NESC16: Advances in theory and simulation of non-equilibrium systems

What is NESC 2016?

The aim of the Non-Equilibrium Simulation Conference (NESC) is to identify and discuss critical open questions on the investigation of non-equilibrium phenomena using computer simulations and non-equilibrium theory. The meeting will target recent developments in non-equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, including new algorithms and thermostatting schemes, computation of transport properties in complex molecular systems and biomolecules, as well as the development of novel computational approaches to bridge disparate length and timescales.

Meeting format

Held at Halifax Hall, Sheffield, the conference programme will start on Monday 25th July at 1pm. Registration will be open from 11am, and lunch (included in the registration fee) will be served at noon.

The following list of topics is suggestive only. Abstracts covering any area of non-equilibrium theory or simulation will be considered.

  • Non-equilibrium thermodynamics
  • Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
  • Dynamical systems theory/Chaos theory
  • Algorithms for non-equilibrium simulation
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Transport properties
  • Flow in confined systems
  • Radiation Damage in Materials

Scientific programme

Invited speakers

  • Berni Alder (Keynote Speaker)
  • Bill Hoover, Ruby Valley Research Institute
  • Denis Evans, Australian National University
  • Giovanni Ciccotti, University of Rome, La Sapienza
  • Harald Posch, University of Vienna
  • David Heyes, Imperial College London
  • David Reguera, University of Barcelona
  • Peter Cummings, Vanderbilt University
  • Miguel Rubi, University of Barcelona
  • Clare McCabe, Vanderbilt University
  • Debra Bernhardt, University of Queensland

Additional confirmed speakers include:

  • Peter Daivis, Carl Dettmann, Bjorn Hafskjold, Owen Jepps, Vitaly Kuzkin, Gary Morriss, Dennis C. Rapaport, Sten Sarman, Billy Todd, Francisco Uribe, and Leslie V. Woodcock

Oral presentations

The conference will have a data projector and a Windows-based laptop available. Please test out your presentation well in advance of your speaking slot – see the Chair of your session. We would prefer that talks are uploaded onto the windows computer in advance of each session because this saves time. However, speakers may use their own laptops/tablet devices if they prefer but are advised to ensure a speedy changeover between speakers.

The duration of the talks include time for questions. While we wish to keep an informal feel to the conference, Chairs will be asked to keep the sessions running to time, so please ensure your presentation does not extend beyond the allotted time and do allow 5 minutes time for 1-2 questions.


Posters should be mounted on Monday morning before the conference begins, or over the lunch period.

A poster session with drinks will be held on Monday evening 18:30 – 19:30.

Please leave your posters up until after the conference has finished (unless you need to leave early), allowing everyone to read them at length. The poster boards measure 182 cm tall by 91 cm wide and are suitable for A0 size posters in portrait mode. The boards have a fabric backing, so velcro fasteners will be provided.

Festschrift Journal

On Tuesday 26th July, Karl Travis and Fernando Bresme will be guest editing a special Festschrift issue of the journal: Computational Methods in Science and Technology (CMST), to honour Bill Hoover’s 80th birthday. Please note this session is now full.

This journal is open access and will accept colour images (at no extra charge). We welcome manuscripts from all delegates, whether you have presented at the conference or not.

A tentative deadline for submission of abstracts is 30th September 2016.


The conference is open for new registrations and pre-registered delegates wishing to pay and book accommodation and submit abstracts. 

To register and book accommodation, please visit the online shop. Click on the blue tab entitled 'book event' and follow the instructions from that point. Please note if you have previously used the website to pre-register and submit an abstract, you can skip past most of the questions and continue to the payment step.

Payment method

We are sorry but the online store can only accept payment by credit card or PayPal.

  • £275 early bird, before 13th of May 2016 (does not include accommodation)
  • £325 standard, from 14th of May 2016

The registration cost includes lunches, refreshments for 25th - 27th July, book of abstracts and other conference material, as well as the conference dinner, which will take place in the evening of the 26th of July.

Accompanying persons evening meal option
Dinner on Monday and the conference dinner and drinks reception on Tuesday evening may be purchased for accompanying guests at a cost of £65 per person.


A number of rooms are available in Halifax Hall and the nearby Endcliffe Student Village.

The prices for the rooms are as follows:

  • Halifax Hall, single occupancy room, includes breakfast = £65 per night
  • Halifax Hall, double occupancy room, includes breakfast = £75 per night
  • Endcliffe student village, single occupancy, includes breakfast = £36 per night

Rooms must be booked through the online store to guarantee these prices and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Cancellation policy: we regret that we are unable to offer any re-imbursement for cancellation after booking is complete via the online store.

Travel and accommodation information

Halifax Hall grounds

The conference will be held at Halifax Hall, located on the west side of Sheffield City Centre and only a short walk from Ecclesall Road, an area which provides a hub of bars, pubs and restaurants. It offers a great location for both business and leisure trips in Sheffield.

Situated within The University of Sheffield, Endcliffe student village it also offers the perfect place for visiting parents and prospective students to stay. Local attractions include the picturesque Botanical Gardens, only five minutes away, whilst shopping and other city centre attractions are easily commutable by bus and taxi. Further afield the location offers great access to The Peak District National Park, which by car is only a 15 minute drive, whilst the stunning Chatsworth House is only a 30 minutes drive.

The historic city of Sheffield is synonymous with the industrial revolution, and during the 19th century gained an international reputation for steel production and cutlery manufacture. Sheffield is located in the valley of the River Don and its four tributaries, and a third of the city lies within the Peak District National Park. The city has a long sporting heritage and is home to the worlds oldest football club (Sheffield FC). Sheffield is less than 1.5 hours from the international airports of Manchester, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands, and is easily reached by train from Manchester and London.


The hotel is located on Endcliffe Vale Road in Endcliffe Student Village.  Once you reach the barriers at Endcliffe Student Village please follow the signage to the hotel. 

For guests arriving by train, the simplest way to get from Sheffield train station to Halifax Hall is to take a taxi. The taxi rank is located outside the front of the station. The approximate cost for a one-way taxi journey between the station and Halifax Hall is £8. Journey time varies depending on the time of day but please be aware this may take longer during morning rush hour traffic. 

For guests arriving into Manchester airport, there is a regular train service that operates between the airport and Sheffield train station. The journey time takes around 1 hour and the cost of a walk-on ticket will be around £20. A taxi from the airport to Halifax Hall will take about the same length of time but will set you back ~ £60 - £70.

Check in/check out

Guests can check-in at any time but rooms will not be available until after 2pm for Endcliffe Village and after 3pm for Halifax Hall

Check-out time is 10am in Endcliffe Village and 11am in Halifax Hall. Luggage may be stowed for safekeeping at Halifax Hall or at The Edge reception.


The registration desk will be situated in the lobby of Halifax Hall. Registration will open at 11am on Monday 25 th July.

Car parking

Parking is available on site around the hotel which also requires a parking permit to be displayed in your vehicle, please be aware there is limited parking. 

Should you be unable to find a space, other areas of Endcliffe Village are available using the same permit however you will need to park in the ‘R’ category car park areas. Please also be aware that a permit does not guarantee a space, these are strictly first come first serve basis.

Car parking permits can be obtained in advance by emailing Karl Travis


Breakfast is included for guests staying at both Halifax Hall and Endcliffe Village. A choice of cooked breakfast/continental style breakfast is available at both. 

Breakfast for Halifax Hall guests will be available in the Refectory, while for those guests staying at Endcliffe Village, the breakfast will be available in the cafeteria at The Edge Dining Hall behind reception.

Please note that the food is the same in both venues.

Lunch is included on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and will be served in the Sharman Room at Halifax Hall. Tea and coffee will also be available.

Monday's Evening meal will take place in the dining room, commencing at 20:00. The dinner includes wine.

The conference dinner will be preceded by a drinks reception where sparkling wine and fruit juice will be served along with a selection of canapés.

The venue for this event will be the music room in Halifax Hall and this will run from 19:30 – 20:00

The conference dinner will be served in the Dining Room and will commence at 20:00. Dress code: Smart-Casual.

Tea and coffee will be available in the designated breaks along with a selection of snacks.

A fully licensed bar is available in the hotel and will remain open (so we have been informed!) as long as guests wish to continue buying drinks.

Free wifi is provided through Halifax Hall and Endcliffe Village. To access it, login as guest and use the password: shefconfkey

A group photograph will be taken just before the pre-dinner reception on Tuesday evening at 19:20.

The accompanying guest charge includes admission to both evening meals and drink receptions. Lunches and morning/afternoon tea/coffee is not included but can be purchased by letting the hotel know in good time.


The organisers Karl Travis and Fernando Bresme will be staying at Halifax Hall for the duration of the conference. Ahead of the conference, please contact Karl Travis on +44(0)7760 990495 for help/advice.