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IMPRESS workshop brings researchers from 12 countries to Aalto

The successful IMPRESS workshop was held at Aalto University 7-9 June 2017, exploring microscopic structure interfaces.

The first Interface Morphology Prediction with Robust and Efficient Structure Search (IMPRESS) workshop was hosted by Aalto University near Helsinki, Finland. Researchers from 12 countries convened at the Aalto Design Factory for three days in a discussion-centered academic programme.

IMPRESS brought experts in traditional atomistic structure search together with experts on novel search techniques and machine learning to tackle problems in the physical sciences. At the workshop, participants discussed applications of interface morphology, the performance of state-of-the-art techniques, and outstanding challenges in the field. 

Invited speakers moderated active debates on new generation methodologies and collected valuable feedback, which featured immediate suggestions for future work. Postgraduate students were especially welcomed and presented 30% of the workshop contributions. These students found the discussions particularly stimulating; their new ideas are expected to accelerate the development of this field in the years to come.

Aalto Prof. Patrick Rinke and co-organiser for the IMPRESS workshop presents the Best Poster prize to Uffe Furlig Larsen (Prof. Bjørk Hammer's Theoretical Surface Science group, Aarhus University)

The workshop received funding from CECAM, Psi-K, the NOMAD Laboratory (a European Centre of Excellence), and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience, COMP.

For more information about the workshop, please visit the IMPRESS 2017 website or contact one of the IMPRESS organisers.

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