French-German Summer school SPECMO 2014 : 7-13 September 2014, Marana Center (Corsica)
"New experimental and theoretical developments in molecular spectroscopy : pushing the limits"
Ecole d'été franco-allemande soutenue par l'Université franco-allemande
Venue and practical information
Scientific Scope and goals
Confirmed lectures
Financial support

Scientific Scope and goals of SPECMO 2014

Molecular Spectroscopy is a very active, pluridisciplinary research field which is interconnected with many fields in the natural sciences, such as astrophysics, biology and physical chemistry. The list of industrial applications is almost endless. Molecular Spectroscopy is thus at the edge of the various scientific communities which do generally not meet because the scientists come 1) from different spectral domains and/or 2) are working on very different kind of applications. It is the aim of this event to bring together young scientists from these different communities in the frame of a high level summer school which is oriented towards the most recent experimental and theoretical developments in molecular spectroscopy. The latter are not always taught in classical master courses and there is a clear need to instruct young students enrolled in PhD or postdoc programs on the most advanced spectroscopic techniques, both theoretical and experimental, employed in the laboratories all over the world. Increasing the basic education of young scientists in molecular spectroscopy will allow them to apprehend and optimize the new techniques and methods which have emerged this last decade. The scientific school SPECMO_2014 comprises basic lectures which introduce the specific spectral domain and present general techniques and related theoretical methods. Theses lectures are completed by more specialized classes on very recent developments, both theoretical and experimental ones. Finally, special lectures will be also given on applications of molecular spectroscopy to other research fields, as varied as atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing, astrophysics and biomolecular chemistry. The participants will have the occasion to present their own work in the frame of a poster session. Exercises will be hold at the end of every day. There, the participants will work in the frame of small groups which are supervised by the expert lectures of the day. The participants will prepare written summaries of the lectures of the day (corrected and amended by the lectures). Every evening, a conference will be given by a chosen participant. The choice will be made by the scientific committee of the school, on the basis of the submitted abstracts. These selected participants will be awarded a 500 Euros stipend to attend the school.

Topics covered

Basic lectures

Advanced theory, lectures

Advanced experimental topics, lectures

Applications to connected scientific domains, lectures

Daily exercises in small working groups, conferences (participant speakers to be defined).

Audience and prerequisites

The summer school is supported by the French-German University (UFA/DFH) and by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the frame of the Groupe de Recherche "SpecMo" (GDR CNRS no. 3152). It is open to students (Ph. D/master level), researchers (post-doctorants or permanent academic, industrial employees) from ALL countries. The school is addressed to molecular spectroscopists, physicists, chemists, astrophysicists, biophysicists. Particular attention will be paid to the accessibility of the lectures to the non-specialists of the field, in a pluridisciplinary approach. For industrial representatives, the state-of-the-art about spectroscopic techniques can be part of the continuous scientific and technological training of their company (formation continue). The PhD students and Master students are invited to contact their graduate school (école doctorale) or their academic supervisors to help supporting their stay and trip. They will be able to present their work during a poster session. The participation to the school will give rise to a certificate of attendance. However, no exams will be hold. Written results of the working groups will be disseminated. Participants are invited to present a poster on their work. On the basis of the abstract for this poster, four young researchers will be selected by the scientific committee and will be asked to give an oral presentation during a 30 minutes evening conference. Four stipends for the respective students (500 Euros) will allow them to help paying registration fees of the school and the trip. The powerpoint presentations of the invited lectures will be distributed within a book which will also include the abstracts of the participants.