Centre européen de calcul atomique et moléculaire

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European Center for Atomic and Molecular Calculations
Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire
Established 1969
Director Dominic Tildesley
President of the Scientific Council Christoph Dellago
Postgraduates 4,267 (2012)
Location Écublens (near Lausanne), Vaud, Switzerland
46°31′13″N 6°33′56″E / 46.52028°N 6.56556°E / 46.52028; 6.56556Coordinates: 46°31′13″N 6°33′56″E / 46.52028°N 6.56556°E / 46.52028; 6.56556
Campus www.epfl.ch
Website www.cecam.org
CECAM is located in Switzerland
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

The Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire, CECAM, is the oldest European Institute for the promotion of fundamental research on advanced computational methods and their application to problems in frontier areas of science and technology. It is structured as a network of 18 trans-European nodes plus one node in Israel, with its headquarters (HQ) in EPF-Lausanne.

CECAM is governed by a convention signed by 22 member organizations from which it receives funding for ordinary activities. These organizations include National Research Councils, Research and HPC Centers, and Universities. The long-term policy of CECAM is determined by its Council, composed of representatives of the member organizations. Local Directors ensure the management of scientific activities at the nodes. The Director at HQ has the responsibility to propose the overall program of activities and manage it, and to coordinate larger-scale initiatives in the node network.

Its unique structure and long standing tradition of excellence establish CECAM as a leading edge institution in its field.


CECAM mission is to promote discussion, exchange of information, and training in computational science. As the name suggests, the traditional focus of CECAM has been atomistic and molecular simulations, applied to the physics and chemistry of condensed matter. Over the last twenty years, powerful advances in computer hardware and software have supported the extension of these methods to a wide range of problems in materials science, biology and medicinal chemistry. CECAM has always been very attentive to such developments and has helped to foster many of them to the point that computer simulation is now considered to be a third way of doing science; a new way of linking theory and experiment. The importance of simulation continues to grow in many emerging areas and CECAM is evolving its scope and structure to address these changes.

CECAM activities, across all of the nodes, include the organization of scientific workshops in emerging areas; specialist schools to train at the graduate and postdoctoral level; workshops on software development; brain-storming and problem solving events; the development of collaborative research projects for Europe and beyond; and the sponsorship of an international visitors programme. We welcome applications to organise events and to establish networks through CECAM from everybody interested in computational science.

Member Organizations[edit]

CECAM is supported by research organizations from 11 European countries and Israel. These Organizations are listed in Table 1. Each Member Organization nominates two representatives to the Cecam Council, the governing body that has the ultimate responsibility for all strategy and operations of the Center.

Table 1: Member Organizations
Country Member Organization
Austria CMS (Center for Computational Materials Science)
Belgium FRS-FNRS (Fonds de la Recherce Scientifique)
FWO (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek-Vlaanderen)
Finland Aalto University
France CEA (Commissariat á l'Energie Atomique)
CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
Germany DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
MPG (Max Planck Gesellschaft)
FZJ (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)
Ireland IUA (Irish University Association)
Israel Tel Aviv University
Italy CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)
IIT (Italian Institute of Technology)
SISSA (Scuola Internazionale di Studi Avanzati)
SNS (Scuola Normale Superiore)
Spain MINECO (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación)
Switzerland EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
FNS-SNF (Fonds National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique;

Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenchaftlichen Forschung)

The Netherlands NWO (The Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek)
Universiteit van Amsterdam
United Kingdom STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council)
EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Nodes contribute to CECAM activities by organising and hosting workshops and schools at the level of the network (Flagship events) and locally (Node events). They initiate or participate in CECAM research and training activities, host a visitor program and promote research in computational science in their region. A CECAM node is a research structure inside a larger Institution, or a consortium of such Institutions whose activities and relationships are regulated by a formal agreement. The Directors of the nodes administer the program taking place at their respective locations, possibly in collaboration with other nodes or the Headquarters. The Directors constitute the CECAM Board of Directors, working towards a coordinated optimal selection and distribution of activities throughout the network.

Table 2: CECAM Nodes
Country Node Institution(s)
Austria CECAM-AT University of Vienna, Vienna University of Technology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Finland CECAM-FI Aalto University, Universities of Helsinki, Turku, Jyväskylä and Oulu, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Eastern Finland
France CECAM-FR-MOSER Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Commissariat à l’Energie atomique, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris,

Ecole Normale Supérieure, Université de Marne la Vallée, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Université Paris-Sud, University of Lorraine

CECAM-FR-RA Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Commissariat à l’Energie atomique, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon,

Université Joseph Fourier de Grenoble, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

CECAM-FR-GSO Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Commissariat à l’Energie atomique, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse III
Germany CECAM-DE-MM1P Max Planck Institute Fritz-Haber-Institut (Berlin), Max Planck Institute Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik (Halle),

Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science (University of Bremen) and the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt-am-Main

CECAM-DE-JUELICH Jülich Supercomputing Centre
CECAM-DE-MMS Center for Scientific Simulation Freie Universität Berlin
CECAM-DE-SMSM Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research Mainz, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz,

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institute for Computational Physics at Universität Stuttgart

Ireland CECAM-IRL University College Dublin
Israel CECAM-ISR Tel Aviv University
Italy CECAM-IT-SIDE International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, CNR Democritos
CECAM-IT-SMART Scuola Normale Superiore, Dipartimento di Chimica Universita di Firenze,Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche Universita di Padova,

Dipartimento di Patologia Chirurgica Universita' di Pisa, Dipartimento di Biotecnologie,Chimica e Farmacia Universita di Siena, Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche Universita di Napoli

CECAM-IT-SIMUL University of Rome Sapienza, University of L'Aquila
Spain CECAM-ES Fundación Agencia Aragonesa para la Investigación y Desarrollo, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation
Switzerland CECAM-HQ (Headquarters) EPF-Lausanne
The Netherlands CECAM-NL Amsterdam Center for Multiscale Modeling, Lorentz Center Leiden
United Kingdom CECAM-UK-HARTREE Daresbury Laboratory (UK) of the Science and Technology Facilities Council
CECAM-UK-JCMAXWELL Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, King's College London, University College London, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford