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The ECT* in Trento

The highly excited nuclear, hadronic, or quark-gluon matter created in heavy-ion collisions requires to deal with complex dynamical many-body systems whose theoretical description is highly demanding both with respect to human resources and computing power. Experience has shown that a quantitative understanding of the observed phenomena cannot be achieved without a comprehensive exchange of even technical information between experimentalists and theorists. For this purpose we support the idea of a European Centre of Theoretical Nuclear Physics which can serve as a clearing house for new theoretical ideas and stimulate experimental and theoretical progress by initiating quantitative comparisons between theory and data. The ECT at Trento, founded in 1993, has been quite successful in playing such a role. It is considered necessary to provide a broader basis of the funding preferably on a European level.

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