Starts 13 Jun 2016
Ends 24 Jun 2016
Legon, Accra - Ghana

The African School series on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications (ASESMA) is planned on a biennial basis from 2010 to 2020. The schools emphasize the theory and computational methods for predicting and understanding properties of materials through calculations at the fundamental level of electronic structure. Previous schools were held in Cape Town -South Africa (2010), Eldoret - Kenya (2012), and Johannesburg (2015).

PROGRAMME:  The activity will cover basic methodological aspects such as density functional theory, electronic structure, many-body methods such as DFT+U, BSE, GW and quantum Monte Carlo, as well as molecular dynamics. It will also cover the application of these methods to the mechanical, dynamical, electronic, optical and magnetic properties of materials. The school will consist of lectures and of hands-on computational laboratories based on state-of-the-art codes. Each participant will engage in a project depending upon his/her level. The projects will vary from calculation of the stable structures of materials for those without previous background in density functional calculations to more advanced calculations for those with more experience.

GRANTS: A limited number of grants are available to support the travel and living expenses of selected participants, with priority given to participants working in Africa and who are at the early stages of their career.

HOW TO APPLY FOR PARTICIPATION: Participants should have a background in solid state physics or chemistry at advanced undergraduate level, and be familiar with basic use of Linux and computer programming. The online application form can be accessed here below. Once in the website, comprehensive instructions will guide you step-by-step, on how to fill out and submit the application form.

NEW DEADLINE:  for requesting participation: 11th March 2016.
**DEADLINE: 11/03/2016**
New deadline: extended to 11th March 2016


International Organizing Committee: O. Akin-Ojo. G. Amolo, N. Chetty, A. De Vita, E. Garfunkel, D. Joubert, R. Martin, N. Marzari, R. Scalettar, S. Scandolo; Local Organizers in Ghana: G.H. Gebreyesus, M. Egblewogbe, G.K. Nkrumah-Buandoh