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Due to the current uncertainty over the COVID situation the school will be taking place online.
Organised by CCP5 and sponsored by CECAM, the School is intended for newcomers to the science of molecular simulation and will provide a comprehensive introduction to the theoretical background as well as practical sessions on computational methods and research seminars to illustrate the versatility of simulation in modern research. There will also be opportunities for participants to present their own research.
The Summer School starts with a two-day programming course, where students can opt to take either Python or modern Fortran. After this preparation, the first five days of the main School will cover the basics of molecular simulation, and the remaining three days will be devoted to more advanced courses with options in mesoscale, ab initio, and biomolecular simulation. Course notes will be provided in electronic format. In addition to the lectures, there will be extensive practical sessions in which students will undertake computational exercises to reinforce and further explore the material.
The school will take place between 11th and 22nd of July 2021 in online.
A fee of £50 to cover part of the expenses will be charged to successful applicants. The school has 50 to 100 places available. Successful applicants from last year’s delayed summer school will have an automatic reserve for this year’s online school and they will be receiving an email about this.
Please note The school can be recognized towards your doctoral training in UK, also upon request we can provide a letter for ECTS credits for your school.
We value the participation of everyone and want to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, both professionally and personally. Accordingly, all participants of the CCP5 Summer School are expected to always show respect and courtesy to others. The CCP5 and its partners strive to maintain inclusivity in all of our activities. All participants (staff and students) are entitled to a harassment-free experience, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, and/or religion. Harassment in any form is not acceptable for any of us.
We respectfully ask all attendees of the CCP5 Summer School to kindly conform to the following Code of Conduct:
please report any issues to alin-marin.elena@stfc.ac.uk
Please note the registration is closed!
Date | Activity | Location |
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July 12 Day 1 | ||
9:00 - 9:10 | Welcome | |
9:10 - 10:00 | Fortran I/Python I AE/MB | |
10:00 - 10:10 | break | |
10:10 - 10:30 | Icebreaker I | |
10:30 - 11:30 | Fortran II/Python II AE/MB | |
11:30 - 11:45 | break | |
11:45 - 12:45 | Practical | |
12:45 - 13:45 | Lunch | |
13:45 - 14:45 | Fortran III/Python III AE/MB | |
14:45 - 15:00 | break | |
15:00 - 16:00 | Practical | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Student talks | |
July 13 Day 2 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | Fortran IV/Python IV AE/MB | |
10:00 - 10:10 | break | |
10:10 - 10:30 | Icebreaker II | |
10:30 - 11:30 | Fortran V/Python V AE/MB | |
11:30 - 11:45 | Break | |
11:45 - 12:45 | Practical | |
12:45 - 13:45 | Lunch | |
13:45 - 14:45 | Fortran VI/Python VI AE/MB | |
14:45 - 15:00 | break | |
15:00 - 16:00 | Practical | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Dr Chantal Valeriani, Complutense University of Madrid | |
Trapping active particles up to the limiting case: bacteria enclosed in a biofilm | ||
July 14 Day 3 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | Overview of molecular simulations - PC | |
10:00 - 10:15 | break | |
10:15 - 11:15 | Statistical Mechanics 1 - MB | |
11:15 - 11:30 | break | |
11:30 - 12:30 | Statistical Mechanics 2 - MB | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 14:30 | Practical - Stat Mech Problems | |
14:30 - 14:40 | Break | |
14:40 - 15:10 | Flash posters | |
15:10 - 15:20 | break | |
15:20 - 16:20 | Poster Session I | |
16:20 - 16:30 | break | |
16:30 - 17:30 | Professor David Wales, University of Cambridge | |
Energy landscapes: from molecules and nanodevices to machine learning | ||
July 15 Day 4 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | Introduction to force fields - PC | |
10:00 - 10:15 | break | |
10:15 - 11:15 | Monte Carlo 1 - NA | |
11:15 - 11:30 | Virtual Refreshments | |
11:30 - 12:30 | Practical - MC integration | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 14:30 | Monte Carlo 2 - NA | |
14:30 - 14:40 | Virtual Refreshments | |
14:40 - 15:40 | Practicals - Intro to MC | |
15:40 - 16:20 | flash session | |
16:20 - 16:30 | break | |
16:30 - 17:30 | Poster session 2 | |
July 16 Day 5 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | Molecular Dynamics 1 - CF | |
10:00 - 10:15 | break | |
10:15 - 11:15 | Molecular Dynamics 2 - CF | |
11:15 - 11:30 | Virtual Refreshments | |
11:30 - 12:30 | Practical - Intro to MD | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 14:30 | Monte Carlo 3 - MA | |
14:30 - 14:50 | Virtual Refreshments | |
14:50 - 16:00 | Practicals - Phase Equilibria | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Prof David Quigley, University of Warwick | |
Ice interfaces, metastable phases and nucleation – testing hypotheses with free energy calculations | ||
July 17 Day 6 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | Molecular Dynamics 3 - MA | |
10:00 - 10:15 | break | |
10:15 - 11:15 | Long timescale methods - JH | |
11:15 - 11:30 | Virtual Refreshments | |
11:30 - 12:30 | Practicals - Stability + accur MD | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 14:30 | Optimisation methods - JH | |
14:30 - 14:50 | Virtual Refreshments | |
14:50 - 16:00 | Practicals - Forcefields optimisation | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | free social | |
** July 18 Free day ** Day 7 | ||
July 19 Day 8 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | Free energy methods 1 - JA | |
10;00 - 10:15 | break | |
10:15 - 11:15 | Free energy methods 2 - JA | |
11:15 - 11:30 | Virtual Refreshments | |
11:30 - 12:30 | practical Shake | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 14:30 | Advanced Free Energy - LBP | |
14:30 - 14:50 | Virtual Refreshments | |
14:50 - 16:00 | practical Thermostats | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Dr Marina Filip, University of Oxford | |
Optical excitations in metal-halide perovskite semiconductors from first principles computational modeling | ||
July 20 Day 9 | ||
9:00 - 12:30 | Advanced Seminar 1-3 | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 16:00 | Practicals | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Elin Barrett, Unilever UK | |
Computational Methods for Next-Generation Risk Assessment of Consumer Goods | ||
July 21 Day 10 | ||
9:00 - 12:30 | Advanced Seminar 4-6 | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 16:00 | Practicals | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Professor Peter Coveney, UCL | |
Reliability and reproducibility in computational science | ||
July 22 Day 11 | ||
9:00 - 12:30 | Advanced Seminar 7 | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 15:30 | Practicals |
Advanced Seminars may be structured different depending on the lecturers.
Date | Activity | Location |
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July 20 Day 9 | ||
9:30 - 10:00 | setup, verify that Deepnote works (Tamas Stenczel) | |
10:00 - 11:00 | Lecture: ML potentials and GAP for materials (Gábor Csányi) | |
11:00 - 11:15 | Introduction to practical on materials (Tamas Stenczel) | |
11:15 - 12:30 | practical session 1 (online help provided) | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 15:00 | practical session 2 (online help provided) | |
15:00 - 15:30 | Demonstration of further tools and examples (Tamas Stenczel) | |
15:30 - 16:00 | Miguel Caro (Research Seminar) - Large-scale simulation of carbon materials with GAP | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Elin Barrett, Unilever UK | |
Computational Methods for Next-Generation Risk Assessment of Consumer Goods | ||
July 21 Day 10 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | Lecture: ML potentials for molecules (Gábor Csányi) | |
10:00 - 10:30 | Introduction to practical on molecules (Dávid Kovács) | |
10:30 - 12:30 | practical session 1 (online help provided) | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 15:00 | practical session 2 (online help provided) | |
15:00 - 15:30 | Seminar on molecular fitting with other tools (Dǽvid Kovács) | |
15:30 - 16:00 | Noam Bernstein (Research Seminar) - Machine Learning Interatomic Potentials with and without (much) human labor | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Professor Peter Coveney, UCL | |
Reliability and reproducibility in computational science | ||
July 22 Day 11 | ||
9:00 - 09:45 | Volker Deringer - GAP modelling for inorganic materials chemistry | |
9:45 - 10:30 | Johannes Margraf and Simon Wengert - Gap for molecular properties | |
10:30 - 10:45 | break | |
10:45 - 11:30 | Ioan-Bogdan Magdau - Machine Learning Molecular Liquids: Challenges and Solutions | |
11:30 - 12:15 | Albert Bartók-Pártay - Gaussian Approximation Potentials: implementation notes |
Date | Activity | Location |
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July 20 Day 9 | ||
9:00 - 9:30 | Introduction to Mesoscale Simulation (Michael Seaton) | |
9:30 - 10:00 | Dissipative Particle Dynamics (Michael Seaton) | |
10:00 - 10:15 | break | |
10:15 - 11:15 | Dissipative Particle Dynamics | |
11:15 - 11:30 | break | |
11:30 - 12:00 | Dissipative Particle Dynamics | |
12:00 - 12:30 | Mesoscale Practical Exercises: Guide to DPD exercises (Michael Seaton) | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 16:00 | Practicals: DPD tutorial exercises (1-4) | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Elin Barrett, Unilever UK | |
Computational Methods for Next-Generation Risk Assessment of Consumer Goods | ||
July 21 Day 10 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | Lattice Boltzmann (Ian Halliday) | |
10:00 - 10:15 | break | |
10:15 - 11:15 | Lattice Boltzmann | |
11:15 - 11:30 | break | |
11:30 - 12:00 | Lattice Boltzmann | |
12:00 - 12:30 | Notes on LBE tutorial exercises (Ian Halliday) | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 16:00 | Practicals: LBE tutorial exercise 1 | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Professor Peter Coveney, UCL | |
Reliability and reproducibility in computational science | ||
July 22 Day 11 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | (Multicomponent) Lattice Boltzmann (Ian Halliday) | |
10:00 - 10:15 | break | |
10:15 - 12:30 | Practicals: LBE tutorial exercise 2 | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 15:30 | Practicals |
Date | Activity | Location |
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July 20 Day 9 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | Intro to DFT (SC) | |
10:00 - 10:15 | break | |
10:15 - 11:15 | Intro to Crystal (BS) | |
11:15 - 11:30 | break | |
11:30 - 12:30 | Intro to Castep (KR) | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 16:00 | Practicals | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Elin Barrett, Unilever UK | |
Computational Methods for Next-Generation Risk Assessment of Consumer Goods | ||
July 21 Day 10 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | Quantum Chemistry (BS) | |
10:00 - 10:15 | break | |
10:15 - 11:15 | Reciprocal space (SC) | |
11:15 - 11:30 | break | |
11:30 - 12:30 | Plane wave machinery (SC) | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 16:00 | Practicals | |
16:00 - 16:15 | break | |
16:15 - 17:15 | Professor Peter Coveney, UCL | |
Reliability and reproducibility in computational science | ||
July 22 Day 11 | ||
9:00 - 10:00 | Convergence (KR) | |
10:00 - 10:15 | break | |
10:15 - 12:30 | Practicals | |
12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch | |
13:30 - 15:30 | Practicals |
We put together a fine list of speakers to inspire you in molecular simulations.
Machine Learning showcase speakers
it is online
will be virtual.
Charlotte E. Breakwell - Atomistic Simulations of Sulfonated Polymer of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM) Membranes - Imperial College London, UK
Adele Hardie - Markov State Modelling for Allosteric Drug Discovery - University of Edinburgh, UK
Anna Katarina Antonovic - Rational Design of Modulators of Skeletal Myosin - Queen Mary University London, UK
Federica Lodesani - Driving Crystallization in Highly Viscous Binary Silicate Melts Through Metadynamics Simulations, Univerisy of Modena, Italy
Wojciech Lipinski - Make Less Noise Controlling protein aggregation by compartmentalisation - Radboud University, Netherlands
For more information do not hesitate to contact Alin M Elena alin-marin.elena@stfc.ac.uk
An overview of the current state of molecular simulation with examples of special interest taken from the literature.
In this lecture we will begin with an important question: why bother with statistical thermodynamics? We will progress to basic statistical quantities and concepts such as averages, fluctuations and correlations and how to use them in practice to calculate the physical properties of systems. This will lead us to the determination of the true statistical error for system properties obtained by simulation. We will apply these ideas to commonly calculated properties such as diffusion, radial distribution functions and velocity autocorrelation, while also examining the physical meaning of these properties. We will conclude with a look at distribution functions: how they arise and what they mean.
In the second lecture we shall look at more theoretical aspects of statistical mechanics. Beginning with the Lagrange and Hamiltonian description of classical mechanics we shall progress to the idea of phase space and the concept of a probability distribution function. This will be followed by basic applications (and associated mathematical manipulations) of the distribution function to obtain various physical properties of a system. We will examine the common ensembles (NVE, NVT and NPT) and discuss their application and interrelation. Finally we shall look at time dependence, beginning with the Liouville Equation and its connection with other time dependent equations. We shall conclude with the fluctuation-dissipation theorem.
Basics: The system. Random sampling. Importance sampling. Detailed balance. Metropolis algorithm in the canonical ensemble. Isothermal-isobaric ensemble. Grand-canonical ensemble. Which ensemble?
Practicalities: Finite-size effects. Random number generators. Tuning the acceptance rate. Equilibration. Configurational temperature. Ergodicity and free-energy barriers. Measuring ensemble averages. Examples (showing ensemble independence for the Lennard-Jones fluid)
(Free) Energy Barriers: Quasi non-ergodicity. Vapour-liquid phase transition as an example. Removing the interface by Gibbs ensemble MC. Free-energy barrier in the grand-canonical ensemble. Multicanonical preweighting. Histogram reweighting. Parallel tempering
Molecular dynamics: the basic methodology. Integration algorithms and their derivation. Static properties: thermodynamics and structure. Dynamic properties: correlation functions and collective properties
Practical aspects of molecular dynamics - Verlet neighbour list, link cell algorithm. Calculating pressure: the virial theorem and the thermodynamic method. Estimating statistical errors: the blocking method. Symplectic algorithms and the Tuckerman-Berne-Martyna approach.
Extended systems: canonical (NVT) and isothermal-isobaric (NPT) ensembles. Rigid Bodies, SHAKE, RATTLE.
Free energy, chemical potential & thermodynamics. Applications. Essential statistical mechanics. Ensemble averages, probability distributions & simulations. Free energy, the challenge. Particle insertion & removal. Energy density distributions. The perturbation method.
Review essential statistical mechanics. Thermodynamic integration. Potential of mean force calculations. Umbrella sampling. Absolute free energies. Free energy of liquids.Free energy of solids.
The energy landscape, geometrical optimisation and saddle points. Minimisation methods (steepest descent, conjugate gradient, genetic algorithm). Saddle-points (transition state theory, harmonic theory, nudged elastic band, dimer method).
Long timescales simulations - the problems. Transition state theory and kinetic Monte Carlo. Temperature accelerated hyperdynamics. Metadynamics.
TBD
First-principles simulation has grown to become one of the most influential and important techniques for modelling at the atomic level. With nuclei and electrons as the basic ingredients the system is modelled at a deeper level of physics than with atoms and interatomic potentials. By explicitly including the electrons in the model and treating their interactions using quantum-mechanical laws, chemical bonding arises as an emergent phenomenon of the model. All kinds of bonding - ionic, covalent, metallic, hydrogen can be treated using the same method. The price of this accurate Hamiltonian is a computational cost orders of magnitude higher than atomic potential models. Nevertheless it is possible and convenient with modern parallel computers to simulate systems of hundreds of atoms, and perform optimization and molecular dynamics in a variety of ensembles.
In this advanced course I will provide a rapid introduction to the “nuts and bolts” of first-principles simulation. In accordance with the philosophy of the CCP5 Summer School, the aim is to attempt to open up the “black box” and explain the concepts and algorithms used. The presentation will assume a familiarity with wave mechanics at the undergraduate level and Dirac notation.
In the practicals you will be able to try for yourself using an advanced density functional code. You should be capable of running realistic calculations by the end of the course, and aware of the major aspects of setup and testing that are vital ingredients for success. The practicals will consist of a series of guided exercises with the CASTEP and CRYSTAL codes.
The lecture notes from the CASTEP workshop held in 2007 are available from http://www.castep.org. Links to a number of ab-initio methods and resources are available at http://electronicstructure.org/.
Mesoscale methods of modelling are capable of tackling larger length and time scales than those available using atomistic methods. By using particles considerably larger than atoms and appropriate choices of interactions between them, these techniques can readily model bulk materials and large structures at the cost of omitting some fine atomic detail. Hydrodynamics start to become more important at these scales: these modelling techniques are thus designed to ensure correct (emergent) fluid behaviour. A mesoscale model can be set up either using a ‘bottom-up’ approach from atomistic models, a ‘top-down’ approach from continuum fluid models, or both.
In this advanced course we will provide an introduction to two mesoscale methods: Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) and the Lattice Boltzmann Equation (LBE) method. We will explain the origins, concepts and algorithms of both methods, as well as their applications, continuing developments and how they can be related to material models at smaller and larger scales (including those covered by the basic lectures).
In the practicals, you will be able to try out DPD and LBE using both simple ‘hackable’ codes and the general-purpose mesoscale modelling package DL_MESO. By the end of the course, you will gain insight into the capabilities of both mesoscale modelling methods. The practicals will consist of a series of guided exercises using the provided codes.
Biomolecular systems can include proteins, DNA, lipids and the small molecules that interact with them. Individual residues, such as amino acids or nucleic acids, combine to form large complex macromolecules. Here we will focus on how simulation tools like those you have learned about in the summer school can be used to study the structure and function of biomolecules.
This advanced course will cover everything from setting up a biomolecular system for simulation to analysing the results. In addition to the standard molecular dynamics, enhanced sampling methods (including metadynamics), free energy methods and multiscale methods will be explained. One lecture will be devoted to nucleic acids. There will be hands-on practical sessions to accompany each of the lectures.
The two-and-a-half-day Machine Learning for Molecular Simulation activities consist of introductory lectures, practicals, and advanced seminars. The first two days are structure similarly, starting with a lecture with a high level overview and some theoretical background, followed by an introduction to the practicals. Students will use Jupyter notebooks on the Deepnote.com cloud provider, and the Gaussian Approximation Potential framework for fitting machine learned interatomic potentials. On the first day, the practical is about hard materials, the example is silicon carbide. The second day again starts with a higher level lecture, this time focussing on fitting molecular potential energy surfaces, and the following practical sessions, again using the GAP framework take the students through fitting a potential for toluene. On the last half-day, a series of advanced research seminars will be given by practitioners at the forefront of the field.
to be added soon