XFEL Users’ Meeting 2015 @ DESY
Jan 27 – Jan 30 all-day

The European XFEL Users’ Meeting 2015 will be held at DESY Hamburg on 28 – 30 January 2015. The meeting will be organized jointly with the DESY Photon Science Users’ Meeting 2015.

The programme of the meeting and other details, including registration, can be found at


We kindly ask you to consider early registration. Please note that the deadline for a poster registration is *15 December 2014*.


We are pleased to announce that we are again able to offer to a limited number of young scientists a financial contribution, depending on distance, towards travel and living expenses. All current PhD students, as well as scientists who obtained their doctoral degree after 1 January 2013 are eligible. We encourage you to forward this information to science graduate students or recent PhD’s who might be interested. Deadline for application is *Thursday, 11 December 2014*.


When booking your hotel accommodation, you should mention that you are a visitor to European XFEL / DESY. Otherwise you might be asked to pay a tourism tax on your hotel bill. A list of hotels can be found on the meeting website.

@ Harnack House
Jul 12 – Jul 23 all-day

A 10-days Hands-on Tutorial Workshop on Density-functional theory and beyond: First-principles simulations of molecules and materials will be held on July 13 to 23, 2015, at Harnack House Berlin (

This ten-day Hands-On Tutorial Workshop introduces the basic and current developments in electronic structure theory for an intended audience of researchers entering the field. Morning lectures on the most important topics will be given by a field of international experts, complemented by afternoon hands-on sessions – practical exercises with computers – to deepen selected topics. For example, we cover:
* Density-functional theory (DFT) and quantum chemical approaches
* The most important numerical implementations
* Advanced functionals (capabilities and limits!)
* Electronic structure theory “beyond traditional Kohn-Sham DFT” (including GW, TDDFT, many-body formalisms)
* Ab initio molecular dynamics and nuclear quantum effects
* Multiscale approaches and statistical learning based on first principles
… and a wide range of other topics.
The application and poster-abstract submission interfaces for the workshop are now open until March 31. For space reasons, the number of participants will be limited to approximately 70. Acceptance decisions will be made within 2 weeks after the deadline (April 15, 2015).

Limited funds for financial support are available.
See the web page for details:

FEMTO12 – The Hamburg Conference on Femtochemistry @ CFEL, CUI, DESY, and Universität Hamburg
Jul 12 @ 8:30 am – Jul 17 @ 9:30 am

The 12th Femtochemistry Conference (FEMTO12) – Frontiers of ultrafast phenomena in Chemistry, Biology, and Physics – will take place in Hamburg, Germany, from 12. to 17. July 2015. The venue will be the Campus Bahrenfeld of DESY and the University of Hamburg, which with its unique facilities and scientific environment provides a great scientific setting for this ultrafast science conference.

Hamburg, officially “Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg”, is the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest city in the European Union. The Hamburg Metropolitan Region has more than 5 million inhabitants. The port of Hamburg, on the river Elbe, is the second largest port in Europe (after the Port of Rotterdam) and tenth largest worldwide. Hamburg is a major transport hub and is one of the most affluent cities in Europe. The city is a notable tourist destination for both domestic and overseas visitors and it is ranked 17th in the world for livability in 2012. See, for instance, for more details on the city.

FEMTO12 will bring together scientists from all over the world to present and discuss the most recent advances in femtosciences, including reaction dynamics, coherent control, structural dynamics, solvation phenomena, liquids and interfaces, fast processes in biological systems, strong field processes, attosecond electron dynamics and aggregates, surfaces and solids with contributions from both theory and experiment.

Registration is open at, with a deadline of 30. April 2015 for abstract submission and early bird payment. A number of submitted abstracts will be selected for hot topics talks.

In order to allow as many early-stage researchers as possible to attend the conference, the Hamburg Center for Ultrafast Imaging provides substantial support for PhD students upon application. Please see for details. Moreover, a block of rooms is set aside in the DESY guest house especially for students participating in FEMTO12.

Further details regarding travel and housing are provided on the FEMTO12 website.

The confirmed invited speakers are listed at and currently include

  • Bernd Abel (Universität Leibzig)
  • Philip Anfinrud (NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD)
  • Huib Bakker (AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Misha Bonn (MPI Polymer Research, Mainz)
  • Tobias Brixner (Universität Würzburg)
  • Francesca Calegari (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Martin Centurion (University of Nebraska)
  • Henry Chapman (CFEL, DESY and Universität Hamburg)
  • Majed Chergui (EPFL Lausanne)
  • Martina Dell’Angela (Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste)
  • Thomas Elsaesser (Max-Born-Institut, Berlin)
  • Fernando Martín García (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)
  • Leticia González (Universität Wien)
  • Frank de Groot (University of Utrecht)
  • Kevin Kubarych (University of Michigan)
  • Damien Laage (ENS Paris)
  • Stefan Lochbrunner (Universität Rostock)
  • Jom Luiten (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)
  • Dwayne Miller (CFEL, MPSD, Hamburg and University of Toronto)
  • Keith Nelson (MIT, Cambridge, MA)
  • Kenji Ohmori (Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki)
  • Hrvoje Petek (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Arnaud Rouzée (Max-Born-Institut, Berlin)
  • Artem Rudenko (Kansas State University)
  • Tamar Seideman (Northwestern University, Evanston, IL)
  • Henrik Stapelfeldt (Aarhus University)
  • Villy Sundström (University of Lund)
  • Toshinori Suzuki (Kyoto University)
  • Regina de Vivie-Riedle (LMU München)
  • Peter Vöhringer (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
  • Matthias Wollenhaupt (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg)
  • Hans Jakob Wörner (ETH Zürich)
2nd XLIC Young Scientist Forum @ Centrum Hotel
Nov 3 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The 3rd XLIC General Meeting will include also the 2nd Young Scientist Forum (YSF) – a special half-day with talks given by young researchers (PhD students and post-docs). The talk format will be 15 minutes + 5 minutes of discussion.

Seven young speakers will be selected by the young scientific committee on the basis of the submitted abstracts. The presenting author should attach also a short CV (including information about education, oral presentations and publications). For YSF talk, an abstract has to be submitted before September 15th, 2015.

Moreover, during the meeting, two special poster sessions are foreseen in order to exchange views and stimulate discussion on research topics, and to support interdisciplinary communication between the researchers. All young researchers participating in the XLIC General Meeting are encouraged to present a talk and/or poster.

The length of the abstract is limited to one A4 page, including figures and tables (see

The selection of young speakers will be announced on September 25th, 2015.

IFEXS 2016 @ Savoia Excelsior Palace
Feb 1 – Feb 3 all-day

The Workshop on Imaging with Femtosecond Electrons and X-ray pulses (IFEXS) will be held on February 1-3, 2016 at the Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste.

The workshop, jointly organized by CNR-IOM within the NFFA-Trieste facility programme and EPFL-Lausanne, aims to discuss the next frontier of ultrafast science regarding the advances of both electrons and photons based techniques with a special focus on the necessary cross-feeding between them.
Emphasis will be put on the complementary aspects of ultrafast electron microscopy and X-FEL based diffractive imaging techniques and on the future perspective of broadening the applicability of these tools by considering X-rays also as a chemically selective photo excitation and combining fs-X-ray beams with fs electron beams in an ad hoc modified Transmission Electron Microscope.
The program will comprise invited keynote lectures and poster presentations.
The workshop is open to all contributions (from theoretical, experimental, and simulation methods).
Deadline for submission of a two page abstract is January 7, 2016. Notification acceptance of poster presentation will be sent by January 13.
Registration is due by January 20, 2016.
Please, be advised that on-site registration will not be admitted.
On the workshop website you will find instructions for registration and abstract submission along with all relevant information about the workshop.

The Workshop Chairs
Regina Ciancio, CNR-IOM Trieste
Fabrizio Carbone, EPFL-Lausann

WG1&WG2 Expert Meeting: From Ultrafast to Ultraslow Dynamics in Molecules and Clusters @ Weizmann Institute of Science
Jan 23 – Jan 25 all-day
WG1&WG2 Expert Meeting: From Ultrafast to Ultraslow Dynamics in Molecules and Clusters @ Weizmann Institute of Science | Israel

The XLIC WG1&WG2 Expert Meeting “From Ultrafast to Ultraslow Dynamics in Molecules and Clusters” will be held in the Weizmann Institute of Science Israel , from 23th to 25th January  2017.The Meeting  is jointly organized by the Local organizing committee, the team of the conference unit of the  Weizmann Institute and COST CM1204 Action (XLIC).
The workshop participation is open to everybody.

Scope and Program of the Meeting

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 degree’s 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.

Immportant dates

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


Click here to register

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

CECAM workshop Seeking synergy between dynamics and statistics for non-equilibrium quantum processes
Jun 6 – Jun 9 all-day

The CECAM workshop Seeking synergy between dynamics and statistics for non-equilibrium quantum processes will be held in Paris in June 6th-9th.

One of the major difficulties in achieving an accurate theoretical descriptions of non-equilibrium processes in quantum mechanical systems is framed by the desire to provide a representation of the system of interest that is as realistic as possible, in a manner that is computationally tractable. The coupling of electronic and nuclear motion involving excited states, the quantum nature of the nuclear degrees of freedom, and the application of time-dependent driving forces, are just few examples of the effects that must be addressed in order to simulate these processes. Each of these effects poses unique challenges to theoretical progress. A number of exact and approximate quantum dynamics techniques are being developed and refined in order to provide algorithms that respond to the demand for a balance between computational efficiency and physical accuracy. Currently available techniques are typically based upon two different, but equivalent, formulations of many-body quantum mechanics, the wave function approach or the density matrix picture.

The proposed workshop aims to bring together the two principal molecular quantum dynamics communities (wave-function methods and density matrix approaches). The scope is threefold, (i) to identify and explore common goals and obstacles, (ii) help in fostering new ideas to connect these approaches, and bridge the apparent gap between approximate dynamical and statistical descriptions, (iii) identify possible routes to extend dynamics approaches to the domain of statistics.

At the workshop, experts are asked to uncover the fundamental details of the methods in pedagogical lectures. These lectures will be followed by extensive discussions, during which contributed speakers and participants are welcome to put forth some of their doubts and problems in the relation between dynamics and statistics.

Further information can be at:

Preliminary invited speakers are:

Nandini Ananth (Cornell University, USA) Sara Bonella (CECAM, Switzerland) Irene Burghardt (Goethe University, Germany) Eitan Geva (University of Michigan, USA) E. K. U. Gross (Max-Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Germany) Raymond Kapral (University of Toronto, Canada) Dvira Segal (University of Toronto, Canada) Jeremy Richardson (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) Graham Worth (University College London, UK)

CECAM DFT School, June 12-16, 2017, Lausanne @ CECAM Headquarters
Jun 12 – Jun 16 all-day

Where: CECAM Headquarters, Lausanne, Switzerland
When: June 12-16, 2017
Application deadline: February 28, 2017

This is a singular opportunity for students and postdocs. The school will be very similar to the previous one at IPAM last year ( with a similar line-up of excellent lecturers. We also provide limited support for student accommodation.

Scientific overview:

Last year, at least 30,000 scientific papers reported the results of DFT calculations. Many workshops and schools teach how to run a specific code. The purpose of this school is to teach the theory behind DFT. Lectures will be pedagogical and range from fundamentals to the latest approximations. The school is primarily targeted at junior researchers (Ph.D. students and postdocs) who are currently running DFT calculations and/or developing DFT or are interested in learning more about DFT. Internationally renowned experts in DFT will provide a thorough training in the fundamental theory through lectures and pedagogical research talks that connect themes of the lectures to the lecturers’ own cutting-edge research.

Confirmed speakers:

Mel Levy (Tulane University), John Perdew (Temple University), Hardy Gross (Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics) Weitao Yang (Duke University) Kieron Burke (University of California, Irvine) Leeor Kronik (Weizmann Institute) Neepa Maitra (Hunter College, CUNY) Adrienn Ruzsinszky (Temple University) Adam Wasserman (Purdue University)


Fill out the application form on the school web site. Submit one letter of recommendation from your academic advisor (via email to Participants are strongly encouraged to present a poster. Applications arriving by February 28, 2017 will receive full consideration.

Organizing Committee:

Attila Cangi (Sandia National Laboratories) Kieron Burke (University of California, Irvine) Hardy Gross (Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics)

FEMTO13 @ Marriott Resort Casamagna Cancun
Aug 12 – Aug 17 all-day

The Femtochemistry (FEMTO13) Conference will be dedicated to the Legacy of Professor Ahmed Zewail.

FEMTO13 will take place in Cancun, Mexico, from August 12th to 17th, 2017. At the conference there will be a Mini-Symposium of Zewail Alumi, and there will be a Mini-Symposium where The 6th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences will be awarded to Professor Michael Grätzel from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

The venue will be the Marriott Resort Casamagna Cancun, located on the beach near Cancun city and not too far from the Maya city of Tulum.

We invite you to visit us @ to explore our list of outstanding invited speakers and exciting scientific program.

Marcos Dantus and Jorge Peon

If you have any questions or you would like to see our first circular email  us directly at