January 6, 2014 to January 17, 2014
Location : CECAM Node - NL


  • Ineke Weijer (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Evert Jan Meijer (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Daan Frenkel (Cambridge University UK, United Kingdom)
  • Bernd Ensing (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)



John Van Geuns Fonds




MolSim2014 is a 2-week school in the field of molecular simulation covering basic and advanced Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics techniques. The course integrates lectures and hands-on exercises and targets starting PhD students in the field, but also Postdoc and other researchers can attend. The school will be organized in Amsterdam with both local and guest lecturers. It will run from Monday January 6, 2014 to Friday January 17, 2014.

The idea is to give an understanding of principles underlying these techniques and to use this understanding to optimize a simulation code.

The more advanced topics include molecular simulations in the various ensembles (NVE, NVT, NPT, grand canonical, etc), free energy computations, phase equilibria, rare events, configurational-bias Monte Carlo. The morning sessions are lectures introducing the methods and in the afternoons there are computer exercises in which these methods are applied. The course does not assume any previous knowledge in molecular simulations. However, elementary knowledge in thermodynamics and statistical thermodynamics is assumed.


Lecturers include Daan Frenkel, Berend Smit, Peter Bolhuis, Bernd Ensing, and Evert Jan Meijer.


Course Material (will be provided by the school):


 * "Understanding Molecular Simulations" ~ Frenkel and Smit (Academic

   Press, 2002).

 *   Excercisebook.


The participation fee is approx.. 850 Euro (soon to be officially determined) for participants from academic or related insitutions. This includes housing (you will have to share a room in a hostel, arrangements are made by the University of Amsterdam) and lunch, coffee/tea during the day and during weekdays dinner will be provided for. Participants are expected to organize the evening meals themselves in the weekend. No financial support is offered this year.


For a view of the one of the previous schools



The schedule for the course will be similar.


 When you register for the course*PLEASE CHECK YOUR VISA REQUIREMENTS*