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.

Upcoming ETSF Conferences:

  • Informal Workshop in Amsterdam [15-17 May 2023]

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: 17th Young Researchers' Meeting  [25-29 May 2020]

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 ETSF Informal Meeting 2023 takes place in Amsterdam, Science Park, from Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th of May. An extra day (Thursday 18th) is optional for discussions among the participants in smaller groups. 

This is an informal meeting that will focus on ongoing work, open questions and challenges in method development in an atmosphere that encourages lively discussions among the participants. With this in mind, we will ask speakers and chairpersons to stick to the spirit of “short talks, long discussions”. There will also be a poster session on Tuesday afternoon. 

Possible topics are: advances in methods for the calculation of electronic and optical properties, coherence and decoherence in out-of-equilibrium systems, electron-phonon coupling and polarons, quantum embedding and density-functional theory for excited states, time-dependent DFT, real-time simulations and dynamics of complex systems, first-principles description of complex excitations, etc.