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Newsletter - November 7, 2019

Dear MARVEL friends,

I am very sorry to report that Alexey Soluyanov passed away on Oct 26, in St. Petersburg. Alexey was a wonderful human being, and a bright and dedicated colleague, and we will miss him tremendously.
At this time our thoughts are with his family, and all who knew and loved him; our only consolation is that his remarkable scientific contributions will continue to inspire our entire community for years to come.
You can read on some of his fascinating work here, for the Nature 2015 prediction of Type II Dirac fermions well before experiments could confirm them, or here, for the 2019 Science prediction of novel 1D topological phases. More on his life and work is also on the website of the University of Zurich.

We'll miss you very much, Alexey; and thanks a lot for all that you have given us.

Nicola Marzari

Obituary

Alexey Soluyanov's research will continue to inspire MARVEL community

I am very sorry to report that Alexey Soluyanov passed away on Oct 26, in St. Petersburg. Alexey was a wonderful human being, and a bright and dedicated colleague, and we will miss him tremendously.At this time our thoughts are with his family, and all who knew and loved him; our only consolation is that his remarkable scientific contributions will continue to inspire our entire community for years to come.You can read on some of his fascinating work here, for the Nature 2015 prediction of Type II Dirac fermions well before experiments could confirm them, or here, for the 2019 Science prediction of novel 1D topological phases. More on his life and work is also on the website of the University of Zurich.We'll miss you very much, Alexey; and thanks a lot for all that you have given us.Nicola Marzari

Highlights

MARVEL Sector Days give industry a chance to help shape research

Research should be driven by societal issues—we need to pursue what is urgent and needed for the community at large. Just as the NCCR MARVEL seeks the guidance and expertise of a scientific advisory board in developing lines of research, we also seek insight from industry. 

MARVEL researchers, partners present work on materials for energy at Materials Science Day

NCCR MARVEL and CCMX, the Competence Centre for Materials Science and Technology, hosted their third annual Materials Science Day on October 8 to present both experimental and modeling approaches to the development of innovative new materials. The event, meant to highlight cutting-edge research and give people a chance to network, drew more than 60 people from industry and academia.

Read MARVEL Highlights here.

News

MARVEL presents research activities at EPFL’s Journée Thématique in Porrentruy

EPFL organizes thematic days that allow high school students to discover various research domains within their own four walls. NCCR MARVEL was represented by Lidia Favre-Quattropani, scientific manager, Antimo Marrazzo, a PhD student in the group of Prof. Nicola Marzari, and Emilie Vuille-dit-Bille, a master’s student in the section of Materials Science and Engineering, at the most recent event, held at the Lycée cantonal de Porrentruy on 30 October 2019.   

MARVEL Junior Seminar

MARVEL Junior Seminar — November 2019

Nov 08, 2019, from 12:15 until 13:30, EPFL, MED 0 1418

Welcome to the 28th MARVEL Junior Seminar on Friday November 8, 2019, 12:15 pm, EPFL, room MED 0 1418. Markus Stricker (LAMMM, EPFL) and Stefano Falletta (CSEA, EPFL) will present their research. The seminar will be chaired by Giuliana Materzanini.

Upcoming event: Giulia Galli lecture

MARVEL Distinguished Lecture / EPFL campus lecture — Giulia Galli

Nov 13, 2019, from 16:15 until 17:15, EPFL, Forum Rolex

The 19th NCCR MARVEL Distinguished Lecture – also an EPFL campus lecture – will be given by Prof. Giulia Galli, University of Chicago, with whom we will be "Marveling at materials through in-silico lenses".

Save the date!

[CANCELED] — Ig Nobel Award Tour Show 2020

Mar 30, 2020, from 18:00 until 20:00, EPFL, Forum Rolex

Due to event restrictions linked to the coronavirus, the Ig Nobel Award Tour Show 2020 at EPFL is canceled, which we greatly regret.

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!

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!

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