WATOC-2008 Satellite Meeting:
COMPUTATIONAL METHODS FOR LARGE SYSTEMS
Date: Friday 12th September, 2008
Time: 9 am – 6 pm
Location: Novotel Manly Pacific Hotel, Manly Beach, Sydney Australia
Purpose: This meeting will present the state of the art of electronic-structure calculations in application areas from nanotechnology to biological modelling. As computer power increases, many new frontiers are opened up to higher levels of computation. How established methods are applied, and how new methods are developed, change to meet these new requirements. The development of semiempirical methods including PM6 and DFTB will be focus areas.
Invited Speakers: Jimmy Stewart, Tim Clark, Marcus Elstner
Call for contributions: Please email titles and abstracts for contributed talks and/or posters (indicate which) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptances will be notified before 2nd May 2008.
Registration: Please fax to Prof. Jeffrey R. Reimers, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney +61-2-9351-3329
Payment: Earlybird before 9th May 2008: $Aus90, afterwards $Aus100
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Includes reception, morning & afternoon tea, and lunch. Any profit from the meeting will go to the HUSH FELLOWSHIP of The University of Sydney, funding visits to Australia by distinguished overseas theoretical chemists. Professor Noel Hush was a pioneer of semi-empirical and other computational techniques during the 1960-70s. His work has recently been recognized by the award of the 2007 Welch prize for Chemistry.
Transport to Conference Venue
Manly is located “7 miles from the Sydney CBD and 1000 miles from care”. The WATOC meeting is held in the CBD at Darling Harbour. From the major WATOC conference hotels take the Ferry from Darling Harbour to the Ferry Interchange at Circular Quay and then the Ferry or JetCat across the harbour to Manly. Located at Circular Quay is also a major underground railway station (on the AIRPORT line) and a major bus terminus, so access is easy from almost anywhere. Manly is a town built at the narrow neck of a long peninsular called North Head that forms the entrance to Sydney Harbour. The ferry terminal is on the harbour side of Manly. Get off the ferry and walk 5 minutes across the peninsular to the ocean beach side of Manly down a pedestrian plaza known as “The Corso” (just follow the crowds of tourists). When you hit the ocean beach turn left and the hotel is 50 m away.
The hotel website is http://www.manlypacificsydney.com.au, phone +61-2-9977-7666
The train timetable is located at http://www.cityrail.info/timetable/index.jsp
The ferry timetable is located at http://www.sydneyferries.info/timetables.htm
If you wish to stay overnight at the conference hotel, mention the “Computational methods for large systems” conference to receive the conference rate.
Go for a swim in the surf
Those who can swim should try out the surf during lunch time. BYO bathers, towel, and sunscreen. Keep between the flags.
Manly tourist information
Manly is a good place for accompanying persons to spend the day. There are lots of shops and bars. Shelly Beach, 10 min walk north, is a major snorkelling and diving spot ... beware of the “Blue Groper”, a large, colourful and friendly fish that enjoys tapping divers on the shoulder from behind.
Manly is party town after nightfall, but it is good for both backpackers and families.