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GCMAC Summer School 2023

GCMAC Summer School 2023

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MAPs for energy materials – Experiments, simulations, and machine learning

Kaiserstraße 93, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany – Sept. 18-22, 2023

Participation fee:

  • Early bird (until July 21st): 370 €
  • Regular (after July 21st): 450 €

General information

The GC-MAC Summer School 2023 will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, on 18-22 September 2023. With the theme “MAPs for energy materials – Experiments, simulations, and machine learning,” the school will cover multiple aspects of materials acceleration platforms (MAPs) for energy materials. This includes experimental aspects of automated synthesis and characterization, integrating simulation methods in materials design, and machine learning methods for MAPs. Experts from different fields will hold lectures and provide hands-on tutorials on their subjects. Additionally, we will visit the battery MAP at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm and plan social and networking activities and a poster session. The participation fee of 370 € covers organization, local support, lunch and drinks during the day, the excursion to Ulm, a visit to Heidelberg, and the social dinner. Transport to and from Karlsruhe, as well as accommodation, needs to be organized and paid for by the participants individually. The organizing team is happy to assist and answer any questions – don’t hesitate to contact Tobias Schlöder ( or Pascal Friederich ( for more information.

More details will follow soon! Please note interested candidates are invited to submit an application form to attend through the registration link. If/once approved – a link for final information and payment will be provided.


Monday : Energy materials and experimental methods, lab automation

Time Schedule
09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00 Science speed dating
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:00 Opening
Pascal Friederich, Mark Kozdras, Michael Eikerling, Anjuli Szawiola, Kourosh Malek
11:00 – 12:30 Data orchestration and model deployment architecture for cloud connected labs
Kourosh Malek (FZJ)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00 Introduction to energy materials and devices (preliminary title)
Jens Hauch (FZJ/University of Erlangen Nürnberg) 
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 High-throughput platforms: Synthesis and characterization (preliminary title)
Helge Stein (TU Munich)
16:30 – 18:00 Orchestrating maps (preliminary title)
Michael Greenwood (Natural Resources Canada)
18:30 Self-organized dinner in Karlsruhe

Tuesday: Trip to Helmholtz Institute Ulm – Autonomous battery research

Time Schedule
08:30 – 10:30 Bus to Ulm
10:30 – 11:00 Welcome in Ulm / Coffee break
11:00 – 12:45 Battery MAP (POLIS, HI Ulm) lab tour
Monika Vogler (HI Ulm) on behalf of Helge Stein (TU Munich)
12:45 – 14:00  Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30 Discussion 
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 18:00 Bus back to Karlsruhe
18:30 Self-organized dinner in Karlsruhe

Wednesday: Simulation methods

Time Schedule
09:00 – 10:30 DFT methods for energy materials research: Principles
Tobias Binninger (FZJ)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 DFT methods for energy materials research: Applications & Demo
Tobias Binninger (FZJ)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00  Hierarchical modeling of energy materials: from interface to device I
Michael Eikerling (FZJ)
15:00 – 16:00 Poster session I / open discussion / coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 Hierarchical modeling of energy materials: from interface to device II
Michael Eikerling (FZJ)
17:00 – 18:00 Poster session II / open discussion / coffee break
19:00 Social Evening

Thursday: Machine learning methods

Time Schedule
09:00 – 10:30 Bayesian OptimizationPascal Friederich (KIT)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Introduction to feature-based statistical models
Jae Hattrick-Simpers (Natural Resources Canada/University of Toronto)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
Afternoon Visit to Heidelberg (Guided castle tour, Free time, Dinner in Heidelberg)

Friday: Machine learning methods

Time Schedule
09:00 – 10:30 Graph neural networks
Pascal Friederich (KIT)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Graph neural networks (Hands-on tutorial) 
Patrick Reiser (KIT)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:30 Introduction to feature-based statistical models:(Hands-on tutorial)
Jae Hattrick-Simpers (Natural Resources Canada/University of Toronto)
14:30 – 15:30 Open discussion / coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 MAP training facility and microcredential courses by the Acceleration Consortium
Sterling Baird (Acceleration Consortium)
16:30 – 16:45 Closing remarks
Evening Self-organized dinner in Karlsruhe

Lab visit

  • We will visit the lab and battery MAP of Helge Stein at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm
  • A bus to Ulm at 8:30 AM (the meeting place will be announced) will be organized
  • Lunch in Ulm will be provided
  • We will return by bus to Karlsruhe at ~6 PM, followed by a self-organized dinner
  • In case there is interest in visiting particular labs at KIT, please reach out to Pascal Friederich and Tobias Schlöder. We can help organize additional lab visits during the week.

Brainstorming discussions

  • We planned plenty of extended coffee breaks, which you can use to talk to the speakers, connect with each other, and discuss
  • We will announce discussion questions that match the topics of each day. The goal will be to identify open technical and scientific challenges evolving around MAPs

Transport to and in Karlsruhe

  • By airplane

    • To “Frankfurt Airport” (international), “Stuttgart Airport” (mostly European and national), or “Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden Airport” (mostly national)
    • From the airports, you can use public transport to get to Karlsruhe (see trains)

  • By train

    • Karlsruhe is well connected to the high-speed train network in Germany and Europe (ICE, IC, EC, TGV, …)
    • From Frankfurt Airport: IC and ICE connections bring you directly from the airport to Karlsruhe: “Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof” to “Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof (HbF)” (1 hour)
    • From Stuttgart Airport: You first need to take the subway to Stuttgart Main Station, and from there a train to Karlsruhe (1 – 1.5 hours)
    • From Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden Airport: There is a bus connection to Rastatt and then local transport to Karlsruhe (1 – 1.5 hours)
    • Tickets on machines, on the website (, or on the Deutsche Bahn app: Android and Apple. Be careful: If you buy a ticket that only includes local transport (RB, RE, IRE trains), then this ticket is not valid for high-speed trains (IC, ICE, EC, TGV) 
    • Germany ticket: There is a ticket in Germany for 49€ for one month, which allows you to use any local train and local city transport in Germany. Be careful: IC and ICE trains as well as other high-speed trains (e.g. TGV and EV) are excluded! Also: The ticket can only be bought as a subscription. If you buy it, cancel it again for the next month.

  • Local transport in Karlsruhe

    • There is excellent public transport within Karlsruhe: Streetcar map 
    • A single ticket within the Karlsruhe city area (“Wabe 100”) costs 2.40 € (available at machines or on the KVV.regiomove app: Android and Apple)
    • Further information at
    • The streetcar stop directly next to the venue (Triangle) is called “Kronenplatz”

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2023-09-18 to

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