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Feb 01


The scientific workshop: “Massive Computation for Ultrafast Molecular Breaking” (MACUMB 2017) will be held in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) on 25th and 26th of May 2017.

The scientific program ( includes ten invited talks that will be combined with two 3-hours practical sessions in computer rooms. We aim to bring together developers of the state-of-the-art scientific software in the field of quantum chemistry and molecular physics.

Registration is already open and closes on May 15th, 2017. The registration for the meeting is free for all participants.

You can find detailed information at

Alicia Palacios, Sergio Díaz-Tendero and Jesús González-Vázquez
Departamento de Química, Facultad de Ciencias
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


Meeting of COST Action CM1204 XUV/X-ray light and fast ions for ultrafast chemistry (XLIC)
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
23-25 January 2017

It was organized by Oded Heber and Yoni Toker at the The David  Lopatie Conference Centre, Weizmann Institute of Science

It was aimed at:
Dynamical processes in molecular and cluster systems play an important role in different disciplines of research including atmospheric and interstellar chemistry, biology, nano-science and more. It is appealing to classify different types of dynamics according to their time scale – from attosecond electronic dynamics, femtosecond and picosecond ro-vibrational motion up to typical nanosecond times of spontaneous radiative processes. However, even in small clusters and biomolecules, coupling of many degrees of freedom can lead to ultra-slow dynamics extending up to millisecond times.
In recent years, experimental techniques for studying these different dynamics have considerably advanced – from the development of ultrafast light sources, including high-order harmonic generation and free electron laser X-ray facilities, as well as highly controlled ion traps and ion storage rings that allow following a slow evolving time evolution of isolated molecular and cluster ions. On the theoretical side, quantum mechanical calculations provide insight regarding short time scales, while statistical models can describe long time dynamics on the ensemble level.
These communities have developed in parallel and often with little interaction with each-other. The goal of this workshop will be to bridge the gap between the different communities towards a full understanding of molecular and cluster dynamics. For example, it will be valuable to understand the role of initial ultrafast electronic and vibrational rearrangement of an isolated system on its slow decay by statistical fragmentation. Does ultrafast dynamics leading to internal conversion influence delayed recurrent fluorescence events? What is the importance of the coherent vibrational motion for long term processes and spectroscopic probes of isolated interstellar environments or biomolecular systems?

We aim at achieving this goal by bringing together leading experts from the different fields: including atto-second science, femto-chemistry, action spectroscopy, ion storage devices, time-dependent quantum mechanics and statistical physics – in order to promote a common language and shared goals. In particular, participants will be asked to highlight the scientific goals and challenges of each field to promote collaborative efforts. We hope that this conference will generate long term collaborations that will advance our understanding of molecular and cluster science across the different time scales.
The structure was three days of scientific activity in a single place and included the following activities: 35 invited talks and hot topics talks selected from abstract contributions, a poster session and a round table discussion about future scientific progress and efforts.
The number of participants was 66.

The final program of the meeting can be found below.

The Local Organiser,
Oded Heber (Chair)
Weizmann Institute of Science
Yoni Toker (Co Chair)
Bar Ilan University
Zohar Amitay
Barry Bruner
Weizmann Institute of Science
Nirit Dudovich
Weizmann Institute of Science
Daniel Strasser
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Daniel Zajfman
Weizmann Institute of Science

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Next XLIC Expert Meeting will join WG1 and WG2 topics under the title “From Ultrafast to Ultraslow Dynamics in Molecules and Clusters”. It will be held in the Weizmann Institute of Science Israel , from 23th to 25th January  2017.

The workshop will bring together top researchers in a wide range of fields with the hope of establishing new interactions and future directions. The workshop participation is open to everybody and is jointly organised by COST CM1204 Action (XLIC). For more information please visit the conference website:

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1st, 2016
Registration Deadline: January 5th, 2017

List of Invited speakers:
Noam Agmon, Hebrew University, Israel
Lars H. Andersen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Itzik Ben-Itzhak, Kansas State University, USA
Valerie Blanchet, CELIA, Bordeaux, France
Anastasia Bochenkova, Moscow State University, Russia
Steen Brondsted Nielsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Philip Bucksbaum, Stanford, USA
Francesca Calegari, Politecnico Milano, Italy
Lorenz Cederbaum, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Henrik Cederquist, Stockholm University, Sweden
Brett Esry, Kansas State University, USA
Sharly Fleischer, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Jason Greenwood, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Christiane Koch, Universität Kassel, Germany
Ronni Kosloff, Hebrew University, Israel
Holger Kreckel, MPI-K Heidelberg, Germany
Stephen Leone, UC Berkeley, USA
Nimrod Moiseyev, Technion, Israel
Edvardas Narevicius, Weizmann Institute, Israel
Daniel Neumark, UC Berkeley USA
Thomas Pfeifer, MPI-K Heidelberg, Germany
Igor Schapiro, Hebrew University, Israel
Haruo Shiromaru, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Jan. R. R. Verlet, Durham University, UK
Mathias Weber, JILA, Colorado, USA
Roland Wester, Universität Innsbruck , Austria

Local Organiser: Yoni Toker (Bar Ilan University)

The 3rd XLIC WG2 Expert meeting (July 22-28, 2016) was focused on Delocalized Electrons in Atomic and Molecular Nanoclusters. It was organized by Klavs Hansen and took place at the Ettore Majorana Center for Scientific Culture, Erice, Sicily, Italy.

It was aimed at scientists, postdocs and graduate students who work with the effects of delocalized electrons with focus on free nanoclusters. Subjects such as quantum size effects, novel materials, and reaction pathways exhibit a range of phenomena which are highly sensitive to delocalized electrons’ mobility, screening, response, direct and exchange interactions, correlations, etc. The aim of the workshop was to bring together researchers in adjacent fields to examine recent and future developments.


The structure was workshop format of a week’s duration and included invited talks, selected oral presentations, a poster session, as well as time for individual discussions, as can be seen in the program below. The number of participants was 58.

The workshop was organized locally by the Ettore Majorana Center for Scientific Culture. The center, with the president Prof. Antonino Zichichiby, has a long and illustrious history of organizing such types of meetings. The workshop was in the framework of the International School of Solid State Physics, directed by Prof. Giorgio Benedek.

Klavs Hansen (Gothenburg, Sweden)
The Local Organiser

Related links:

  • WG2 Expert Meeting on Delocalized Electrons (Italy, July 2016) – Final program
  • WG2 Expert Meeting on Delocalized Electrons (Italy, July 2016) – Poster
  • WG2 Expert Meeting on Delocalized Electrons (Italy, July 2016) – Web site

The 2nd meeting organized in the framework of Working Group 2 of COST Action CM1204 (XUV/X-ray light and fast ions for ultrafast chemistry) took place in Fruska gora (Serbia) from April 27th to April 30th, 2015. It was an expert meeting centered on Biomolecules.

EWG2M_RS-Biomolecules-pictureThis meeting gathered experts from different disciplines (physics, chemistry), experiments and theory to discuss aspects on photon, ion and electron interaction with biomolecules, as well as properties of biomolecules, stability of highly excited and highly charged biological molecules in the gas phase and their reactivity. The aim of the meeting was to initiate new projects and collaborations, inspire new scientific achievements and help promotion of young researchers.
The “WG2 expert meeting on biomolecules” was organized by Aleksandar Milosavljević (Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Serbia) and Paola Bolognesi (CNR-ISM, Rome, Italy) in the “CePTOR congress center” located in Fruška gora (Serbia) from 27th to 30th April 2015.
The meeting format was based on 20 talks (20’) with long discussion time (10’), 1 poster section (with 9 posters) and free time for discussion. Seven talks were given by young researchers.
The total number of participants was 38 (ranged from MSc and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers to experienced leading researchers and full professors).

The detailed program of the meeting, the book of abstracts and the full list of attendees can be found following the links below.

Aleksandar Milosavljević (IPB, University of Belgrade, Serbia)
The Local Organiser

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Ultrafast dynamics: new opportunities and challenges for Paris-Saclay

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 9 h – 18 h
Auditorium of Institut d’Optique Graduate School
Avenue Augustin Fresnel, 91127 Palaiseau

Free but MANDATORY registration (see below)


Invited speakers

Dimitris Charalambidis


on-linear processes in the XUV spectral region: An advanced tool for attosecond pulse metrology and application
Eric Constant

CELIA, Bordeaux

Generation of High energy ultrashort XUV pulses for the study of non linear transitions induced by XUV photons
Franck Delmotte

IOGS, Palaiseau

XUV multilayer optics for ultrafast science
Guillaume Dovillaire

Imagine Optic, Orsay

Adaptive optics on high power laser – EUV Wavefront measurement
Marta Fajardo

GoLP/IPFN, Portugal

XUV High-Order Harmonic probing of XFEL created Warm Dense Matter
Olivier Guilbaud

LPGP, Orsay

Coherent soft x-ray sources as a probe for dense plasma physics
Franck Lépine

ILM, Lyon

Attosecond molecular physics, towards applications to complex molecules
Rodrigo Lopez-Martens

LOA, Palaiseau

Applications of attosecond lighthouses
Jan Luning

LCP-MR, Paris

Probing Ultrafast Magnetization Dynamics on the Nanometer Length Scale by Coherent X-ray Diffraction at XFELs
Françoise Remacle

University of Liège

Dynamical Studies of Ultrafast Charge Migration in Diatomic and Modular Molecules Probed by Photoelectron Angular Distributions
Pascal Salières

LIDyL-LFP, Gif-sur-Yvette

Attosecond spectroscopy in the gas phase: from charge migration to ionization delays
Carlo Spezzani

OPT2X, Orsay

Optically induced Fe magnetization reversal in Fe/MnAs/GaAs(001)
Emma Springate

Rutherford Appleton Lab., UK

Time- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy in graphene with high harmonics

The program includes :

  • A round table discussion of 50 min will be widely opened to all those who are interested by the perspectives offered by the use of ultrashort XUV sources for applications in their own research fields. The need for accurate source characterization is one of the topics that we propose to address. Please participate actively!
  • A poster session will take place in the entrance hall of IOGS to stimulate discussions during the coffee breaks and the lunch buffet.

The detailed program can be accessed at the link:

Registration form to be send to :

Name/Forename :
Laboratoy :
Poster             oui                   non
Poster title:
Present to the lunch-buffet      oui                   non

An ID card or passport will be mandatory to receive the entrance badge

Ultrafast electron dynamics in molecules: Working Group 1 Meeting of COST Action CM1204
London, UK.
Thu. 3rd – Fri. 4th July 2014

The first WG1 meeting of COST CM1204 Action was organized by Dr. Olga Smirnova  at University College London. It was aimed at discussing forefront problems and promoting collaborations between the partners.

The meeting was organized in the style similar to Faraday discussions. Five discussion leaders together with the Core groups of participants  formulated discussion materials that were available on-line since early April:

  • Topic 1: XFEL and X-ray spectroscopy: experiment (Discussion leader: Jon Marangos)
  • Topic 2: Theory of atoms and molecules under intense short wavelength radiation  (Discussion leader: Peter Lambropoulos)
  • Topic 3:  High harmonic spectroscopy (Discussion leader: Yann Mairesse)
  • Topic 4: Time-dependent computational methods for multielectron systems in external fields   (Discussion leader: Alejandro Saenz)
  • Topic 5: Multielectron ionization & coupled electron-nuclear dynamics (Discussion leader:  Agapi Emmanouilidou )

In addition there were two “Work in groups” sessions:

  • Group 1: TDDFT and applications to attosecond spectroscopy
    Discussion leaders: Francoise Remacle  and Franck Lepine
  • Group 2: Electron dynamics in strong IR fields
    Discussion leader: Bernard Piraux

Other participants of WG1 read these discussion materials and responded, by sending the abstracts of their contributions. All abstracts were accepted. The program was created on the basis of those materials.

The number of participants was 85, with 13 Action countries represented.
The final program of the meeting can be found below.

The Local Organiser,
Dr. Olga Smirnova

Max-Born Institute
Max-Born strasse 2a, 12489 Berlin

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Control of Chemical Reactivity: Working Group 3 Meeting of COST Action CM1204
Birmingham, UK.
Mon. 14th – Wed. 16th April 2014

The meeting was a short workshop aimed at theoreticians and experimentalists interested in using light fields to control molecular reactions. Invited speakers covered a range of topics in the field, such as control in condensed phases, strong field control, polyatomic light-matter interactions, attosecond pulse control. The idea was to bring together people from the different areas to exchange ideas and identify the present state-of-the-art and problems to be solved.

The structure was based on oral presentations including overview seminars from leading researchers, state-of-the-art research talks and presentations by young researchers. Posters were also presented throughout the meeting and at a focused poster session. There were long discussion time amongst participants. wg3-birmingham-group_photo

The number of participants was 39 from 11 countries with a mix of ages and career stages. There was a good atmosphere of discussion at the meeting. The final program of the meeting can be found below.

The Local Organiser,
Prof. Graham Worth
School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, UK

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The 1st Meeting of the Working Group 2 of the COST Action CM1204 XLIC took place at the Mercure Omaha beach Hotel situated in Port-en-Bessin, Lower Normandy, France WG2_Meeting-2014_1000x750from 24th to 27th February 2014. This meeting brought together experts from different disciplines (physics, chemistry, experience, theory) to discuss aspects of the stability of highly excited and highly charged molecules in the gas phase and  their reactivity (for example interaction with other molecules and formation of new species through isomerization and/or fragmentation).

The format of the meeting was based on 24 talks (20’) with long discussion time (10’), 2 poster sections (with 23 posters) and free time for discussion. Seven talks were given by young researchers. The number of participants was around 50 persons.

We hope that this Meeting gave the opportunities exchange scientific ideas and results, to initiate new collaborations and to integrate in particular young researchers in the research community.

Alicja Domaracka and Henning Zettergren
The Meeting Chairs

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The call for abstracts and registration to the International Workshop on Photoionization and Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering (IWP & RIXS 2014) is open from the 10th March 2014.

More informations can be found in the Second Announcement or visiting the Conference web site at: