Special Sessions


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

“Foundational Methods for Understanding Magnetic Materials”. Speakers TBD. Will be followed by a Bierstube for all attendees.


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.


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

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, experts will provide tips on how to effectively communicate and disseminate your scientific results. Speakers TBD. 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

  Plenary Speaker:Aronson Photo  Prof. 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 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Smithsonian National zoo lecture

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

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Emily Cohen from the Migratory Bird Center at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. 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

Evening Session

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

King Photo  “What 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. 

Xu  “2D Magnets and Heterostructures"
Xiaodong Xu
  Department of Physics, Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
of Washington