CECAM/Psi-k Research Conference:
Frontiers of first-principles simulations: materials design and discovery

February 1-5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany






The urgency of accelerating materials' discovery, invention, and technology transfer is driven by the urgent needs of our society, where the footprint on the environment and the drain on non-renewable resources are posing some of the greatest risks to our future. Traditional materials' development relies on intuition, intelligence, and extensive trial-and-error in a laboratory, with timelines that are often not compatible with the urgency of the broad societal needs alluded to above.

Thanks to computer simulations, we have now some of the most powerful and novel tools ever available for scientific discovery and technological advancement – from understanding structure, stability, and performance at the nanoscale, to rapidly screening and testing novel generations of materials for strategic technological applications. This discipline has seen an exponential explosion in its relevance and impact, thanks to the combination of novel theoretical ideas, novel algorithms, and the ever increasing and inexpensive computational power sitting squarely on top of Moore’s law.

The Psi-k and CECAM communities have been at the forefront of novel developments in computational simulations, and we want to keep pushing the frontiers of electronic-structure simulations, of statistical physics and statistical mechanics, of large-scale and multi-scale simulations, while integrating and complementing these with the state-of-the-art tools and concepts coming from the computer science community. With this purpose, we are organizing the Annual Psi-k/CECAM research conferences on "Frontiers of first-principles simulations: materials design and discovery". It will be run in the style of a Gordon Research Conference, with 30-minute talks by experts followed by a 20-minute long discussions.
It will be held at the Harnack Haus in Berlin, Germany, from February 1-5, 2015.


Gerbrand Ceder (MIT, Cambridge)
Nicola Marzari (EPFL,Lausanne)
Matthias Scheffler (FHI, Berlin)

Important deadlines:

Application and abstract submission will be possible until, August, 31st on this site.
Shortly after the deadline all applicants will receive notice, if they have been accepted. Accepted applicants will also receive all necessary information about payment.
If you wish to apply for support, please select the link on the left and follow the instructions.

Conference fee:

  • EUR 600,- per person for accommodation with double occupation
  • EUR 750,- for accommodation with single occupation
  • EUR 375,- without accommodation

The fee covers: hotel accommodation with full board, refreshment breaks, organized afternoon excursion and the conference dinner.