Towards Reality in Nanoscale Materials X


The workshop will be focused on, but not limited to, low-dimensional systems, with thematic sessions on:

The workshop consists of invited and contributed talks as well as posters. Invited and contributed speakers will cover the recent progress in simulations and the relevant experimental areas. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together a diverse group of researchers focused on nanoscience and nanotechnology problems in order to share the state-of-the-art in the field, identify accomplishments and discuss challenges and opportunities.

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The workshop will be held in Levi, Hotel K5, in Finnish Lapland from Tuesday Feb 12th to Thursday 14th (the participants are expected to arrive on Monday 11th). Accommodation will be booked by the organizers for all participants in the conference hotel K5. You will be staying in either a chalet or a normal hotel room.

Read more about the accommodation here.


Check the tourist map of Levi (Hotel K5 is item 3) to see what Levi looks like or an interactive map to see where Levi actually is.

Travel - by plane or train

There are flights from Helsinki to the nearby airport of Kittilä by Finnair (several every day), SAS and low-coster Norwegian airlines (not every day, though). Note that some Finnair flights stop in Ivalo on its way to Kittilä, but you do not leave the airplane. You will see, however, an extra leg when booking—do not pay attention to this. There are 5-6 direct Finnair flights Helsinki - Kittilä per day. You may also consider staying overnight in Helsinki and continue on Monday morning or just arrive one day earlier (on Sunday) and enjoy an extra day in Levi.

Scheduled buses meet every flight to Kittilä, and it takes about 20 minutes to reach Levi. You can also take a taxi (15 min), and if several people share it, the price will essentially be the same as for the bus ride. If the flight schedule does not allow you to catch the connecting flight to Kittilä on the same day, you may consider having a stop-over in Helsinki and fly to Kittilä next day. Alternatively, you can fly to Rovaniemi (about 200 km away from Levi), then take a bus (it takes about two and a half hours to reach Levi). You can also rent a car at the Rovaniemi airport and drive to Levi (we guarantee no traffic jams, but there may be reindeer on the road). This could be a good option if several people arrive with the same flight. There are also both day and night trains to Lapland (book early!). To reach Levi, one can take the train to Kolari and continue to Levi with a bus.


For those interested there are full facilities for both downhill and cross country skiing in Levi, among other winter and indoor sports options.


The long-time average temperature in Levi in February is about -10 C (15 F). The record high and low temperatures are about +5 and -40 C (+40 and -40 F). The length of day is about 8 hours. In any case, you can expect plenty of snow. Also check the current 5-day forecast for Kittilä. By the way, we have seen northern lights during almost half of the previous conferences.


Participation fee

Participation is free. However, the number of participants is limited. If more applications are received than the conference facilities allow, the participants will be chosen based on their abstract and its relevance to the workshop topics.

Accommodation expenses

Hotel accommodation, breakfasts, lunches and workshop dinner in restaurant Saamen Kammi are included in the accommodation fee (4 nights + 4 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 1 banquet + many coffees). The accommodation fee is to be paid by credit card or money transfer. A link to the on-line payment system will be provided later on, along with the payment instructions.

How to choose your accommodation?

Cancellation policy

All the participants must pay the accommodation fee before the deadline to guarantee participation in the workshop.

In exceptional circumstances, we can try to refund the accommodation fee after payment, but generally this is not possible due to the nature of the contract we have with the hotels.


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Registration is closed. Please contact the organizers if you would still like to participate in the workshop.

Invited Speakers


Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
8:45 - 9:00 Intro
chair:Blum chair:Schluger chair:Kotakoski
9:00 - 9:40 Neugebauer 9:00 - 9:40 Blum 9:20 - 10:00 Arenal
9:40 - 10:20 Kuhnle 9:40 - 10:20 Zanolli 10:00 - 10:20 Georgiev
10:20 - 10:40 Tocci 10:20 - 10:40 Achilli 10:20 - 10:40 Schnorr
10:40 - 11:20 Coffee 10:40 - 11:20 Coffee 10:40 - 11:20 Coffee
chair:Kuhnle chair:Tkatchenko chair:Zanolli
11:20 - 12:00 Voitchovsky 11:20 - 12:00 Oganov 11:20 - 12:00 Wilhelm
12:00 - 12:20 Schulz 12:00 - 12:20 Hapala 12:00 - 12:20 Ghorbani-Asl
12:20 - 12:40 Huda 12:20 - 12:40 Hofer 12:20 - 12:40 Popov
12:40 - 13:00 Ilie 12:40 - 13:00 Caro 12:40 - 13:00 Strand
13:00 - 16:40 Lunch 13:00 - 16:40 Lunch 13:00 - 16:40 Lunch
16:40 - 17:00 Coffee 16:40 - 17:00 Coffee 16:40 - 17:00 Coffee
chair:Oganov chair:Wilhelm chair:Neugebauer
17:00 - 17:40 Shluger 17:00 - 17:40 Meyer 17:00 - 17:40 Maier
17:40 - 18:00 Todorova 17:40 - 18:20 Smet 17:40 - 18:20 Tkatchenko
18:00 - 18:20 McKenna 18:20 - 18:40 Kotakoski 18:20 - 18:40 Kantorovitch
18:20 - 18:40 Pellegrin 18:40 - 21:00 Posters
21:00 - 23:00 Dinner

A printed abstract book will be provided to all participants.


The workshop is organized in collaboration by the Department of Applied Physics in Aalto University, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy in University of Turku. The following are the key organizers:

Dr. Carla Bittencourt, University of Mons, Belgium
Prof. Adam Foster, Aalto University, Finland
Dr. Teemu Hynninen, University of Turku, Finland
Dr. Arkady Krasheninnikov, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany and Aalto University, Finland

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Important dates

2018-06-14 Website launches
2018-08-21 Registration opens
2018-11-12 Registration deadline
2018-11-26 Acceptance notification
2019-01-11 Payment deadline

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