The European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility's (ETSF) Young Researchers' Meeting (YRM) is held annually for scientists with non-permanent positions − it is unusual in this sense. The meeting is a chance for people starting their careers in science to present their work internationally, in the absence of more experienced researchers. Hence, the meeting is a fantastic opportunity for young researchers to build collaborations with other groups, and to find out more about how one establishes themselves within the scientific community.
This year's (2015) YRM was held in Paris, France. The conference ran from the 1st to the 5th of June. This was the 12th ETSF YRM, titled
Challenges in ab initio Modelling of Materials and Molecules. The conference was relaxed and welcoming, and I would recommend attending it to any young researcher.
I presented my work on our proposed method for developing a novel density-functional based on the degree of localisation in the system published in Physical Review B Rapid Communications as a talk (slides). For the rest of the conference, talks on DFT, Green's function theory, etc were given, a list of the sessions is given here (the session in which I presented my work is listed in bold):