Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Particle based methods in materials science

Jul 23, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018

ICMS, 15 South College Street


Name Institution
Elder, Ken Oakland University
Ortner, Christoph University of Warwick
Schulze, Tim University of Tennessee

This workshop will bring together experts focusing on coarse-grained, particle-based methods for simulating the growth and evolution of materials that incorporate atomistic length scales.

In recent years there has been extensive development in a diverse collection of such methods, including accelerated molecular dynamics, classical density functional theory, phase field crystal, kinetic Monte Carlo and quasicontinuum methods. Each of these methods attempts to incorporate the discrete nature of crystalline lattices and the defects and dislocations inherent in such systems on length and time scales much larger than atomic vibration times and length scales. These efforts are interdisciplinary, with individuals from mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering working in these areas. While these techniques are often suitable for studying the same physical problem, such as heterepitaxial growth, they tend to develop individual research communities that may not communicate extensively. There is a special challenge when trying to encourage interaction between researchers in different disciplines. One of the primary aims of this workshop is to overcome such barriers. To this end, speakers will be encouraged to give an accessible introduction to their approaches in addition to highlighting the cutting edge advances in their field. A specific goal of the meeting is that each participant will come away with knowledge of and an increased appreciation for work in these closely related specialties.


Please note that this workshop is anticipated to commence around 09.00 on Monday 23 July and close around lunchtime on Friday 27 July 2018. 

Invitations will be issued by ICMS in April 2018.  

The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh. 

All talks will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.  The lecture theatre has a built in computer, data projector, and visualiser/document camera.  In addition, there are two blackboards.  The projector and one board may be used simultaneously.  We advise Speakers that, where possible, you bring your talk on a memory stick/USB to put onto our computer in advance of your session - either at the start of the day or during coffee/lunch breaks.   ICMS staff can help with this.   It is possible for you to use your own laptops but it is then your own responsibility to ensure that resolutions are changed on the laptops if necessary (ICMS will not change the resolution on our equipment).   If you use a MAC we expect you to bring your own adaptor. 

It is anticipated that there will be a poster session during the workshop.  Further details will follow.

If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.

Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.

Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.     There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above). 

Lothian buses charge £1.60 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second large railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.    Please be aware that there is also an Edinburgh Park railway station but this is at the west side of the city some way from the city centre.  For ICMS, use Edinburgh Waverley.


Administrative enquiries regarding practical arrangements in Edinburgh should be emailed to:   moira (dot) spencer@icms.org.uk


To be announced