Benasque 2010: Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory: Prospects and Applications

4th International Workshop and School

2010, January 2 - 15


A. Rubio(U. País Vasco, Centro Mixto CSIC-UPV/EHU and DIPC, Donostia) E.K.U. Gross(Freie Universität Berlin) M.A.L. Marques(LPMCN, Université Lyon I) F. Nogueira(Universidade de Coimbra and Centro de Física Computacional)


We organize this event at the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, Benasque, Spain, from January 2 to January 15, 2010. Benasque is a beautiful town in the heart of the Pyrenees. The school will take place from January 2 (Day 0 - arrival of students for the school) to January 10, and the workshop will start January 10 (arrival of participants to the workshop) and finish on January 15 (departure of all participants).

School (January 2 - January 10)

The school will be attended by a maximum of around 40 students, and will last 8 days, with theoretical sessions in the mornings and practical (tutorial) sessions in the evenings. The school will start Saturday January 3rd in the morning and will end Sunday January 10th in the evening. The theoretical sessions will consist of four 45m lectures. The practical sessions will last for 3 hours and a computer will be allocated for each two students. This will allow the students to have some time every day for studying and talking to the teachers. The program of the school starts with basic TDDFT, then continues with more complex theoretical and numerical aspects of TDDFT, and will end with an outline of some of its many applications. Basic knowledge on ground state DFT calculations is required. Also during the school we will address other approaches to describe excite state properties based on either many-body perturbation theory or quantum-chemistry schemes.

Workshop (January 10 - January 15)

The workshop starts on January 11th in the morning and ends Thursday 14th late afternoon. We plan an informal workshop with sufficient time for discussions. The informal character of the talks will be encouraged and presentations which are partly tutorial, given the mixed character of the audience, are most welcome. The time for each talk will be divided into 75% for the presentation plus 25% for discussion. Speakers will be encouraged to divide their available time into two separate parts if their topic falls under more than one heading. The aim of the workshop will be to stimulate discussions and collaborations among participants.

The call for participation will be mainly directed to students and scientists specialized on computational physics, quantum chemistry and biophysics. We will limit the number of participants to 70, in order to ensure a maximum interaction between all the scientists participating. Attendance of graduate students and postdocs will be strongly encouraged through the inclusion of short contributed talks and a poster session. Furthermore, we will award short oral presentations to Ph.D. students participating in the School and presenting there an outstanding poster.


The Center will organize free bus trips from Barcelona to Benasque (on January 2 and on January 10). You can reserve a seat when booking your accomodation. Registration will be closed on September 9, 2009. USA participants can apply for NFS support. There is also support available from the Marie Curie Psi-k training programme (click here for more details).


Practical information

This scientific meeting has received financial support from the following institutions: