Invitation to the ESPResSo Summer School 2019

Active, Charged, and Magnetic Soft Matter Simulations with ESPResSo

Oct 7-11, 2019

ICP, University of Stuttgart, Germany


Program (PDF)

Learn to simulate soft matter systems using ESPResSo and Python:

In this school, you have the opportunity to learn to conduct simulations in the fields of statistical physics as well as soft and active matter using the software ESPResSo (  After an introduction to particle-based simulations and the simulation software, a wide range of topics will be covered. These include colloids, polymers, magnetic fluids, and active matter. Lectures will provide an introduction to the physics and simulation model building as well as an overview of the necessary simulation algorithms such as electrostatics and hydrodynamics solvers. During the afternoon, you will practice running your own simulations in hands-on sessions.  Many of the lectures and hands-on sessions will be taught by developers of the software.
The school will also provide a platform for discussion between developers and users about the future of the software. Also, users can get advice on their specific simulation projects.  The final day of the school will be dedicated to research talks on projects that have been conducted using ESPResSo.

Espresso is an open-source particle-based simulation package with a focus on coarse-grained molecular dynamics models. In addition, it offers a wide range of schemes for solving electrostatics and magnetostatics, hydrodynamics, electrokinetics, as well as algorithms for active matter, rigid bodies, and chemical reactions. ESPResSo consists of an MPI parallelized simulation core written in C/C++ and a scripting interface in Python. This allows for good interoperability with other scientific and visualization tools for Python.

Attendance to the summer school is free. Unfortunately, we cannot offer travel stipends. We recommend that you book your accommodation early, since there is a fair (Canstatter Volksfest) at the same time. We have blocked a few inexpensive rooms in Stuttgart. If you are interested, please contact Henriette Patzelt (