first contact with the AtMath collaboration

Dr. David Glowacki recently returned from Levi in Finland (way up in Lapland!) where he was invited to give a plenary lecture (entitled “Non-equilibrium reaction dynamics in atmospheric chemistry”) at the kickoff meeting for the Finnish “AtMath” collaboration. AtMath (like CHAMPS) is a funded by a large grant, in order to bring together atmospheric scientists and mathematicians and make progress on difficult problems. David was specifically invited to the conference by Prof. Hanna Vehkamäki, whose group is involved in fundamental modeling of atmospheric particle formation and growth processes using both quantum chemistry and also large non-linear kinetics models. The conference was fantastic:  not only was the snow-covered Lapland landscape was amazing, but the relaxed conference programme facilitated great conversations with several of the conference participants who delivered a wide range of fascinating talks across several different areas. There were also a range of speakers invited from beyond the AtMath collaboration, including for example Prof. Jochen Schenk (CSUF) who gave a fascinating talk on the molecular-level transport of water in trees, and also Prof. Eric Vanden-Eijnden (Courant Institute, NYU), who is an applied mathematician who has made very well-known contributions to chemistry for path sampling high-dimensional systems.