Keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Layla Martin-Samos

Italian National Research Council (CNR-IOM Democritos), Trieste, Italy

Prof. Dr. Layla Martin-Samos is a researcher from the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IOM) leading a group of three postdocs and one PhD student. She is also external associated professor at the University of Nova Gorica. After a PhD in Computational Material Science in Paris (2004) devoted to the modelling of defects in amorphous SiO2 from first-principles, Layla Martin-Samos moved to the INFM-S3 center in Modena (Italy) where she developed SaX (Self-energies And eXitations) software package based on Many Body Perturbation Theory. SaX was the first Open Source freely available software released (GPL) for the modelling of electronic excitations, including optical excitations, within the GW approximation  and the Bethe- Salpeter Equation. In 2009, she moved to Trieste (Italy) where she worked as development scientist for Quantum ESPRESSO. In 2012 she became assistant Professor at the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia) in the Materials Research Laboratory. Her research interests  goes from software development, refactoring and optimisation to connection between theory and experiments, including multi-scaling and methodological developments. She is actively involved in a longstanding multi-partner collaboration (CEA-DIF, CNRS-LAAS and SISSA), devoted to understand and model defects and irradiation effects in semiconductors and insulators. She also participate to the activities of the Electronic Structure Library initiative and she is member of the psi-k (Ab initio  calculation of complex processes in materials, working group ‘Software engineering’. She is authoring/co-authoring of more than 50 papers published in peer reviewed international journals. She is PI of WP4 ‘Multi-Scale Modeling’ of H2020 FETOPEN MAGNELIQ  ( and she is project manager of several industrial research contracts.