ETSF research activities are organised in an integrated way. Since 2010, thematic groups were created to adapt to the growing the size of the network. Just like infrastructure activities, ETSF scientific activities are initiated thanks to a bottom up process. Any member is invited to create a Collaboration Team (CT) on a challenging topic. The organisation of workshops and young researchers' activities are also led by automonous and dynamic teams.

ETSF research activities

Collaboration Teams

Collaboration Teams (CT) are small groups of researchers sharing their understanding of challenging topics, more particularly discussing the problems they are working on. This is how ETSF members develop theory and codes in an efficient way, avoiding duplication of efforts and joining researchers' abundant ideas together.

Correlation CT Advance the comprehension, description, and prediction of the effects of electron correlation in real materials, which is nowadays one of the greatest challenges for the theoreticians of condensed matter.
Electron-Vibration CT Inclusion of vibrational couplings effects in the theoretical description of materials and processes, which challenges theory, since different interactions of comparable strength (electron-electron, electron-phonon) have to be taken into account on equal footing.
huge Systems CT Structural determination of huge systems, DSCF and G0W0 for finite systems, realistic systems: nanostructures/molecules and their use in PV, photocatalysis, organic electronics, and multiscale approaches are exemples of topics discussed, challenging more computers than theory.
Quantum Transport CT Understand fast quantum dynamics of nano-scale systems for truly predictive theory and simulation techniques for electronic quantum transport through molecular-scale nanostructures.

Young Researchers

Young Researchers Arrival

ETSF Young Researchers are postdocs, PhD and master students. They are the future of the theoretical spectroscopy scientific field and of the ETSF itself. Some of them who wish to pursue a career in research and find a permanent position may become new ETSF Research Team Leaders (RTLs).

The ETSF social policy shows the interest of the ETSF network for its young researchers. For example, RTLs are accouraged to favor long duration postdoctoral contracts; each young person entering the ETSF is invited to chose a "mentor", a permanent scientist to whom he/she can refer in case of major problems and to discuss her/his future career; young researchers are asked to send a representative at steering committee meetings, with a consultative voice. The social policy was signed in 2004 by the research groups which created the ETSF.

Young Researchers Meeting

The idea for a Young Researchers' forum arose when a number of PhDs and post-docs stopped grumbling and actually did something about a latent dissatisfaction with the standard way conferences are held. Standard conferences are centered around keynote speakers, and the larger the conference the harder it is to actually be heard and to present. In the framework of the network, it was possible to develop our own ideas about the structure of a conference.

The basic principle is that as many people give talks as possible, giving precedence to newcomers. Given the size of the network and the popularity of the Young Researchers' meetings (YRM), however, some people have to make do with a poster. Another very popular feature is the introductory talks: instead of keynote speakers, one experienced (young) researcher is asked to give an introduction to each session, presenting concepts and a framework for the specialized talks which follow.

The organization itself is handled by "senior young researchers". A small team takes care of the logistics, finds accommodation and conference venues, and attributes the themes and speakers to different sessions. The development of contacts and collaboration on one hand and of transferable skills on the other benefit from the YRM.

Forthcoming Young Researchers' Meeting

Previous Young Researchers' Meetings