International Conference “Hard Probes” in Aschaffenburg


More than 300 researchers from around the world met in Aschaffenburg, Germany, March 27 to 31, 2023, for the "11th International Conference on Hard and Electromagnetic Probes of High-Energy Nuclear Collisions."

Leading international scientists, partly from GSI and FAIR, spent five days in Aschaffenburg discussing the latest experimental and theoretical results in the field of quark-gluon plasma (QGP). The QGP, a state of the early universe in its first microseconds after the Big Bang, is produced in the laboratory in large accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and will also be studied with collisions of nuclei at the FAIR accelerator facility under construction in Darmstadt. The event was organized by scientists from GSI Darmstadt and the University of Münster, together with colleagues from Bielefeld, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Gießen and Heidelberg.

After the last conference was held online due to the covid pandemic, the lively discussions around talks in parallel and plenary sessions in Aschaffenburg were much appreciated by the participants. The conference was preceded by a student day with presentations for early-career scientists held at GSI/FAIR in Darmstadt, which included a guided tour of the FAIR construction site.

A series of public events gave people in Aschaffenburg and the surrounding area an insight into nuclear and particle physics and their essential role in understanding our Universe. A public evening lecture by Prof. Luciano Rezzolla from Goethe University Frankfurt rounded off the program. The next edition of the conference will take place in the fall of 2024 in Japan.