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.

UDIM2015 @ Grindelwald, Switzerland
Mar 7 – Mar 12 all-day

The 4th Ultrafast Dynamic Imaging of Matter conference will focus on new techniques for imaging the dynamics of molecules and matter on ultrafast timescales, from femtoseconds to attoseconds. A special emphasis will lie on the applications of new sources, including X-ray free-electron lasers, high-harmonic sources, few-cycle laser pulses, and ultrashort electron pulses. This conference is the fourth in a row. Previous conferences were held in London (2006), Ischia (2009), and Banff (2012).

Confirmed invited speakers include:

  • Ravi Bhardwaj, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Christoph Bostedt, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, USA
  • Francesca Calegari, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Carlo Callegari, Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy
  • Andrea Cavalleri, Max-Planck-Institut für Struktur und Dynamik der Materie, Hamburg, Germany
  • Eleftherios Goulielmakis, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany
  • Markus Gühr, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, USA
  • Heide Ibrahim, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) – EMT, Varennes, Canada
  • Steven Johnson, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Dan Neumark, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Nina Rohringer, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), Hamburg, Germany
  • Toshinori Suzuki, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Junliang Xu, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
  • Makina Yabashi, RIKEN, Wako, Japan
  • Junko Yano, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

The local organizers are Ursula Keller ( and Hans Jakob Wörner (

A website for the conference is under construction at

ISMB2015 – The XXVI International Symposium on Molecular Beams @ Parador Nacional de Segovia
Jun 27 – Jul 3 all-day

ISMB2015 is the XXVI Edition of the Molecular Beams Conference series and will take place in Segovia, Spain, from the 28th of June to the 3rd of July 2015. The venue will be Parador Nacional de Segovia, an outstanding hotel and convention center located very close to medieval Segovia downtown, UNESCO Heritage city since 1985.

ISMB2015 will bring together scientists from all over the world to present and discuss the most recent advances in Molecular Beams Science, including reaction and photodissociation dynamics of neutral and ion molecules, ultrafast dynamics and coherent control, cold molecules, biomolecules, molecular clusters and helium droplets, liquid micro-jets and aerosols, beam-surface collisions, with contributions from both theory and experiment.

Following the tradition of the last Conferences, in this occasion ISMB2015 is dedicated to two outstanding scientists whose contributions and impact on Molecular Beams Science have been fundamental: Piergiorgio Casavecchia and Mike Ashfold, who will deliver plenary lectures in a special session in the afternoon of July 2, 2015.

The Conference format will include invited lectures, oral presentations selected among the abstract contributions, and poster sessions. The participation of young researchers and students is particularly welcome.

The day of arrival is Sunday, June 28, 2015, with registration during the afternoon and a reception in the evening. The program starts on Monday, June 29, 2015. The Conference will finish on the 3rd of July at midday, after a closure session.

Further information can be found on the conference web site: which will be kept updated with the most recent news.

On behalf of the ISMB2015 Organizing Committee,
Javier Aoiz & Luis Bañares (Chairs)

@ 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:

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.

DELOCALIZED ELECTRONS IN ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR NANOCLUSTERS @ Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture
Jul 22 – Jul 28 all-day
DELOCALIZED ELECTRONS IN ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR NANOCLUSTERS @ Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture | Erice | Sicilia | Italy

The DELOCALIZED ELECTRONS IN ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR NANOCLUSTERS will be held on July 22-28, 2016 in Erice (Sicily), Italy
at the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture

PURPOSE: A wide range of important effects in nanoscience are connected with the presence and behavior of delocalized and mobile electrons.  Nanoclusters, as important testbed systems for exploring and developing 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.
However, these phenomena are frequently discussed in non-overlapping venues, and the aim of the present workshop is to bring together researchers in adjacent fields to examine recent and future developments.  To keep the discussion focused, it will concentrate on free clusters and related systems.

Fundamental quantum phenomena
General shell effects
Ionization and collective states
Optical properties
Molecular and ionic nanoclusters
Quantum fluid clusters
Solvated electrons
Storage rings and traps

The program will include invited talks, selected oral presentations, a poster session and ample free time for individual discussions.  It is especially hoped that graduate and diploma students, postdoctoral fellows, and anyone who is interested in the interdisciplinary richness of the subject will be able to attend the Workshop.

Rodolphe Antoine (University of Lyon)
Markus Arndt (University of Vienna)
Toshiyuki Azuma (RIKEN)
Giorgio Benedek (University of Milano-Bicocca)
Kit Bowen (Johns Hopkins University)
Henrik Cederquist (Stockholm University)
Juraj  Fedor (Heyrovský Institute)
Gleb Gribakin (Queen’s University Belfast)
Hannu Häkkinen (University of Jyväskylä)
Walter de Heer (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Bernd von Issendorff (University of Freiburg)
Koblar Alan Jackson (Central Michigan University)
Franck Lepine (University of Lyon)
Andreas Mauracher (University of Innsbruck)
Catalin Miron (Extreme Light Infrastructure Project)
Mark Pederson (Johns Hopkins University)
Jan Michael Rost (Max Planck Institute, Dresden)
Lutz Schweikhard  (University of Greifswald)
Petr Slavícek (University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague)
Frank Stienkemaier (University of Freiburg)
Lai-Sheng Wang (Brown University)
Thomas Zeuch (University of Göttingen)

Persons wishing to attend the Workshop are requested to submit an application (and an abstract, if they wish to make a presentation) by electronic mail, <>, to the directors, Profs. V. V. Kresin and K. Hansen, following the instructions on the workshop registration page:
The program includes slots for “hot topic” oral presentations to be selected from the contributed abstracts; please indicate in your submission if you would like it to be considered.

Registration and travel information and forms are also provided on the aforementioned registration page.
Not only is Erice a comfortable, convenient and charming location, but the Centre makes it possible to offer a single all-inclusive participation fee which includes lodging and all meals in local restaurants.
Subject to sponsor approval, external funding may permit a limited number of reduced workshop fees for graduate students and postdocs.

If you have any questions, please consult the above web page or e-mail  We hope to see you in Erice.

Directors of the Workshop:
Vitaly Kresin, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Klavs Hansen, University of Gothenburg

Advisory Committee:
Kit Bowen, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

4th XLIC General Meeting @ Hotel Pyramida
Mar 14 – Mar 16 all-day
4th XLIC General Meeting @ Hotel Pyramida | Prague | Czech Republic

The 4th  XLIC General Meeting (COST Action CM1204) will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on March 14-16, 2017. It will also host the final XLIC Management Committee (March 14) and the 3rd Young Scientist Forum (YSF).

Deadline for the submission of abstracts is January 31st, 2017. Abstracts should be written in English and uploaded via the online form.

Interested participants must register before February 14th, 2017, by filling the corresponding form.  All meeting participants must pay a conference package (including lunch, dinner and coffee) for the days attending the meeting. To proceed with the payment, please, fill, sign and send to the following form.

The conference will consist of lectures given by invited speakers, Young Scientist Forum and 2 poster sessions.
NEW: The draft full scientific program, including timetable, talks and list of poster contributions can be downloaded here: XLIC_GM_2017-ScientificProgram (the most updated version should be checked in the meeting website:

There shall be a special half-day session with talks given by young researchers (PhD students and post-docs) on March 15. It will include 12 lectures, out of which 6 oral contributions will be chosen by YSF committee based on submitted abstracts. The deadline for abstract submission for YSF was 31st January 2017.
Applicants asking for the talk at YSF are also required to submit a short CV which is to be emailed to Abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be considered for the selection.
For more details see and You can also contact A. Domaracka (
Selected YSF speakers can ask for financial support from XLIC COST Action.
NEW: The list of young researchers selected to give a talk has been published here:

Due to all-under-one-roof format of the conference, accommodation is also available: both single and double rooms for the price of 65 EUR/night. To book your room, please, fill, sign and send to the following form before February 14th, 2017.
More information can be found in the meeting website:

The participation of  XLIC MC members and speakers will be supported with Action budget (with the exception of MC Observers coming from IPC Institutions). COST will also fully reimburse those young researchers selected for oral contributions in the Young Scientist Forum and, depending on the budget, we will try to cover also expenses from other young participants.
Participants entitled for reimbursement will receive an official notification before the meeting. We strongly recommend to check the COST rules for reimbursement before incurring any expense in:

Accommodation and meal expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of flat rates. A reduction on maximum flat rates allowed for this particular meeting has been agreed by XLIC MC. The applicable rates are 100 EUR for accommodation and 20 EUR for meal expenses. For participants staying in cheaper hotels less money can be claimed  by requesting the reimbursement for a smaller number of nights/meals.
For travel expenses actual costs can be claimed on the basis of the receipts provided (any restriction applying to travel expenses will be notified to each participant entitled for reimbursement).

Participants selected for reimbursement are kindly asked to keep their expenses as low as possible to ensure a wide distribution of the Action budget.
The submission of claims shall be done after the meeting, but, for any non-regular expense or doubt you may have, please, better ask in advance ( E.g. fligths departure/arrivals from/to places other than where the eligible participant is working/residing, extra meals, nights, taxi expenses, etc. shall not be reimbursed if permission is not requested before the meeting.
Please note that claims submitted later than 30 days after the meeting shall not be considered.

CECAM School: Quantum and Mixed Quantum Classical Dynamics in photochemistry @ CECAM HQ
May 14 – May 18 all-day
CECAM School: Quantum and Mixed Quantum Classical Dynamics in photochemistry @ CECAM HQ | Lausanne | Vaud | Switzerland

Photoinitiated processes are not only important for understanding natural phenomena but they also play an undeniable role in the booming fields of renewable energy, material design and medicine. Excited state processes have traditionally been explained from a static point of view, delivering in some cases a biased, incorrect or even incomplete description of the former. The simulation of the dynamics of such processes is therefore fundamental for the quest to understand the chemical and physical mechanisms.
The purpose of this school is to introduce its participants to state-of-the-art methodologies for the simulation of the dynamics of processes in the excited state, following the evolution in time of photoinitiated reactions, one of the priority topics of this call.

The school will be focused in simulating the dynamics of complex molecules. Electronic ab initio or TD-DFT methods would be sketched for obtaining the electronic wavefunctions or densities, that would be afterwards quantum-mechanically propagated. Moreover, several approaches for the treatment of the nuclei will be also provided, from full quantum dynamics to mixed quantum-classical dynamics.

The course is directed at PhD students, and young researchers, beginners in the field, working in theoretical chemistry and molecular physics.

More information at:

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)

Sep 12 – Sep 14 all-day

The next Joint Iberian Meeting on Atomic and Molecular Physics IBER 2017 will take place in Barcelona, Spain from September 12 to 14, 2017.

IBER is the biannual conference organised jointly by the Atomic and Molecular Physics Specialised Group (GEFAM) of the Spanish Royal Society of Physics and the Portuguese Society of Physics.

The main purpose of this series of IBER conferences is to bring together scientists of Iberian community dedicated to Atomic and Molecular Physics and related areas of to facilitate the interaction and exchange of knowledge between their research groups. Researchers and scientists from all over Europe and the world are invited to attend this conference and share knowledge. The conference will be structured in three days with plenary lectures, invited lectures, oral presentations and a poster session.

For detailed information and registration please visit:

Specific topics of IBER include:

  • Quantum Physics and Chemistry
  • Experimental Techniques and Applied Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy and Structure
  • Biomolecules and Biophysics
  • Clusters, Nanoparticles
  • Surfaces and Condensed Phases
  • Dynamical Studies of Elementary Processes
  • Femtochemistry and Laser Control

List of Confirmed Speakers

M. Alcamí, U. Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
V. Aquilanti, U. de Perugia (Italy)
A. Bergeat, U. de Bordeaux (France)
F. Calegari, U. of Hamburg (Germany)
M.L. Carvalho, U. Nova Lisboa (Portugal)
D. Clary, Oxford University (UK)
B. Costa Cabral, U. Lisboa (Portugal)
L.M. Frutos, U. de Alcalá de Henares (Spain)
P. García Jambrina, U. Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
P. Jönsson, Malmö högskola, Malmö (Sweden)
U. Manthe. Universität Bielfeld (Germany)
T. Martinez, Stanford University (USA)
B. Maté, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
E. Narevicius, Weizmann Institute (Israel)
J. A. Paixão, U. de Coimbra, (Portugal)
M. J. Ramos, U. de Porto (Portugal)
O. Roncero, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
D. Shalashilin, U. of Leeds (UK)
S. Willitchs, U. Basel (Switzerland)

Registration is now open. The deadline for early-bird registration is July 6th while abstract submission will be open until June 9th. Please  mark your calendars.
Approximately 10-12 contributions will be selected for oral communications. The participation of young researchers and students is particularly welcome.

We looking forward to welcoming in Barcelona!

With best regards

The Organising Committee at Universitat de Barcelona,
Antonio Aguilar Navarro (Chairman)
Margarita Albertí Wirsing
Miguel González Pérez
Fermín Huarte-Larrañaga (Secretary)
Estefanía López Marne
Josep Maria Lucas


Departament de Ciència de Materials i Química Física
Secció de Química Física
Institut de Química Teòrica i Computacional de la UB (IQTCUB)
Universitat de Barcelona