ESF Research Conferences

ESF Conference in Partnership with LFUI

Energy Landscapes

16 - 21 July 2012

Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Obergurgl, Austria

Chaired by:
- David J. Wales, Cambridge University, UK

- Lapo Casetti, University of Florence , IT
- Michael Kastner, University of Stellenbosch, ZA


The behaviour of most systems of interest in chemical physics, including structural glasses, spin glasses, and biopolymers, is characterized by the presence of competing interactions. As a consequence, the topography and topology defined by the potential energy function is very complex, with an exponential number of local minima separated by energy barriers. Usually no suitable approximation schemes are available to compute dynamical or thermodynamical properties directly from the Hamiltonian of such a complex many-body system. Nevertheless, in many cases, predictions can be made from knowledge of the stationary points of the potential energy function, i.e., from points with vanishing gradient. Such techniques are now commonly referred to as energy landscape methods. Since this approach allows us to map dynamical as well as thermodynamic phenomena onto properties of the energy landscape, they are particularly powerful, and of fundamental importance for a broad spectrum of applications.

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List of Accepted Posters: PDF (325 KB) Last updated 04 May 2012


Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers, chairs & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Registration deadline: 18 June 2012

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no talks other than those listed on the final programme.
All other abstracts are accepted as Posters

Recommended poster size is A0 (Vertical). Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance. Posters can be affixed with cellotape and Blu-Tack.

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event.

To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners450 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment by 21 May 2012785 €
Registration and payment by 18 June 2012885 €
Conference participation without accommodation580 €

Grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grants are distributed based on financial need and scientific merit. Grantees must attend the entire conference in order to benefit from the grant.

Practical Information

Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Ötz Valley, near Innsbruck, Austria
The Obergurgl University Centre is located at an altitude of 1940 metres, in the highest glacial village in the Tyrol, at the end of the Ötz Valley and surrounded by numerous three-thousand metre peaks. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Innsbruck airport, via Innsbruck train station, on arrival and departure days. More information...

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Ms. Maja De Noyette Email
Conference Officer
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