1st TUMIEE Training School in Rethymno, Crete (Greece)


The application form for trainees can be downloaded here.

Deadline for sending applications: 30 June 2019 (CLOSED).

Location and dates

The 1st TUMIEE Training School will take place in Rethymno, Crete (Greece) from the 23rd September to the 4th October 2019.

The sessions during the first week and part of the second week will be held at the “House of Culture” located at the following address: Emmanuel Vernardou 12, Rethymno 741 00, Greece.

The last sessions on the second week will be held at the Institute for Plasma Physics and Lasers of the Hellenic Mediterranean University located at the following address: Tria Monastiria, Rethymno 741 00, Greece.


How to get to Rethymno

Rethymno does not have an airport and it is served by the 2 International Airports in Crete: Heraklion and Chania.

The distance from Chania to Rethymno is 56 km and from Heraklion to Rethymno is 80 km. Chania airport is much smaller and far less busy than Heraklion airport.

To get to Rethymno from Chania International Airport by public transport you can take a direct bus Chania aiport - Rethymno (there are 5 buses per day) or you can take the bus to Chania’s town centre and then board a different bus to Rethymno. The bus stop is just outside the terminal building. Bus routes and timetables Chania airport - Rethymno and Chania airport - Chania (town) can be found here. Bus routes and timetables Chania - Rethymno can be found here.

From Heraklion International Airport, you’ll need to catch a bus to the town center (central station - bus station A) and then another bus to Rethymno. The Heraklion Airport bus runs every 10-15 minutes all year round, from 06:00 to 00:00. The journey time from Heraklion Airport to the city is about 20 minutes depending on the road traffic. Bus routes and timetables Heraklion - Rethymno can be found here.


Purpose of the Training School

The goal of this training school is to transmit the state-of-the-art in the field of electronic excitation to young researchers, preferably, PhD students already involved in research activities in the field. A multidisciplinary approach to electronic excitation will be given. The result will be a general overview of the different simulation and experimental methods and techniques nowadays in use. Further progress will require an effort to couple methods specifically developed to provide solutions within a restricted scope (typically certain time scale), in order to obtain more general quantitative results for myriads of problems stemming from an initial electronic excitation of matter. This is the main goal of the Action, which will undoubtedly benefit from the work of young researchers in the coming years. In this sense, the Action through this school will provide tools to the participants to go a step forward on their research, obviously, by giving them a general description of electronic excitation and by helping them master relevant methods. In addition, the school will help participants find collaborators and research topics.

With these ideas in mind, the 10-day school is organized by means of general lectures before lunch break and hands-on-computer practical tutorials after lunch break. The general lectures are intended to provide an introduction to the tutorials and more importantly to provide a general description to the electronic excitation field. For the tutorials, participants will be split in two groups, based on their major interests. The first group will concentrate on methods to study the effects of electronic excitation in short time scales, typically DFT, quantum kinetic methods, MD. The second group will concentrate on methods to obtain macroscopic responses, e.g., by means of post-irradiation analysis of experiments, Monte Carlo methods, finite element methods or hydrodynamics. Several sessions, including tutorials, will be devoted to the coupling of different methods. Current efforts will be explained as well as routes to get further progress in the coming years. The major outcome of the Action is expected to be a number of strategies to couple multidisciplinary methods and their application to cases of interest, thus, a (tentative) second training school at the end of the Action lifetime will be a very interesting way to transmit the knowledge generated in the Action to future generations of researchers.

Elegibility criteria and Trainee grants

The goal of this Training School is to train early career investigators (ECI) on simulation and experimental methods relevant for electronic excitation problems. It is mainly intended for PhD students carrying out their research in cases of interest for the Action, expectedly in collaboration among groups with complementary expertise.

Since the number of candidates is expected to be higher than the school capacity, priority will be given according to the following criteria:

  • Researchers working in one of the cases of interest of the Action for a period of time extended over the Action duration.
  • Students enrolled in PhD programmes will have priority over pre-graduate students and postdocs.
  • A balanced geographical distribution of students among the participating countries as well as gender balance and ITC representation will be pursued.

Up to 28 grants of 1200 € will be awarded to selected trainees.


The programme can be downloaded here.


Very convenient accommodation options have been agreed by local organisers. Detailed information will be sent directly by email to the selected trainees.

Other useful information

Local organisers:

Prof. Michael Tatarakis and Prof. Nektarios Papadogiannis, both from the Hellenic Mediterranean University, are the hosts and local organisers of this Training School.


The currency in Greece is the Euro (€).

Power adaptors:

In Greece the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Greece, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as it is in the UK, rest of Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). The plugs and sockets are of type C and F (just as like in most of European countries).

Getting around Rethymno:

Due to its compact size, walking is the best option for getting around Rethymnon, especially in and around the Old Town.

For information regarding the local buses the best is to attend the counter in the central bus station which is located on the coastal road west of the fortress.