Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK 24th - 28th July 2020
  Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK24th - 28th July 2020

Organising Committee



The organising committee of Hermes 2020 comprises of PhD students from various academic disciplines and institutions, just like the participants. A handful of us attended Hermes 2018 and, inspired by our enjoyable experience, we decided to lead the organisation of the next Hermes summer school. As we progressed, we were fortunate to get more students interested in helping out. This is how our Hermes 2020 committee was formed. The whole team has come together, each bringing their own ideas and enthusiasm to make this event happen and to ensure that your experience is just as good than our own one, if not better! 


Our Team

Danny Bennett

University of Cambridge

Danny is a simple Irishman trying to make it as a theoretial physicist. He studies phase transitions in atomically thin materials, among other things. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, rock climbing, yoga, weight lifting, as well as organising Summer schools for computational methods for materials science.

Derek Siu

Imperial College London

Derek is a Mechanical Engineering PhD student looking at modelling the plasticity of Tantalum-Tungsten alloys at Imperial College London. His research focuses on the failure of metals across a range of strain rates and how different manufacturing techniques affect it. Outside of this, Derek likes to play squash, football and basketball.

James Quirk

University of York

James in a PhD student working in the Condensed Matter Physics group at the University of York. His research is focused on using density functional theory to model  the interaction of charge carriers with crystallographic defects in candidate materials for next-generation solar cells. Outside of physics, James enjoys going to the gym, binging television and films, and playing video games.

Oussama Boualy

Ibn Tofail University

Oussama is a PhD student at Ibn Tofail University, Morocco. His thesis focuses on the modeling the microstructure evolution of Ni-base superalloys at high temperature, which are metallic materials used in the aerospace industry. He uses phase field models to investigate complex effects such as, elastic inhomogeneity, lattice misfit, volume fraction and plasticity, on the microstructure, both during heat treatment and under external loading.

Bernadette Mohr

University of Amsterdam

Bernadette is a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam working on getting the high throughput  into drug design. She is combining different simulation scales with neural network techniques to create an exiting workflow for finding new drug candidates. In her free time, she likes to play all genres of music on her violin, preferably together with as many other musicians as possible. She also tends to be the crazy person bringing her running gear everywhere and recently discovered bouldering.

Selmane Ferchane

Albert Ludwigs University / UBC

Young ambitious persistent Ph.D. student investigating Singlet Fission phenomenon in cold and ultracold atomic and molecular systems using Quantum Electrodynamic & TD-DFT theories in parallel with experimental work, with other research interests. Climbing mountains (currently Alps) is one of my hobbies plus playing football.

Elisa Schnabel

Bern University

Computer science graduate and full stack developer at INOVA company. In her free time, she likes reading books, adventure trips climbing, and cooking.

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