The main scientific objective of the School is an in-depth discussion of experimental and theoretical aspects of the ultra-relativistic nuclear physics. With RHIC accelerator at Brookhaven National Laboratory, operating with nuclear beams having CMS energy 200 GeV per pp collision, coming into operation, a wealth of new data is expected to be available in the summer of the year 2001.
Also, few years from now, LHC accelerator at CERN will work with nuclear beams at still higher energies, 5.5 TeV for lead nuclei. Theoretically a lot of new and exciting phenomena are expected in such ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions, most notably, the increasingly important role of the deconfined quark-gluon matter created at their early stage. A school such as this is needed due to the rapid increase of the community of young theorists and experimentalists in this field.
This school is unique in that we include topics relevant to both high-energy nuclear collisions and high-energy electron-hadron physics. There is much overlap in both the theoretical and the experimental goals of these fields, but at present, only little overlap of people. The organizers feel strongly that progress in both of these areas will involve interplay of disciplines. The atmosphere provided by Cargese is ideal for the type of interactions we wish to encourage. The intimate setting and relative isolation of the conference place should generate many interactions between lecturers and students. The diversity of nationalities of the students should work for future international collaboration between the young people.