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Tutorials and Hands-On

Due to the paramount importance of nanoscience and nanotechnology in industrialized countries, the Nanoquanta NoE and the ETSF developed an idea of training program in this field. Our aim is to provide training in ab initio techniques, for both ground- and excited-states properties.

Hands-On training schools are designed to train young researchers, both from the ETSF teams and outside, on Theory and Applications of Spectroscopic tools in Material Science and Nanoscience. These schools are characterized by full-time intensive programs, limited enrolment, highly available computer facilities, and informal environment; all elements that contribute to building the success of the events.

Very often some speakers are asked to deliver several hour-long lectures spread over the course of the schools and workshops. This format allowed the speakers to spend ample time educating students about their fields as well as to present their latest results.

As a byproduct, students especially enjoy the school's many opportunities for informal interaction with the lecturers. During informal late-afternoon "tutorials," small groups of students have ample time to ask individual lecturers deeper scientific or even technical questions.

We have established modular training units (training exercises, tutorial material), some of which are available to the etsf members and some others, through the Web. These modules form a starting point for more substantial web-based distance learning, which we envisage would extend to components of the proposed graduate programme.

Finally, worthwhile to mention the European Graduate Modules, in which ECTS credits will be awarded, in occasion of Hands-On or Schools, on the theoretical description of excitations.

An archive of training module is also available here.

Past Hands-On and Schools