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Strongly Correlated Electrons: Diverse Examples and Unifying Themes

August 08, 2005 – August 20, 2005

Location: Institute Scientifiue de Cargese, Corsica, France

Organizers: N. Bontemps, ESPCI; H. Alloul, U. Paris-Sud; J.W. Allen, Michigan; A. Chubukov, Maryland.

Strongly Interacting Systems at the Nanoscale

August 08, 2005 – August 12, 2005

Location: ICTP, Trieste

Organizers: V.I. Falko, Lancaster; A.J. Millis, Columbia U.; B.N. Narozhny, ICTP Trieste

Correlated Thermoelectric Materials

September 25, 2005

Location: Hvar, Croatia

Organizers: V. Zlatic, U. Zagreb; J. Freericks, Georgetown; M.B. Maple, UCSD; F. Hellman, Berkeley; P. Rogl, Vienna; E. Bauer, Vienna; S. Paschen, Dresden.

Frontiers of assembly in materials

April 01, 2006


Organizers: G. Whitesides, Harvard; R. Nuzzo, Illinois; C. Bain, Oxford; and M. Grunze, Heidelberg

Multiscale Dynamics and Interactions in Biological Systems

May 27, 2006 – May 29, 2006

Location: Washington University, Missouri

The workshop will focus on specific complex problems in biology that demand the development of new ideas in theoretical and computational sciences. The topic entitled Multiscale Interactions and Dynamics in Biological Systems covers a diverse set of questions pertaining to interactions and dynamics involving multi-molecular and cellular complexes in biological systems.

Kyoto Workshop on Chaos and Complexity

May 28, 2006

Location: Kyoto University, Japan

Cell mechanics and Cellular Mechanosensation

June 19, 2006 – June 23, 2006

Location: Dresden, Germany


Organized by F. Julicher, Max Planck Institute for Complex Systems, Dresden; and J. Howard, Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology, Dresden.

Frontiers in Correlated Matter II: Designing Emergent Matter: A Fresh Start?

June 22, 2006 – June 25, 2006

Location: Snowmass, Colorado


Low Energy Electrodynamics of Solids (LEES)

July 02, 2006 – July 06, 2006

Location: Tallinn, Estonia


The LEES conference is a forum for the interdisciplinary discussion of low energy electrodynamics of electrons and magnetic moments in solids. The scope of the conference: * complex and collective phenomena from nano- to macro-scale, * theory and spectroscopic tools exploiting the low energy electromagnetic radiation applied to emergent collective behavior, * excitations from 10-6 eV to 10-1 eV studied by NMR, ESR, Terahertz, FIR, Raman, STM, ARPES, and other spectroscopies.

Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity and High-Temperature Superconductors

July 09, 2006 – July 14, 2006

Location: Dresden, Germany


This meeting is the premier conference on frontier research in superconductivity, occuring every three years. ICAM junior scientists in the US can apply for travel fellowships to attend.

First International workshop on the physical properties of lamellar cobaltates

July 16, 2006 – July 20, 2006

Location: Orsay, France


This workshop aims at gathering researchers students and post-docs involved in this new research area which has been developing since the discovery in 2003 of superconductivity in hydrated phases of the Na cobaltates.

Organizing committee Henri Alloul (Université Paris Sud, Orsay, France): Chaiman Hong Ding (Boston College, USA) Kenji Ishida (Kyoto University, Japan) Bernhardt Keimer (Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany) Gabriel Kotliar (Rutgers, USA) Masao Ogata (Tokyo University, Japan).

Computational Approaches to Quantum Critical Phenomena

July 17, 2006 – August 11, 2006

Location: ISSP, University of Tokyo, Japan


Study of novel behaviors of correlated systems is one of the most interesting research subjects in modern condensed matter physics. In order to identify various phases and clarify their properties, computational approaches are quite powerful, in particular, with the aid of analytic methods such as the field theory and the renormalization groups. The goal of the workshop and the symposium is to offer a place of intimate interactions among the researchers working in related areas and thereby generate new problems solutions and/or collaborations for future studies.

The whole meeting consists of the 4 week Workshop and 3 day Symposium. During the Workshop, one or two lectures by invited speakers will be held everyday by choosing a specific topic for every week.. At the symposium, the latest research results, both theoretical and experimental, will be presented. Anticipated topics of discussion include: (1) quantum critical phenomena in low dimensional systems, (2) randomness and quantum fluctuation, (3) computational techniques and methods (quantum Monte Carlo, DMRG, methods of extended statistical ensemble, etc), (4) BEC in magnetic systems.

Kyoto International Conference on Difference Equations and Applications

July 24, 2006 – July 28, 2006

Location: Kyoto University, Japan


The purpose of the Conference is to bring together both experts and novices in the theory and application of Difference Equations and Discrete Dynamical Systems together with experts in mathematical economics and finance.

International Symposium on Quantum Fluids and Solids (QFS2006)

August 01, 2006 – August 06, 2006

Location: Kyoto University, Japan

QFS2006 is an international symposium devoted to traditional topics of liquid and solid 4He, 3He, 3He-4He mixtures, hydrogen, and trapped cold atomic gases, and other systems. Basic physics on superfluidity, critical phenomena, phase transition, surface physics, electrons in and on helium, quantum fluid dynamics of turbulence, nuclear magnetism etc. are discussed. Emphasis is also given to novel experimental techniques developed at low temperatures. Other fields of physics and engineering are welcome to participate in this symposium. The meeting is a continuation of a long series of symposia, started in Sanibel (Florida) in 1975. This conference is the only series of symposia for quantum fluids and solids (QFS) which is held once every year except in the year for the international conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT).

ICAM Distinguished Speaker

September 14, 2006

Location: Kent State University, Ohio

Kent State’s Fall 2006 ICAM Distinguished Speaker will be the Arthur K. Solomon Professor of Biophysics, David Nelson from Harvard University. He will give a Colloquium in the Physics Department at 4 p.m. on September 14, 2006 in Smith Hall (Physics), Room 110. The topic will most probably be on Biological Physics.

Electronic Properties of Graphene

January 18, 2007 – January 19, 2007

Location: KITP, University of California, Santa Barbara


Organized by Antonio Castro-Neto

Strongly Correlated Phases in Condensed Matter & Degenerate Atomic Systems

January 29, 2007 – June 15, 2007

Location: KITP, University of California, Santa Barbara


Organized by Leo Radzihovsky

New Phenomena in Highly Correlated Quantum Matter

March 11, 2007 – March 17, 2007

Location: FAPERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Organized by Piers Coleman and Elisa Baggio-Saitovich

Energy Transfer: From the Nanoscale to the Macroscale

March 12, 2007 – March 13, 2007

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico


Organizers: Tom Picraux, Toni Taylor, John Sarrao

This Workshop addresses the fundamental principles of energy transfer processes and mechanisms at the nanoscale across materials systems. Understanding these mechanisms will lead to the ultimate question: “What are the fundamental limits and enabling principles for the use and integration of nanoscale structures to detect, transfer, and transduce energy with extreme sensitivity or efficiency?” The impact of this topical area is both in exciting new science and practical technology that is motivated by a need for increased energy efficiency.

EPFL School of Life Sciences

April 01, 2007

Location: EPFL, France

Super Resolution Imaging CNSI/ICAM Mini Symposium

April 01, 2007

Location: University of California, Los Angeles


New optical microscopy imaging techniques can probe structures far below the wavelength of visible light. This mini-symposium, which is co-sponsored with UCLA’s CNSI, focuses on the exciting developments in this field.

Talks will be given by: Stefan Hell, Mark Bates, Harald Hess, Sam Hess, Mats Gustafsson, Joerg Bewersdorf, and Rolf Borlinghaus.

Quantum Materials: Experiments and Theory (8062)

April 08, 2007 – April 13, 2007

Location: Julich, Germany



Eva Pavarini, FZJ
Erik Koch, FZJ
Jeroen van den Brink, IFW Dresden
George Sawatzky, British Columbia

Registration Form (Deadline: May 31, 2016)


Exploratory and Novel Aspects: The school aims to prepare the next generation of researchers for advancing the understanding of emergent phenomena in strongly correlated matter. For this, students need a broad background of complementary
techniques ranging from traditional ab-initio methods to advanced many-body theories, and an understanding of experimental techniques. For this we will bring together lecturers from a range of different established and well separated areas of condensed matter research. The school is thus complementary to conventional curricula. To further advance the field, the next generation of students needs to work at the interface of all these research areas and must be able to judge works in all the subjects involved. The present school aims at advancing the students to the frontiers of research, through a set of comprehensive and pedagogical lectures which cover the essential aspects. The school will offer the unique chance of discussing open problems from many perspectives, ranging from ab-initio approaches to the hard many-body aspects and to experimental techniques.


Ali Alavi, MPI for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
Henri Alloul, Université Paris-Sud
Andrea Damascelli, University of British Columbia
Robert Eder, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Matthew Foulkes, Imperial College
Christian Hess, IFW Dresden
Erik Koch, Institute for Advanced Simulation, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Andreas Läuchli, Universität Innsbruck
Franca Manghi, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Eva Pavarini, Institute for Advanced Simulation, Forschungszentrum Jülich
Lucia Reining, École Polytechnique
Helge Rosner, MPI for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden
Richard Scalettar, UC Davis
George Sawatzky, University of British Columbia
Jeroen van den Brink, IFW Dresden
Gerrit van der Laan, Diamond Light Source
Dirk van der Marel, Université de Genève

Quantum Dynamics & Biomolecular Function 2007

April 09, 2007 – April 12, 2007


Quantum Dynamics & Biomolecular Function

April 09, 2007 – April 13, 2007

Location: Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia

Organized by Ross McKenzie

The great success of biomolecular crystallography has led to the view of many biologists that at the molecular level functionality is largely determined by structure. However, there is increasing evidence that dynamics, both of the biomolecule and the solvent, can play a crucial role in the functionality of biomolecular systems. Furthermore, there are some processes in which quantum dynamics plays a crucial role. Examples include proton transfer in enzymes, exciton transfer in protein-pigment complexes, and signal transduction in bacteriorhodopsin. Understanding these issues is not just relevant to biochemists but also relates to fundamental scientific questions concerning the emergent properties of complex quantum systems, decoherence, and the quantum-classical crossover. These issues are also of relevance to drug design, molecular basis of diseases, and development of nanoscale devices such as photovoltaic cells and light emitting diodes.

Signaling and Genetic Networks

May 02, 2007

Location: Bucharest, Romania

Organized by Andrei Ruckenstein

From Microscopic to Macroscopic - Mechanisms Underlying Epileptic Seizures

May 08, 2007 – May 10, 2007

Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Organized by Michael Zochowski

Epilepsy is a dynamical disease of the brain that affects 2% of the US population and is epitomized by bursts of indiscriminate synchronous activity affecting large neuronal populations. The disease has been the subject of extensive experimental as well as theoretical research efforts that focus on elucidating molecular, cellular and network mechanisms underlying seizure generation and progression a well as devising tools to predict and control seizure onset. Although their roles are poorly understood, a wide variety of microscopic mechanisms have been implicated as potential elements in the formation of the disease and in the generation of seizures. On the other hand analytic and computational approaches have led to development of macroscopic tools that may be useful for predicting seizure onset, as well as for providing basic insights into the macroscopic, network-wide dynamics of seizure propagation. Despite extensive work at the microscopic and at the macroscopic levels, there has been little work done on integrating insights on different spatio-temporal scales into a coherent framework. We propose to organize a conference that would focus on understanding the relationships among multiple scales and spur development of a common framework relating experimental and theoretical/modeling efforts. The conference would assemble a set of experimental and theoretical researchers, some of whom work on the molecular and cellular (microscopic) level and some of whom work on macroscopic, network and computational properties of epilepsy. The conference participants would be charged with stepping out of their usual regime of research to actively engaging in what we hope will be a ground-breaking discussion of epilepsy across spatio-temporal scales.

International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems (SCES 2007)

May 13, 2007 – May 18, 2007

Location: Houston, Texas


Organized by Qimiao Si and Paul Chu

SCES’07 will cover a wide range of topics in the diverse area of strongly correlated systems. The correlated electronic and magnetic materials to be featured include f-electron based heavy fermion intermetallics, d-electron based transition metal compounds, and organic solids. Nanoscale structures and ultracold atoms in optical lattices, which have emerged as model systems to study correlation physics, will also be addressed.

The conference will seek to deepen our understanding of the rich physical phenomena that arise from correlation effects. The anticipated focus will be on quantum phase transitions, non-Fermi liquid phenomena, quantum magnetism, unconventional superconductivity, and metal-insulator transitions. Both experimental and theoretical work will be highlighted. Mathematical models and computational studies will also be covered. The conference will provide a forum to present new research and exchange new ideas. It will also facilitate cross fertilization among the different subjects, and introduce these subjects to junior researchers. Presentations will consist of plenary, invited and contributed talks/symposia complemented by busy poster sessions.

Mechanics of Life: From Biomolecules to Molecular Machines

June 11, 2007 – June 13, 2007

Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Organized by Alexei Tkachenko

Mechanical forces in living matter, biological motors, elastic properties of biomolecules are among the central themes of modern biophysics. On the one hand, single-molecule mechanical measurements are valuable tools for study of biomolecules. On the other hand, mechanical effects play a profound role in a wide variety of biological phenomena, ranging from gene regulation to cell motility. This workshop brings together theorists and experimentalist working on various problems in molecular biophysics, with a special emphasis on mechanical properties and mechanical forces in biomolecular systems, and their relationship to biological function.

Fractional Quantum Hall Effect: 25 Years and Beyond

June 13, 2007 – June 16, 2007

Location: Penn State University

Organized by Jainendra Jain

2007 is the silver jubilee of the fractional quantum hall effect. This workshop will bring together a team of leading scientists and young researchers working on emergent collective phenomena in two dimensional electron systems in high magnetic fields. The goal will be to remember how far the field has come and to focus on the intriguing and exciting new directions.

Nanofluidics and Nanobiology-FBP5

June 15, 2007

Location: Princeton University

Organized by Robert Austin

Biology works at the nanoscale, and it works in a wet environment full of water and other molecular solutes. It is becoming clear that at the nanoscale the physics of transport of fluids is vastly different then Navier-Stokes macroscale hydrodynamics. Further, polymers at nanoscale confinement exhibit new forms of statistical mechanical behavior which we do not understand well but which is extremely important biologically. This nanoworld is now accessible experimentally and theoretically, and we hope to explore the frontiers of this important physical and biological area.

At the Biology-Physics Interface: I. Nano-Devices for cells from Molecules to Man

July 01, 2007

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Organized by Krastan Blagoev

Protein Assembly in Materials, Biology, and Medicine: Direct Impact on Biological Nanosciences

July 07, 2007 – July 12, 2007

Location: Crete, Greece

Organized by Joel Schneider, William DeGrado, and Michael Hecht

This meeting will bring together international experts in Materials Science, Structural Biology, Amyloid Disease, Protein Design and Physical Chemistry, all who study self-assembly from their own distinct perspectives. The goal is to generate fresh perspectives and novel ideas pertaining to self-assembly with immediate impact on the multiple fields in which self-assembly plays an important role. In addition, this meeting will bring a core of U.S. scientists and non-U.S. scientists.

50th Anniversary of BCS Summer School: From BCS to Exotic Superconductivity

July 16, 2007 – July 28, 2007

Location: Cargese, Corsica, France


Organized by Henri Alloul, Thomas Lemberger, Masao Ogata, Florence Rullier-Albenque and Manfred Sigrist

Application deadline is May 6th Notification of acceptance of the participants: May 15th Preliminary information can be obtained with Marie-France Mariotto at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Foundations and Applications of the Density Functional Theory

July 19, 2007 – August 01, 2007

Location: Kashiwa, Chiba-Japan


Organized by Osamu Sugino

The ISSP International Workshop/Symposium is an annual series to provide a forum for discussing selected topics in condensed matter physics and materials science. The principal purpose of the workshop is to offer a place of intimate interactions among the researchers working in related areas and thereby to generate new problems, solutions, and/or collaborations for future studies. The whole meeting consists of four-week workshop to bring together about ten key researchers and three-day symposium with an attendance of about fifty, both held at ISSP, Kashiwa campus of the University of Tokyo. At the symposium, the latest research results, both theoretical and experimental, are presented. Scope of the coming workshop: “Foundations and Applications of the Density Functional Theory” Since the discovery of Hohenberg-Kohn theorems in 1964, Density Functional Theory (DFT) has experienced continuous development in its foundations, and has been applied to many problems in condensed matter physics and chemistry boosted by developments in computer technologies.

Now DFT is attracting much wider attention in physics, chemistry, and biology and its frontiers are facing with strong-correlation and time-dependent (excited-state) phenomena. How to lay foundations of these new challenging schemes for treating time-dependent and/or strongly-correlated problems and how to apply them with help of ever increasing computer power are the most important issue. In view of this situation, the workshop focuses on foundations and applications of the new frontiers of DFT and lets all the participants to share the knowledge and problems for the future breakthrough in this field.

1-1-5 Materials; The Rosetta Stone for the Kondo Lattice

August 03, 2007 – August 05, 2007

Location: Aspen, Colorado


Organized by James Allen, Zachary Fisk, David Pines and Sergey Savrasov

This workshop will bring together 20 leaders in heavy electron physics to review the current status of our understanding of the 1-1-5 materials and prepare a detailed outline for an ICAM proposal to the NSF for a distributed MRSEC on this topic.

The 13th International Summer School for Crystal Growth

August 05, 2007 – August 11, 2007

Location: Park City, Utah


Organized by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The 13th International Summer School on Crystal Growth will be held August 5-11, 2007 at the Park City Marriott in Park City, Utah. Following tradition, the School will be held the week prior to the 15th International Conference on Crystal Growth in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The objective of the school is to provide a comprehensive series of lectures on theoretical and experimental aspects of growth and characterization of semiconducting, oxide, metallic, organic, and biological crystals. Lectures by leading researchers will encompass crystal growth and epitaxial processes, nanocrystallization, in-situ and ex-situ characterization, properties, and applications, with a focus on fundamental discussion of the chemical and physical processes that control the assembly of atoms and molecules from the melt, solution, or vapor. A textbook based on the lectures will be given to each attendee at the School. The level of the school is intended for post-graduate and post-doctoral students as well as researchers from industry and academia who are interested in fundamental knowledge of crystal growth and epitaxy. Researchers new to crystal growth as well as experts are encouraged to attend. The format of the School is designed to encourage interaction between lecturers and attendees. Informal discussion of student research through posters is planned during extended coffee breaks. In addition, several social activities will provide ample opportunity for discussions.

Quantum Transport and Dynamics in Nanostructures

August 06, 2007

Location: Windsor, UK

Organized by V. Falko and P. Littlewood

Systems Biology of Infectious Diseases. An ICAM Affiliated Event

August 13, 2007 – September 02, 2007

Location: Aspen Center for Physics, Colorado

Organized by Simon Levin

This symposium brings together leading biologists, population geneticists, computational and mathematical biologists, and biological physicists interested in the various aspects of infectious diseases. The Systems biology of infectious diseases offers a unique opportunity for physicists who want to make a fundamental contribution to life-science driven interdisciplinary research.

Frontiers in Correlated Matter 3: The Superfluid Universe

August 17, 2007

Location: Aspen, Colorado

Organized by Ali Alpar, Gordon Baym, Joerg Schmalian

This symposium will bring together leading experts working in the area of superfluids and superconductors and related macroscopic condensates. This is a very exciting area of theoretical and experimental research with a large number of new results, concepts and unexpected connections between the behavior in different condensed matter materials and between different branches of modern physics, ranging from nuclear physics to astrophysics and even cosmology.

Glycome: Structure to Disease

September 14, 2007 – September 18, 2007

Location: Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France

Organized by Ken Moya, Carlito Lebrilla and Steve Berry

Oligosaccharides, composed largely of the simpler elements carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, lend enormous complexity to biological molecules. The formation of sugars and their addition to lipids and proteins requires the regulated activity of specific enzymes. Due to the combinatorial possibilities of carbohydrate modifications of proteins, glycosylation adds a manifold complexity to the functional information in the genome. Oligosaccharide synthesis and protein glycosylation is evolutionarily old, existing in prokaryotes as wells as in eukaryotes. Glycoprotein oligosaccharide composition has typically been studied using metabolic labeling, lectins, and enzymatic removal of specific saccharides.

In addition, oligosaccharides can influence glycoprotein conformation and function due to their size and charge. With regard to these structural characteristics, oligosaccharides have not until recently readily lent themselves to analysis by approaches such as mass spectrometry. In terms of cell biology, oligosaccharides play a key role in important cellular processes such as recognition, adhesion and division. Within cells, glycosylation can influence glycoprotein trafficking and perhaps disease pathogenicity. At a systems level, carbohydrates are now recognized as having a role in immune recognition and for contributing to certain autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. While in the nervous system, glycoproteins and their glycans play an active role in axon growth during brain development, synaptic plasticity underlying learning and in degenerative processes in diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. The workshop will bring together experts in the field to discuss the glycosome from the physical structure of glycans to their role in disease.

Nanoscale Epitazial Semiconductor Structures (NESS)

September 26, 2007 – September 27, 2007

Location: Los Alamos, New Mexico

Organized by Tom Picraux, LANL; Steve Hersee, UNM; Steve Bruech, UNM; Diana Huffaker, UNM; Aaron Gin, SNL; and Alec Talin, SNL.

This workshop will spotlight the latest results of this disruptive technology and will focus on the epitaxial growth, characterization and device results of nanoscale epitaxial structures.

The Heavy Fermion Frontier

November 11, 2007 – December 14, 2007

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Organized by Zachary Fisk and John Sarrao

Models of Emergent Behavior in Complex Adaptive Systems

December 06, 2007 – December 09, 2007

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Organized by Simon Levin, Princeton; David Pines, UC Davis and LANL; and Carl Simon, Michigan

The proposed workshop will focus on exploring the differences and similarities in the emergent behavior of complex adaptive systems, depending on the relevant levels of selection.

A central question for discussion at the workshop is the extent to which the organizing principles useful in understanding emergent phenomena at one level or in on kind of system are also useful in understanding those at another level or in other systems. For example, could lessons learned from research on protected emergent behavior in correlated matter in inanimate materials be useful in understanding how living matter, neural tissue, social systems, economies, societies and individuals behave, and vice versa? Closely related to this, the workshop will seek to identify protected or robust behavior (such as the persistence of scaling phenomena), and develop models that incorporate an understanding of the organizing principles responsible for such behaviors.

Conductor Insulator Quantum Phase Transitions

January 09, 2008 – January 11, 2008

Location: Ohio State University


Organized by Vladimir Dobrosavljevic, Nandini Trivedi and James Valles

This 3-day international workshop will be held at the Ohio State University. The thrust of the workshop is to highlight the current progress and fundamental open questions on quantum phase transitions between conducting and insulating phases in low dimensional systems. Such quantum criticality is likely to be of key importance to many materials that find themselves close to an insulating state.

Progress in Computational Electronic Structure Theory

January 10, 2008 – January 12, 2008

Location: Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany


Organized by Eva Pavarini and Erik Koch

This workshop will highlight recent advances in the calculation of electronic structure of real materials and catalyze the exchange of ideas between the fields, ranging from method development to applications. In the spirit of the previous workshops in the series, it will bring together practitioners from different parts of the electronic structure community and strive to enable the exchange of ideas between the fields. The focus of the workshop will be on correlated systems, with special emphasis non the modelling of real materials and on quantum Monte Carlo techniques, as well as on the understanding of novel superconductors.

ICAM Annual Conference 2008

January 14, 2008 – January 17, 2008

Location: La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Organized by D. Pines and D.L. Cox.

Annual Scientific Extravaganza of the ICAM community!
Confirmed Speakers are:

  * Keynote lecture: Peter Littlewood, Fellow of the Royal Society, Chair of the Department of Physics, Cambridge University
  * Hilal Lashuel, EPFL Lausanne Switzerland, Grand Challenges in Amyloid Matter
  * Seamus Davis, Department of Physics, Cornell University, Grand Challenges in Nanoscale Properties of Correlated Electron Systems
  * Ludwik Leibler, ESPCI, Paris, Grand Challenges in Soft Matter and Green Materials
  * Greg Boebinger, Director, National High Magnetic Field Lab, Grand challenges in High Magnetic Fields
  * Steve Kowalczykowski, Department of Microbiology, UC Davis, Grand challenges in Biological Matter: Frontiers in Probing Protein - DNA Interactions

We will also have poster sessions from current exchange award winners, first year ICAM fellows, and Los Alamos postdoctoral researchers, oral presentations from second year ICAM postdoctoral fellows, and postdoctoral and senior fellows who have concluded their tenure. There will be parallel “science open mic” sessions for ICAM members to discuss their exciting current research. We will also hear about the State of ICAM from the co-directors, have a town hall meeting, and have grant planning sessions.

Annual meeting of the ICAM Fellows Committee - January 14
Annual meeting of the ICAM Science Steering Committee - January 14

New Horizons in Condensed Matter Physics

February 03, 2008 – February 09, 2008

Location: Aspen Center for Physics, Colorado


Organized by Kat Moler, Joel Moore, Wim Van Saaroos, and Chandra Varma

This conference will focus on recent advances in condensed matter physics that promise to open up conceptually novel directions of research. This is a relatively broad conference highlighting the most important and rapidly developing areas from both “hard” and “soft” condensed matter and especially their overlap. The topics covered are:

* New numerical and mathematical methods in Condensed Matter Theory
* New paradigms in statistical mechanics of non-equilibrium processes: glassy systems,
* Dynamical transitions and jamming, non-equilibrium processes in molecules and ultrafast dynamics
* New material: graphene, multi-ferroics, time-reversal violating superconductors
* Novel quantum phases and quantum phase transitions: frustrated magnets, dissipative
* Quantum transitions, heavy-fermion quantum criticality
* Nano-mechanics, and quantum electronics of small devices

In addition to leading practitioners in the field, we intend to have about 30 post-docs and young researchers whose expenses will be partially deferred through a grant from ICAM. They are encouraged to apply to one of the organizers below. Participants are expected to attend the whole conference and to ensure maximum attendance in the limited housing available, it is recommended that they plan to share rooms.

UCLA Workshop on Microrheology

February 06, 2008 – February 09, 2008

Location: University of California, Los Angeles


Organized by Alex Levine and Thomas Mason.

The Frontiers in Microrheology Workshop will bring together many of the users and developers of microrheological techniques- both theorists and experimentalists to review the principal successes of microrheology, share exciting recent advances, and make plans for carrying this field forward into its second decade. The workshop will provide participants the opportunity to help the microrheology community define and achieve its new goals.

FAPERJ School on Biological Physics 2008

March 16, 2008 – March 21, 2008

Location: FAPERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Organizers: Jerson da Silva; Elisa Saitovich, FAPERJ; Jose Onuchic, UCSD/CTBP; Daniel Cox, ICAM/UC Davis.

Goal: To provide students with an exposure to modern cutting edge topics in biological physics with a unique interaction between junior scientists from the US and South America.The school will be divided between core lectures on more fundamental aspects of biological physics and more specialized lectures.

Collective Effects in Cell Biophysics

April 06, 2008 – April 11, 2008

Location: Les Houches, France


Invited Speakers:
• Molecular Motors: J.F. Allemand, S. Diez, J. Kierfeld, P. Martin
• Membranes and Protein Assemblies: D. Brunner, R. Bruinsma, A. Chakraborty, B. Geiger, N. Gov, F. MacKintosh, H. McMahon, J. Mayor, A. Roux, P. Sens, C. Sykes
• Tissues: Y. Bellaïche, E. Munro, F. Jülicher
• Information Coding in Neurons: L. Bourdieu

Greater Boston Area Quantum Matter Meeting

May 10, 2008

Location: Harvard University


The goal of this meeting is to provide an informal and supportive forum for discussing research on quantum systems: strongly correlated systems, atomic and optical systems, and mesoscopics. All students, postdocs, and faculty are encouraged to give a talk — discussion of work in progress and incompletely-formed ideas is welcome.

The meeting will be held at the Harvard physics department, in Room 250 of the Jefferson building near Harvard square. There will be refreshments from 9:00 to 9:30, and the first session will start at 9:30 am.

This meeting is modeled after the Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting, which is held in the fall, and is now in its ninth year.

Superconductivity and Superfluidity in Finite Systems. An ICAM Domestic Exploratory Workshop

May 27, 2008 – May 29, 2008

Location: University of Wisconsin, Madison


Organizers:A. Bezryadin (UIUC) ; A. Chubukov (UW-Madison) ; P. Goldbart (UIUC) ; R. Joynt (UW-Madison) ; M. Vavilov (UW-Madison) ; E. Yuzbashyan (Rutgers).

The workshop aimed at bringing together researchers working in two seemingly distinct fields: ultra-small superconductors and degenerate atomic gases. Among the topics that will be discussed are the spatial and temporal evolution of the superconducting/superfluid order parameter (which emerges due to, e.g., the proximity effect in hybrid systems and Feshbach-resonance-controlled pairing in degenerate atomic gases), dissipation (via phase slips) and relaxation in systems out of equilibrium.The workshop is hosted by the Condensed Matter group of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Physics Department.

Topological Aspects in Solids State Physics

June 02, 2008 – June 22, 2008

Location: Tokyo, Japan


Organized by Mahito Kohmoto and Masaki Oshikawa.

Scope of the Workshop
The integer quantum Hall effect is a remarkable quantum phenomenon induced by a magnetic field which breaks time reversal symmetry. Quantized Hall conductance here is related to a topological invariant, which is called as Chern number or TKNN integer. For example, a band insulating state with vanishing Chern number cannot be connected smoothly to a quantum Hall state with a finite Chern number. This means that the quantum Hall states are characterized topologically.

During the last quarter century after the discovery of the deep relation between the integer quantum Hall effect and the topology, condensed matter theory based on topological concepts has been developing gradually but steadily. For example, in the Laughlin state which exhibits the fractional quantum Hall effect, the quasiparticles obey anyon statistics rather than Bose statistics or Fermi statistics. This fact originates from topological properties of the wave functions.

Recently, topological concepts are of increasing importance more than ever. It has been proposed that spin currents can be controlled by an electric field. This “spin Hall effect” is a hot topic with potential industrial applications. Although the spin Hall effect differs much from the quantum Hall effect as physical phenomena, its theory is based on the topological theory of the quantum Hall effect.

Moreover, the recent experimental reports of the integer quantum Hall effect in single-layer graphene renewed interest in the topological structure of electrons in two-dimensional systems. Many studies are based on Dirac fermions in 2+1 dimensions which involves the continuum approximation and describes the low-energy modes in graphene. Thorough understandings, however, would require general topological descriptions. Use of the exact solution of the fundamental model might be prospective.

Quantum spin systems have been studied for a long time as a typical problem in quantum many-body problems. Spontaneous breaking of symmetries and the corresponding order parameters are basic concepts for classifications of various phases. The novel phases and the phase transitions outside this framework are attracting much attention, recently. A useful and seemingly fundamental concept in describing them is “topological order” which has arisen from the study of the fractional quantum Hall effect.

In this way, many of the recent important topics in solid state physics are rather closely related to topological concepts. At this workshop, we aim to gain unified understandings of various novel phenomena from topological perspective.

New Frontiers in Attosecond and X-Ray Science

July 02, 2008 – July 03, 2008

Location: Whistler, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Organizers: Dimitri N. Basov, UC San Diego; Peter Littlewood, Trinity College, UK; and David Jones, University of British Columbia, Canada

In connection with technological and scientific developments, we are holding a workshop dedicated to the topic “New Frontiers in Attosecond and X-Ray Science”. This workshop will target some of the most novel and exciting concepts in this emerging research field. The presentation of the most recent, groundbreaking experimental results will set the stage for a brainstorming discussion on the scientific cases proposed as a part of the development of the next generation light sources, from table top XUV lasers to large-scale FELs.

Spin Helicity and Chirality in Superconductor and Semiconductor Nanostructures

July 13, 2008 – July 17, 2008

Location: Karlsruhe, Germany


Organized by Ilya Vekhter, Matthias Eschrig and Gerd Schoen.

Interface physics has long been a major focus of condensed matter physics.
Historically, many studies analyzed the electronic and structural properties of the interfaces. More recently, however, the focus shifted towards investigations of the spin-dependent phenomena near surfaces and in small scale structures. This is due, at least in part, to the promise of spintronics, development of functional devices based on the transport of spin, rather than charge.

DynaSoft08 - Dynamics of Soft Condensed Matter - I2CAM Summer School

July 28, 2008 – August 08, 2008

Location: Cargese, France


Dynamics in soft condensed matter is the subject of a large number of investigations all around the world, both from a fundamental point of view and from a more applied side, due to the large number of practical questions relying on the aptitude of soft matter to provide large responses to small solicitations. The aim of the workshop will be to present the state of the art on a number of fast evolving questions and to promote discussions and interactions between researchers involved in different fields of soft matter, with a special attention paid on interfacial phenomena.

Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems

July 29, 2008 – August 02, 2008

Location: Camerino, Italy.


Organized by David Neilson.

The International Conference on Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems (SCCS) will be held at the University of Camerino in the Marche province of Italy from July 29 to August 2, 2008.

Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems covers a wide range of physical states that are many-body systems characterized by strong long-ranged interactions.

Camerino is an historic hill-top town in the Apennine mountains located 200 kilometres northeast of Rome, midway between Ancona and Perugia (coordinates 43°18′N 13°4′E). The conference venue will be in the Ducal Palace which is now a part of the University and located in the medieval centre of Camerino.

Physical Phenomena in High Magnetic Fields

August 01, 2008 – August 06, 2008

Location: Laulasmaa Resort near Tallinn, Estonia


Organizers: Raivo Stern, Director, National Institute of Chemical Physics & Biophysics, Tallinn, Estonia and Greg Boebinger, Director, U.S. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida.

The Sixth Conference on Physical Phenomena in High Magnetic Fields (PPHMF-VI) will be held August 1 through August 6 at the Laulasmaa Resort near Tallinn, Estonia. Following the tradition from the PPHMF-V conference in Tallahassee, which was a satellite to LT-24 in Orlando, this summer’s conference will be a satellite of the LT-25 conference held August 6 through August 13 in Amsterdam and Leiden.

Following the format of the very successful PPHMF conferences at the U.S. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the PPHMF-VI will feature talks chosen for scientific excellence from areas of research that now involve or could in the future involve high magnetic fields. Discussions will span the wide range of research and experimental techniques currently at the magnet lab’s and will seek to identify new opportunities in magnetic field research.  The conference will consist of invited talks, contributed talks and posters.

Strong Correlations in Materials and Atom Traps

August 04, 2008 – August 15, 2008

Location: ICTP Trieste, Italy


Organized by Andrey Chubukov (U. Wisconsin, Madison, USA), Piers Coleman (Rutgers, Piscataway, USA), Andy Schofield (U. Birmingham, UK), Erio Tosatti (SISSA & ICTP, Trieste, Italy) and Hide Takagi (ISSP, Japan). website

The quest to understand how complex systems can exhibit self-organized behavior driven by emergent ordering principles lies at the heart of the physics of strongly correlated quantum systems. In the past this puzzle was motivated by the discovery of new materials, by new findings from high precision experiments and the profound connections between theoretical methods in high energy physics and those of the many-body problem. Now, the burgeoning field of quantum gasses – cooled and controlled by laser light – is offering new insight and fresh inspiration to this quest. Though traditionally an area in the domain of quantum optics dominated by one- and two-body effects, it is now clear that the many-particle aspects of such systems and their measurement not only overlaps with researchers working in strongly correlated electron systems but also leads in directions totally unfamiliar to both communities. Our aim for this workshop is to explore, understand and exploit the interconnections and clarify distinctions across the breadth of strongly correlated quantum systems but with a particular focus on correlated electrons and correlated cold gasses in a workshop that will be agenda setting for both communities. We will do this by bringing together the leading experimentalists and theorists in a forum of carefully selected talks and open discussion and debate.

Light-Controlled Liquid Crystalline Complex Adapative Materials: (LC)2CAM

August 07, 2008 – August 10, 2008

Location: Boulder, Colorado


Organized by Ivan Smalyukh and Noel Clark (University of Colorado, Boulder).

Advances in the liquid crystal research enabled the explosive growth of information technologies. Nowadays, the high-quality displays, non-mechanical beam steering devices, and switching elements in optical telecommunication networks can hardly be imagined without liquid crystals. Unique sensitivity of liquid crystals to light and especially to laser beams allows one to control their structure and opens numerous possibilities for technological applications. Liquid crystals composed of or doped with nano-sized particles are of a great interest for emerging new applications such as the tunable and frequency selective negative index media. The anticipated new technological developments are closely related to a number of interesting emerging problems in basic science of liquid crystals that attract great interest.

Boulder LC2CAM International Workshop will enable researchers working at the forefronts of materials science & optics to discuss the emerging uses of light for control of ordered soft materials and advances in the use of liquid crystals to control light. Boulder LC2CAM Workshop will bring together both prominent & junior scientists. Participation of students & postdoctoral fellows is strongly encouraged, and up to 20 fellowships will be awarded to support travel of early-career scientists. The presentations will be webcasted in real time and, in addition to the on-site audience, registered participants around the World will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Strongly Correlated Electrons Systems

August 17, 2008 – August 22, 2008

Location: Buzios, Brazil


Organized by Elisa Saitovitch, Magda Fontes, and Mucio Continentino.

Scope: SCES ‘08 will cover traditional subjects, such as, f-electron compounds, d-electron systems, heavy fermions, as well as, other strongly correlated electronic materials. New types of superconductivity and other types of physical behavior arising from electronic correlations will also be covered. The conference aims to deepen our understanding of the rich physical phenomena that arise from strong correlations as, quantum phase transitions, non-Fermi liquid phenomena, quantum magnetism, unconventional superconductivity, and metal-insulator transitions. Both experimental and theoretical work will be highlighted. The objective of the conference is not only to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of new results but also to introduce these subjects to young researchers. Presentations will consist of plenary talks (40 min), invited talks (30 min) and contributed talks (15 min). In addition, specially scheduled poster sessions are being planned.

Quantum phase transitions
Heavy fermion systems
Quantum magnetism and frustrated magnets
High temperature superconductivity
Organic conductors and magnets
Low dimensional systems
Non-Fermi liquids and exotic quantum phases
Unconventional and novel superconductors
Kondo impurity and Kondo lattice systems
Mott-Hubbard systems
Interplay between spin-, charge- and orbital degrees of freedom
Correlated electrons in nanostructures
Quantum Hall liquids
Mathematical models and computational studies
Correlated atoms in optical lattices

International Workshop on Electronic Crystals, ECRYS-2008

August 24, 2008 – August 30, 2008

Location: Cargese, France


Organized by Serguei Brazovskii (Laboratoire de Physique Theorique et Modeles Statistiques, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, France), Pierre Monceau (Institut Neel, Grenoble, France), Natasha Kirova (Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, France).

The series ECRYS of triennial International Workshops on ELECTRONIC CRYSTALS is organized in France since 1993. The meetings bring together nearly 100 researchers from many countries, including most advanced laboratories in Europe, USA, Japan.

ECRYS workshops are intended to unify various communities engaged in studies of spontaneous superstructures formed by electrons in solids, with links to related problems in physics of superconductivity and magnetism, soft and bio matters. The topic of electronic crystals embraces numerous cases of spontaneous structural aggregation of electrons in solids. Depending on Coulomb interactions, lattice involvement, spin ordering and dimensionality, the Electronic Crystals acquire forms of the Charge- and Spin- Density Waves, of interface and bulk Wigner crystals, Charge Ordered phases, Stripes, Charged Liquid Suspensions, high magnetic field induced density waves and stripes, etc.. There is a growing concern on the impact of electronic crystals in meso- and nanophysics, biophysics and soft matter.

Common problems embrace also several sister systems showing spontaneous superstructures: mixed and spin-polarized states in superconductors, magnetic patterns, colloidal crystals, etc.. While microscopic grounds may be essentially different and are very rich in their diversity, the collective properties are remarkably universal: collective transport and gigantic response due to the sliding phenomena; plasticity and all related nonlinear, nonstationary and inhomogeneous effects; glassy properties: non-stationary and memory effects, aging dynamics and rejuvenation.

Emergent Behavior in Heavy Electron Materials DCHEM

August 26, 2008 – August 29, 2008

Location: Inn at Aspen, Aspen, Colorado

Organizers: James W. Allen, Michigan; Meigan Aronson, Stony Brook; Zachary Fisk, UC Irvine, and David Pines, UC Davis

The workshop, which is being co-sponsored with Los Alamos National Laboratory, is designed to maintain the momentum built up last summer and early fall for the formation of DCHEM (the Distributed Center for Heavy Electron Materials) as a research network on heavy electron materials. It will focus on developments since the August, 2007 workshop on 115 materials. In addition to updates on the 115 and other Ce-based materials and Kondo liquid phenomenology, it will include a discussion of URu2Si2, since the results of recent INS experiments, NMR experiments on the Rh-doped material, and STM experiments from the Davis group will be available by then. The format for invited talks will be 25 minutes followed by 20 minutes of discussion, and we anticipate some 20 Invited speakers. The workshop will be restricted to participants from existing or potential DCHEM nodes, and will be comparatively small, with some 20-25 senior and 6-8 junior (graduate student/postdoc) scientists expected to participate.

It will begin with a welcome reception, dinner, and poster session on Tuesday, August 26, and conclude at 12:30pm on Friday, August 29. We have invited Suzi Tucker, the founder and chief exhibit designer of ICAM’s virtual science museum, http://emergentuniverse.org, to make a presentation, and participate in a panel discussion on the design of quantum matter exhibits for the museum. A block of rooms have been set aside at the Inn of Aspen for participants. To book your Aspen reservation at the Inn at Aspen call toll free or to speak with a local reservation agent, and mention that you are coming to an ICAM workshop to get the group rate.

International Conference on Spontaneous Coherence in Excitonic Systems

September 08, 2008 – September 12, 2008

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom


Organized by Mete Atature (University of Cambridge)
Jonathan Keeling (University of Cambridge), Peter Littlewood (University of Cambridge),
Francesca Marchetti (University of Oxford) and Marzena Szymanska (University of Cambridge and Warwick University). website

Spontaneous coherence is one of the most dramatic signatures of collective quantum behaviour on large scales. Such spontaneous coherence arises when, below a critical temperature, a phase transition occurs to a state with a macroscopic occupation of a single quantum state. The idea of such a phase transition was first considered for non-interacting particles by Bose and Einstein (i.e. Bose-Einstein condensation), however the general principles apply far more widely. Until recently, the experimental study of spontaneous coherence had been restricted to cold atomic gases, liquid helium and superconductors. However, the last few years have shown huge progress in several distinct but related examples of solid state systems.

Concepts in Electron Correlations

September 24, 2008 – September 30, 2008

Location: Hvar, Croatia


Organized by Veljko Zlatic (Institute of Physics, Zagreb, Croatia), Peter Littlewood (Cambridge University, UK) and Frank Steglich, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Germany.

The Hvar 2008 meeting will deal with strongly correlated electron systems. The emphasis will be on the unifying concepts which pertain to most, if not all, electron systems with short range screened Coulomb interactions.

These materials exhibit various remarkable anomalies and pose many difficult experimental and theoretical questions. Bringing together some of the most active experimental and theoretical physicists working in the field of electron correlation, we would like to achieve the following:

- To review the most interesting results relevant for strongly correlated systems.

- To focus both on the similarities and differences between various correlated systems.

- To review and discuss the main concepts used in the studies of electron correlation.

- To examine how close the experiments and theory come together, and to guess what comes next.

What is Creativity? Phenomena in Complex Adaptive Systems

October 20, 2008 – October 22, 2008

Location: Co-op Inn Kyoto Conference Hall, Kyoto, Japan


Organizers: Prof. Yoji Aizawa (Waseda Univ.), Prof. Yukio Gunji (Kobe Univ.), Prof. Kuniyoshi Ebina (Kobe Univ.), Prof. Kazuo Nishimura (Director of Inst. Economic Research, Kyoto Univ.), Associate Prof. Yoshihiro Miyake (Tokyo Ins. Tech), Associate Prof. Gentaro Taga (Univ. of Tokyo) and Associate Prof. Masatoshi Murase (Yukawa Inst. Theor. Phys, Kyoto Univ.).

Based on the 2007 What is Life? symposium, we are now planning to hold a workshop called What is Creativity? with rather small size and with shifted topics like emergent phenomena. The confirmed invited speakers are brain scientist, biologist and psychologist. Organizers subjects are economics, education, nonlinear physics, theoretical biologists, robotic engineer and medicine. They will talk about the recent advancements of so-called nature v.s. nurture problems (or give v.s. environment problems) on their own subjects. The aim of this workshop is to discuss such an old but still new problems from multidisciplinary perspective and to understand the general features behind the emergent dynamics of complex adaptive systems. We also plan to invite young students. We hope that such young students have chance to talk with invited speakers and organizers on their own interests. We do not want to have a tight schedule, but instead to have a relatively enough time for discussion.

Biaxial Nematic Liquid Crystals

October 27, 2008 – October 28, 2008

Location: Kent State University, Ohio


Organizers: David Allender, Kent State; Satyendra Kumar; S. Sprunt, D. Finotello, O. Lavrentovich, Q. Li, and A. Jakli

The field of biaxial thermotropic liquid crystals has seen a rapid resurgence with the recent discovery of its existence in bent-core, tetrapodic, and polymeric mesogens and in mixtures of rods and discs. This Symposium will assess where the field stands, identify the important questions to address, research directions to take, and provide opportunities to renew or establish productive collaborations.

There is no registration fee. Partial travel support for invited speakers and young researchers may be available. To submit an abstract contact the symposium chair.

Cuprate Fermiology

November 14, 2008 – November 15, 2008

Location: University of Maryland, Physics


Organized by H. Dennis Drew and Richard Greene.

The observations of quantum oscillations in YBCO (ortho-II YBa_2 Cu_3 O_6.5 and YBa_2 Cu_4 O_8 ) have suggested the existence of small Fermi surface pockets in the underdoped cuprates. This has produced a renewed interest in the transport properties of these materials and how the quantum oscillations are related to the extensive optical, ARPES, STM and neutron scattering data. The workshop will bring together a small number of key researchers working in this area to review the status of these new experimental developments and to assess their implications within the framework of theoretical cuprate physics. The workshop will feature a series of invited talks with open discussion and a poster session.

Fe-Pnictide and Related Superconductors

November 16, 2008 – November 17, 2008

Location: University of Maryland


Organizers: Rick Greene (UMD), Laura Greene (U. Illinois), Johnpierre Paglione (UMD)

The recent discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in the Fe-based pnictide materials has led to a dramatic increase of world-wide research on these novel superconducting materials. This workshop will bring together a number of the leading researchers working in this area to review the status of the field. The workshop will focus on experimental work with theoretical overview talks. The workshop will feature a series of invited talks with ample time for open discussion and a poster session. A total of 40-60 participants are anticipated.

Regulation of Protein Phosphorylation: Energy Landscapes, Allostery and Dynamic Regulation

December 05, 2008 – December 07, 2008

Location: San Diego, California

Organized by Susan S. Taylor, J. Andrew McCammon, David E. Shaw.

The field of protein phosphorylation is at an exciting transition point and offers a unique and unprecedented opportunity to bridge theoretical and experimental interfaces at many levels. It is a major mechanism for regulation in eukaryotic cells and is thus at the center of signal transduction. It is a highly dynamic process at the level of the kinases and phosphatases as well as the target proteins and is also a process that depends critically on spatial and temporal dynamics within the cell. Major advances in the two years since we held our last ICAM conference make the next conference especially timely for pioneering new opportunities at this interface. As more and more protein kinase structures are solved, in particular as part of complexes with their substrates and with scaffold proteins, we are beginning to more comprehensively understand and appreciate the mechanistic, allosteric, and dynamic properties of these regulatory “molecular switches” in ways that were simply not possible before. The recent NMR analysis of protein kinases and their modulatory domains also allow us for the first time to have residue-specific information on global dynamics and allostery. At the same time, solution methods such as small angle X-ray scattering give us a global picture of molecular motions. In parallel with the large amounts of structural data, there have been significant advances in molecular dynamics calculations that allow for the real-time correlation of dynamics observed by other biophysical techniques. Bridging these time scales has not been possible previously. A final new factor is the advance in computational hardware for carrying out simulations. The integration of all of these advances is what we hope to capture in this meeting. Protein phosphorylation, in general, and protein kinases, in particular, provide a wonderful system for bringing together molecular dynamics, molecular recognition, and order/disorder transitions. One can delve deeply into the evolution of this enzyme family and decipher explanations for the co-evolution of distant residues and the evolution of allostery. Eventually, we can also hopefully correlate these findings with disease genotypes.

The ICAM Symposium that was held in San Diego in 2005 was very exciting, and most of the participants are quite enthusiastic about having a follow up meeting given the progress discussed above. We hope to frame this meeting in a “think tank” mode where we not only discuss the most recent advances and attempt to traverse interdisciplinary boundaries between the theorists and the experimentalists, but also try to establish goals and opportunities for moving forward by building multidisciplinary and collaborative frameworks. We will organize the talks around specific themes, but then also use breakout sessions (such as lunch and breakfast) for discussing how we might most effectively advance our understanding. What are the most important questions? What are the greatest challenges? What are the opportunities for collaborative funding? How can we better understand the dynamic behavior of individual molecules and how can we model the dynamic behavior of cells that they regulate? These will be questions that will permeate the entire meeting and will drive future collaborations to implement our conclusions. We will schedule two days of talks and then devote the last morning entirely to a discussion of future directions and specific follow-up plans. We believe that protein phosphorylation is at a critical transition time, and that a follow-up ICAM Symposium along the lines discussed above could be truly transforming for the field.

Evolutionary Design Principles of Biological Networks

December 05, 2008 – December 07, 2008

Location: Rice University, Houston, Texas

Organizers: Michael W. Deem, Oleg Igoshin, Ariel Fernandez, Jianpeng Ma, Ricardo Azevedo and Monte Pettit.

Biological functions are based on networks of biochemical reactions coupled through regulatory interactions to produce desired functionality. These networks have been shaped by billions of years of evolution. Therefore, naturally occurring networks should follow design principles relating network architecture with its physiological function and evolutionary processes. Discovering these evolutionary design principles is a major challenge of modern biology. The proposed workshop will bring together researchers that study design principles using approaches adapted from engineering, evolutionary biology, statistical mechanics and nonlinear dynamics.

Quantum Spin Hall Effect and Topological Insulators

December 08, 2008 – December 19, 2008

Location: KITP in Santa Barbara, California

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) in Santa Barbara, California
Coordinators: Leon Balents, Charles Kane, Laurens Molenkamp, Shoucheng Zhang

Search for topologically non-trivial states of matter has become an important goal for condensed matter physics. Recently, a new class of topological insulators has been proposed. These topological insulators have a bulk insulating gap, but have topologically protected edge states due to time-reversal symmetry. In two dimensions, the edge states give rise to the quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect, where states with opposite spins counter-propagate at a given edge in the absence of any external magnetic field. Some basic signatures of the QSH effect has been observed experimentally in HgTe quantum wells. In three dimensions, the surface states of topological insulators contain an odd number of Dirac points, which can be observed in photo-emission experiments.

The objective of this workshop is to bring theorists and experimentalists together to discuss exciting topics in this rapidly developing field, including the search for new materials which display the QSH effect, possibly at room temperature; direct physical measurements of the topological response functions; transport properties of the helical edge states; topological Mott insulators; many-body classification of topological insulators; critical properties of QSH phase transitions; transport properties of the 3D surface states; proximity effects between the QSH insulator to superconductors; and possible realization of QSH states in cold atom systems.

This workshop will primarily be organized around short talks leading to extended discussions, with only a few longer talks reserved for an overview or new, unpublished results. There will be ample time for thorough discussion, including some smaller, focus-group discussions. Strong preference will be given to applicants who can stay the full two weeks, although exceptions can be made for experimentalists.

New Frontiers in Nanofluidics

January 07, 2009

Location: HKUST, China

Organizers: Robert Austin, Princeton

Biology works at the nanoscale, and it works in a wet environment full of water and other molecular solutes. It is becoming clear that at the nanoscale the physics of transport of fluids is vastly different then Navier-Stokes macroscale hydrodynamics. Further, polymers at nanoscale confinement exhibit new forms of statistical mechanical behavior which we do not understand well but which is extremely important biologically. This nanoworld is now accessible experimentally and theoretically, and we hope to explore the frontiers of this important physical and biological area.

Unifying Themes in Condensed Matter

January 11, 2009 – January 17, 2009

Location: Aspen Center for Physics, Colorado


Organizers: Arzhang Ardavan, University of Oxford, Andreas Heinrich, IBM Almaden, Barbara Jones, IBM Almaden, and Subir Sachdev, Harvard University.

This conference aims to highlight common physics across a wide range of condensed matter research. There will be particular focus on (i) the transition from quantum to classical magnetism, (ii) non-uniformity, disorder and nanoscale science, (iii) the effects of strong correlations, and (iv) ultrafast phenomena. The schedule and structure of the program will encourage participation across these disciplines; each subject will be introduced by a leader in the field, and there will be extended periods between talks for informal interactions between participants.

Emergence in Genomic Matter—School

February 09, 2009 – February 15, 2009

Location: JNCASR, Bangalore, India

Organizers: Chandrabhas Narayana, Swapan K. Pati, and Mr. A.N. Jayachandra, JNCASR

An interdisciplinary approach to understand the human genome organization school

Physical Aspects of Viral Assembly and Infectivity

May 07, 2009 – May 09, 2009

Location: University of California, Los Angeles

FAPERJ Spring School 2009

May 17, 2009 – May 23, 2009

Location: FAPERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The third I2CAM/FAPERJ School with focus on Condensed Soft Matter Physics will be held in Rio de Janeiro from 17-23 May, 2009. The conference is co-funded by ICAM and FAPERJ (the state agency of Rio de Janeiro for founding research) and will be hosted by the CBPF, in Rio de Janeiro.

There will be approximately three lectures per day, in the ICAM format of 60 mins talk + 30 mins discussion that has already been pioneered in the Cargese summer schools. With support of I2CAM, FAPERJ, NSF, CAPES and CBPF we have funding to support approximately 40 students from North America and from South America.  Additional students, coming on their own finance from other locations will also be welcome, in addition to local students from several universities and research centers in and around Rio de Janeiro.

Superconductor-Insulator Transitions

May 18, 2009 – May 23, 2009

Location: Trieste, Italy

Organizers: Mikhail Feigelman, Landau Institute, Moscow; Markus Muller, University of Geneva; Zvi Ovadyahu, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Marc Sanquer, CEA, Grenoble; Vladimir Kravtsov, ICTP, Trieste

The idea of the workshop is to bring together about 25 world-leading experts of the various experimental and theoretical aspects of the superconductor-insulator transition.  We plan a 6-day workshop with about 4 research presentations per day so as to allocate ample time for focussed discussions as well as collaborative research work.  We intend to have a significant discussion time following each talk and to have one or two round table discussions aout controversial subjects.  We consider it important to have extended time allocated to the discussion of the overlap or mutual exclusiveness of theoretical proposals, the experimental evidence for one or the other scenario, as well as for the open questions that arise from this discussion.

Soft Active Materials 2009

May 18, 2009 – May 21, 2009

Location: Syracuse University, New York


Organizers: M. Cristina Marchetti, Jennifer Schwarz, and Roy Welch, Syracuse University

The workshop will focus on the general problem of understanding the emergent properties of soft active matter. Active systems are collections of interacting self-propelled or active units where stored energy is continuously transformed into mechanical work at microscopic length scales. They form an exciting new class of nonequilibrium soft materials with intriguing large-scale collective behavior and mechanical properties. Realizations include mixtures of cytoskeletal filaments and motor proteins, the cell cytoskeleton, bacteria colonies, collections of cells in elastic matrices or living tissues, plankton in the ocean, insects or animal groups, and vibrated granular layers. These disparate systems exhibit a number of common large-scale phenomena, including swarming, nonequilibrium disorder-order transitions, mesoscopic patterns, novel correlations and mechanical properties. As such, those studying these systems range from physicists to biologists to applied mathematicians.

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Planer-Smoluchowski Soft Matter Workshop on Liquid Crystals and Colloidal Dispersions (PSSM-2009)

June 22, 2009

Location: Lviv, Ukraine


Liquid crystals and colloidal dispersions are of vital importance for technological applications and practical devices. The Planer-Smoluchowski Soft Matter (PSSM) Workshop will bring together prominent scientists working at the forefronts of soft materials science and statistical physics, postdoctoral fellows, students and will enable them to discuss recent advances in the field of liquid crystals and colloidal dispersions. Additionally Workshop will celebrate the legacy of Julius Planer and Marian Smoluchowski who made pioneering contribution to the understanding of these classical soft condensed matter systems.

The presentations will be webcast in real time and those who register around the World will have an opportunity to participate in the Workshop interacting with speakers and asking questions.

The Inter-Continental Advanced Materials for Photonics (I-CAMP) Summer School 2009

June 28, 2009 – July 17, 2009

Location: China


The Inter-Continental Advanced Materials for Photonics (I-CAMP) Summer School will enable researchers working at the forefronts of materials science & photonics to discuss the emerging uses of light for control and fundamental study of matter and advances in the use of materials to control light. The I-CAMP School will provide education for young scientists working in materials science, optics, photonics, biophysics, nanoscience, and related fields. The goal is to prepare the participants for research at the frontiers of science and technology by providing an interdisciplinary expert training not easily available within the traditional system of graduate education and postdoctoral apprenticeship. The Summer School is primarily targeted at advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows within the first three years after defending PhD, although those in different circumstances are considered too. In particular, we strongly encourage early-career professionals from Industry to participate in the I-CAMP school if the school topics match their interests/background. At each I-CAMP Summer School, there will be 50-100 students from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds and from different countries (with at least 50% of them coming from the USA institutions). To enhance discussion and further exchange of knowledge, there will be at least three poster sessions (one per week). Each participant will be invited to present a poster on his/her current research project. The School, sponsored by the International Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, will meet annually in different locations in a variety of countries/continents Worldwide. The interested young scientists who cannot make it to the I-CAMP school may consider remote participation via webcast. The presentations will be webcast in real time and, in addition to the on-site audience; registered participants around the World will have an opportunity to ask questions. The I-CAMP school will bring together both prominent & junior scientists and will allow them to combine advanced education with learning about different cultures worldwide. Participation of students, postdoctoral fellows, and other early-career professionals is strongly encouraged. Up to 20 fellowships will be awarded to support travel of early-career scientists each year.

Emergence of Inhomogeneous Phases in Strongly Correlated Electron Systems

June 30, 2009 – July 03, 2009

Location: Paris, France (University of Florida Paris Research Center in Reid Hall)


Organizers: Julien Bobroff, Orsay; B. Andersen, N. Bohr Institute; P. Hirschfeld, University of Florida; C. Panagopoulos, Univ. of Cambridge and Univ. of Crete; C. Proust, CNRS-Toulouse

The University of Florida’s Paris Research Center is centrally located at the heart of Paris’s Montparnasse district and a few blocks from the Latin Quarter, in Columbia University’s Reid Hall, and has reading rooms, interaction rooms, and a small auditorium seating up to 90 people.

Cargese Summer 2009 Workshop

Cargese Summer 2009 WorkshopJuly 06, 2009 – July 18, 2009

Location: Cargese, Corsica, France


Organizers: Laura Greene, Univ. of Illinois; Catherine Pepin, Saclay; Karyn Le Hur, Yale; Anuradha Jagannathan, Orsay


The workshop is intended to gather theoreticians and experimentalists to discuss a wide range of fascinating subjects in condensed matter physics, including unconventional superconductivity, graphene, frustrated magnetism, heavy fermions, cold atoms, low dimensional systems, and topological insulators. It is organized to encourage ample time for discussions investigating any overlap of these areas, and the emergence of new concepts and ideas.

Featuring topics relating to:

unconventional superconductors
heavy fermions
frustrated magnets
quantum Hall systems
Dirac fermions
condensed matter with cold atoms

Non-Equilibrium Physics from Classical to Quantum Low Dimensional Systems

July 06, 2009 – July 24, 2009

Location: Trieste, Italy

Organizers: Leticia Cugliandolo, Paris; Leonid Glazman, Yale; Giuseppe Mussardo, SISSA, Italy

This Summer College will review the state of the art in the experiment and theory of classical and quantum nonequilibrium phenomena in low dimensional systems. Lecture courses consist on 10 series of 2-4 lectures on general topics will encompass:

·      Keldysh formalism
·      Nonequilibrium critical phenomena in classical systems
·      Nonequilibrium phyics in nanostructures
·      Boundary field theory and nonequilibrium
·      Numerical approaches to nonequilibrium problems
·      Dynamics of spin glasses
·      Noise in nonequilibrium quantum systems
·      RG and flow equations for nonquilibrium quantum systems

Lectures will be complemented with seminars, discussions, tutorials and poster sessions.

Topics of the College:

·      General analytical and numerical approaches: bulk and boundary field theories,
·      Keldysh technique, time-dependent DMRG
·      Critical phenomena in classical and quantum non-equilibrium systems
·      Dynamics of quantum and classical glasses
·      Non-equilibrium physics in nanostructures and quantum gases

·      Dissipative quantum and classical systems

Boulder Summer School 2009

July 06, 2009 – July 24, 2009

Location: Boulder, Colorado


Summer School 2009: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics: Fundamental Problems and Applications
July 6-24, 2009

Low-D Quantum Condensed Matter

July 06, 2009 – July 11, 2009

Location: University of Amsterdam

Recent Progress in Many Body Theory

July 27, 2009 – July 31, 2009

Location: Ohio State University


Organizers: Nandini Trivedi, Chair, Ohio State University; Eric Braaten; Richard Furnstahl; Tin-Lun Ho; and Mohit Randeria.

The 15th meeting of the series International Conference on Recent Progress in Many Body Theories (RPMBT15) will take place in the Department of Physics at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH from July 27-31, 2009.

The Conference continues the series initiated in Trieste in 1978 and is devoted to new developments in the field of many-body theories.  The focus is on the development and application of theoretical methods and computational algorithms driven by a strong experimental motivation for quantum many-body systems arising in diverse subfields of physics.  A central event of the Conference is the Feenberg Award Session in which the nominee will receive the 2008 Feenberg Medal.

Important Dates

Reception of Abstracts             May 15, 2009
Acceptance of Contributions         April 10, 2009
Registration fee (early payment)      May 8, 2009


- Cold Bose and Fermi Gases
- Optical Lattices
- Strongly Correlated Electrons
- Quantum Liquids and Supersolids
- Nuclear and Quark Physics
- Computational Quantum Many-Body Physics

Quantum Transport in Electronic Nanosystems

September 20, 2009 – September 24, 2009

Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

The field of electronic transport in nanostructures is one of most actively developing research directions in modern condensed matter physics. The ongoing progress in nanofabrication techniques allows to fabricate nanoscale systems in a controlled way and to investigate their transport properties.  A variety of fascinating quantum phenomena emerging in electronic nanosystems have been discovered and investigated in recent years, both experimentally and theoretically. In addition to the fundamental importance of these discoveries, there are all reasons to expect that many of them will find applications in future nanoelectronics.  The aim of the planned Workshop is to bring together leading experts in the field as well as motivated young researchers and students in order to discuss recent developments, the present status of the field, and its future prospects.

Electronic/Optical Coherence in Low-D Semiconductors

September 20, 2009 – September 29, 2009

Location: Turunc, Turkey

Liquid Crystal Elastomer Conference

September 24, 2009 – September 26, 2009

Location: Kent State, Ohio

Liquid crystal elastomers are an emerging class of soft materials of great scientific and technological importance.  Much of the development of these materials and all previous conferences on this topic have taken place in Europe. The proposed 5th International Liquid Crystal Conference (5th ILCEC) will be first US Conference on this subject.  Its aim is to provide young US researchers with the opportunity to learn about this exciting and promising field and to become involved in LCE research. Success of the 5th ILCEC is seen as key to the successful development and utilization of these emerging complex active materials is the US.

Biannual Metro-Gotham Condensed Matter Meeting Nov 2009

November 21, 2009

Location: The New York Academy of Sciences

Organizers: Piers Coleman, Rutgers University and Paul Chaikin, New York University

New York is a city that never sleeps, and truly, the metropolitan area is constantly abuzz with breakthroughs in condensed matter physics. However, to date there has been little opportunity for physicists at the many institutions in the metro-area to come together to learn and share what is happening in our field. To fill this need, graduate students from the tri-state area have come together to organize the “Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting,” and we want YOU to be a part of it. Hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences, this biannual conference is a fantastic chance for students, postdocs and faculty to share ideas and research with fellow physicists training and working in and around the Big Apple. The conference will include keynote lectures by distinguished speakers in both hard and soft condensed matter physics, a “fireside chat” led by a prominent local physicist, student talks highlighting current research, and poster sessions presenting research projects from diverse subfields, as well as a catered lunch and reception. With so many avenues for scientific discourse and collaboration, this is an event not to be missed!

Re-Examining the Foundations of Evolution

December 07, 2009 – December 09, 2009

Location: HKUST, China

Spin Manipulation in Cold Atoms and Condensed Matter

January 06, 2010 – January 09, 2010

Location: Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Organizers: Rembert Duine and Henk Stoof, Utrecht University

The spin of electrons plays a crucial role in understanding condensed-matter systems and their magnetically-ordered phases. Furthermore, in certain systems, such as graphene or bilayer semiconductors, extra degrees of freedom called pseudospins play a similar role as the intrinsic electron spin. Manipulation of spins and magnetism has been a motivating goal in a great deal of condensed-matter research. Examples are spin transfer, i.e., the manipulation of ferromagnetic order with spin-polarized currents, the spin Hall effect, the control of magnetism by ultrafast laser pulses, and magneto-electric effects.

The hyperfine states of cold atoms play an important role in cold-atom systems and can be manipulated by radiofrequency pulses. In addition to the intrinsic interest in these systems, cold-atom systems are often advertised as simulators for electronic condensed-matter systems. The reason is the large amount of tunability of almost all the system parameters, such as potential, disorder and interactions. The most important example in this respect is mimicking the famous Hubbard model to explore its relevance for high-temperature superconductivity and antiferromagnetism.

The goal of this short conference is to bring together leading experts on spintronics and spin-related phenomena in conventional condensed-matter systems, and on cold atoms, thereby stimulating cross-fertilization of these fields.

Resistive Switching & Memristor Workshop

January 08, 2010 – January 10, 2010

Location: Davis, California


Organizers: Olle Heinonen Gergely T. Zimanyi

Resistive switching is one of those rare phenomena which brings together the most advanced theoretical concepts of first principles calculations and the arsenal of techniques developed for strongly correlated and non-equilibrium systems with the latest experimental techniques developed for the study of oxides and nanoscale phenomena. This confluence creates a powerful synergy . Further, recent lithographic breakthroughs have demonstrated that there is realistic promise that real circuit elements can be developed based on resistive switches. Excitingly, the resulting memristors may foster an entirely new paradigm in computer architecture, possibly mimicking the human brain for the first time. Our workshop intends to provide a creative environment to exchange ideas and set future directions in this exciting field, motivated by talks of its leaders.

ICAM Annual Conference 2010

January 10, 2010

Location: UC Davis
Buehler Alumni Center
West Conference Room
Alpha Gamma Rho Hall
Founder’s Board Room

January 10, 2010 (Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Board of Governor’s meeting Founder’s Board
1:00 pm Lunch Library
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Science Steering Committee meeting Founder’s Board
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Fellows Steering Committee meeting West Conference
5:00 pm Reception AGR Hall
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Welcome Dinner AGR Hall
8:30 pm Keynote address:
UC Davis Chancellor, Linda Katehi
AGR Hall

Exotic Superconducting and Insulating Phases of Quantum Matter

January 14, 2010 – January 16, 2010

Location: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland


Organizers: Peter Armitage and Nina Markovic at Johns Hopkins University; Victor Galitski, University of Maryland; Philip Phillips, University of Illinois

The main goal of the workshop is to bring together leading experts, theorists and experimentalists, working on low-dimensional superconductivity, topological insulators, Mott systems, and ultracold atoms, as well as researchers moving into and between these fields to discuss the recent advances and new ideas with the emphasis on the relations between topological states in insulators and superconductors.

Of particular interest are:

1) Experimental realizations of topological states and their electrical transport, electro-magnetic, and thermal transport,

2) properties of the insulating phases in two-dimensional `superconducting’ films and cuprates;

3) the stability of the topological edge states in the presence of strong disorder and interactions and their sensitivity to the structure of the boundary;

4) the possibility of extending the ideas of topological band insulators to strongly interacting systems, which may lead to a the discovery of topological Mott insulators and dual correspondences to superconducting states.

5) new experimental schemes for detection of these exotic phases; and

6) discussion of new compounds that may exhibit exotic phases and new ideas for possible practical applications.

Emergent Universe Overview, February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

Location: Davis, California

Moderated by EU creator, Dr. Suzi Tucker

Biannual Metro-Gotham Condensed Matter Meeting April 2010

April 09, 2010

Location: The New York Academy of Sciences


Organizers: Piers Coleman, Rutgers University and Paul Chaikin, New York University

New York is a city that never sleeps, and truly, the metropolitan area is constantly abuzz with breakthroughs in condensed matter physics. However, to date there has been little opportunity for physicists at the many institutions in the metro-area to come together to learn and share what is happening in our field. To fill this need, graduate students from the tri-state area have come together to organize the “Gotham-Metro Condensed Matter Meeting,” and we want YOU to be a part of it. Hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences, this biannual conference is a fantastic chance for students, postdocs and faculty to share ideas and research with fellow physicists training and working in and around the Big Apple. The conference will include keynote lectures by distinguished speakers in both hard and soft condensed matter physics, a “fireside chat” led by a prominent local physicist, student talks highlighting current research, and poster sessions presenting research projects from diverse subfields, as well as a catered lunch and reception. With so many avenues for scientific discourse and collaboration, this is an event not to be missed!

Emergent Properties and Novel Behavior at the Nanoscale

April 19, 2010 – April 27, 2010

Location: JNCASR, Bangalore, India


Organizers: Swapan Pati and Umesh Waghmare

The topics to be covered in the School and Conference:

1. Multi-functionality in hybrid biological- nanostructured materials (DNA electronics, spintronics and generalized charge transfer)

2. Unique electromagnetic response of low dimensional materials (Nanomagnetism and negative magnetization, Multiferroics)

3. Validation of computational nano science by advanced characterization techniques (SERS, Brillouin spectroscopy, various microscopies and lithographies)

4. Theory driven discovery (Pnictide superconductors, novel materials and phenomena)

5. Novel concepts for improved energy harvesting conversion, and storage (Solar energy, thermoelectrics, heat transfer etc)

6. Electro-magnetic and Opto-electronic devices: (Device fabrication to device technologies)

Physics of Novel Energy Materials

May 31, 2010 – June 03, 2010

Location: Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China


Organizers: Hong Li, Xi Dai, and Hong Ding, CAS, IAP

Many new energy related materials have been discovered during recent years, such as battery materials, nanoscale thermoelectric materials, new photovoltaic materials, and new kinds of superconductors. Those novel materials have brought our society to the dawn of a clean energy age. Understanding the physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of these energy materials is crucial in improving their performances and searching for newer and better materials. By bringing many experimental and theoretical experts from different research areas together, this workshop aims to tackle some of urgent fundamental scientific problems in novel energy materials. The workshop will feature a series of invited talks with ample time for open discussion and a poster session. A total of 40-60 participants are expected.

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