The international conference FUSION03 was held from November 12 till 15, 2003, at Hotel Taikanso at the Matsushima Bay near Sendai, Japan. It was attended by 87 physicists from 15 countries with 22 nationalities. Two subjects were set to be the major aims of the conference. The first is to clarify the mechanism of heavyion fusion reactions at energies near and below the Coulomb barrier, and conversely extract structural information through the analysis of fusion cross section. The second is to explore nuclear reactions and radioactivity in matter. The conference was intended to discuss new ideas about the subjects discussed in the Fusion97, International Workshop on Heavy-Ion Collisions at Near-Barrier Energies, which was held at South Durras, Australia. Besides the major subjects, many related subjects such as screening effects in low energy nuclear reactions in laboratory experiments and in stars, decay out of superdeformed band, theoretical as well as experimental studies of the synthesis of superheavy elements have also been intensively discussed. [...] The conference seeded many new problems. We wish them to be clarified in the succeeding studies and many new developments will be discussed in the next conference.
FUSION 03: From a Tunneling Nuclear Microscope to Nuclear Processes in Matter: Proceedings of the International Conference