Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lattice 2013 - First Circular

Lattice 2013, the 31st International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory will be held in Mainz, Germany, from Monday, 29 July 2013, to Saturday, 3 August 2013.

The conference will be held on the campus of the University of Mainz, which is conveniently located close to the city centre and can be reached easily using public transportation. All plenary and parallel sessions will take place in the same building.

Registration and reception will be held on the evening of Sunday, 28 July 2013, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the bar/restaurant "Proviant-Magazin" in the city centre of Mainz.

The conference programme starts in the morning of Monday, 29 July 2013, and ends at lunchtime on Saturday, 3 August.

Mainz is conveniently located and can be reached in 30 minutes by a direct local train from Frankfurt airport.

More information can be found on the conference web site, which will be updated regularly. If you need to contact us, please email the Conference Secretariat.

Important Deadlines

The Early Bird Registration deadline is Wednesday, 15 May 2013.
The Registration and Abstract Submission deadline is Saturday, 15 June 2013.

Registration and abstract submission will proceed via the conference web page, and an announcement will be made when these features become available.

Hotel reservations have to be made directly with the hotel of your choice. Our web site will provide information and links to local hotels offering special rates for the participants of Lattice 2013. Deadlines for the booking of accommodation vary among the different hotels. Full details will be provided when the list of hotels is online.


The programme will include plenary talks, parallel talks and a poster session on the following topics:
  • Algorithms and machines
  • Applications beyond QCD
  • Chiral symmetry
  • Hadron spectroscopy and interactions
  • Hadron structure
  • Nonzero temperature and density
  • Standard model parameters and renormalization
  • Theoretical developments
  • Vacuum structure and confinement
  • Weak decays and matrix elements

International Advisory Committee

Gert Aarts (Swansea)
Sinya Aoki (U. Tsukuba and Kyoto U.)
Norman Christ (Columbia U.)
William Detmold (MIT)
Zoltan Fodor (Wuppertal)
Philippe de Forcrand (ETH Zürich and CERN)
Margarita Garcia Perez (IFT Madrid)
Anna Hasenfratz (U. Colorado, Boulder)
James Hetrick (U. Pacific)
Andreas Jüttner (U. Southampton)
David Kaplan (U. Washington)
Andreas Kronfeld (Fermilab)
Weonjong Lee (Seoul National U.)
Derek Leinweber (U. Adelaide)
Nilmani Mathur (Tata Institute Mumbai)
Robert Mawhinney (Columbia U.)
Tereza Mendes (U. São Paulo)
Shigemi Ohta (KEK / Sokendai / RBRC)
Tetsuya Onogi (Osaka)
Kostas Originos (William & Mary / Jefferson Lab)
Dru Renner (Jefferson Lab)
Kari Rummukainen (Helsinki)
Sinead Ryan (Trinity College Dublin)
Stefan Schaefer (CERN)
Stephen Sharpe (U. Washington)
Cecilia Tarantino (U. Roma Tre)

Financial Support

A reduced conference fee will be available for a limited number of students, and for participants with very limited financial resources.

Applicants should send their application (with a brief motivation) by email to with Subject: "LATTICE2013 - reduced fee application, YOUR NAME". Student applicants should provide proof that they are registered as students during the year 2013 or academic year 2012-2013 and a statement of support by their supervisor, as well as the title of any presentation they intend to give.

The deadline for reduced fee applications is 15 April 2013. Payment of the reduced fee must be received on 15 May 2013 at the latest. After that date the regular late fee has to be paid.

Please note that the reduced fee does not include expenses for travel and accommodation, and that the available number of reduced-fee places is limited; not all applications may be successful.

Travel Information

Frankfurt Airport (FRA), which is served by over 500 flights each day, is located only 30 minutes from Mainz on a direct local train service.

For cheap connections from and to many European destinations, Hahn airport (HHN, served by Ryanair) is connected to Mainz by a non-stop shuttle bus.

Mainz also has excellent railway and motorway connectivity.

A local transportation ticket valid for the duration of the conference in all buses and trams in Mainz and the neighbouring town of Wiesbaden, is included in the registration pack. The registration pack also includes maps of the city and the university campus.

Excursions and Sightseeing

Situated near the UNESCO world heritage site Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Mainz is in its origins a Roman city, which has been an episcopal see since 746 and since 1950 is the capital of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

The city is located on the bank of the Rhine. The neighbouring cities of Frankfurt and Wiesbaden are easily accessible via public transportation. The climate is among the warmest and driest in Germany, with average temperatures in July around 24 oC (75 oF) and a low chance of precipitation. The surrounding area is a wine region which is particularly renowned for producing excellent Rieslings.

Mainz by itself offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, including the Cathedral with its 10th century bronze gate, the church of St Stephan with its exquisite set of windows designed by Marc Chagall, as well as a number of Roman remains.

Museums in Mainz include the Gutenberg-Museum for the history of printing, and the Romano-Germanic Central Museum with its impressive collection of archaeological finds from the Roman and early medieval periods.

Beyond Mainz, there is Frankfurt with its world-famous museums, among them the Städel, which houses one of Europe's prime art collections including works by Vermeer, Botticelli, Duerer, Monet and Picasso, and the Senckenberg museum of natural history with its outstanding collection of dinosaur skeletons. The Alte Oper (old opera house) is a first-class concert venue.

The afternoon of Wednesday, 31 July has been allocated for excursions, and we are currently in the process of organizing a selection of options.

Other QCD Workshops

Participants of Lattice 2013 might also consider attending the workshop "Extreme QCD (xQCD)", which will be held in Bern/Switzerland, from 5 to 7 August 2013.

Another QCD-related meeting being held in Europe in close temporal proximity to Lattice 2013 will be the workshop "Nucleon Matrix Elements for New-Physics Searches" at the ECT* in Trento, Italy, from 22 to 26 July 2013.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Mainz.

The Lattice 2013 Local Organizing Committee,
Georg von Hippel, Harvey B. Meyer, Owe Philipsen, Lorenz von Smekal,
Carsten Urbach, Marc Vanderhaeghen, Marc Wagner, Hartmut Wittig (chair)