Application is now open for “WATER AND WATER SYSTEMS - The hydrophobic effect”.



 Erice (Sicily, IT)

4th July (Arrival 12:30 p.m ) – 11th July 2018 (departure 12:30 pm.)


Application deadline:15 june 2018





Directors of the Course:

Prof. Roberto Car (Princeton University),

Prof. Francesco Mallamace (University of Messina),

Prof. Lars Pettersson (Stockholm University),


The Course is normally highly oversubscribed, so we encourage applicants to apply early, as late applications will not be accepted. This Course focuses on water and water systems and will include advanced scientific discussions and lectures on the theory, simulations and experiments devoted to understanding condensed water phases and water solutions.


Proceedings of this Course will be published.


Course Objectives.

Water plays a key role in chemistry, biology, geology and environmental sciences. However, in spite of decades of intense research, the microscopic mechanisms that are behind its unusual structural and dynamical properties giving rise to its rich phase diagram are far from being well understood. The study of water and its solutions from a molecular perspective is at the intersection of physics, chemistry, biology and materials science. It requires sophisticated experimental methods and advanced techniques of statistical physics. The course will consist of lectures and specialized seminars by leading experts, which are oriented to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and junior scientists working at universities and research institutions. It will provide a broad overview of the field, including the most recent ideas in theory and experiments, as well as a critical discussion of the problems that are currently attracting the attention of the researchers. By gathering participants with different specialized backgrounds, the course also aims at cross-fertilization of ideas that could advance the state of the field.

Liquid water is ubiquitous in the environment, biology and engineered systems. This workshop will bring together experimental and theoretical experts working on both liquid water and water systems. Sessions will also include talks by experts discussing implications of chemical physics of water.


The course has a target audience of 15-20 students.





Antonio Cupane, Chair, University of Palermo

Grazia Cottone, University of Palermo

Carmelo Corsaro, University of Messina

Enza Fazio, University of Messina

Domenico Mallamace, University of Messina

Our Lecturers

Ettore Majorana Foundation and Center for Scientific Culture - ERICE (Sicily) – Italy