This MARVEL school will cover the use of variationally enhanced sampling (VES) for obtaining free energies and kinetic rates both from classical and ab initio molecular dynamics. Other methods like metadynamics will also be covered. We will focus on the use of these methods for applications related to materials science. Please see the preliminary program for further information. 

The school will include hands-on tutorials using PLUMED 2 with various molecular dynamics codes. Therefore we require participants to bring their own laptops. We will provide all material and software on USB sticks. Participants will receive further instructions related to this later on.

The school will be organized within the MARVEL project and will be open to all MARVEL personnel. Also external participants are welcome.

In order to foster collaborative efforts within MARVEL the school will include a session where participants will be able to discuss MARVEL related projects where they are interested in applying enhanced sampling methods.

Important dates:

December 14, 2016: Registration deadline 

February 14, 2017: School starts

February 17, 2017: School ends

Fees and accommodation:

The school is free of charge for all participants. Apart from a social dinner, meals will not be provided.

The number of participants will be limited to approximately 30 so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. MARVEL participants will be treated on a first come, first served basis. Acceptance of external participants is subject to availability and will be confirmed after the registration deadline. 

For MARVEL personnel accommodation for 3 nights will be covered but traveling costs should be covered by their own group. Rooms will be shared by two people. If you are not willing to share, we will only refund a fixed amount of the accommodation of your choice.

For external participants we cannot cover accommodation costs but we are happy to help in finding hotels in Lugano.

Venue details and arrival:

The school will take place at Universita della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano.

All lessons will take place at classrooms SI-007 and SI-008 located in the ground floor of the Informatics building. See map. There will be a welcome desk in the hallway of the ground floor of the Informatics building. Please register from 13:00 to 13:30. The school will start at 13:30 and we will meet in classroom SI-008.

On the first day, February 14, the school will start in the afternoon in order to allow people to arrive in Lugano.

USI can be easily reached from Lugano train station using bus number 6 and getting out at the stop "Università". It can also be reached by foot (20 minutes walk).

For participants coming from outside Switzerland the easiest option is to fly to Milan Malpensa airport and take a bus to Lugano train station which takes about an hour. Also, Lugano has a small airport which can be reached from Geneva or Zürich. If you need further information feel free to contact us.


This event is sponsored by NCCR MARVEL

The National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) are a research instrument of the Swiss National Science Foundation.