Hermes 2012

A scientific take on the oldest games in the world

In 2012, London will play host to a unique summer school consisting of four days of master classes and competition. This student-led event, held during the Olympics, will bring together some of the world's leading materials modelling students. They will present their research, attend master classes given by renowned academics, and develop their ability to communicate science.

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Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge is an educational charity and a unique conference centre. Its Patron is The Queen, who has granted sole occupancy of a splendid seventeenth-century house in Windsor Great Park (Greater London, UK) for discussions aimed at the betterment of society.

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Simulation experts

The organisers have expertise spanning the length scales from first-principles electronic structure methods, to atomistic simulations, to dynamics of defect processes, to macroscopic modelling of engineering components based on predicted microstructures.

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Prof Craig Carter (MIT)

Delivering a master-class on microstructural evolution, its impact on material properties and phase-field modelling.

Prof Vaclav Vitek (UPenn)

Delivering a master-class on multiscale modeling of fracture mechanics, both on the atomistic and continuum levels.

Prof Helena van Swygenhoven

(from EPFL) Delivering a master-class on atomistic simulations of structured nanomaterials and their mechanical properties.

Welcome from the organisers

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Welcome to Hermes 2012, a summer school on materials modelling. This event will bring together up to 60 of the world's highest calibre graduate research students in a multidisciplinary forum where they can showcase their research to a diverse group of people through the opening poster session, widen their knowledge of materials research, build networks, and take away some valuable skills in communication. The event is based on a series of master classes on a range of simulation techniques, delivered by academics of international repute. After the master classes, participants will focus on a group competition based upon presenting one of the techniques through the medium of video. The videos will be at a level suitable for the general public and participants will be aided in the production process by media professionals.

This event takes place during the 2012 London Olympic Games (27 July - 30 July 2012) at Cumberland Lodge, a grand house in Windsor Great Park, close to London. Historically this house has been the residence of Dukes and Duchess, and even Princess Helena, daughter of Queen Victoria.

This will be a prime opportunity for students from the international science community to get a taster of the cross-disciplinary research that is becoming ever more important, and also to get a kick start in developing vital communication skills in a unique and inspirational setting.

This event is designed, led and organised by a team of students from Imperial College London's Centre for Doctoral Training in the Theory and Simulation of Materials, King's College London, and University College London, all of whom are members of the Thomas Young Centre. From all of us in the organisation committee - we look forward to seeing you at Hermes 2012, if you have any questions at all please feel free to get in touch!


The Delivery Team!

Day 1
27 July

2 pm - 4 pm
Registration and welcome
4 pm - 6 pm
First master class

6 pm - 10 pm
Dinner, welcome drinks and poster session
Day 2
28 July
9 am - 11 am
Prof Craig Carter
master class
11 am - 1 pm
Prof Chris Pickard masterclass
3 pm - 5 pm
Final master class

6 pm - 10 pm
Dinner, after dinner speaker, party
Day 3
29 July
9 am - 10 am
Introduction to science communication
10 am - 1 pm
Video making

2 pm - 6 pm
Video making

6 pm - 10 pm
Dinner, wine tasting

Day 4
30 July
8 am - 9 am

9 am - 12 noon
Video presentations and prize ceremony
12 noon
BBQ, Depart