General presentation of the conferences
The series of International Conferences on Elastic and Diffractive Scattering was founded in 1985 in the picturesque old French town of Blois, famous for its XIV - XVIIth century château, inside of which the first meeting took place.
Since that time, meetings were organised every two years in different places of the world: New York, USA (1987), Evanston, USA (1989), Isola d'Elba, Italy (1991), Providence, USA (1993), Blois, France (1995), Seoul, South Korea (1997), Protvino, Russia (1999), Prague, Czech Republic (2001), Helsinki, Finland (2003), Blois, France (2005) and Hamburg, Germany (2007).
Every time, our International Conferences on Elastic and Diffractive Scattering adapted their content to the most recent experimental and theoretical results concerning not only Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) but also other fields of particle physics, where diffractive physics is present. The attribution of Nobel Prize in 2004 to three physicists who opened the way of QCD strongly reinforced our discipline - the particle physics.
By their content and by the quality of the participants, our series of conferences acquired an important international prestige. Our very much regretted colleague Jan Kwiecinski wrote in the “CERN Courier”: “A regular feature of the international physics calenderer is the International Conference on Elastic and Diffractive Scattering, known also as the Blois Workshops, after their 1985 birthplace in France […] The valuable content of the Blois meetings has recently become very topical following theoretical progress in understanding high energy behavior in terms of Quantum Chromodynamics and its implications for both present and future experiments” (CERN Courier, No 9, December 1995).