Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (EXTENDED):
    22 January 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    3 March 2016
  • Accommodation deadline:
    21 March 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    24 March 2016


Plenary speaker

From South-Pointing Chariot to Pure Spin Current, the Never-Ending Saga of Magnetism

Professor Chia-Ling Chien, John Hopkins University, USA

Wohlfarth Lecturer

Antiferromagnetic spintronics:  Large magnitude magneto-resistance effects and current controlled switching
Dr Jöerg Wunderlich, Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, Cambridge and Institute of Physics ASCR Prague, Czech Republic.

This award is in recognition of Dr Wunderlich's scientific achievements in areas of spin-transport phenomena, spin-generation/detection in metal and semiconductor systems with low dimensionality, spin-orbit related magnetoresistance effects and spin torque phenomena in ferro and antiferromagnetic systems.

Invited speakers

IEEE Distinguished Lecturers

The magnetism of oxides
Professor Josep Fontcuberta, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Spain

Magnetics + Mechanics + Nanoscale = Electromagnetics future
Professor Greg Carman, University of California at Los Angeles, USA

Invited speakers

Magnetic thin film topological insulators
Professor Gerrit van der Laan, Diamond Light Source, UK

Emergent magnetism at metallo-molecular interfaces
Dr Oscar Céspedes, University of Leeds, UK

Magnetic properties of quantum spin ice
Dr Martin Lees, University of Warwick, UK

Multiscale Modelling of Bloch Point Dynamics in Magnetic Nanowires
Professor Riccardo Hertel, University of Strasbourg, France


Greg Carman received the Ph.D. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1991. He joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1991. He is the director of a new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center entitled Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Materials (TANMS) and is co-executive director of the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology in the Department of Surgery at UCLA. Professor Carman has served as chairman for the Adaptive Structures and Material Systems of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) from 2000 to 2002. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems Structures and for Smart Materials and Structures. He received the Northrop Grumman Young Faculty Award in 1995 and three best paper awards from the ASME in 1996, 2001, and 2007. He was elected Fellow of the ASME in 2003 and was awarded the ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Prize honoring his contributions to smart materials and structures in 2004. In 2015 SPIE honored him with the Smart Structures and Materials (SSM) Lifetime Achievement Award. Presently his research interests focus on analytical modeling, fabrication, and testing of multiferroic (magneto-electric) materials and developing devices for medical applications.


Professor Chia-Ling ChienAfter Ph.D. in physics from Carnegie-Mellon University, his entire career has been at The Johns Hopkins University, where he is currently the Jacob. L. Hain Professor. His recent research interest includes spintronics, pure spin current physics, spin caloritronics, voltage controlled magnetic tunnel junctions, magnetic nanorings, Andreev reflection spectroscopy, Fe pnictide superconductors, p-wave superconductors, skyrmions, and topological materials. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). He is the recipient of the David Adler Award of APS, the Asian Union of Magnetics Societies (AUMS) Award and the Magnetism Award and the Néel Medal of IUPAP in 2015.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). He is the recipient of the David Adler Award of APS, and the Magnetism Award and the Néel Medal of IUPAP in 2015.


Dr. Oscar Cespedes is a lecturer at the Condensed Matter group in the University of Leeds. Before his appointment, he worked in Trinity College Dublin, CEA-Saclay (France) and Kyushu University (Japan) in a wide range of topics relating to magnetism, including spin dependent transport in nanostructures and RF magnetic field effects in proteins. His current research interests focus on spin transport and magnetic properties of molecular and multifunctional materials. He uses muon, optical and X-ray spectroscopy, in addition to magnetometry, neutron and transport techniques in order to detect spin ordering and spin currents at hybrid interfaces.

  Professor Josep Fontcuberta is a full research professor at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMABCSIC). He received a PhD degree in Physics in 1982, from the University of Barcelona. He was postdoctoral researcher at the Inorganic Chemistry Lab. at Oxford University, and later he was appointed assistant professor at the Physics Faculty of University of Barcelona. In 1991 he moved to the ICMAB‐CSIC. He is mostly interested on functional oxides. These strongly correlated electronic systems display fascinating ferroic orders (i.e. magnetic, ferroelectric) and remarkable (magneto)electric and optic properties, that have motivated his research and that of the group he is leading ( Currently, the research activity is focused on materials and devices that, exploiting the above mentioned properties, can be of relevance for a sustainable world as demanded by society. I’m persuaded that oxides will play a very important role in advanced high‐tech devices.
Pep Fontcuberta is co‐author of 400+ peer‐reviewed scientific papers, he has supervised 20+ PhD Thesis and delivered more than 150+ Invited Talks. He is editor of Advanced Electronic Materials Materials (Wiley‐VCH), Solid State Communications (Elsevier) and Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (Elsevier). Beyond science, Pep is much interested on learning and disseminating physics in daily life, and much concerned by both local and global social situation.

Riccardo Hertel is an expert in micromagnetism and the simulation of magnetic nanostructures. After his PhD in physics in 1999 at the University of Stuttgart / Max-Plack-Institute of Metal Research, he worked for five years at the Max-Planck-Institute of Microstructure Physics on his Habilitation in Theoretical Physics, which he obtained in 2005 from the University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). Shortly afterwards he was awarded a Helmholtz Young Investigator Grant from the Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany), which allowed him to lead a dynamic team of scientists over a period of six years. From 2011 to 2015 he worked at the IPCMS-CNRS in Strasbourg (France) as a Scientific Director. During this time he qualified for a professorship in France. He is currently a guest scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

         Gerrit van der Laan is a condensed matter physicist with research interests in magnetic materials, topological insulators, and actinides. He pioneered new techniques using magnetic dichroism in the soft x-ray region, such as x-ray absorption, (resonant) photoemission, scattering and diffraction with circularly and linearly polarized x-rays. He was awarded the Agilent Technologies Europhysics Award for the year 2000 for pioneering work in establishing the field of magnetic x-ray dichroism and work leading to advances in the fields of electronic, electrical and materials engineering which represents scientific excellence. He is the Senior Research Scientist at Diamond Light Source, where he is head of the Magnetic Spectroscopy Group.

Martin Lees is an experimental condensed matter physicist and member of the Superconductivity and Magnetism Group in the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick. He received his Ph.D. from Imperial College. He then worked at the CNRS in Grenoble, before joining the University of Warwick in 1992. He specialises in magnetic, transport, and thermal measurements at low temperatures and high magnetic fields, and also uses muon spectroscopy and neutron scattering in his work. His research focuses on the fundamental physical properties of strongly correlated electron systems, including exotic superconductors and frustrated magnetic systems.