Special Sessions

Tutorial:  Foundational Methods for Understanding Magnetic Materials

Monday, January 14, 2019
2:30 – 5:00 pm

2:30 pm:  Magnetometry – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Plamen Stamenov, Trinity College Dublin 

3:20 pm:  Computational Methods in Magnetism: From First Principles to Magnetization Dynamics
Claudia Mewes, University of Alabama 

4:10 pm:  Ferromagnetic Resonance
Mingzhong Wu, Colorado State University


Eight symposia are scheduled during the Conference. These sessions consist entirely of invited talks by experts in the field.

Tuesday, January 15

8:30 am:  AA - Spin-transport in Insulators: From Transport in Ferromagnets to Unconventional Magnonics in Antiferromagnets

1:30 pm:  BA - Magnetic Nanoparticles and Nanograins for Biosensing and Magnetic Recording

Wednesday, January 16

8:30 am:  CA - Switching Antiferromagnets by Spin-orbit Torques

Thursday, January 17

8:30 am:  
EA - 3D Magnetic Frustration: Pyrochlore, Spinel and FCC Lattices
EB - Magnetism for the Brain: Challenges and Solutions

1:30 pm:  FA - Voltage Control of Nanomagnetism

Friday, January 18

8:30 am:  GA - Energy Harvesting and Transformations based on Magnetic Materials

1:30 pm:  HA - Magnetism Research Using X-ray Free Electron Lasers


Young Professionals Panel Session

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
12:30 – 1:30 pm

If you have just recently entered the professional workforce, please join us for a special panel session focused on “Navigating Career Domain Walls as Young Professionals in Magnetism". Speakers TBD.

Lunch will be provided at no extra cost to attendees. Space is limited so advance registration is required.


Supported by   evicomagneticslogo 1

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Students and post-doctoral researchers are invited to register for and attend the Meet the Experts Panel Session to be held on Tuesday evening, followed by a networking reception. This event provides young researchers with an exclusive opportunity to hear from a panel of six experts from different fields for advice on career planning, technical paper writing and publication, job searches and interviews, society involvement, and more.  

Space is limited so advance registration is required.


Dr. Johan Åkerman
Professor of Physics, University of Gothenburg 

Dr. Meigan Aronson
Dean of Science, University of British Columbia

Dr. Gang Chen
Professor of Physics, Fudan University

Dr. Shikha Jain
Principal Research Engineer, Western Digital

Dr. June Lau
Staff Physicist, NIST

Dr. Chris Leighton
Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota
Editor, Physical Review Materials

communications workshop

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
12:30 – 1:30 pm

RoseHedricks PhotoEvidence-based Strategies for Communicating your Science
Dr. Rose Hendricks
Researcher, FrameWorks Institute

Dr. Hendricks is a cognitive scientist who conducts qualitative and quantitative social science research at the FrameWorks Institute. She completed her PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego with research on the relationship between language and cognition. She is a science communication advocate and member of the Leadership Team for ComSciCon, a series of science communication workshops for graduate students.

No skill contributes more consistently, and more meaningfully, to professional achievement than the ability to shape thinking and secure support through communication. In this event, sponsored by the IEEE Magnetics Society, recommendations for communicating science in an accessible and engaging way, will be provided. These recommendations, based in qualitative and quantitative social science research, will help audience members communicate their own work more effectively to other scientists as well as to members of the public. To that end, particular emphasis will be placed on tailoring scientific communications to various audiences. These recommendations are provided by the FrameWorks Institute, a nonprofit organization that conducts research to help the nonprofit sector better communicate about scientific and social issues.

Lunch will be provided at no extra cost to attendees. Space is limited so advance registration is required.

plenary session and awards

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Aronson PhotoQuantum Magnetism: an Unfinished Revolution
Meigan Aronson
University of British Columbia

The Plenary Session will begin Wednesday afternoon with the presentation of the IEEE Magnetics Society Awards, followed by a Plenary Lecture by Dr. Meigan Aronson, Dean of Science at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Aronson will discuss the role that magnetism and spins play in Quantum Materials. This lecture will be followed immediately by a Reception from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Meigan Aronson is Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia, where she is also Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Previously she served as Dean of Science at Texas A&M University (2015-2018), and as Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University while concurrently leading the correlated electron materials group in the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (2007-2015). Her research interests include correlated electron materials and the discovery and characterization of quantum materials. Prof. Aronson has an extensive publication record, and has been honored with a number of fellowships, including from the American Physical Society and the Neutron Scattering Society of America. Among her many professional activities, she is the current chair of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Neutron Advisory Board and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory External Advisory Committee. In addition, Prof. Aronson has been a member of several advisory committees for the National Academy Board on Physics and Astronomy. Recently, she served as a panel lead for the US Department of Energy Basic Research Needs Workshop on Quantum Materials for Energy Relevant Technology.

Smithsonian National zoo lecture

Thursday, January 17, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Cohen PhotoHow do Animals Navigate Long-distance Migrations and What is the Role of the Earth’s Magnetic Field?
Dr. Emily Cohen
Research Ecologist, Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Join us as Dr. Emily Cohen from reviews the phenomena and diversity of long-distance animal migrations and what we know about the mechanisms animals use to navigate during these journeys with a particular focus on magnetoreception and birds. 

There is no extra cost to attend this event, however, for planning purposes, we ask that you indicate your interest in attending on your registration form.

You can learn more about the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute here https://nationalzoo.si.edu/conservation

Next Generation Magneticians Science Slam

Thursday, January 17, 2019
4:30 – 6:00 pm     

Present your work in a different way! Join us for this innovative and funny event, full of emotion and creativity to introduce your scientific research from a new angle, a new perspective. This is not your boring weekly seminar!

Recite, rap, sing, make a photographic design, screen a video, dance: we leave it to your discretion and creation. Just let us know about your performance by December 1 so that we can accommodate your needs.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to submit your idea. 

This reception will be held concurrently with, and right next door to, the Student Networking Reception

Evening Session

Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:00 – 7:30 pm

King PhotoWhat Will We Make Magnets From?
Alexander King
Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Iowa State University

Professor King, having recently completed a five-year term as the founder and
Director of the US Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute – one of DOE’s
four Energy Innovation Hubs, is also a former Director of DOE’s Ames Laboratory, in
Ames, Iowa. The Critical Materials Institute is a consortium of four DOE national labs, seven universities and a dozen corporations, and is considered to be a model of collaboration and productivity.  It is one of four Energy Innovation Hubs formed to accelerate scientific discovery of critical energy technologies.

Alex was born and raised in London. He was an undergraduate at the University of Sheffield and earned his doctorate from Oxford. He was a postdoc at Oxford and then M.I.T. before joining the faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he also served as the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies (Dean of the Graduate School).  He was the Head of the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue in from 1999 to 2007, the Director of DOE’s Ames Laboratory from 2008 until 2013, and became the Founding Director of the Critical Materials Institute when the Ames Lab was awarded its funding.

King is a Fellow of the Institute of Mining Minerals and Materials; ASM International; and the Materials Research Society.  He was also a Visiting Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1996 and a US Department of State Jefferson Science Fellow for 2005-06. 

Alex King was the President of MRS for 2002, Chair of the University Materials Council of North America for 2006-07, Co-chair of the Gordon Conference on Physical Metallurgy for 2006, and Chair of the APS Interest Group on Energy Research and Applications for 2010. 

Alex delivered a TEDx talk on critical materials in 2013 and was the TMS & ASM Distinguished Lecturer on Materials and Society in 2017.  He maintains research interests in the atomic-scale behavior of grain boundaries, but most of his recent work focuses on understanding the dynamics of materials supply-chain failures and implementing effective strategies to avoid or alleviate them. 

Xu2D Magnets and Heterostructures
Xiaodong Xu
Department of Physics, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Xiaodong Xu is a Boeing Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and    the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. He received his PhD (Physics, 2008) from the University of Michigan and then performed postdoctoral research (2009-2010) at the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Cornell University. His nanoscale quantum optoelectronics group at University of Washington focuses on creation, control, and understanding of novel device physics based on two-dimensional quantum materials. Selected awards include DAPRA YFA, NSF Early Career Award, DoE Early Career Award, Cottrell Scholar Award, and IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Semiconductor Physics.