Student Day

Thomas Young Centre Student Day 2019

Thomas Young Centre's prestigious annual event in which a group of shortlisted TYC PhD students present their research through talks and posters to compete for the coveted "Best Talk" and "Best Poster" prize.

Friday 15th February 2019
Time: 9.30 - 17.00
Venue: Room 120/121 Sir Alexander Fleming building, Imperial College London
Contact: Ms Hafiza bibi
Tel: 0207 594 7252

Following in the tradition of our highly successful annual TYC Student Day, 2018’s prestigious event will be held from 9.30am to 5pm on Friday 15th February at Imperial College London.

Final year students are invited to submit an abstract which have been shortlisted by professors from all four TYC Institutions.  Twelve successful applicants have been invited to present their research by way of a short talk which will be judged by a panel of experts.  The ‘Best Talk’ and 'Best Poster' will be rewarded with a generous cash prize.

We are delighted to have Professor David Wales, University of Cambridge and Dr Jessica Wade, Imperial College London presenting the plenary talks.


Professor David Wales, University of Cambridge

The potential energy landscape provides a conceptual and computational framework for investigating structure, dynamics and thermodynamics in atomic and molecular science.

This talk will summarise new approaches for global optimisation, quantum dynamics, the thermodynamic properties of systems exhibiting broken ergodicity, and rare event dynamics. Applications will be presented that range from prediction and analysis of high-resolution spectra, to coarse-grained models and design principles  for self-assembly of mesoscopic structures, with recent results for machine learning landscapes.

Selected Publications:

Perspective: Energy Landscapes for Machine Learning, PCCP, 19, 12585-12603, 2017.

Exploring Biomolecular Energy Landscapes'

Feature Article: Exploring Biomolecular Energy Landscapes, Chem. Commun., in press, DOI:10.1039/c7cc02413d

Perspective: Insight Into Reaction Coordinates and Dynamics From the Potential Energy Landscape, JCP, 142, 130901, 2015.

Energy Landscapes: Some New Horizons, Curr. Op. Struct. Biol., 20, 3-10, 2010

Energy Landscapes, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003

Dr Jess Wade, Imperial College London

Physicist and early career researcher in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College London. Her research investigates polymer-based light emitting diodes (LEDs). She also carries out public engagement work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), particularly in the promotion of physics to girls. Jess won the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Robin Perrin Award for Materials Science in 2017, the Institute of Physics (IOP) Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize in 2018 and was included in Nature's 10 people who mattered in science in 2018.


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