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Electronic Structure Workshop

32nd Workshop on Recent Developments in Electronic Structure Methods, UC Merced

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the 2020 workshop due to the COVID-19 pandemic and unlikeliness of being able to travel and gather by June. We are planning for June 1-4, 2021.

Virtual conference activities this year: 3-5 June 2020

  • Registration closed on May 22. Links for live streaming and recordings of talks will be provided publicly on this website, available to everyone including those who haven't registered.
  • Planned 9 am-12:30 pm PDT each day, to work with multiple time zones.
  • Poster sessions: by Zoom discussions (with e.g. 3-5 slides to show) and/or short videos.
  • Code tutorials, facilitated by Zoom and using the Cori supercomputer at NERSC
  • Welcome to attendees from the African School of Electronic Structure Methods and Applications community!
  • June 3:
  • June 4:
    • 9:00-12:00. Tutorial on PARSEC: real-space DFT. Instructors: Jim Chelikowsky, Weiwei Gao, and Kai-Hsin Liou (University of Texas at Austin), Tian Qiu (University of Pennsylvania)
    • 9:00-12:00. Tutorial on Wannier-Berri: Berry curvature and orbital moments. Suggested reading and manual. Instructors: Stepan Tsirkin and Xiaoxiong Liu (University of Zürich), Miguel Ángel Jiménez Herrera (Centro de Física de Materiales, San Sebastián, Spain), Patrick M. Lenggenhager (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland)
  • June 5:
    • 9:00-12:00. Tutorial on BerkeleyGW: GW approximation and Bethe-Salpeter equation. Suggested reading about GW/BSE. Instructors: Felipe Jornada (Stanford), Diana Qiu (Yale), Bradford Barker and David Strubbe (UC Merced), Zhenglu Li, Meng Wu, Yang-hao Chan, and Mauro del Ben (UC Berkeley/LBNL)
    • 9:00-12:00. Tutorial on inq: modern C++ and plane-wave density functional theory. Instructors: Xavier Andrade and Alfredo Correa (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Organizing committee

  • David Strubbe (chair), Dept. of Physics, University of California, Merced
  • Aurora Pribram-Jones, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of California, Merced
  • Steven G. Louie, Dept. of Physics, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Jeffrey B. Neaton, Dept. of Physics, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


After cancellation of the APS March Meeting and many other conferences due to COVID-19 concerns: as per public health recommendations and University of California policy, we have cancelled the conference and postponed until next year. Registration will be available in March 2021.

Promotional slide for 2021

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Invited speakers for 2021

  • Sayantani Ghosh, Department of Physics, University of California, Merced
  • Beth Nowadnick, Department of Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering, University of California, Merced
  • Benjamin Fregoso, Kent State University
  • Liang Tan, Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Stephanie Hansen, Sandia National Laboratory
  • Stepan Tsirkin, University of Zurich
  • Liang Fu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jagoda Sławińska, University of North Texas / University of Groningen
  • Yang-Hao Chan, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Zhenglu Li, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Valentino Cooper, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Shyue Ping Ong, University of California, San Diego
  • Feliciano Giustino, University of Texas at Austin
  • Eric L. Shirley, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • James Shee, University of California, Berkeley
  • Claudia Filippi, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Estelle Inack, Perimeter Institute, Canada
  • Brenda Rubenstein, Brown University
  • Heather Kulik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sandeep Sharma, University of Colorado, Boulder

Schedule for 2021

Tuesday June 1 is for arrival and registration in the afternoon/evening. The scientific sessions of the conference start on Wednesday morning and finish at noon on Friday.

Getting to Merced

  • Air: Boutique Air has flights from Sacramento and Los Angeles to Merced's tiny airport, a 20-minute drive from campus. Fresno airport (FAT) is 1 hour's drive away from Merced, and has flights from some major airports in the western half of the US, and Chicago O'Hare airport. San Francisco (the main international airport in the area), San José, Oakland, and Sacramento airports are all 2 hours' drive away. You can take the Amtrak train from Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Oakland. From the last two, taking the BART commuter rail to Richmond is convenient, as there is an Amtrak station right next to BART there.
  • Rail: Amtrak's San Joaquins line runs between Oakland and Bakersfield (with bus connections at each end to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other California cities), and connects to Sacramento.
  • Driving: Merced is located just off Highway 99. See driving directions here. The Bay Area is about 2 hours' drive away (see above), and Los Angeles is about 5 hours' drive away.


  • Weather: In June, high temperatures are typically around 90 F. Rain is rare.
  • The workshop housing, talks, poster session, and meals will all be on campus (map), which is about 15 minutes drive from downtown Merced.
  • Campus address: 5200 N. Lake Rd., Merced, CA 95343.
  • Virtual tour of campus

The meeting will be conducted according to the American Physical Society's Code of Conduct for APS Meetings.

Workshop home

Last year: 2019, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Electronic Structure at UC Merced