Higgs Centre Symposium: Scientific Challenges and Big Computing

07.01.2015 to 08.01.2015
Peter Boyle, Sadegh Khochfar, Oliver Witzel, Andreas Hermann

Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE

Key Speakers:
Katrin Heitmann [Argonne], Mauro Morendin [INFN], Martin Luscher [CERN], Norman Christ [Columbia University], Shoji Hashimoto [KEK], Richard Brower [Boston University], Spencer Sherwin [Imperial College London], Paul Shellard [Cambridge University]


Scientific Challenges and Big Computing

Many Grand Challenge problems in theoretical and experimental particle physics, theoretical astrophysics, and condensed matter physics may be addressed by computer simulation. This is a third scientific method lying between traditional theoretical tools and experiment. Grand Challenge problems are also distinguished by having their solution enabled only by the most powerful computers. Such challenges involve the processing of enormous volumes of data, and may involve fertile interdisciplinary work between basic science, mathematics, and High Performence Computing development and usage. 

The symposium is intended to generate discussions across multiple disciplines. It will bring together experts in the areas of astrophysics and cosmology, density functional theory, and theoretical and experimental particle physics. The speakers are leaders in these fields and will discuss large-scale simulations, algorithm development and parallel computer technology. 



There is a registration form (button at the bottom of this page) to complete, as well as payment via the University of Edinburgh e-Pay system. Please ensure that you complete these to secure your place. The conference fee is £80, with a subsidised fee of £40 for PhD Students. This fee covers lunch and refreshments each day as well as the conference dinner on the 7th Jan.

PhD students are particularly encouraged to participate; The Higgs Centre will block-book a limited number of economy local hotel rooms and these will be available, free of charge, to PhD students upon early registration. 



Edinburgh has a wide range of Hotel and Guest Houses, please find a list of reccommended places close to the venue below:

Grassmarket Hotel, 94-96 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JR, Tel: +44 (0)131 220 2299, promotional code: CE4

Stay Central, 139 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JS, Tel: +44 (0)131 622 6801, promotional code: CE4

Novotel, 80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DE, Tel: +44 (0)131 619 2801

Ten Hill Place Hotel, 10 Hill Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9DS, Tel: +44 (0)131 662 2080

Hotel Du Vin, 11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ, Tel: +44 (0)844 736 4255


Premier Inn82 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DG, Tel: +44 (0) 871 527 8366


Scientific Challenges and Big Computing Symposium registration form

Please tick if you are a PhD student and wish economy local hotel accommodation to be booked and paid for by the Higgs centre.

Registration Fee


The registration fee is £80 UK pounds per participant and £40 for Graduate Students.


Before submitting this Registration Form, please proceed to payment through the UoE e-pay system  where online payment can be made at http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=95&prodid=1735


If you experience any problems please contact the Higgs Symposium Secretary, Lyndsey Miller (admin-general [at] ph.ed.ac.uk).




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