7th African School on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications

12-23 Jun

ICTP-EAIFR will be hosting the 7th African School series on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications (ASESMA 2023).


The African School series on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications (ASESMA) is planned on a biennial basis since 2010. Previous schools were held in Cape Town, South Africa (2010), Eldoret, Kenya (2012), Johannesburg, South Africa (2015),  Accra, Ghana (2016), and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2018).
The School provides an introduction to the theory of electronic structure and other atomistic simulation methods, with an emphasis on the computational methods for practical calculations. It will cover introductory concepts such as: electronic structure theory, density functional theory and functionals, phonons, magnetism, enhanced sampling methods in molecular dynamics, ab-initio molecular dynamics, etc. It will also cover more advanced topics and applications of these methods to the structural, mechanical and optical properties of materials, and to the properties of biological systems.
The School will include hands-on tutorial sessions based on public license codes (including, but not limited to, the "Quantum Espresso" package). The second week of the school, students will be asked to split up in teams and work on specific projects under the guidance of the lecturers and mentors.


*Additional details on this event will be provided in the coming weeks.*


ICTP-EAIFR gratefully acknowledges support for ASESMA 2023 from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), ICTP and the CHPC. Accordingly, ICTP-EAIFR supports IUPAP's policies on free circulation of scientists and harassment at conferences. In particular, those policy statements are:

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