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Hands-on Summer School: Electronic Structure Theory for Materials and (Bio)molecules

July 21 - August 1, 2014

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Organizing Committee

Volker Blum (Duke University)
Christian Carbogno (Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)
Matthias Scheffler (Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

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Scientific Overview

Electronic structure theory (for total energies, forces, neutral and charged excitations, dynamics and transport, etc.) has reached a level where quantitative analyses and predictions of hitherto unknown properties and functions of materials are possible - including bulk materials, isolated molecules, surfaces, nanostructures, clusters, liquids, (bio)molecules in their environment, and more. Finding better or even novel functional materials is critical for nearly every aspect of our society. Key issues are, for example, the "energy challenge" and "managing the environment".

This ten-day Hands-on Summer School introduces the basics of electronic-structure theory and teaches how actual calculations are performed. Morning lectures on the most important topics will be given by internationally renowned experts. In the afternoon (and evening) the participants will put this knowledge into practice. We will also discuss recent developments towards the "Materials Genome", and how to treat large amounts of data.

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Confirmed Speakers

Daniel Berger (Technical University Munich (TUM))
Volker Blum (Duke University)
Kieron Burke (University of California, Irvine (UCI))
Eric Cances (École Nationale des Ponts-et-Chaussées, Applied Mathematics)
Christian Carbogno (Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)
Ferdinand Evers (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))
Carlos Garcia-Cervera (University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara), Mathematics)
Luca Ghiringhelli (Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)
Gus Hart (Brigham Young University)
Anderson Janotti (University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara), Materials Department)
Ken Jordan (University of Pittsburgh)
Peter Kratzer (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Physics)
Bjoern Lange (Duke University)
Steven G. Louie (University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley))
Mauro Maggioni (Duke University, Mathematics and Computer Science)
Stan Osher (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Mathematics)
John Perdew (Temple University)
Baron Peters (University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara))
Rampi Ramprasad (University of Connecticut)
Christian Ratsch (Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, IPAM Associate Director)
John Rehr (University of Washington)
Xinguo Ren (University of Science and Technology of China)
Patrick Rinke (Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Theory)
Mariana Rossi (University of Oxford)
Matthias Rupp (Universität Basel)
Adrienn Ruzsinszky (Temple University)
Matthias Scheffler (Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)
Sadasivan Shankar (Intel Corporation, Design and Technology Solutions)
David Singh (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Alexandre Tkatchenko (Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Theory)

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An application form is available at:


You must apply and be accepted in order to attend the program. The application is also for people requesting financial support; we typically reimburse for travel and provide accommodations, breakfast, and dinner. We urge you to apply as early as possible. Applications received by Monday, March 31, 2014 will receive fullest consideration. Please follow the instructions on the application to submit any supporting documents. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as funding decisions are made. At that point, the applicant will register and pay the registration fee of $200.

We have funding especially to support the attendance of recent PhD's, graduate students, and researchers in the early stages of their career; however, mathematicians and scientists at all levels who are interested in this area are encouraged to apply for funding. Encouraging the careers of women and minority mathematicians and scientists is an important component of IPAM's mission and we welcome their applications.

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Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
Attn: GSS2014
460 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles CA 90095-7121
Phone: 310 825-4755
Fax: 310 825-4756
Website: http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/gss2014/

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