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Newsletter - December 18, 2020

Dear MARVEL'ers,

Please find below our latest newsletter, with news and events linked to the MARVEL community. 

This month, read about the latest awards and successes of MARVEL researchers, and take note of the main events for next year. In particular, we will start with a MARVEL Distinguished Lecture by Jens  K. Nørskov in January, followed by two events in the CECAM-MARVEL series "Classics in molecular and materials modelling" in February and March, respectively. Note too, the next MARVEL Junior Seminar on February 5.

All these events will continue online for the time being, as they have for most of the year. As the challenging year 2020 comes to a close, we take the opportunity to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. We also hope that you enjoy the winter and wish you all the best for the new year 2021!

MARVEL researchers successes

Michele Ceriotti awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant of 2 million euro

MARVEL Professor Michele Ceriotti, of EPFL's Laboratory of Computational Science and Modeling (COSMO), was awarded the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.

Nicola Spaldin named new member of the ERC Science Council

The European Commission has just elected MARVEL project leader Nicola Spaldin of ETHZ as a member of the ERC Science Council.

Sauradeep Majumdar wins the FameLab International 2020 competition

MARVEL doctoral researcher Sauradeep Majumdar has won the FameLab International 2020 science communication competition with his three-minute talk explaining how scientists are using carbon capture to combat climat change.

Read MARVEL Highlights here.

Scientific perspectives

Discovery and design of novel materials in silico: current state of the field

MARVEL project leader Oleg Yazyev writes about his views on computations as an instrument for the discovery and design of new materials. He provides a broad overview of the field and gives a few examples of interesting materials discovered in silico (i.e. on computer) in his group and later verified experimentally.

Equal opportunities and work-life balance

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

We are happy to announce that Elena Gazzarini (King's College, London) and Yuri Cho (UniBas) were granted INSPIRE Potentials – MARVEL Master's Fellowships after the October 2020 call. The two women will join MARVEL labs for a 6-month Master's research project — congratulations!

Fix the leaky pipeline — One-to-one mentoring

The "Fix the leaky pipeline!" program will start a 3rd round of the one-to-one mentoring program for female PhD students (3rd year or above) and postdocs in the ETH Domain.

Flexibility Grants: The SNSF support for researchers with families

"Pursue your career while raising a family." This is what the SNSF proposes with the Flexibility Grants.

Upcoming MARVEL lectures

MARVEL Distinguished Lecture — Jens K. Nørskov

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

The 22nd NCCR MARVEL Distinguished Lecture will be given by Prof. Jens K. Nørskov, Professor of physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), on "Catalysis for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals".

CECAM-MARVEL Classics in molecular and materials modelling: David Vanderbilt and Raffaele Resta

Mar 23, 2021, from 15:00 until 17:45, Online

David Vanderbilt (Rutgers University) and Raffaele Resta (IOM-CNR Democritos, Trieste) will give a joint lecture on "Berry phases in condensed matter physics", in what will be the third event in the series "Classics in molecular and materials modelling" hosted by CECAM and MARVEL.

CECAM-MARVEL Classics in molecular and materials modelling: Daan Frenkel and Tony Ladd

May 20, 2021, from 15:00 until 17:45, Online

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

MARVEL Junior Seminar

MARVEL Junior Seminar — February 2021

Feb 05, 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 39th MARVEL Junior Seminar: Jigyasa Nigam (COSMO, EPFL) and Samuel Poncé (THEOS, EPFL) will present their research. The seminar will be chaired by Kristians Cernevics (C3MP, EPFL). 

Movie on (in)equity in science

"Picture a Scientist": Virtual film screening and discussion

Jan 19, 2021, 8:00 until Jan 21, 2021, 17:00, Online

Between January 19 and 21, 2021, Better Science and the Office for Gender Equality at the University of Bern host a screening of “Picture a Scientist.” MARVEL encourages you to discover this inspiring film.

Workshop for future MARVELers

Diamants, alu, caoutchouc, ils sont fous ces matériaux in January 2021

MARVEL and EPFL Science outreach department announce a new edition of the science workshop Diamants, alu, caoutchouc, ils sont fous ces matériaux, an initiative of the equal opportunities actions targeted at young girls.

CSCS internships

You are a Master's student in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or related fields and you are looking for an internship? Check out the possibilities at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS).
The application deadline is 15 January, 2021.


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