Invited speakers


Professor Stuart Parkin, Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Wohlfarth Lecture

Professor Laura Heyderman, ETH Zürich, Switzerland (Wohlfarth Lecturer)
Laura Heyderman began her career in magnetism in 1988, working as a Bristol University PhD student at the CNRS, Paris on magnetic multilayers. As a postdoc working with Lorentz microscopy at Glasgow University, she worked on a variety of magnetic materials. She then spent four years working in industry in the UK and since 1999, she has been based at the Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnology, Paul Scherrer Institute. In January 2013, she became Professor of Mesoscopic Systems at the Department of Materials, ETH Zurich.
Professor Heyderman has over 130 scientific publications, more recently in the field of magnetic nanostructures. Her work on artificial ferroic systems has led to several invited and plenary talks, articles in the German and French equivalents to Scientific American, and to the Paul Scherrer Institute 2011 Thesis Medal for her PhD student. She was a guest editor for a Focus Issue on Artificial Frustrated Systems in New Journal of Physics and organized a symposium on Artificial Spin Ice at the Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) in 2011. She is Membership Chair as well as member of the Education and Advisory Committees of the IEEE Magnetics Society. She has been a program and advisory committee member of several international conferences on magnetism and was program chair of the Micro- and Nanoengineering Conference (MNE) 2014.


Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, University of Birmingham, UK

Professor Stephen Blundell
, University of Oxford, UK
Stephen Blundell is a Professor of Physics at Oxford University, working in the Department of Physics, and based in the Clarendon Laboratory. He is also a Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford. His research is concerned with using muon-spin rotation and high-magnetic field techniques to study a range of organic and inorganic materials, particularly those showing interesting magnetic, superconducting, or dynamical properties.

Professor John Chalker
, University of Oxford, UK

Professor Russell CowburnProfessor Russell Cowburn, University of Cambridge, UK (IEEE Distinguished Lecturer)
Russell Cowburn has research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics.  Before returning to Cambridge in 2010 he held positions at the CNRS Paris, University of Durham and Imperial College London.  He is the founder of two start-up companies and the inventor of the anti-counterfeiting technology ‘Laser Surface Authentication’.  He has had over 60 patents granted and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences.  He is the winner of the GSK Westminster Medal and Prize, the Degussa Science to Business Award, the Hermes International Technology Award and the Institute of Physics Paterson Medal and Prize.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Professor Peter Hore
, University of Oxford, UK

Professor Ivan Schuller
, University of California, San Diego, USA (IEEE Distinguished Lecturer)
Prof. Ivan K. Schuller, the director of the Center for Advanced Nanoscience (CAN) at the University of California-San Diego, is a Solid State/Materials Physicist.  He is winner of major awards such as the Lawrence Award from the US Department of Energy, and several awards from the American Physical Society (Wheatley & Adler), the Materials Research Society (Medal) and the International Union of Materials Research Societies (Somiya). He has also won several regional EMMYs and other television awards for his science related movies. Prof. Schuller received his undergraduate from the University of Chile, PhD from Northwestern University and an Honoris Causa Doctorate from the Spanish Universidad Complutense the largest European University He is a member of the Chilean, Spanish, Belgian and Colombian Academies of Science and a frequent visitor in Europe, Latin America and the Far East. His more than 500 papers and 20 patents have been dedicated to many aspects of nano and meso structured solids in the fields of magnetism, superconductivity, and organics.


Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:
    16 January 2015
  • Early registration deadline:
    2 March 2015
  • Registration deadline:
    23 March 2015