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Member of the STFC Scientific Computing Department. Based at STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, UK.

2022-23 CECAM-Psi-k Research Conference

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

CECAM and Psi-k are publishing their joint annual call to organise a high-profile common research conference on an outstanding subject in the broad area of computational molecular and materials science; topics can range from applications in solid-state materials, soft matter, or biomolecules, to theoretical, methodological, and algorithmic advances. Information about previous research conferences can be found on the CECAM and Psi-k web sites.

This joint initiative intends to promote interdisciplinary exchange across the areas indicated above and focus on exceptional scientific challenges. Fostering discussion of new developments and synergies between areas is a key objective of this conference. We strongly encourage proposals with organizing teams and participants from different specific scientific domains and complementary expertise.

The conference should typically last between 3.5 and 5 days, and target a maximum of 100 participants, with a structure and format dedicated to foster plentiful discussions and informal interactions among the participants, proactively engaged by conference organizers and discussion leaders.

Proposals must be submitted HERE. All conference proposals will be peer reviewed, discussed, and ranked by a scientific panel composed of three members proposed by CECAM and three trustees of Psi-k.

In the proposal, emphasis should be placed on outlining the challenging scientific issues that will be the focus of the event, and in establishing the proposed list of speakers and participants. Active participation of scientists at different stages of their career, and especially early stages, is strongly encouraged, as is diversity (e.g. gender, scientific domain, geographical spread) in the speakers and organisers.

The proposal should include information on the venue (anywhere in the EU, UK, and associated countries – Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Tunisia, Georgia, Armenia), and a tentative budget. Organizers can be based at institutions worldwide. CECAM and Psi-k are committed to support the event with up to 30,000 euro. Conference fees may be charged only to cover costs.

The call will be open until September 5th 2021 and the final outcome will be communicated at the end of November 2021. Proposals that are not selected will be considered also for regular CECAM and Psi-k activities, if the organisers activate this option in the submission. The conference must take place between Apr 2022 and Mar 2023, avoiding for this year overlap with Psi-k 2022, that will be held August 22-25 2022.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ignacio Pagonabarraga

CECAM Director

[email protected]

 

Peter Haynes

Psi-k Chair

[email protected]

Call for Outline Proposals for 2022-23 Psi-k Activities

Psi-k  is a worldwide network of researchers working on the advancement of  first-principles computational materials science. Its mission is to  develop fundamental theory, algorithms, and computer codes in order to  understand, predict, and design materials properties and functions. Key  activities of Psi-k are the organization of conferences, workshops,  tutorials and training schools as well as the dissemination of  scientific thinking in society [Excerpt from the mission statement at http://psi-k.net/ ].

Psi-k typically funds schools (1-2 weeks), workshops (2-3  days), international conferences (2-5 days), and codes/methods tutorials  (3 days-1 week), with a focus on electronic-structure methods,  developments, and applications. Funding is of the order of  4,000/8,000/12,000 €, depending on size and duration (as a guideline, 30  €/expected participant/day); Psi-k funds around 25-35 activities for  every call (see here http://psi-k.net/workshops/  for the 2021-22 activities).

While we continue to support traditional in-person activities, we also encourage a renewed focus on, attention to and ingenious development of novel models in research sharing, dissemination, teaching, and discussion – the freedom of our Charity allows us to consider less conventional proposals with funding devoted  to digital or remote approaches.

We  have a two-step application process to simplify and streamline  applications, elicit more original proposals, improve planning, and  avoid duplication of efforts. The present call for outline proposals is for events that will take place between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023.

Please note: events scheduled o take place in August and September 2022 will NOT  be considered for funding to avoid a clash with the rescheduled Psi-k  Conference  that will take place in Lausanne, 22-25 August 2022.

Outline proposals should be submitted online  by Monday 19 July 2021 (midnight UK time), describing the planned event (download a draft of the form to see a preview of the questions that you will be asked here). Psi-k Working Groups (http://psi-k.net/groups ) and Trustees (http://psi-k.net/admin/ )  will either approve this outline proposal for full submission, reject it,  or suggest a merger between different activities – you are very welcome  to contact the relevant Working Group leaders or members beforehand.

Feedback will be provided the week of Monday 20 September 2021. Outline proposals that have been approved or mergers that have been  successfully negotiated will then be invited to submit a full proposal  by Monday 18 October 2021. These proposals will then be  evaluated and approved – with full or partial funding – or declined at  the meeting of the Trustees, Scientific Advisory Committee (http://psi-k.net/scientific-advisory-committee/) and Working Group leaders on Friday 26 November 2021.

The evaluation of the outline proposals and full proposals will be based on

  1. the relevance to the Psi-k mission statement;
  2. the scientific quality of the proposal;
  3. the intellectual inclusivity, geographical spread and diversity of the proposed participants, including efforts to widen participation beyond established groups;
  4. the scientific merit, geographical spread and diversity of the organizers; and
  5. the appropriateness of budget

SUBMIT YOUR OUTLINE PROPOSALS HERE

Preannouncement of the call for proposals for the CECAM Psi-k Research Conference

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

CECAM and Psi-k are happy to announce that the next call for the CECAM Psi-k Research Conference will be opened on May 31 2021.

This call marks the return of an important opportunity to organize a world class scientific conference that brings together leading experts from different areas of simulation and modelling. Organizers are expected to actively foster synergies and seed common activities, in particular, among the electronic structure, soft matter and bio simulation communities.

Make plans and stay tuned for more details on the upcoming call on May 31!

Best regards,

Ignacio Pagonabarraga
CECAM Director

Peter Haynes
Psi-k Chair

 

Volker Heine Young Investigator Award

*** Deadline for Applications – 15 April ***

The Volker Heine Young Investigator Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding computational work in the areas covered by the Psi-k mission statement (“…to develop fundamental theory, algorithms, and computer codes in order to understand, predict, and design materials properties and functions”). There will be one award of 2’500€ and four runner-up prizes of 500€ each.

Young researchers are invited to put themselves forward for the Volker Heine Young Investigator Award. Details of how to apply plus a description of the selection process can be found on the award website. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2021.

Under normal circumstances the selected finalists would have presented their work during the Psi-k Conference. However, with the postponement of the Conference to 2022 the finalists will now present at a special Volker Heine Award Ceremony online seminar on 9 September 2021.

We look forward to receiving your applications for this prestigious award.

APPLY  FOR THE VOLKER HEINE AWARD

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Volker Heine Young Investigator Award

The Volker Heine Young Investigator Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding computational work in the areas covered by the Psi-k mission statement (“…to develop fundamental theory, algorithms, and computer codes in order to understand, predict, and design materials properties and functions”). There will be one award of 2’500€ and four runner-up prizes of 500€ each.

Young researchers are invited to put themselves forward for the Volker Heine Young Investigator Award. Details of how to apply plus a description of the selection process can be found on the award website. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2021.

Under normal circumstances the selected finalists would have presented their work during the Psi-k Conference. However, with the postponement of the Conference to 2022 the finalists will now present at a special Volker Heine Award Ceremony online seminar on 9 September 2021.

We look forward to receiving your applications for this prestigious award.

APPLY  FOR THE VOLKER HEINE AWARD

Happy New Year from Psi-k

Dear Psi-k Community,

Happy New Year!

As I begin my term as Chair of Psi-k I would like to thank my predecessor Nicola Marzari for his tireless efforts on behalf of us all over the last three years, as well as his continuing contribution as a trustee and Chair of the 2022 Conference in Lausanne.

Psi-k has always been a grass-roots organisation that relies on the active participation of its members in proposing and delivering the activities we support. If you are not sure how to get involved then I strongly recommend watching the recording of our first community webinar, delivered on 27 November 2020 and now available here…

The ‘People’ section of our website also lists key contacts: the trustees and members of our Scientific Advisory Committee and Working Groups.

While our programme of activities for 2021 will look different from normal, I do hope that the increase in online events will provide an opportunity for wider participation, especially this year’s highlight, the Volker Heine Young Investigator Award.

Best wishes,

Peter Haynes

Happy 90th Birthday Volker Heine

Saturday 19 September 2020 will mark the 90th birthday of Volker Heine, one of the founders of Psi-k and considered a pioneer of theoretical and computational studies of the electronic structure of solids and liquids and the determination of physical properties derived from it.

Best wishes Volker from everyone at Psi-k. We hope that you have a great birthday and, despite current circumstances, can celebrate this milestone in style!