MOLEC 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 23rd European Conference on the Dynamics of Molecular Systems (MOLEC 2020) in Hamburg, which was scheduled from 23rd to 28th of August 2020, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

We know that this will come as a disappointment to all the invited speakers, registrants, and scientists who were looking forward to interesting and stimulating scientific discussions about recent advances in various aspects of molecular sciences.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but after a careful consideration of the uncertainties related to the current Covid-19 pandemic our first and foremost concern is the health and well-being of all our colleagues, which is almost impossible to guarantee during the conference. In addition, there are some aspects out of our control that might prevent the conference from happening. First, it is still not clear whether events with more than 100 attendees will be allowed in Hamburg at the end of August. Second, the highly international character of MOLEC would require travel bans to be lifted by several countries to let the speakers and attendees reach Hamburg.

After discussions among the local organizers and consultation with the international scientific committee, we decided to organize the 23rd MOLEC conference in Hamburg in 2022 (21st to 26th of August, please save the date), with a similarly structured program. Furthermore, we are currently evaluating the possibility to arrange for a short online-only MOLEC “scientific highlights” workshop during the originally planned time, i.e., between 24th and 28th of August this year.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Hamburg in summer 2022. In the meantime, we wish you all to stay healthy.

Best regards,

Prof. Dr. Francesca Calegari (conference chair)
Prof. Dr. Jochen Küpper (conference co-chair)
On behalf of the local Organizing Committee

 

The aim of this conference series is to highlight experimental and theoretical aspects of atomic and molecular interactions. At MOLEC 2020, the focus will be on the following, non-exhaustive, list of topics:

  • Astrophysics and -chemistry
  • Chirality
  • Clusters and droplets
  • Molecular collisions and reactions
  • Structural dynamics
  • Ultrafast electron dynamics
  • Ultracold chemistry
  • Ultrafast surface chemistry and collisions

The conference format will be comprised of invited lectures, oral communications, and poster presentations.