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Newsletter - January 21, 2019

“The Scientific Advisory Board continues to be highly impressed and inspired by the results obtained in MARVEL. (...) With the presence of a critical mass of world-leading researchers in the Centre, it is exceptionally well positioned to advance computational materials science and to discover technologically transformative materials.”

--Professor Giulia Galli of the University of Chicago, Chair of MARVEL’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Dear MARVEL'ers,

This is just some of the praise coming our way as the SNSF awards us full funding of 18 million Swiss francs for our second phase, running until April 2022. This new tranche will let us build on the work done in Phase 1, leveraging our great community to pursue six ambitious Design-and-Discovery projects, two Incubator projects and the structural efforts of our “Open Science” and “HPC and Future Architectures” platforms. In the newsletter below, you can read more about the SNSF’s evaluation, new funding for Materials Cloud, prizes awarded to MARVEL members and some of our excellent research. We wish you a great start to the new year and continued success in all your projects.

Top Story

SNSF awards NCCR MARVEL a second tranche of 18 Million CHF

The Swiss National Science Foundation has awarded MARVEL full funding of 18 million Swiss francs for its second phase, which will run until April 2022.  

Highlights and news

NCCR MARVEL PIs win swissuniversities grant to scale up computational open science platform Materials Cloud

A team of NCCR MARVEL PIs has won a swissuniversities P-5 grant to further develop the Materials Cloud web platform for Computational Open Science. The project will ultimately allow users to autonomously contribute hundreds of different data entries in the different sections without having to interact with one of the platform maintainers. 

Nicola Marzari Receives IBM Faculty Award for Curated Datasets on Demand

Nicola Marzari, head of the Laboratory of theory and simulation of materials (THEOS) and director of the NCCR MARVEL has been granted an IBM Faculty Award—the first given to an EPFL professor—for the project “Curated Datasets on Demand”.

MARVEL Contributions Result in Two Editors' Suggestions in Physical Review Materials in November

Research from NCCR MARVEL scientists and colleagues resulted in not one but two Editors' Suggestions in Physical Review Materials in November.  

Five MARVEL members to give invited talks at American Physical Society's annual meeting

Two MARVEL postdocs and three PIs will give invited talks at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society, being held March 4- 8 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Five new INSPIRE Potentials fellows will join MARVEL for 6-month research projects

We are happy to announce that Tara Niamh Tosic (EPFL, Switzerland), Julieta Trapé (National University of Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina), Sinjini Bhattacharjee (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India), Maria Syzgantseva (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia) and Chiara Devescovi (Sacred Heart Catholic University, Brescia, Italy) were granted INSPIRE Potentials – MARVEL Master's Fellowships after the October 2018 call. All five women will join MARVEL labs in the coming months -- congratulations!

MARVEL Mini-Series of Seminars

MARVEL Mini-Series on DFT, wavefunction methods, machine learning and metals

Jan 24, 2019, 17:00 until Jan 30, 2019, 11:00, EPFL

On January 24, 25, 28 and 30, MARVEL is holding a mini-series of four seminars covering key topics ranging from machine learning to wavefunction methods, as well as advanced DFT and metals.

Job openings

MARVEL Junior Seminar — April 2021

Apr 09, 2021, from 14:00 until 15:15, Zoom

The MARVEL Junior Seminar series is continuing in videoconferencing mode. We are therefore pleased to propose the 41st MARVEL Junior Seminar: Sergi Vela (LCMD, EPFL) and Deb Sankar De (Uni Basel) will present their research. The seminar will be chaired by Michele Kotiuga (THEOS, EPFL).

MARVEL site visit 2021

Apr 19, 2021, 14:00 until Apr 20, 2021, 18:00, EPFL

The sixth MARVEL site visit will take place online on April 19-20, 2021. At this occasion, the Review Panel —international board of evaluation of the NCCR MARVEL— will meet the members of the project. 

MARVEL Distinguished Lecture — Kristin Persson

Apr 27, 2021, from 17:00 until 18:15, Zoom

The 23rd NCCR MARVEL Distinguished Lecture will be given by Prof. Kristin Persson, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) on "The Era of Data-Driven Materials Innovation and Design".

MARVEL Distinguished Lecture — Georg Kresse

May 18, 2021, from 15:00 until 16:15, Zoom

The 24th NCCR MARVEL Distinguished Lecture will be given by Prof. Georg Kresse, Professor of Computational Materials Physics at the University of Vienna and on "Ab initio accuracy for phase diagrams from machine learned force fields".

Classics in molecular and materials modelling: Daan Frenkel and Tony Ladd

Feb 19, 2021, from 15:00 until 17:30, Online

Daan Frenkel (University of Cambridge) and Tony Ladd (University of Florida) will give a joint lecture in what will be the third event in the series "Classics in molecular and materials modelling" hosted by CECAM and MARVEL.

Workshop on First-Principles Modelling of Defects in Solids

Jun 02, 2021, 9:30 until Jun 04, 2021, 17:45, ETHZ or online

On June 2-4, 2021, the workshop on "First-Principles Modelling of Defects in Solids" with take place at ETHZ (or online if the situation does not allow).

Quantum Computing Hard- and Software Summer School 2021

Jun 15, 2021, 9:00 until Jun 18, 2021, 18:30, Lausanne

Applications are now open for the first ever Quantum Computing Hard- and Software Summer School 2021, sponsored by MARVEL and ETHZ-EPFL.

MARVEL Distinguished Lecture — Darío Gil

Jun 15, 2021, from 14:00 until 15:15, Zoom

The 25th NCCR MARVEL Distinguished Lecture will be given by Dr. Darío Gil, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research on "The Era of Accelerated Materials Discovery".

2021 Summer camp for high-school students

Jun 28, 2021, 9:00 until Jul 02, 2021, 17:00, EPFL, Lausanne

The 1-week camp entitled Des atomes aux ordinateurs, à la découverte de la programmation scientifique  is open to teenagers in the last two years of high-school, with no high-level in maths or physics prerequisite. A prior knowledge of the basics of programming is recommended. It is possible to acquire these notions independently if necessary (within 3-4 hours). Half of the seats are reserved for young women.

Psi-k conference

Aug 23, 2021, 13:00 until Aug 26, 2021, 18:00, SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Psi-k conference – which was originally scheduled to be held in September 2020 – is postponed to next year (Aug. 2021)!Given the current situation, and after having frozen registrations since mid-March, we have now taken the formal decision to postpone the conference to August 23-26, 2021, preserving the same format, plenary and invited speakers, and symposia.The registration platform will be reopened later for registration — the participants who had already registered for this year will be contacted separately.Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to meeting you next year!

Save the Date

Ig Nobel Award Tour Show 2019

Mar 25, 2019, from 18:00 until 20:00, EPFL, Forum Rolex

On Monday March 25, EPFL will welcome for the fourth time the Ig Nobel Award Tour Show, with Marc Abrahams and a line-up of Ig Nobel Prize winners, with the support of the NCCR MARVEL.

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