Spectroscopy Lectures :: theory and codes @ CECAM-HQ-EPFL
Jun 18 – Jun 19 all-day

The CECAM School on: “Theoretical Spectroscopy Lectures: theory and codes” reaches the 6th edition and takes place from 18th to 22th of May, 2015 at the CECAM-HQ-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Electronic excitations are probed by experimental techniques such as optical absorption, EELS and photo-emission (direct or inverse). From the theory point of view, excitations and excited state properties are out of the reach of density-functional theory (DFT), which is a ground-state theory. In the last twenty years other ab-initio theories and frameworks, which are able to describe electronic excitations and spectroscopy, have become more and more used: time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) and many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) or Green’s function theory (GW approximation and Bethe-Salpeter equation BSE). In fact, computational solutions and codes have been developed in order to implement these theories and to provide tools to calculate excited state  properties.The present school focuses on these points, covering theoretical, practical, and also numerical aspects of TDDFT and MBPT, and codes implementing them (ABINIT, DP, EXC).

The presentation of the theory will be followed by practical classes and hands-on  tutorials. At the end of the school, students will have sufficient working knowledge to  pursue their projects at their home institution. The participants are expected to have a fair knowledge of DFT prior to the school (see Ref. 1, given in the school’s website) and to be familiar with one plane-wave pseudopotential based software.
Indeed, although at the beginning of the school, we will make sure that the DFT level of all participants is enough in this respect and provide the needed complementary  information and training, the purpose of the school is to go beyond DFT, with hands-on exercices based on plane-wave implementations.

The deadline for application is on 15 April 2015, but giving the limited number of places (around 25) many applications will be considered even before the deadline. Especially student candidates coming from outside EU are encouraged to register soon: an answer to them will be given as soon as possible for VISA and traveling purposes.

In order to apply for the school, please go to:

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)
MOLIM WG3 Meeting
Mar 21 – Mar 22 all-day

The first MOLIM WG3 Meeting (CMST COST Action CM1405) “Algorithm Development and High Performance Computing in Chemistry and Physics 2016” will be held on March 21 and 22, 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

This two-day meeting is aimed at bringing together theoretical and experimental researchers working in high-profile algorithms and high-performance computing to treat efficiently the nuclear motions in molecular systems and at molecule/surface interfaces. The meeting is organized within the COST Action CM1405 “Molecules in Motion” (MOLIM) led by Prof. Attila G. Császár (Action Chair) and Prof. Majdi Hochlaf (Action Vice-Chair). The action’s website is

The number of participants is limited to 50 and the early deadline for registration is November 30, 2015.

The invited speakers include:

Chiara Cappelli, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy Klaus von Haeften, University of Leicester, United Kingdom Lauri Halonen, University of Helsinki, Finland Shimshon Kallush, The Hebrew University, Israel Kari Laasonen, Aalto University, Finland Vincent Liegeois, Université de Namur, Belgium Jorge M. C. Marques, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal Hans-Dieter Meyer, Universität Heidelberg, Germany Alexander O. Mitrushchenkov, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France Antonio Sarsa, Universidad de Cordoba, Spain Nathalie Vaeck, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium Graham Worth, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Detailed information can be found at

Enquiries about the meeting can be directed to the conference e-mail address ( or to one of the organizers: Miroslav Medveď (Meeting Chair,, Philippe Carbonniere (, María Pilar de Lara-Castells (, Miroslav Melicherčík (


Static and Dynamic methods for the study of photoinitiated processes @ CECAM-ES (ZCAM)
Apr 18 – Apr 22 all-day
Static and Dynamic methods for the study of photoinitiated processes @ CECAM-ES (ZCAM) | Zaragoza | Aragón | Spain

The tutorial will be organized in 4 theoretical and 5 practical sessions, the latter taking place in the computer lab. The theoretical sessions will be of 4.5 hours and practical sessions will last 4 hours. The school will comprise 3 didactic blocks.
The first block will have an introductory character and will offer an overview of the field. The following block will focus on mono- and multi-configurational electronic structure methods for the description of excited states. The last block will cover dynamics methodologies. (see description below). The school will end with a comprehensive overview (2 hours) of state-of-the-art applications, limitations, suitabilities, future perspectives and challenges of the different static and dynamical approaches described in the school.

1st Block (6 hours): Overview of modern electronic and vibrational photochemistry. Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Ground and excited potential energy surfaces topology and light-matter interaction. Building bridges between experiment and theory: theoretical approaches to simulate steady state and transient absorption spectra. Excited state deactivation processes.

2nd Block (18 hours): Quantum Chemical Calculations of Excited States: Mono- and Multiconfigurational Methods. CASSCF and RASSCF methods. Choice of the active space. Single vs. state-average calculations. Basis sets considerations. Introducing dynamical correlation: the CASPT2 method. CASPT2 problems and solutions. DFT. Runge-Gross theorems. Linear response TDDFT. Propagation of the electronic density. Spectra calculation. Approximation of xc-functionals. This block includes 3 practical sessions of 4 hours each, comprising introductions to MOLCAS and OCTOPUS codes, simulation of absorption spectra and exploration of the topography of potential energy surfaces (location of stationary points and surface crossings).

3rd Block (14 hours): Wave Packet propagations and semiclassical dynamics. Time-evolution operator, propagation. Relaxation method, filtering method. Interaction with an electric field. Correlation functions, spectra and eigenfunctions. Pump-probe spectroscopy and control, including an introduction to optimal control theory and local control. Born-Oppenheimer and Ehrenfest dynamics. Nonadiabatic dynamics, Tully’s surface hopping. This block includes 2 practical sessions of 4 hours each, introducing quantum and semiclassical dynamics techniques.


Theoretical Solid State Chemistry: theory, modelling, and simulation @ CECAM-ES (ZCAM)
Apr 25 – Apr 29 all-day
Theoretical Solid State Chemistry: theory, modelling, and simulation @ CECAM-ES (ZCAM) | Zaragoza | Aragón | Spain

The tutorial will cover the fundamentals and the practical use of state-of-the-art codes for the calculation of the electronic structure of bulk solids, surfaces, and defects and impurities in solids. This includes applications in thermodynamical properties, phase transitions, temperature and pressure effects, magnetic and spectroscopic properties, and surface properties including reactivity of and at surfaces. The influence of structural vacancies both in bulk and at surfaces will be addressed as an important topic influencing in a significant way the properties of different materials. The chemical reactivity of surfaces will be the subject of one of the lectures of the course, with a full discussion of different aspects of the modelling of the CO oxidation in a Y-doped TiO2 supported gold nanoparticles catalyst. That is, in summary, the content of the main theoretical and practical sessions, grouped into 8 and 4 subjects, respectively.

(Theo-1) Symmetry (Pablo García Fernández)
Summary of basic concepts. Space groups. Tensor quantities. Crystal strain. Bloch theorem. The symmetry of the wavefunction under periodic boundary conditions.

(Theo-2) Electronic structure. (Cristina Díaz)
Cluster and periodic models. Atomistic models. Kohn-Sham equations and DFT methodologies. Electronic structure calculations. Phonons and crystal searching.

(Theo-3) Thermodynamic properties. (Cristina Díaz)
Static models. Equation of state of solids. Phase transitions. Mechanisms and kinetics of phase transitions. Thermal effects.

(Theo-4) Chemical bonding and microscopic approach. (Julia Contreras)
Topologies of scalar fields in crystals. Electron density, electron localization function and reduced density gradient chemical functions. Chemical origin of compresibility. Chemical bonding reconstruction along a phase transition.

(Theo-5) Ab initio simulation of the structure, thermodynamic properties and reactivity in surfaces. (Antonio Márquez)
Computational models in Surface Science. Structure of surfaces: Tasker’s classification of ionic surfaces. Relaxation, rumpling, and reconstruction of surfaces. Surface energies. Surface defects: O vacancies in metal oxides. Adsorption at surfaces. Case studies: organic molecules and transition metal atoms at oxide surfaces. Reactivity at surfaces: organic molecules at simple surfaces. Role of point defects. Case study: CO oxidation on an oxide supported metal catalyst. Case study: highly correlated metal oxides: the case of ceria.

(Theo-6) Ab initio simulation of magnetic and optical properties, and structural instabilities of solids. (Miguel Moreno)
Introduction: Role of impurities in crystalline solids. Impurities in insulators. Localization. What are the calculations useful for? Substitutional Transition Metal Impurities in insulators: Description of states. Study of Model Systems: interatomic distances and colour. The colour of gemstones containing Cr3+. Static Jahn-Teller effect: description. Static Jahn-Teller effect: experimental evidence. Insight into the Jahn-Teller effect. Off centre motion of impurities: evidence and characteristics. Origin of the off centre distortion. Softening around impurities.

(Theo-7) Magnetic interactions in Molecules and Solids: Basic concepts and Spin Hamiltonians (Coen de Graaf)
Spin Hamiltonians. Effective Hamiltonian theory. Magnetism in condensed matter. Spin waves for ferromagnets. Antiferromagnetic lattices. Electron transport. Quantum Chemical approach to solid state magnetism. Four center interactions in cuprates.

(Theo-8) Magnetic anisotropy, Double exchange and spin wave theory (Coen de Graaf)


Mar 19 – Mar 28 all-day

The International school on “The Frontiers of Attosecond and Ultrafast X-ray Science” will be held from 19th to 28th March 2017 in Erice, Sicily, Italy.

The primary objective of this new school is to educate the next generation of scientists who will impact the future of attosecond and ultrafast x-ray science. We anticipate that the school will meet on a regular basis every two years and become a foundation for the ultrafast community. Consequently, the main topics of the course are the following: (i) attosecond science and technology, devoted to the generation and application of attosecond pulses to the investigation of electronic dynamics in atoms, molecules, nanostructures and condensed phases; (ii) fundamentals, methods and applications of free electron lasers, synchrotron radiation, ion collisions in atomic and molecular science. Lectures will cover current developments in theory and experiments but are also intended to give the basics of the field.

Please note that, PhD students and post-docs willing to attend the school can apply for scholarships (deadline 30 January 2017). For more details see:

The school co-organised by XLIC COST Action and sponsored by Politecnico di Milano, Italian Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, Sicilian Regional Parliament, ELI-ALPS and Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture.

The organizers,

Louis Di Mauro, Alicja Domaracka, Mauro Nisoli and  Sergio Martellucci

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)

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

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

CECAM workshop: Non-adiabatic quantum dynamics: From Theory to Experiments @ CECAM HQ
Jul 2 – Jul 6 all-day

The CECAM workshop entitled ‘Non-adiabatic quantum dynamics: From Theory to Experiments’ ( will be held at CECAM HQ in Lausanne, Switzerland from 2nd-6th July 2018.

This workshop aims to consolidate the rapid development in the field of molecular quantum dynamics and increase the synergy between experimentalists and theoreticians in this area. The program features a number of invited presentations from leading theoreticians and experimentalists and will be supplemented by a number of talks selected from submitted abstracts.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Lausanne.

Tom Penfold on behalf of all of the co-organisers.