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  • Nicola Spaldin wins 2019 Marcel Benoist Prize for work on multiferroic materials

    Nicola Spaldin, ETH Zurich professor and NCCR MARVEL project leader has been awarded the 2019 Marcel Benoist prize—the "Swiss Nobel Prize"—for her groundbreaking research on multiferroics. This new class of materials responds to both magnetic and electric fields, a combination that does not generally occur simultaneously. This unusual property makes multiferroics promising materials that could, for example, replace silicon in future computer chips. 

  • Coding club for girls in French-speaking Switzerland

    MARVEL supports the "Coding club des filles", a project initiated by the EPFL Science Outreach Department with the support of the Federal Office for Gender Equality. It offers coding workshops for girls 11 to 15 years old organized throughout French-speaking Switzerland.

  • Three new INSPIRE Potentials fellows will join MARVEL for their Master's research projects

    We are happy to announce that Jigyasa Nigam (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Trivandrum, Kerala, India), Joanna Stoycheva (Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria) and Linnea Mørch Folkmann (University of Copenhagen, Danemark) were granted INSPIRE Potentials – MARVEL Master's Fellowships after the April 2019 call. All three women will join MARVEL labs for a 6-month Master's research project — congratulations!

  • Clémence Corminboeuf Featured on Swiss TV Mini-Documentary Series "Le Court du Jour"

    Swiss television station RTS's « Le Court du Jour » is a series of short programs meant to provide the general public with a daily educational exploration of different domains. From culture to the environment, passing through the sciences, sport and health, “Le Court du Jour” addresses different topics with the aim of providing clear, entertaining information. Clémence Corminboeuf, professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at EPFL and a member of MARVEL's Executive Committee, recently took part in a series called "Femmes de Science".

  • von Lilienfeld named editor-in-chief, Corminboeuf named to editorial board of new open access journal Machine Learning: Science and Technology

    Machine Learning: Science and Technology (MLST), a new open access journal devoted to the application and development of machine learning for the sciences, has appointed two NCCR MARVEL members to it editorial team. Prof. Anatole von Lilienfeld of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Basel and project leader of MARVEL Incubator Project 2 has been named Editor-in-Chief. Prof. Clémence Corminboeuf, professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at EPFL and part of MARVEL's Executive Committee, has been named to the editorial board. The journal is now open for submissions.

  • MARVEL Summer Camp students “had a lot of fun, while working and learning new things”

    This year’s Summer Camp “Des atomes aux ordinateurs” at EPFL attracted 21 high school students — 10 women and 11 men — for a full week of lectures, exercises and lab visits built around the theme of scientific programming. With motivations ranging from a general desire to learn more about EPFL overall to a passion for the chemical properties of different materials, students came from the Romandie and other parts of Switzerland — as well as France, the U.S. and even Hong Kong — to deepen their knowledge of the programming language Python. 

  • MARVEL students have "absolutely amazing" experience at the Many Electron Collaboration Summer School

    Five PhD students involved in NCCR MARVEL projects recently travelled to the 2019 Many Electron Collaboration Summer School held at the Simons Foundation in New York. The students spent a week attending lectures on topics ranging from Many Body Physics to Topological Quantum Chemistry to Machine Learning Methods. Participant Sara Fiore, a PhD student at ETH Zurich summarizes their experience, and each of the students gives his or her own take on the school below.

  • MARVEL Executive Committee Member Prof. Clemence Corminboeuf wins SCGC teaching excellence award

    Clemence Corminboeuf, professor and head of the Laboratory for Computational Molecular Design and a member of MARVEL's Executive Committee, has been awarded the 2019 teaching excellence award from EPFL's Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Section for her outstanding contribution to teaching first year students, in computational chemistry and outreach for children, especially young girls.

  • Nicola Spaldin named lead editor of Physical Review Research

    Professor Nicola Spaldin of ETH Zürich and project leader of MARVEL Design & Discovery Project 5 has been appointed Lead Editor of Physical Review Research, the new fully open access, multidisciplinary American Physical Society journal being introduced this year. 

  • Open position for materials science researcher/software engineer to develop open software services for teaching and research

    OSSCAR (https://www.osscar.org) has been recently funded by the EPFL Open Science Fund to create a web platform providing a collaborative environment for teaching and research, targeting dissemination of Open Science good practices. It is a joint project of CECAM and NCCR MARVEL.

  • MARVEL Director Marzari named to Senior Editorial Board of Nature's Scientific Data publication

    NCCR MARVEL's director Nicola Marzari has been named to the Senior Editoral Board of Nature's Scientific Data publication. 

  • Executive Committee Member Thomas Schulthess wins 2019 Doron Prize

    MARVEL Executive Committee member and director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre CSCS Thomas Schulthess has been awarded the 2019 Doron Prize for his work in high-performance computing. Schulthess, who is also professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of ETHZ and co-leader of MARVEL's High Performance Computing and Future Architectures project, will be given the award at a ceremony in Zug on 3 April. He is the second MARVEL member to win the award after Ursula Röthlisberger's recognition in 2016.