Invited speakers



Plenary speaker 
Professor Albert Fert, University of Paris-Sud, France

Albert Fert is Professor at Université Paris-Sud and Scientific Director at the UMR CNRS/Thales laboratory he co-founded in 1995. In 2007, Albert Fert and Peter Gruenberg received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of the Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR) in 1988. The GMR has led to important applications and, for example, has increased the capacity of the magnetic hard disks by a factor of about thousand. Its discovery has also led to the development of a new type of electronics exploiting the spin of the electrons and called spintronics. Albert Fert has contributed to this development. Today, his research is mainly on spintronic phenomena exploiting topology and spin-orbit interactions in low dimension systems (from magnetic skyrmions to topological insulators and Rashba 2DEGs).


Wohlfarth Lecture
Professor Gino Hrkac, University of Exeter, UK

Prof Gino Hrkac (GH) has a Personal Chair in Applied theoretical and computational Solid-State Physics at the college of engineering, materials and physical sciences at the University of Exeter. He joined the University of Sheffield a postdoctoral researcher where he developed a numerical model to investigate and predict the behaviour of magnetic spin valve systems, and derived a theoretical and numerical description of the angular dependency of phase locking phenomena in point contacted spin valves, with a potential for new tuneable nano magnetic oscillators for integrated transceiver applications.

His latest research includes ab initio simulations of atomic structures, solid state molecular dynamics for the simulation of the transition of amorphous to crystalline grain boundaries in NdFeB magnets, presented as an invited talk at the REPM Annapolis 2014, and recently explained the effect of lattice distortion on high performance magnets and the impact of morphology and chemical composition on the properties of permanent magnets presented at the TMS San Diego 2016 and MANA 2017.


Professor Mitsuteru Inoue, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer


Professor YoshiChika Otani, Univierty of Tokyo, Japan, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer


Professor Alison Flatau, University of Maryland, USA, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer


Professor Allan Walton, University of Birmingham, UK


Dr Claire Donnelly, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Claire Donnelly is a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Laura Heyderman at the ETH Zurich and Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland. She obtained her PhD from the ETH Zurich in 2017, for her work on the fabrication and characterisation of three dimensional magnetic systems. In particular, in collaboration with colleagues at the Swiss Light Source, she has developed hard X-ray magnetic nanotomography, a technique which provides new possibilities for the mapping of three dimensional magnetic configurations within a variety of magnetic systems with nanoscale resolution. In the first demonstration of the technique, the magnetic configuration surrounding magnetic singularities, or Bloch points, was observed for the first time. Her PhD thesis was awarded the APS 2018 Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award in Experimental Condensed Matter or Materials Physics, recognizing doctoral thesis research of exceptional quality and importance. Currently she is continuing to use magnetic X-ray tomography to further investigate three dimensional magnetic structures in extended systems with nanoscale resolution.


Dr Johannes Knolle, Imperial College London, UK

Dr Knolle joined Imperial College London as a Lecturer in 2017 after a postdoctoral position at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded his PhD in 2014 from the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems Dresden


Dr Markus Gruner, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

PD Dr. Markus Ernst Gruner is Privatdozent at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He received his PhD in physics in 2003 and his venia legendi in Theoretical Physics in 2013 from the same institution. His research is mainly concerned with first-principles calculations in the framework of density functional theory covering the magnetic, electronic and vibrational properties of functional materials with magneto-structural instabilities, such as magnetic nanoparticles, magnetic shape memory alloys and magnetocaloric materials


Dr Tom Ostler, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Tom is a physics lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, specialising in the area of magnetism and magnetic materials. He finished his PhD in 2012 at York before taking up three postdoctoral positions at York, Exeter and finally Liège, Belgium where he was a Marie Curie COFUND fellow. His research specialises in the areas of magnetisation dynamics and modelling using a range of techniques from first principles, to atomistic spin dynamics and micromagnetics. Amongst other things, his particular areas of interest include ultrafast all-optical switching, ultrafast spin dynamics, and multiferroic materials.


After dinner speaker
Professor Brian Tanner, University of Durham, UK

Brian K. Tanner is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Durham University, U.K. and Adjunct Professor at Dublin City University, Ireland. He moved to Durham in 1973, as a University Lecturer, after holding a Junior Research Fellowship from Linacre College, Oxford, U.K. In 1978, he cofounded Bede Scientific Instruments Ltd., which floated in 2000 as Bede plc. Promoted to Full Professor in 1990, he was the Head of the Physics Department at Durham University from 1996 to 1999. He retired as Dean for University Enterprise in 2016. From 2003 to 2015, he was Chairman and then Nonexecutive Director of another spin-out from Durham University, which is listed on the London AIM Stock Exchange as the Kromek Group plc. He has published over 380 papers in refereed international journals, authored two books, co-authored three books, and edited three books. His current research interests include use of high resolution X-ray scattering and imaging to study advanced materials. A Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Arts, Prof. Tanner received the Barrett Award of the Pennsylvania-Based International Center for Diffraction Data in 2005, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2012, and the Gabor Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics in 2014.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:
    2 February 2018
  • Early registration deadline:
    23 March 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    3 April 2018