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The 4th General Meeting of the COST Action CM1204 “XUV/X-ray light and fast ions for ultrafast chemistry (XLIC)” was held in Prague, Czech Republic from 14th to 16th March 2017. The meeting was organised by J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences and it was hosted by Hotel Pyramida located in walking distance from several Prague’s most famous historical sites such as Prague Castle, Strahov Monastery and Malá Strana (‘Lesser Town’).

The meeting was divided into eight sessions, in which a total of 23 invited speakers presented their research. Additional two sessions were dedicated to the 3rd Young Scientist Forum where 12 early stage researches, 6 invited and 6 selected based on their submitted abstracts, presented their work.

A total of 49 posters were presented during the two evening poster sessions. The 5th XLIC Management Committee meeting also took place during the meeting.

From scientific point of view this meeting was very successful. It represented a very fruitful combination of theoretical and experimental contributions giving the 87 participants from 23 countries a chance to engage in fruitful discussions on their results and scientific ideas possibly leading to new projects and collaborations.

Final program of the meeting and book of abstracts can be downloaded following the links below.

The Local Organiser,
Miroslav Polášek
J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS. Prague, Czech Republic

and Local organizing committee:
Věra Křížová
Ján Žabka
Illia Zymak
Ján Sabó
Michaela Obluková
Miroslava Bittová (webmaster)

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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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The 4th and final XLIC Action General Meeting (COST Acton CM1204) will take place in Prague (CZ), on March 14-16, 2017.  The registration is already open (

This last general meeting of the XLIC Action will be a great opportunity to share with your colleagues the results derived from networking activities within the Action and try to ensure the maintenance of collaborations now that XLIC Action is about to finish.

The Meeting will also include the 3rd Young Scientist Forum (YSF) – a special half-day with talks given by young researchers (PhD students and post-docs). Part of the speakers on the YSF will be selected among those young researchers sending an abstract.

Please visit the meeting and XLIC websites for more information:   and

Important deadlines: Abstract submission: January 31, 2017; Accommodation: February 14, 2017.

Looking forward to see you in Prague
Miroslav Polášek.                                                                                         Manuel Alcami
Local Chair of the meeting                                                                         Chair of the XLIC COST Action
Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry                                              Departamento de Química
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic                                           Facultad de Ciencias – Modulo C-13
Dolejškova 2155/3, 182 23 Praha 8                                                          Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Czech Republic                                                                                             28049 – Madrid (Spain)
tel.: (+420) 266053066, (+420) 266053299                                          Tel: +34 914973857
fax:  (+420) 286582307
e-mail:                                                 e-mail:

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

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)