicate your request for childcare services during the registration including the number and age of children.


    Travel options

    Sustainable travel

    We have collected some useful links to help you make your travel to Stavanger more sustainable. I.e. in particular information on alternatives to flying for attendees in Europe; those with the time and opportunity to take this slower, more adventurous trip are invited to explore our suggestions below. If flying is your only option, we recommend, if possible, to limit the number of layovers to the minimum, as the extra distance flown and the extra contributions from take-offs and landings can significantly increase the per-trip emissions.

    Overland travel in Scandinavia

    Stavanger is connected by train and bus to Oslo and other major centers in Norway. From Oslo you can connect to train and bus services to Sweden and Denmark. See https://www.nor-way.no and https://www.nettbuss.com for long-distance coach services and https://www.vy.no for trains.

    Ferries to Stavanger

    Fjordline operates ferries to Stavanger from Bergen (for travelers from Norway) and Hirtshals, on the northern tip of Denmark. This last option can be combined with trains to reach Stavanger from central Europe with surface travel only.

    Central Europe to Stavanger: train+ferry

    A very good reference for train travel in Europe is https://www.seat61.com. According to this site, the best recipe to reach Stavanger is to get to Hamburg. From there you can take trains to Hitshals and then the overnight ferry to Stavanger. For more details see the following link. If you are close to one of the cities served by the Austrian night trains to Hamburg (Zürich, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, etc. map can be found here) you can take an overnight train to Hamburg, then continue the morning after to Hirtshals and finally take the overnight ferry, reaching Stavanger in about 36 hours with far less emissions.


  • Local organising committee
  • Alexander Rothkopf (U. of Stavanger, chair)
  • Nora Brambilla (TU München, co-chair)
  • Aleksi Kurkela (U. of Stavanger)
  • Tore Kleppe (U. of Stavanger)
  • Anders Tranberg (U. of Stavanger)
  • Konrad Tywoniuk (U. of Bergen)
  • Dieter Röhrich (U. of Bergen)
  • Jens Oluf Andersen (NTNU)
  • Per Amund Amundsen (ViS)

  • International advisory committee
  • A. Andrianov (St. Petersburg SU, Russia)
  • M. Baker (U. of Washington, USA)
  • G. Bodwin (Argonne NL, USA)
  • A. Buras (TU München, Germany)
  • G. Colangelo (Bern, Switzerland)
  • M. Creutz (Brookhaven NL, USA)
  • G. Ecker (U. of Vienna, Austria)
  • E. Eichten (Fermilab, USA)
  • M. Faber (TU Vienna, Austria)
  • P. Foka (GSI, Germany)
  • N. Kaiser (TU München, Germany)
  • G. Krein (UNESP, Brazil)
  • W. Lucha (HEPHY, Austria)
  • M. Lüscher (CERN, Switzerland)
  • T. Mannel (Siegen, Germany and Oxford, UK)
  • A. Manohar (U. of California, USA)
  • G. Martinelli (U. Rome La Sapienza, Italy)
  • K. Maung (U. of Southern Mississippi, USA)
  • M. Neubert (JGU Mainz, Germany)
  • S. Paul (TU München, Germany)
  • J. Pelaez (UC Madrid, Spain)
  • K. Peters (GSI, Germany)
  • A. Pich (Valencia, Spain)
  • G. Prosperi (U. of Milan, Italy)
  • H. Reinhardt (Tübingen, Germany)
  • J. E. Ribeiro (IST Lisboa, Portugal)
  • H. Sazdijan (IPN Orsay, France)
  • J.I. Skullerud (Maynooth, Ireland)
  • M. Shifman (U. of Minnesota, USA)
  • J. Soto (U. of Barcelona, Spain)
  • H. Suganuma (Kyoto U., Japan)
  • H. Toki (Osaka U., Japan)
  • A. Vairo (TU München, Germany)

  • Jointly hosted by:
    Supporting Organizations: