Thomas Young Centre 15th Anniversary – Happy Birthday to us!

On Tuesday 9th November the Thomas Young Centre celebrated the very special occasion of not only our first in-person event since the Student Day in February 2020, but more importantly the 15th anniversary of the inauguration of the Thomas Young Centre!

The TYC held its inauguration event on 10th November 2006 at which Professor Michele Parrinello presented his talk on “Simulating complexity, challenges and progress in atomistic materials science simulations”.  Fittingly, and fortuitously for us, Michele again agreed to speak at this milestone event with his talk “Machine Learning and Molecular Dynamics”.

The Thomas Young Centre remains a renowned London-based interdisciplinary research network which brings together a range of groups across the capital whose research involves materials and molecular modelling and theoretical chemistry.

Around 45 attendees joined us in person at the Queen’s Tower rooms, Imperial College London, with a similar number of attendees joining online to listen to Michele, accompanied by current TYC Co-Director Dr Rachel Crespo-Otero, Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London with her talk “Modelling photochemical processes in molecular crystals”, and founding Director of the TYC, Professor Mike Finnis, Chair in Materials Theory and Simulation at Imperial College Londonwith his talk “Normal, Anomalous and Non-local Diffusion”. 

The event was opened by Professor Mary Ryan, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Enterprise and Professor of Materials Science and Nanotechnology at the Department of Materials at Imperial College London, who noted the vibrant and cross-disciplinary group gathered for the celebration, and highlighted the TYC as ‘a great example’ of a strong and inclusive community which has been instrumental in marking London as a global centre in the theory and simulation of materials and molecules.

The event was followed by a long-awaited and warmly welcomed in-person reception with wine and nibbles.

We thank all present and past members of the TYC for their contributions, which have directly influenced the growth of the successful community that is the TYC, and look forward to another fantastic 15 years!

If you missed it, a recording of the anniversary talks can be watched here:


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