Workshops, Conferences, and Young-Researcher Meetings

ETSF Conferences

Every year the ETSF organises at least one high-level conference focusing on the active research areas of the ETSF. They have emerged from the long series of Nanoquanta series of workshops (see below), that have been instrumental for the professional development of many of the current ETSF members. Each conference is organised in a different location in Europe.

It has grown into a five day format with more than 100 participants. Presentations are given by invited and contributed speakers from in- and outside the network and are organised in separate sessions, each one illustrating a particular aspect of the focus topic(s). The program of oral presentations is complemented by a dedicated poster session, but posters are almost always on display for the whole conference duration.

Since 2015, roughly every second year the ETSF conference is replaced by an "informal workshop" which is dedicated to open and intensive discussion in particular of open problems in our work, rather than to the polished presentation of scientific results. The first editions in this format have been highly successful.

Last ETSF Conference:

A list of the previous ETSF workshops is available here.


Young Researchers' Meetings

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.

Last meeting: 16th Young Researchers' Meeting  [3 -7 June 2019]

A list of all previous YRMs can be found here.

Training Schools & Events

Apart from the conferences, there are frequent ETSF training events which can be found on the Training page.


Forthcoming events

The Computational School on Electronic Excitations in Novel Materials Using the Yambo Code will introduce participants to post-DFT simulations, in particular to many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) approaches and will provide training in the calculation of electronic and optical properties of materials.


The program will offer theoretical and technical lectures, as well as dedicated hands-on sessions where the students will learn the use of the Yambo code in a massively parallel environment and how to run post-processing tools for the analysis of the results. The main topics covered range from introductory lessons on MBPT concepts to more advanced topics in materials science. General topics include the diagrammatic approach, self-energy and quasiparticles, the GW approximation, linear response, and the Bethe-Salpeter equation. Strong focus is given on connection with experimental observables (from photoemission to absorption and photoluminescence). Advanced topics will address real-time spectroscopies, time-dependent polarization in terms of the Berry phase, computation of non-linear optical properties.

Participants are required to have a pre-existing background in DFT methods, including experience in running first principles simulations.

Due to the hands-on nature of the School, the number of participants is limited to the capacity of Adriatico Informatics Lab.

For more details and applications please follow this link:

Female scientists are encouraged to apply.

Grants: A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee

Thanks to the generous contribution of the MaX CoE and Psi-K, accommodation in double room is provided at the ICTP Guest Houses for all participants. Participants are free to upgrade at their own costs the accommodation to a single room accordingly to the ICTP Guest House rates.

Deadline: For applications needing financial support and/or visa:  30 November 2019

For applications not needing financial support and/or visa: 15 December 2019

The organisers: Daniele Varsano (CNR-NANO), Maurizia Palummo (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Alejandro Molina-Sánchez (INL), Conor David Hogan (CNR-ISM), Davide Sangalli (CNR-ISM), Ralph Gebauer (ICTP), Local Organiser: Ivan Girotto (ICTP)