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New horizons in density functional theory Faraday Discussion

2 - 4 September 2020, Online, United Kingdom



Join us online in September 2020 for this virtual addition to our Faraday Discussion series. 

For over 100 years and 300 meetings, Faraday Discussions have been the forefront of physical chemistry. Many of these Discussions have become landmark meetings in their field. At this Faraday Discussion we aim to bring together online researchers working on the development of Density Functional Theory methods to examine today’s challenges.  The Discussion will be of interest to established scientists, early career researchers and post-graduate students, and will foster new interactions between chemists, physicists, materials scientists and applied mathematicians.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Discussion online.

Andrew Teale
Chair, New Horizons in Density Functional Theory

Format of the Discussion

Faraday Discussions have a special format where primary research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. All delegates at the meeting, not just speakers, have the opportunity to make comments, ask questions, or present complementary or contradictory measurements and calculations during the discussion sessions. In addition, there is a dedicated poster session where further discussion takes place. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.

Find out more about the Faraday Discussions in this video:

Scientific Themes

Density functional theory (DFT) is today’s most widely used method for practical computational electronic structure calculations across chemistry, physics and materials science. This Faraday Discussion will help to foster new interactions between chemists, physicists, materials scientists and applied mathematicians who develop new density-functional methods and rely on this approach as a key tool in their research. By sharing the latest cutting edge developments and exchanging experience regarding their relative merits the discussion should help bring these new methods to practical application quickly and effectively. 
The Discussion will focus on the following four themes:
New density-functional approximations and beyond
Modern DFT encompasses a large variety of extended theories including ensemble and multi-reference approaches, strong correlation, current-dependent density-functional theory, finite temperature density-functional theory and orbital-free density-functional theory. In each of these areas new, ever more accurate, functionals are required along with new techniques for their development. In this discussion session we will take a look at the latest progress in the field and examine the directions for the development of improved approximations.

Challenges for large scale simulation

Density-functional theory is being applied to larger systems and new areas, and increasingly in biological applications. This discussion session will focus on the new opportunities and applications open to density functional methods and the algorithmic development and software infrastructure required to utilize these resources.

Strong correlation in density-functional theory

Often systems that exhibit the most exotic electronic structure are challenging for present-day density functional approximations. Many such systems are of great technological interest due to their novel electronic and magnetic properties, often involving spin-charge separation. In this discussion session we will explore a wide range of approaches that are under active development to tackle this issue, giving participants insight into their relative strengths and weaknesses.

New approaches to study excited states in density-functional theory

Density-functional theory has enjoyed great success in describing many features of the excited states of systems via its time-dependent (TD) extension, TD-DFT. Despite this success, when used with modern density-functional approximations it can be difficult to describe many features of excited states. In this discussion session we aim to give insight into recent progress and to discuss a wide range of alternative / complementary approaches to describe excited states.
Abstract Submission

Poster Abstracts

Submit your poster abstract by 5 August 2020. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting. The Faraday Division Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference.   

As this event is being held as online, we will be using a dedicated online poster platform. If your poster is accepted for this event, you will receive an email from us inviting you log on to the poster platform where you will be able to create an interactive poster. When creating a poster you will be able to choose from a variety of templates, and select colours, backgrounds and fonts, to create a poster specific to your work. The poster can contain text, images, videos and audio recordings, and can include as much detail as you require as content boxes within the templates are not limited to size. You will also have access to video tutorials, showing you how you can create your poster in the platform, and access to email support with the poster platform if you have an specific questions. 

Oral Abstracts

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. 

Papers accepted for the Discussion must be full research papers with a significant amount of new, unpublished work and they are reviewed upon submission. Papers will be made available to all delegates at least  two weeks before the online meeting so they can be read in advance. At the meeting the presenting author is allowed five minutes to highlight the main points of their paper, and the rest of the time is for discussion. The discussion is recorded and will be published alongside the research paper in the Faraday Discussion Volume.

The deadline for oral abstracts and paper submission have now passed.
Please read the registration information below before registering.  You can register by clicking on the online registration link on this page.  
Registration includes: 
  • Access to the virtual conference
  • Attendance at all the discussion sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session(s)
  • Attendance at the networking sessions
  • Access to the discussion pre-prints, available in PDF format to download

Registration fees are as follows: 
Standard Rate £30
RSC member £25
Student standard rate £15
RSC Student member rate £10

Prices above include VAT at the prevailing rate.

The registration fees represent approximately a 95% discount on fees for the equivalent physical conference, and have been set as an introductory rate for our first virtual Faraday Discussions in 2020. 

Faraday Discussion publication.

A copy of the final theme issue of the Faraday Discussion volume containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 5 months after the meeting) is not included in the registration fee. A copy of the volume may be purchased at less than half price, this discounted price is only available to Discussion delegates when ordering during the registration process.

RSC membership rates

If you are a RSC member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page. You will need to enter your membership number. For non-member registrants attending this event, affiliate membership of the RSC is available until the end of 2021, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

Student rates

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee is available. This fee applies to those undertaking a full time course for a recognised degree or a diploma at a university or equivalent institution.

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Sponsorship & supporting organisations
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