13th COSIRES 2016
13th COSIRES 2016

19th - 24th June, 2016
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James Watt Beam Engine The 2016 Computer Simulation of Radiation Effects in Solids (COSIRES) is the 13th edition of this conference. The biennial conference is a major international forum to present and discuss the recent achievements in the advanced computer modelling of surface and bulk phenomena stimulated by all forms of irradiation.
Fundamental understanding of these phenomena is often not accessible by experiments, since they occur on very small time and length scales.
A vigorous development of both computer hardware and theoretical methodologies which has occurred in recent years has pushed the field into the forefront of a modern science.

The 2016 meeting is sponsored by the following groups of the Institute of Physics: The ion and plasma surface interactions group, the plasma physics group, the computational physics group, the theory of condensed matter group and the nuclear industry group. The meeting also has support from EPSRC through CCP5 and from the IAEA through a co-operation agreement.


Steam pumping engine on campus made by James Watt's company




Hotels and Accommodation during COSIRES2016

Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. However a limited number of student rooms in the University Lodge had been reserved on the campus of the university close to the conference centre. These rooms are now fully occupied but a number are still available from Sunday until Thursday. Please contact the conference chair directly if you want to reserve a student room until Thursday. The cost is £30 per night.

The University Hotel Burleigh Court is also on campus and close to the conference centre. It has a gym, swimming pool and a bar. It is however quite expensive but the evening meals are good quality. Delegates can reserve rooms there with breakfast by directly contacting the Hotel. The University also own another hotel, the Link which is within a 15 minute walking distance of the conference centre. It is however a little outside the town centre away from pubs and restaurants.

Other bed and breakfast accommodation options are located in the town centre of Loughborough. The recommended hotels are the Forest Rise , a small family run hotel, the Travelodge and the Premier Inn . Car parking is extra for the latter 2 as they do not have on-site parking. All these are within walking distance of town centre pubs and restaurants and the railway station. They are located about a 30-40 minute walk to the conference centre. There is however a bus service that goes from the town centre to the conference centre if delegates do not wish a brisk morning walk.

Format of the meeting

The meeting will have the usual format of previous COSIRES meetings. There will be a series of talks starting on Monday morning and finishing at Friday lunchtime. Thursday afternoon will include an excursion to the birthplace of Newton at Woolsthorpe Manor combined with a visit to the town of Melton Mowbray followed by the conference dinner. During the latter part of the week the MoD-PMI 2016 , the International workshop on Models and Data for Plasma-Material Interaction in Fusion Devices will also take place in an adjacent room. Although technically separate, there will be an opportunity to interchange sessions between the two meetings, without the necessity for a 15 minute walk as at MRS meetings !

The conference dinner will take place in the carriages of the Loughborough Great Central Railway pulled by a 100 years old steam engine. This will be preceded by a tour of the railway museum and engine shed. There will also be the opportunity for 1 or 2 persons to ride on the footplate for some of the journey which traverses the countryside between Loughborough and Leicester.

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Getting to Loughborough

Car parking on campus is allowed. If you come by car take the west entrance and tell the gateperson that you are attending the COSIRES meeting in Holywell Park. Loughborough has also good train links to London St Pancras but if travelling by rail please be aware that the train companies have excessively high fares if buying the ticket at the railway station. It is better to book the ticket in advance via a web site where you can check on the best value. The station is about 3-4 km from the campus. There is a bus service every 10 minutes from the railway station which ends at Holywell Park. East midlands airport is about 12 km from the campus and Birmingham airport about 65 km distant. The London airport from which it is easiest to reach Loughborough is London Luton. From Heathrow take the Piccadilly line to London St Pancras. Further information about the campus and a map can be found at this map site.



Please note that if you are travelling direct to Loughborough from the airport then a taxi might be the best option, especially if there is more than one person involved. If you wish to stay overnight in central London then the train is recommended. You can book an airport taxi on line via ADT Taxis

Visa Letters

If delegates require an invitation letter for visa application purposes, please email the conference Chair.


Some local tourist attractions

Bradgate park, home to Lady Jane Grey, queen of England for 10 days following the power struggle after the death of Henry VIII. Now a deer park with ruins.

Peak district National Park. Limestone and Gritstone Valleys and open moorland.

Calke Abbey, Stately home in nice grounds showing the decline of the English aristocracy.

Beacon Hill. Vantage point for the local area.

Loughborough bell foundry museum.

Ashby Castle

The East Midlands cities of Derby (home to Rolls Royce aero engines), Nottingham (Robin Hood city) and Leicester are close by

The weather in the UK is changeable and there could be rain showers, so come prepared.




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