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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

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  • 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 WG2 expert meeting of XLIC COST Action (CM1204) Energetic Processing of Large Interstellar Molecules took place in Leiden (the Netherlands) at the Lorentz Center. The meeting was co-organized and co-sponsored with the Lorentz Center, the NWO Dutch Astrochemistry Network (DAN), and the Dutch Top Research School NOVA.


The organizers/chairs of the meeting were professors R. Hoekstra (University of Groningen, the Netherlands), H. Cederquist (Stockholm University, Sweden), and A.G.G.M. Tielens (Leiden Observatory, the Netherlands).

The expert meeting aimed at overviewing the state of the art in experimental and theoretical studies on energetic processing of large molecules by ions and photons and the implications for the evolution of astrophysically relevant molecules. The fields of expertise of the participants therefore covered molecular physics, physical chemistry, and astronomy. It included molecular physicists involved in laboratory or quantum chemical studies on the interaction of energetic ions or photons with large molecules and astronomers involved in studies of the origin and evolution of large molecules in space.

The specific objective of the workshop was to identify and initiate joint experimental, theoretical, and observational studies with the aim of understanding energetic processing of large molecules of astrophysical relevance, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as well as carbon chains, and fullerenes.

To facilitate the identification of joint challenges across scientific disciplinary borders, the program started off by talks which introduced the mutual subfields to the participants highlighting the key questions, challenges, and opportunities. These introductory talks were given by Els Peeters, Nigel Mason and Franck Lépine. Four half-day topical sessions of 3 or 4 invited talks provided an in-depth view into the four directions of: “Large molecules in space“, “Molecular processes and structure“, “Particle interactions“, and “Photonic interactions“. For the full program see the attached meeting schedule. Each topical session was concluded by a plenary discussion in which specific points were further clarified and challenges for future research. The discussion sessions were very lively. The very high, overall degree of participation was inspired by the excellent talks and the scaffolding of the Lorentz center which is fully geared to the creation of an inspiring, informal, academic environment and atmosphere for open discussions.

The ample time left in the schedule for informal “splinter” discussions led to a further scientific cross-fertilization. In the concluding session, many topics for concerted research efforts were discussed and generic, prototypeical molecular systems identified that should serve as linking pin systems in projects involving members of the two networks, represented by XLIC and the astronomy network.

It was decided to have a successor meeting on Energetic Processing of Large Molecules (EPoLM-2, April 11-13, 2016). EPoLM-2 will be held in conjunction with the XLIC Stockholm meeting which runs from April 13-15.

The organisers:

Ronnie Hoekstra,
Henrik Cederquist, and
Xander Tielens

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WG2 Expert Meeting on Large Interstellar Molecules  (Netherlands, May2015) – Program Meeting web site – List of Participants

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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