NSF/CECAM School on Computational Materials Science: From Basics to Applications
Lausanne, July 17, 2017 - July 27, 2017






This school will cover the full range from fundamental concepts in density-functional theory (DFT) to its application in materials science. A significant gap exists between fundamental DFT researchers, who work on development of methodology, and applied DFT researchers trained in specific application areas. This gap will be addressed. An international slate of invited speakers has been selected whose research spans the spectrum from the development of DFT methods to the direct use of DFT to solve problems in materials science to the integration of DFT methods into multi-scale modeling involving theory, empirical force-field development, and simulations.

This school will bring together graduate students from the United States, through funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) research traineeship program for data-enabled science and engineering (NRT-DESE): "Computational Materials Education and Training: Bridging ab initio methods and applications (COMET)", with European students.


  • 15 January 2017: Deadline for application for participation and support
  • 17 July 2017: Start of the Summer School
  • 27 July 2017: End of the Summer School


  • Kristen Fichthorn (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Matthias Scheffler (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany)
  • Jorge Sofo (Pennsylvania State University, USA)