COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is hosting an upcoming international conference on low-energy nuclear reactions.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the university will host the 18th International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Fusion.

Annette Sobel, assistant to the provost for strategic opportunities and program organizer for the conference, said this is the first time the conference has taken place in the Midwest. Sobel says the entire condensed-matter community, which includes at least 30 countries, will be represented at the conference.

The conference runs from Sunday through next Friday.

Robert Duncan, vice chancellor of research at MU, says the conference has grown as a result of people seeking to explain the heat form.