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Expert Meeting on Open source, free software and commercially supported software for materials modelling

Date(s) - Thursday, October 25, 2018 - Friday, October 26, 2018
All Day


October 25-26, 2018, Paris, France


Hotel Mercure Paris Porte d’Orléans
13 Rue François Ory, 92120 Montrouge, France
Tel: +33 825 80 09 09


The European Materials Modelling Council was installed to foster the exploitation of atomistic simulations and materials modelling software by the European industry. This effort includes measures to accelerate the transformation of materials modelling software mainly developed by academic researchers into software tools, which could be readily used by industrial end users. Currently, materials modelling software ranges from programs written by Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers to commercially supported comprehensive software platforms.
In this context, license models selected in the course of the code development play an important role regarding the deployment of software and the acceptance of materials modelling software by commercial companies. This expert meeting will address the aforementioned issues especially with respect to open source and commercially distributed software.

Outcome – Report

The expected outcome of this Expert Meeting will be a report on the strengths and pitfalls of different models and recommendations to increase the impact of materials modelling in the European industry. This will be achieved by impulse talks by leaders in the field and by focused discussions.

thumbnail of EMMC-CSA-WP5-ExpertParis-PU-V1-WEBReport published FEB 2019 by Volker Eyert, Kurt Stokbro & Erich Wimmer

Discussion topics and questions

  • What are the industrial requirements for materials modelling software and which license models are preferred by industry?
  • What type of distribution and license model are you using and why?
  • To which extent do you see the priorities and goals of academic software developers and industrial needs aligned?
  • What do you believe is the best way to increase the uptake of materials modelling software by industry?
  • Who should pay for software development?
  • How should support be organized and financed?
  • Who should determine software development priorities?
  • What complementarity do you see between academic software development and commercially supported software?

Schedule – Draft

Thursday, 25 Oct:

12:00 – 13:30      Registration, cold lunch (sandwiches)

13:30 – 13:45      Welcome and opening remarks

13:45 – 15:15      Session 1: the lay of the land

What exactly do we mean by “open source, free software, and commercially supported software”?
Who are the main players in open source software and commercially supported software for materials modelling?
What are the synergies and conflicts between these types of software?

15:15 – 15:30      Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00      Session 2: How are the industrial needs for materials modelling met by the different types of software?

17:00 – 17:15      Coffee break

17:15 – 18:45      Session 3: How do we see the best solutions in the future?

19:30 – 21:00      Dinner and informal discussions

Friday, 26 Oct:

9:00 – 9:15          Summary of Day 1

9:15 – 10:45        Session 4: The main obstacles to overcome for successful industrial deployment of modelling software

10:45 – 11:00      Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30      Session 5: Synthesis of discussion points and joint outline of report

12:30                   Meeting adjourns

12:30                   Lunch (optional)

How to get to the venue

Take the metro M4 (pink color) to the terminal stop Mairie de Montrouge and then walk east about 5-10 minutes as indicated in the map below.




Please make for yourself a hotel reservation for the night from 25 to 26 October using


Kurt Stokbro (Synopsys, Denmark), Volker Eyert & Erich Wimmer (MDS, France)


Event Funding

This event has received funding via the EMMC-CSA project
from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under Grant Agreement No 723867


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