Hermes 2016 is, in part, dedicated to introduce participants to dierent areas of research across materials science. In doing so, we hope that it broadens your insight
into the problems and the methods that encountered beyond your own specialisation. Accordingly we have lined up four fantastic masterclasses on materials modelling. We are very grateful that these masterclasses will delivered by academics who are at the forefront of their eld of research. This is a unique experience for Hermes participants who can interact with world-renowned experts leading dierent walks of materials science research. Each three-hour masterclass will involve an introduction to the materials modelling technique and the participants will have the opportunity to undertake various activities to help their understanding. We have also implemented the "breakout sessions" so students can reect on the masterclass content and prepare questions for our speakers. The science communication challenge for the participants will involve the content from one of these masterclasses, so this would be the time to build up your understanding.
For Hermes 2016, the masterclasses cover the following four areas of materials modelling: (i) multi-scale molecular dynamics led by Prof. Kurt Kremer; (ii) computational mechanics led by Dr Soraia Pimenta; (iii) density functional theory led by Prof. Nicola Spaldin; and (iv) lattice boltzmann methods led by Prof. Sauro Succi. Below, you can read about our masterclass speakers.
In the age of communication, it is important that we can convey complex ideas as simply as possible. It is essential for young scientists | such as our participants | to be able to communicate their research to a spectrum of audiences with exceptional clarity. This is an important life skill that is vital for any career, business or scientic endeavour. This is, in addition to the fact, that better science communication to the public is a duty of all scientists to ensure a well informed and engaged society. For this reason, science communication was one of the pillars of Hermes 2016. Accordingly, three classes were organised to cover dierent facets of science communications. These classes were taught by well-known experts in engaging two hours sessions, which equiped the students with the skills to complete a group task. The classes were arranged as follows: (i) Prof. W. Craig Carter ran a technical Mathematica workshop to introduce the skills needed for developing data visualisations; (ii) Lulu Pinney ran a workshop to show students how to create effective visuals that show an interesting story; and (iii) Piero Vitelli ran a presentation skills workshop to teach the ways of overcoming stage-fright and delivering engaging presentations. Read below about the invited speakers.