Investigation of the thermodynamic and transport properties of the nuclear matter at extremely high temperatures and densities has gained widespread interest and is a topic of extensive research in recent times. Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), the underlying theory of strong interactions, predicts that under extreme conditions of temperature and/or densities, the nuclear matter undergoes a transition to a deconfined phase of quarks and gluons. Lattice QCD predicts a smooth crossover between the two phases at zero net baryon chemical potential. New tools and techniques are required from both theoretical and experimental sides to map the entire QCD phase diagram. In principle, the QCD phase diagram can be accessed experimentally in nucleus-nucleus collisions at relativistic energies. In this symposium, we plan to bring together theoretical and experimental physicists from around the country to discuss new developments in high energy heavy-ion physics.
The topics of discussion are :