Challenges of Big Data

There will be a small, pilot interdisciplinary graduate summer school on the Challenges of Big Data from August 13-17 at the University of Pittsburgh. They will accept between 12 and 20 science, philosophy, and history and philosophy of science graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.  The goal is to provide guidance and experience in interdisciplinary engagement, encompassing historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives.  They will discuss challenges that big data generate, such as quantity vs. quality of big data, managing privacy and application, transparency and bias in the analysis of big data, and how to write from and for different disciplines.   Following the group discussion each morning, students will divide into small groups to collaborate in writing a perspective-style article on some aspect of big data. They will meet from 10 am to 4 pm each day, concluding with a dinner on Friday, August 17.

 Presentations by:

• Michael J. Becich, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine

• Lillian Chong, Department of Chemistry

• David Danks, Department of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University 

• Angela Gronenborn, Department of Structural Biology 

• Sandra Mitchell, Department of History and Philosophy of Science


How To Apply:

To apply, email the following information to (Teresa Brosenitsch) by May 1, 2018.

First Name
Last Name
Area of Research


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Summer School on Experimental Quantum Computation

We live exciting times in the world of quantum information. The long-awaited scientific revolution has triggered in recent years a technological revolution, suddenly bringing quantum technologies in close proximity to our present time. The most powerful and societally transformative of all quantum technologies is quantum computation. Parallel progress in many experimental fields has motivated giant technological corporations to invest in quantum computing, an event which has caused a disruptive effect in the progress in these fields.

In the spirit of former summer schools in the Benasque Center for Science, they are organizing a summer school this year, right in the middle of this technological revolution. The school will consist of a set of lecturers representing the most technologically advanced areas of quantum computation. They will also cover modern theoretical techniques which are becoming available to use in near-scale, small-sized quantum processors.

They invite motivated graduate students to participate in the school and learn key experimental details from some of the experts in the areas of superconducting qubits, ion traps, nitrogen vacancy centers, phosphor donors in silicon, quantum dots in two-dimensional electron gases, and photonic chips. Besides the lectures, the school will include several tutorials in addition to a set of interactive activities.

Benasque is a beautiful village located in the Spanish Pyrenees, just at the bottom of their highest mountain (Pico de Aneto), with a wonderful countryside/hiking environment. The Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual ( is an international meeting infrastructure which provides excellent facilities and an agreeable atmosphere to allow the participants to interact with senior speakers and tutors and also to carry their work during the meeting. The lecture halls and the rooms for discussion sessions are located in the Centre. Computing and electronic communication facilities are available.

List of confirmed lecturers

Artur Ekert (CQT Singapore, University of Oxford): Theory of gate-based quantum computation 
Rami Barends (Google): Superconducting qubits 
Hendrik Bluhm (RWTH Aachen University and Research Centre Jülich): Quantum dots in 2DEGs 
John Morton (University College London): Spin qubits in silicon 
Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz (NASA Ames): Theory of adiabatic quantum computation 
Geoff Pryde (Griffith University): Photonic circuits 
Philipp Schindler (University of Innsbruck): Ion traps 
Tim Taminiau (QuTech Delft): Nitrogen vacancy centers


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Open Science Grid User School

During the school, July 9–13, you will learn to use high-throughput computing (HTC) systems — at your own campus or using the national Open Science Grid (OSG) — to run large-scale computing applications that are at the heart of today’s cutting-edge science. Through lectures, discussions, and lots of hands-on activities with experienced OSG staff, you will learn how HTC systems work, how to run and manage lots of jobs and huge datasets to implement a scientific computing workflow, and where to turn for more information and help. Take a look at the high-level curriculum and syllabus for more details.

The school is ideal for graduate students in any science or research domain where large-scale computing is a vital part of the research process, plus we will consider applications from advanced undergraduates, post-doctoral students, faculty, and staff. Students accepted to this program will receive financial support for basic travel and local costs associated with the School.



Applications are now open. The deadline for applications is Friday, 20 April 2018. Submit your application soon to ensure consideration!

To apply, complete both of the steps below (in parallel, if you like):

For the letter of recommendation, ask someone who knows you professionally — ideally a faculty member or other supervisor. They should clearly identify your name and the “OSG User School 2018” in the subject line and letter, so that we can associate your application and letter.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Be graduate students (but see below)
  • Need large amounts of computing, which could transform research or open new paths to discovery
  • Have basic experience with the Linux command line (or learn beforehand)
  • Be available to travel to Madison for the School dates (foreign students, check your passport and visa now!)

Not a graduate student? We consider applications from advanced undergraduates, especially those who are involved in graduate-level research or coursework; make a strong case for yourself! Also, we consider other groups (post-doctoral students, faculty, researchers, staff, etc.), especially if you convince us that this opportunity is likely to have a significant effect on your work or research.

2018 Copenhagen Summer School on Quantum Materials

The Center for Quantum Devices and the Niels Bohr International Academy in Copenhagen invite PhD students in experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics for an international summer school on state-of-the-art ideas underlying the field of Quantum Materials. 

This PhD summer course in condensed matter physics will provide a broad introduction to the fundamentals of quantum materials and the new types of phenomena that they may enable. The course will cover both the theoretical concepts underlying quantum materials and devices, and the state-of-the-art in experimental techniques for materials growth and the investigation of novel electronic and optical properties.  

The scientific content is designed to give participants a holistic view of the field, from basic theory to devices and applications. The invited speakers – two theorists and three experimentalists – are all world-renown in their respective areas of 1) materials fundamentals and synthesis, 2) electronic transport, and 3) optics. Their lectures will be coupled with extensive exercise and discussion sessions which allow chances for one-on-one interactions between the students, the speakers, and faculty members from the Center for Quantum Devices and the Niels Bohr International Academy at NBI.  

Registered students are expected to participate in all activities of the course, consisting of lectures, supervised exercise sessions, and discussions between students and teachers.


When: Sunday August 19 - Friday​ August 24

Where: August Krogh Building, Universitetsparken 13, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

Contact: Anne Helene Christensen Phone:+45 9356 5309 Email:



The summer school is sponsored by the Danish National Research Foundation and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

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Telluride Science Research Center Summer Schools 2017

Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry, July 23rd - 29th

Application deadline is March 1, 2017

The 2017 Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry aims to provide current graduate students with training in the areas of electronic structure, chemical dynamics, statistical mechanics, and biomolecular modeling. The week-long workshop will involve lectures, problem-solving exercises and sessions, a research poster-session for participants, and outdoor recreation in Telluride. The workshop is organized by Joan-Emma Shea (UCSB) and Thomas Miller (Caltech), with participating lecturers Suri Vaikuntanathan (U. Chicago) and Toru Shiozaki (Northwestern).

Telluride School on Stochastic Approaches to Electronic Structure, July 11th - 15th

Application deadline is February 10, 2017

This summer school, aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, addresses the use of stochastic methods of treating electronic structure of complex materials. Both methods that operate in position space as well as those where the sampling is done in configuration space will be considered.

Telluride School on Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory, July 11th - 15th

Application deadline is February 10, 2017

This school is for students and postdocs who want to learn about the theory and hands-on applications of one of the most efficient and accurate first-principles frameworks to date: Time-dependent density functional theory. The school will teach how to use this time-dependent quantum-mechanical theory to achieve an accurate computational description of electronic excitations and charge-transfer processes that underlie e.g. next-generation energy-conversion, energy-storage, and catalytic systems. Theory lectures in the morning of each day, given by world-leading experts, will cover fundamental, theoretical aspects of TDDFT. Hands-on computational sessions in the afternoon will equip students with practical skills in two or three TDDFT codes.