Summer School 2019

The Summer School 2019 will take place at University of Durham, 8th July – 18th July 2019. Organised by CCP5 and sponsored by the CECAM, this School is intended for newcomers to the science of molecular simulation and will provide a comprehensive introduction to the methodology, practical sessions on computational methods and examples of the power and versatility of simulation methods.

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The Summer Schools, starts with a two day programming course Students can opt to take Python or Fortran strand, then the first five days of the course will cover the basics of molecular simulation and the remaining three days will be devoted to more advanced courses. Course notes will be provided. In addition to the course lectures, practical sessions will take place in which students will undertake relevant computational exercises.

Fees: £450 – if you are selected to attend the Summer School you will be sent a separate link to make your payment. These fees include accommodation for 11 nights (7-17 July) plus meals. 

Important Dates

15 March 2019 – deadline for applications

4 May 2019 – deadline for payment of fees

7 July 2019 Arrival at Summer School

8 July 2019- start of the Summer School
18 July 2019 – end of the Summer School

Programming Courses

  • Introduction to Modern Fortran (6 lectures, 4 practical sessions)
  • Introduction to Python

Basic Courses

  • An Overview of Molecular Simulation 
  • Introduction to Practical Session
  • Statistical Mechanics (2 lectures)
  • Molecular Dynamics (3 lectures)
  • Monte Carlo Methods (3 lectures)
  • Free Energy Methods (2 lectures)
  • Optimisation Methods
  • Introduction to Force Fields
  • Advanced classical MD
  • Practicals (10 sessions over 5 afternoons)

Advanced Courses

  • First principles simulation (6 lectures&hands-on tutorials, Keith Refson (Royal Holloway, University of London), Stewart Clarke(University of Durham) and Barry Searle (Daresbury Laboratory))
  • Mesoscale Methods (5 lectures, I. Halliday (Sheffield Hallam University) and M. Seaton (Daresbury Laboratory))
  • Simulation of Organic and Bio Molecules (Dr Richard Henchman  (University of Manchester), Dr Andela Šarić (University College London) and Dr Sarah Fegan (Daresbury Laboratory))

Organising Committee

  • Dr Paola Carbone, University of Manchester
  • Dr Colin Freeman, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Mark Miller, University of Durham
  • Dr Alin Elena, STFC Daresbury Laboratory


First Principles simulations
Mesoscale methods
Simulation of Organic and Bio Molecules

Research Seminar Speakers

Student Seminar (13+2 minutes)

  • Natalie Tatum, University of Newcastle, UK
  • Devanand Thanissery, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India
  • Lolita Hilaire, Ecole Doctorale Science Chimiques Balard, France
  • Luke Smith, University of Leeds, UK
  • Effran Mirzad Rafael, University of Manchester, UK
  • Margaret Davis, Syracuse University, USA

CCP5 Poster Prizes A0 portrait (maximum)

  • 1st prize, Victoria Ariel Bjørnestad, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2nd prize, Susana Marin Aguilar,Université Paris-Sud, France
  • 3rd prize, Valentin Vassilev Galindo, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • special prize, Junyoung Hwang, Imperial College London, UK

CCP5 Student Talk Prizes

  • 1st prize, Lolita Hilaire, Ecole Doctorale Science Chimiques Balard, France
  • runner up, Margaret Davis, Syracuse University, USA

This year winners in picture

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