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Jülich CECAM School

On 23 - 27 March 2015 the Jülich CECAM School "Computational Trends in Solvation and Transport in Liquids" took place at "Forschungszentrum Jülich" in the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Germany.

The focus of the school was on Computational Trends in Solvation and Transport in Liquids, motivated and cosponsored by the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV. The scientific program was compiled by Dominik Marx, coordinator of Research Area C within RESOLV, together with Godehard Sutmann, Johannes Grotendorst, and Gerhard Gompper from Forschungszentrum Jülich.

The School addressed a variety of time- and length-scales which are a challenge for modeling and simulation in Solvation Science. The School focused on computational trends, multi-method approaches and modeling, covering the field of Solvation Science from large-scale course-grain modeling down to fully quantum-mechanical simulations of liquids. During the School, people from diverse disciplines were brought together to trigger the exchange of ideas between the various fields associated with solvation and transport, ranging from fundamental questions in wet chemistry or soft matter physics to industrial applications in chemical engineering.

The target groups of the School were mainly PhD students and early postdocs – being the next generation of researchers. The participants, 43 young scientists from eight countries (Europe and overseas), proved a broad interest in the topic that was presented by 23 lecturers from seven countries.

An essential part of the School is the provision of Lecture Notes to the audience on the first day of the School. We are grateful to all the lecturers who prepared and contributed to the Lecture Notes on “Computational Trends in Solvation and Transport in Liquids”.

A hands-on session for computing on graphical processing units (GPUs) was organized as a practical aspect of the School. Four evening events were organized to stimulate the discussions between participants and lecturers, containing a get-together during the first evening, two poster sessions and an excursion of the whole group to the brown coal opencast mining in the close neighborhood of Jülich. The positive feedback from the participants and lecturers gives proof of the success of this event format. 

Read more about the Scientific Program.