The European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF) is a network carrying out state-of-the-art research on theoretical and computational methods for studying electronic and optical properties of materials. The ETSF gathers the experience and the know-how of more than 200 researchers, including professors, postdocs and Ph.D. students, in Europe and the United States, facilitating collaborations and rapid transfer of knowledge. Moreover, the ETSF is a user facility dedicated towards providing support and services for ongoing research in academic, government and industrial laboratories. The main objective of ETSF is to broaden access to the knowledge and the expertise in the field of theoretical spectroscopy across the public and private sector.

In the last seven years, the young researchers within the ETSF - formerly known as NANOQUANTA - have organized an annual Young Researchers' Meeting (YRM), e.g., Modena, Berlin, Jyväskylä and Naples. The purpose of these YRMs is to bring together Ph.D. students and postdocs working on the theoretical and computational aspects of electronic and optical properties of materials within the network.

The coming YRM 2012, organized by the UCL node, will be the 9th of a series of annual international conferences. The main aim is to spread the professionalism, knowledge and opportunities from the ETSF to other academic and research realities in Europe and eventually bring new collaborations.

The meeting constitutes a forum for young researchers who work on various projects within ETSF nodes on the theory and code development. Moreover, it facilitates an open exchange of ideas and various competences and gives an excellent opportunity for future collaborations.

The peculiarity of the YRM is that it is organized and attended solely by young researchers having non-permanent contracts, like postdocs and PhD students. The absence of senior scientists opens further channels for discussion about details and introductory aspects which are typically not covered in a usual meeting. In order to facilitate the interaction between young researchers, plenty of question/discussion time will be reserved. For these reasons we strongly recommend to the youngest participants to contribute with talks and posters.

This year an industry day is scheduled. This will be the opportunity for the industry to sensitize the academic and researcher to problems they encounter and for the young researcher to known more about the need of industry.