XIIIth Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum      1-6 August 2018

Second Circular

We are pleased to confirm the thirteenth edition of the "Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum" conference which will take place in Maynooth, Ireland, 1-6 August 2018.

Conference web site

The conference web site is http://indico.cern.ch/e/confxiii and is regularly updated.

Scientific Topics

The conference focuses on QCD with the aim to explore all aspects of strongly interacting systems and provides a forum enhancing the exchange among theorists and experimentalists as well as among different related fields covered by the following sections.

Details on the scientific sessions and their corresponding conveners can be found at https://indico.cern.ch/event/648004/program.


The contributions (oral presentations and posters) will be published in the open access "European Physical Journal Web of Conferences", following a peer review. Details and instructions for submission will be provided on the conference web page.

Registration and abstract submission are now open

Abstract submission opening: 10 January 2018
Abstract submission deadline: 1 June 2018
Abstract acceptance notification: 15 June 2018
Registration opening: 10 January 2018
Deadline for paying early registration fees: 20 June 2016
Registration deadline: 20 July 2018
Deadline for support applications:30 April 2018
Decisions on support applications:15 May 2018

Registration and conference fees

Registration for the conference is through the conference website: https://indico.cern.ch/event/648004/registrations/39335/.
Registration fee type Early Registration Late Registration
  until 20 June, 2018 until 20 July, 2018
Regular €450 €500
Student €300 €300
Accompanying Person €100 €100

The registration fee for conference participants includes proceedings, conference facilities, daily lunch, coffee breaks, conference social dinner, welcome reception and excursion and poster session. The fee for accompanying persons includes the conference social dinner, welcome reception and excursion.

Support for young participants

There is some financial support to facilitate the participation of students and young postdocs. Applications for support can be submitted by sending an email to confxiii@thphys.nuim.ie by 30 April 2018. Please include a reference letter, your CV (in pdf format) and a copy of your abstract. The subject of your email should be:
  Reduced fee application, YOUR NAME

If you apply for support please postpone payment of your fee until a decision is made, by 15 May 2018.


We have reserved accommodation for conference delegates on the Maynooth University campus. Rooms have private bathrooms and include shared self-catering facilities, at a cost of €38 per night. A light continental breakfast, served at the University dining hall, may be added for a surcharge of €7 per night. We have also negotiated prices for a limited number of rooms in nearby hotels. Accommodation can be booked at the time of registration. Further details about this and other accommodation options are given at https://indico.cern.ch/event/648004/page/11231-accommodation.

Conference Excursions

The conference excursion will take place on Saturday 4 August after the morning plenary session. Packed lunch will be provided. A range of different excursions is available, described on the webpage at https://indico.cern.ch/event/648004/page/12542-excursions, and your preferred trip should be selected at 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 Tuesday 31 July. The conference dinner will take place Thursday 2 August. There will also be a social programme for accompanying persons including additional excursions and activities.


Maynooth is just 40 minutes by car from Dublin Airport, which is well connected with flights from more than 130 destinations operated by 40 airlines, including over 1600 flights from Europe and 120 flights from North America every week. There is an hourly shuttlebus from Dublin Airport to Maynooth. Maynooth is also well connected with a regular commuter and intercity train service as well as bus services to Dublin. Detailed travel information can be found on the conference website.

Visa information

Information about visa requirements for travel to Ireland can be found on the following web page: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Irish%20Visa%20Information

The full list of countries requiring a visa is at http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visa-required-countries

Citizens of the EU, EEA, Switzerland, most countries in America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea do not require a visa to enter Ireland. Citizens of other countries may require a visa; please check the web pages above.

Letters of invitation for visa purposes will be available upon request for registered conference participants.

Please address requests to confxiii@thphys.nuim.ie

The Organizing Committee