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The ETSF is a knowledge center for theoretical spectroscopy nanotube and a network of researchers carrying out state-of-the-art research on theoretical and computational methods for studying electronic and optical properties of materials. The ETSF gathers the experience and know-how of more than 200 researchers in Europe and the United States, facilitating collaborations and rapid knowledge transfer. Highly efficient computational software plays a crucial role in bridging the gap between theoretical methods and real applications.

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Forthcoming events

The third edition of the International summer School in electronic structure Theory “electron correlation in Physics and Chemistry” (ISTPC) will take place in Aussois (Savoie, France) from the 14th to the 27th of June 2020.


This two-week summer school is open to Master/PhD students, post-docs and researchers using or developing methods for electronic structure calculations. One of the motivation for organizing such a school is to stimulate discussions between chemists and physicists on the problem of electron correlation.

The number of participants is limited to 40 on a first come - first served basis.


Event postponed due to coronavirus.


If you wish to be on the pre-registration list (and you want to get updated about ISTPC) you just have to send an email to (replace VED by @).

ISTPC 2020 is organized with the support of the national research groups (GDRs) NBODY and REST.

More scientific details are given below.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at ISTPC 2020!

Emmanuel Fromager, Vincent Robert, Julien Toulouse, Pina Romaniello, and Pierre-François Loos.



"HoW exciting! 2020" is a workshop on excitations in solids. It will take place from July 23-31, 2020 at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
Campus Adlershof, and is now open for registration.

The event comprises:

  • Keynote lectures covering introductions to density-functional theory and many-body perturbation theory
  • Hands-on course on the exciting code
  • International conference on excitations in solids, covering most recent theoretical advances together with the forefront of experimental research.

We encourage participants to submit abstracts for contributed talks or for poster presentations.

The number of participants is restricted to 70.

Limited financial support is available for young scientists (PhD students and young post-docs).
The deadline for regular registration and request for financial support is May 1, 2020.

For details about registration, abstract submission, financial support, and all up-to-date news on "HoW exciting! 2020", please visit our website:

We are looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!

The organizers

(Maria Troppenz, Christian Vorwerk, Pasquale Pavone, and Claudia Draxl)

Recent ETSF publications

M. Mrudul, Nicolas Tancogne-Dejean, Angel Rubio, Gopal Dixit; High-harmonic generation from spin-polarised defects in solids, NPJ COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS 6, 10, (2020).
Andrea Droghetti, Ivan Rungger; Enhanced thermopower in covalent graphite-molecule contacts, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS 22, 1466-1474, (2020).
Lianhua He, Fang Liu, Ju Li, Gian-Marco Rignanese, Aihui Zhou; First-principles investigation of monatomic gold wires under tension…COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE 171, UNSP 109226, (2020).
Nicolas Gauriot, Valerie Veniard, Eleonora Luppi; Long-range corrected exchange-correlation kernels to describe…JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 151, 234111, (2019).