This Graduate School is an activity of the Psi-k Training Programme in the EU-funded 'Series of Events' Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses. The other two activities are Hands-on Tutorials and Summer Schools.
The combined theory-hands-on Graduate School on electronic structure methods will take place at Burwalls and the Physics Department in Bristol from Sunday September 20 until Saturday Saterday 26, 2009. There will be 18 lectures over 6 days, 8 lectures on theory and10 lectures on electronic structure methods. The rest is all hands-on experience with relevant codes. Four theory lectures will give an introduction by E.K.U. Gross to Density Functional Theory (DFT). The 10 lectures on methods we will give a bird's eye view of 5 methods:
ABINIT by X. Gonze
Quantum Expresso by N. Marzari
Exciting by C. Ambrosch-Draxl
SIESTA by E. Artacho
SP-KKR by H. Ebert.
Each method is introduced by two lectures followed by hands on experience with a modern state of the art code. This unique course allows the students to directly compare a range of different methods with one lecture dedicated as a guide how to choose the appropriate code for a particular problem. The three remaining theory lectures will look at more advanced topics.
The Bristol University Graduate School is aimed towards giving beginning PhD students:
an understanding of the theories underlying electronic structure calculations
hands-on experience in electronic structure calculation codes
a perspective how these methods are used in state of the art research.
The Graduate School is motivated by:
The importance of electronic structure calculations of materials at the nano scale (such as catalysis, fuel cell research, magnetic recording and spin electronics, semiconductor technology, pharmacy etc.), has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of European groups (including industrial groups) starting with electronic structure calculations; these groups, however, do not have the optimal knowledge expertise for adequate training of their PhD students.
The field of electronic structure calculations has become so broad that single institutions do not have the expertise to provide training of the entire field; only at the European level this expertise exists.
The gap between education provided by university lectures and the much higher level of science in real research and at international workshops and conferences is steadily increasing.
The combined training and research program, will give young researcher the opportunity to develop in the European Psi-k network at a very early stage of their career.
Registration fees for the Graduate School are £215 per person.
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