Workshop “Present and Future of Hadron Physics” held at INFN Frascati National Laboratory

From June 17 to 19, 2024, the National Laboratory of Frascati (INFN) hosted an important workshop dedicated to the present and future of hadron physics in Europe.

This branch of physics studies hadrons, subatomic particles composed of quarks and gluons, which are fundamental to understanding the structure and interactions of matter from the subnuclear level up to the stars.

The workshop took place within the context and with the support of the STRONG-2020 European project, which was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824093. STRONG-2020 involves an active community of about 2500 researchers in Europe.

During the workshop, the most important achievements and open questions in investigating the strong interaction, a cornerstone of the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics, were discussed, both from theoretical and experimental points of views, with experiments performed at European facilities, including the DAFNE Accelerator complex of INFN-LNF, and in other laboratories around the world. The first day of the workshop was dedicated to selected contributions of participants, providing a platform for young researchers to present and discuss their work.

The three best talks of young participants were awarded “Best Young Participant Contributed talk award”.

During the second and third days, invited speakers presented their work and future perspectives in various areas of hadron physics and related fields. These presentations offered a comprehensive overview of current research and future challenges, highlighting the importance of international collaboration to advance knowledge in this crucial field.

At the conclusion of the workshop, on June 19, a public event “Dai quark alle stelle. Il fascino della fisica adronica”, was held at the “Scuderie Aldobrandini” in Frascati. This event allowed the workshop participants to engage with the general public, introducing them to the topics covered during the event and answering their questions.

The “Present and Future of Hadron Physics” workshop has been a very successful event, with more than 80 participants from all the world representing more than 50 Research Institutes and Universities.

This event represented a crucial occasion for scientific exchange, facilitating a deeper understanding of hadron physics in view of the future challenges and of the future European Project to be set up.

In addition to awarding the best scientific contributions from young scientists, there was also a recognition for the best photographs taken as part of the STRONG-2020 project, adding an artistic dimension to the event.

The workshop was dedicated to the memory of Professor Carlo Guaraldo, from INFN-LNF, the Deputy Scientific Coordinator of the STRONG-2020 project, who passed away on May 19, 2024, in Rome. The event celebrated his extraordinary contributions to the field of hadron physics and strengthened the bond among researchers worldwide, promoting collaboration and scientific innovation.

More information can be found on the dedicated web-site of the event: