Density functional theory and beyond:
Computational materials science for real materials

Held at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
Los Angeles, USA, July 21 - August 1, 2014






Electronic structure theory (for total energies, forces, neutral and charged excitations, dynamics and transport etc.) has reached a level where quantitative analyses and predictions of hitherto unknown properties and functions of materials are possible - including bulk materials, isolated molecules, surfaces, nanostructures, clusters, liquids, (bio)molecules in their environment, and more. Finding better or even novel functional materials is critical for nearly every aspect of our society. Key issues are, for example, the “energy challenge” and “managing the environment”.

This ten-day Hands-on Summer School introduces the basics of electronic-structure theory and teaches how actual calculations are performed. Morning lectures on the most important topics will be given by internationally renowned experts. In the afternoon (and evening) the participants will put this knowledge into practice. We will also discuss recent developments towards the "Materials Genome", and how to treat large amounts of data.

We invite applications especially from recent PhD's, graduate students, and researchers in the early stages of their career with a background in material science, physics, chemistry, bio-physics/-chemistry, applied mathematics, statistics, computer science or a related field. In keeping with the mission of the host institution, IPAM, mathematicians and scientists at all levels who are interested in this area are encouraged to apply for funding. Encouraging the careers of women and minority mathematicians and scientists is an important component of the organizers' mission and we welcome their applications. Partipants are expected to contribute a poster abstract with their application.

The workshop will be held at the
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
in Los Angeles, USA, from July 21 - August 1, 2014.

The registration and poster abstract submission interface for the workshop can be found at the IPAM web site at UCLA. For space reasons, the number of participants will be limited to 60.

Important dates:

January 01, 2014Registration and abstract submission open.
March 31, 2014IPAM deadline for preferred acceptance of candidates. Acceptance decisions will be made after this deadline.
April 20, 2014Information about acceptance is sent out.
July 21, 2014:Start of the conference (11:00 a.m.)
August 01, 2014:End of the conference (12:30 p.m.)