1st Meeting of the Working Group 3 – Control of chemical reactivity @ University of Birmingham. School of Chemistry
Apr 14 @ 7:00 am – Apr 16 @ 12:00 pm

The first meeting of the Working Group 3 will take place in Birmingham Apr. 14th – 16th 2014.

The Working group focuses on the control of chemical reactivity using laser light. There will be 5 sessions covering control strategies, strong field control, measuring the evolving system, control in the condensed phase and applications. Contributions from young scientists are encouraged: as a talk or as a poster.

Registration will be open Feb. 15th.

For further details see

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.

Aug 22 – Aug 28 all-day

The upcoming 16th International  XAFS16 International Conference on X-ray Absorption Fine Structure ( will be held in Karlsruhe/Germany, August 23-28, 2015.

A 1-day symposium (organized within the main conference) entitled “Current and future opportunities for X-ray spectroscopies at XFELs”, will  provide a broad overview of the current status and challenges for various types of X-ray spectroscopies at the recently operational X-ray Free Electron Laser Facilities (XFELs), including XAFS, non-resonant and resonant XES. The emphasis will be given to ultrafast time-resolved X-ray spectroscopic studies exploiting the unique and unprecedented brightness and ultrashort pulse duration of these 4th generation light sources exploiting both soft and hard X-radiation. It will also highlight the future opportunities for X-ray spectroscopies in the context of the rapidly improving XFEL technology. 

We are now in the process of finalizing details of the symposium program and we would like to strongly encourage you to submit abstracts to XAFS16 concerning Session 17: “Spectroscopies at XFEL sources, Time-resolved and ultrafast techniques” (see the following link for a list of all topics for abstract submission:

Both invited/contributed talks will be selected from the abstracts, next to poster presentations. The extended deadline for abstract submission for XAFS16 is in a few days only, March 15th, 2015.

2nd WG3 meeting “Control of chemical reactivity” @ Queen’s University Belfast
Apr 4 – Apr 5 all-day
2nd WG3 meeting "Control of chemical reactivity" @ Queen’s University Belfast | Belfast | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom

The 2nd COST XLIC Working Group 3 Meeting –  Control of Chemical Reactivity will be held at Queen’s University Belfast, on 4th – 5th April 2016.

Scope of the meeting:
The topic of interest of the XLIC Working Group 3 (WG3) is to control the reactivity of highly excited and/or ionized molecules through pump-probe techniques and High Harmonic spectroscopy, i.e., to control electron transfer, isomerization and dissociation with attosecond temporal and sub-Angstrom spatial resolution.
Specific areas addressed by the WG are:
* Development and application of optimal control theory (OCT)
* Use of time-resolved pump-probe techniques to control process relevant to atmospheric chemistry or biomolecules
* Development and use of current theories to treat the dynamics of pump-probe experiments
* Study of the response of molecular systems irradiated by strong fields

Meeting Details:
The 2nd WG3 meeting will be hosted by Queen’s University Belfast over two full days (4th-5th April 2016) with contributions from invited speakers and young scientists, including a poster session.

The meeting will be held in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Queen’s University Belfast. The University is about 15 minutes walk from the City Centre and there are a number hotels in the area. While there are direct flights from European cities to Belfast International Airport (Paris, Vienna, Prague, Pisa, Geneva, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Krakow, Nice, Split), Dublin is accessible from many more cities and there is a regular bus connection to Belfast (2 hours).

Delegates should arrive on Sun 3rd April and leave on Wed 6th April. To register, and for more information, including accommodation, see the conference webpage –

Registration and poster abstract deadline: 1 March 2016
Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to attend the meeting and present their latest results.

Conference programme:
Click the link to download a copy of the program.

Support to participants:
Invited speakers (and some selected participants) who had received an invitation to be reimbursed, can claim their travel and subsistence expenses in accordance to COST rules.
Participants are advised to check COST Vademecum (pages 20-24) before incurring on any expense and to take into account that the flat rate for accomodation has been reduced to 100 EUR.
In particular, please:
– check the supporting documents you should provide in case you are travelling to and from countries other than that where the approved meeting is being held and the country where you are residing. A proper justification and all the documents detailed in page 22 of COST Vademecum should be provided when sending the claim. If not, the claim will be rejected.
– take note on the current definition on Local transport expenses on page 24 of COST Vademecum: now, you should provide tickets/invoices for any trip occurring within the same country if the claim exceeds 25 EUR.

Local Organising Committee:
Jason Greenwood (QUB) (
Graham Worth (Birmingham) (
Daniel Dundas (QUB) (
Hugo van der Hart (QUB) (

Faraday Discussions on ‘Ultrafast imaging of photochemical dynamics’
Aug 31 – Sep 2 all-day

Photochemical reactions have tremendous scientific importance, ranging from photosynthesis to atmospheric reactions, and technologies such as sensors or displays. Due to the intrinsic complexity of photochemical reactions, they remain the least understood type of chemical process. Nonadiabatic dynamics, ultrafast time-scales, quantum effects and conical intersections are known to be important, but a detailed comprehension remains elusive. However, new experimental techniques capable of monitoring photochemical processes in unprecedented detail are appearing. This includes the development of intense-laser techniques, the construction of free-electron lasers such as the XFEL in Europe and the LCLS in the USA, new sources of pulsed electrons, advanced detection techniques, and important advances in theoretical modelling of quantum dynamics. Many of these techniques are developed by research communities not traditionally concerned with photochemistry, but provide an opportunity to shed new light on photochemical dynamics.

The themes for the meeting are:

Electronic and non-adiabatic dynamics
Attosecond processes and X-ray spectroscopy
Structural dynamics
Vibrational and condensed phase dynamics

Deadline for abstract submission: Dec. 14, 2015

Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Dan Neumark (Berkeley), Prof. Dwayne Miller (Hamburg), Prof. Fernando Martin (Madrid), Prof. Shaul Mukamel (Irvine), Prof. Albert Stolow (Ottawa), Dr. Yann Mairesse (Bordeaux), Dr. Mike Minitti (SLAC), Prof. Artem Rudenko (Kansas), Prof. Andrew Orr-Ewing (Bristol), Dr. Junko Yano (Lawrence-Berkeley)

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. The oral/paper abstract should outline current research in progress. Authors of the selected abstracts must then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 11 April 2016. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions (Impact factor 4.606).

If you are not familiar with the format of Faraday Discussions we suggest you visit the conference website ( We look forward to your submissions.

Best regards,
Adam Kirrander and Russell Minns on behalf of the Scientific Committee (Jon Marangos, Nina Rohringer, Olga Smirnova, and Peter Weber)

WATOC 2017 @ GASTEIG Cultural Center
Aug 27 – Sep 1 all-day
WATOC 2017 @ GASTEIG Cultural Center | München | Bayern | Germany

The 11th Triennial Congress of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists will be organised by Prof. Dr. Christian Ochsenfeld (Department of Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, LMU, München).

It will take place from 27 August to 1 September, 2017 in Munich, Germany.

WATOC is the largest theoretical and computational conference worldwide and we expect about 1500 participants from all over the world. There will be more than 200 invited lectures, many contributed talks and posters covering a wide variety of cutting edge research topics ranging from method developments to applications, all pushing the limits of modern theoretical and computational chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, and materials sciences.

Both the international advisory committee and the local scientific committee have been set up ( and plenary and invited speakers will soon be selected.

The WATOC2017 will be held in the city center of Munich with both the plenary and parallel sessions under one roof. Munich is located centrally in Europe with the second largest airport (MUC) in Germany offering many direct international and national flights. At the same time, Munich offers safe and easy public transportation facilities.

Besides great science, Munich and its surroundings offer fascinating possibilities for both cultural and outdoor activities.

We hope that you will be able to join us in celebrating the WATOC2017 in Munich – please do subscribe early to the mailing list ( so you can keep posted.

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.