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


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The first TUMIEE Training School held in Rethymno (Greece) gathered 35 trainees. Participants were mostly PhD students from European countries already involved in research activities in the field of electronic excitation.

The School, framed within a multidisciplinary approach to electronic excitation, aimed at sharing with trainees the necessary tools to go a step forward in their research and, at the same time, forging new collaborative partnerships between participants.

During 2 weeks (from September, 23rd to October, 4th) trainees attended general lectures in the mornings and hands-on computer practical tutorials in the afternoons. For the tutorials, participants were split in two groups, based on their major interests.

At the end of the School, trainees were requested to fill out an anonymous survey to give their valuations about this Training School. According to their answers, it seems they were rather satisfied. Here are some of their impressions:

“The school provided a good overview of various methods in electronic excitation modelling”

“I felt the school addressed most questions I had about methods I knew little about”

“The school was a fantastic opportunity to network with other young researchers”


The application form for trainees can be downloaded here.

Deadline for sending applications: 30 June 2019.

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 need to take the bus to Chania’s town centre and then board a different bus to Rethymnon. The bus stop is just outside the terminal building and the trip will cost EUR 2.30 to Chania, and then from Chania to Rethymnon it will be another EUR 6.70. That trip is about an hour.

Similarly, from Heraklion International Airport, you’ll need to catch a bus to the town centre and then another bus to Rethymnon. The bus into Heraklion costs EUR 1.20, and then it’s EUR 8.30 to get to Rethymnon with a total travel time of about 90 minutes.

From both Chania and Heraklion there is a bus every hour for Rethymnon. Public buses are run by KTEL company: https://www.e-ktel.com/en/

Purpose of the training

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.


You can download the programme of the Training School here.


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