ICESS-15 was organized by the University of Oulu at the Linnanmaa Campus on August 21-25, 2023
In late August 2023, the international ICESS conference (The 15th International Conference on Electronic Spectroscopy and Structure) was held in Oulu. The conference, that was held in Finland for the first time, gathered 190 attendants from 24 different countries.
ICESS-15 is continuation for the famous ICESS conference series on physics which brings together the leading experts on electronic structure and spectroscopy in the world. The congress provides a plaform where top researchers on electronic structure and spectroscopy present their findings and newest methods.
The conference has been held formerly all over the world 14 times since 1971. It was supposed to arrive in Finland, and Oulu, for the first time in 2021 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the organizing was not successful until August of this year.
Managing to bring the event to Oulu originates from the year 2015 when Marko Huttula, a professor from the University of Oulu, attended the ICESS conference in New York’s Stony Brook.
“That’s when I thought of applying to arrange the event in Oulu for the first time. We decided to apply together with Uppsala University for the next organization year 2018 but we didn’t get it then, it was held in Shanghai. There I applied for Oulu again and we got it”, explains Huttula who acted as the conference chairman this year.