Cairns Convention Centre to host global nuclear physics conference


The Cairns Convention Centre will welcome more than 500 scientists and experts in the field of strong interactions when it hosts the XVIth Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum Conference this August.

The conference will delve into the interface between QCD, nuclear physics, astrophysics, and the broader realm of strongly coupled physics. A special focus will be on the interplay between QCD and the physics of condensed matter and strongly correlated systems, highlighting their mutual benefits and interactions.

The conference is organised by the Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter at the University of Adelaide.


Dr. Ayse Kizilersu, from the University of Adelaide’s School of Physical Sciences, is leading the organisation of the event.

“We are delighted to be heading to Cairns in August,” she said. “Both the venue and destination offer incredible appeal to our delegates, ensuring a high level of attendance from around the world. This year’s event promises to be our best yet and I look forward to welcoming our community when they arrive in Cairns.”

Cairns Convention Centre has recently opened its $176 million expansion, providing a total of 10,500 square meters of new floor space.

“Hosting such a high-profile scientific conference less than a year after our new expansion opened demonstrates our appeal as a venue dedicated to knowledge sharing, community engagement and education,” said Janet Hamilton, general manager of Cairns Convention Centre.

“We are excited to be welcoming the event as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.”

The conference will be held from August 19-24.