Psi-k 2020 conference

September 14-17, 2020

SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland)


With the current COVID-19 situation causing the cancellation of major events and conferences around the world, there is now significant uncertainty regarding Psi-k 2020 as well. Although we are still hoping that the conference can take place as planned, we are following the evolution of the situation closely and expect to have a clearer idea in the next few weeks regarding whether to maintain the event, or whether to postpone it to next year.

In order to avoid incurring any potential cancellation costs, we recommend that you refrain from making any travel plans for the time being.

The registration system has been suspended until a final decision is made — if the conference is maintained this year, all registration deadlines will be extended. Participants who had already registered will be contacted once a final decision is made.

Thank you for your patience in these exceptional time, and stay safe!

Psi-k 2020 will be the 6th general conference for the worldwide Psi-k community, following very successful events held in San Sebastian (2015), Berlin (2010), and Schwäbisch Gmünd (2005, 2000, 1996).

This major conference – the largest worldwide in electronic-structure – brings together the community that is active in the field, as described by the Psi-k mission statement: "... to develop fundamental theory, algorithms, and computer codes in order to understand, predict, and design materials properties and functions. Theoretical condensed matter physics, quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics form its scientific core. Applications encompass inorganic, organic and bio-materials, and cover a whole range of diverse scientific, engineering, and industrial endeavours."

The conference program will be structured around 3.5 days (from 2pm on September 14, 2020 to the evening of September 17, 2020), that will include 7 plenary talks, 39 symposia in 6 parallel sessions (136 invited talks and ~170 contributed talks), and a MAD evening to shake it all off.

With more than 1000 participants expected, it will be a key event in the field, offering an intense but enjoyable atmosphere, in addition to a chance to explore the beautiful region around Lausanne and Lake Geneva.

We look forward to an exciting conference and to seeing you in Lausanne and at EPFL.

Nicola Marzari

Important dates

May 1, 2020

  • Early-bird registration deadline
  • Abstract submission deadline to be considered for oral presentations
  • Volker Heine Young Investigator Award applications

Aug. 1, 2020

  • Regular registration deadline
  • Abstract submission deadline, posters only

Sept. 6, 2020

  • Late registration deadline