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ACTINET-I3 ThUL Spring School 2013 in Actinide Chemistry

14-18 January 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany

ACTINET-I3 is a EURATOM FP7 funded project to make available state of the art research facilities in the field of nuclear research. The Theoretical Userlab (ThUL) is a virtual facility for coordination and support of collaboration between the theoretical and experimental communities in European actinide research, providing expertise in describing molecular systems on a high theoretical level.

Established in 2005, ThUL has since developed a high significance in the ACTINET framework, focusing particularly on linking young researchers to the scientific network.

55 participants from 11 countries attended the 2013 ThUL school at KIT in Karlsruhe, Germany − an overwhelming success. Based on the positive responses from 2012's ThUL School, once again a balanced schedule of theoretical and experimental lectures as well as hands-on exercise sessions with different ab initio software packages was presented by internationally reputed speakers.

Invited key lectures were delivered by Prof. Trond Saue (Toulouse, F), Dr. Mathias Krack (PSI, CH), Prof. Michael Bühl (St Andrews, UK), Vincenzo Rondinella (JRC-ITU, GER) and Dr. Andrew Kerridge (London, UK) covering a wide range of topics spanning fundamental relativistic quantum chemistry, to computational chemistry issues of both solid materials and coordination compounds in addition to  calculation of spectroscopic parameters, focusing on NMR.

During the poster session, students benefited from discussions with leading experts, whereas social events fostered the network of researchers in actinide science and enhanced communication and collaboration between the scientific communities.

Extremely positive feedback was obtained, accompanied by an unexpected number of requests for a continuation of the school, underlining the significance of the event.