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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 22, 2022, 14:00 until Aug 25, 2022, 18:00, SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL

Psi-k 2022 is the 6th general conference for the worldwide Psi-k community. Typically held every 5 years, this event is the largest worldwide in first-principles simulations. With more than 1000 participants attending the past 2010 and 2015 editions, it promises to be the most exciting, defining event in the field, offering an intense but enjoyable atmosphere, in addition to a chance to explore the beautiful region around Lausanne and Lake Geneva.  

Job openings

2024 Summer camp for high-school students

Jun 24, 2024, 9:00 until Jun 28, 2024, 16:00, 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. In 2024, it will take place from 24 to 28 June at EPFL and registrations are open until 12 May.

MARVEL Industry Day @Empa

Sep 05, 2024, from 9:00 until 17:00, Empa-Akademie, Dübendorf

The MARVEL Industry Day will take place on September 5, 2024 at the Empa-Akademie in Dübendorf. The day-long workshop will bring together members of industry, academia, and public research institutions to discuss areas in which computer simulations can provide important insights to industry.  The workshop will include invited seminars from academic and industrial partners. Save the date. More information will come soon.

MARVEL Junior Retreat 2024

Sep 10, 2024, 17:00 until Sep 13, 2024, 14:00

The sixth MARVEL Junior Retreat will take place from September 10 to 13, 2024. It will give PhD students and Postdocs involved in MARVEL groups the opportunity to interact, share their experiences, learn about each other’s research, start new collaborations and discuss various aspects that are relevant for young researchers.

MARVEL Review and Retreat January 2025

Jan 13, 2025, 17:00 until Jan 15, 2025, 14:00, Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald

The eleventh MARVEL Review and Retreat will take place on January 13-15, 2025. The event will gather all MARVEL members, group leaders as well as postdocs and students. Presentations will show to all the community where the projects stand and what are the next steps. 

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