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, August 1st - 6th, 2022.

Important Dates


Abstract submission opening:   1 December 2021

Registration and Conference Fee


Registration for the conference will be possible through the conference indico site starting on December 1st, 2021.  

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)

    Poster session

    Poster Contributions

    The poster session is an integral part of each Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum conference, providing a forum for intense discussions and exchange. In 2021 it will take place on Tuesday August 3rd from 18:00h-20:00h. We encourage participants to consider posters as a means of contributing to the conference and will recognize them on an equal footing with contributed talks in the proceedings.

    Poster prize

    It is our pleasure to announce that this year two dedicated poster prizes will be awarded. A jury will select contributions based on scientific excellence and innovative potential. Each prize is endowed with a cash amount of 500EUR.

    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 2022 confinement conference.

    In the beginning of 2022 we will be making available hotel rooms at a reduced rate through the travel agency Egencia.


    We are happy to offer childcare services free of charge to parents attending the 2022 Confinement conference with their children. Please contact us via email (ConfXIV@uis.no) about your childcare needs before May 1st 2022. 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: