Confirmed Invited Speakers

(updated 25/01/2018)

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Albert Fert

Nobel Laureate in 2007 for the discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance in 1988. Born in Carcassonne (France), his education started in 1957 at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)). He obtained his PhD in 1970, at Université Paris-Sud: Doctorat es Sciences Physiques, under supervision of I. A. Campbell, Preparation at Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (Orsay).

Actual position is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Université Paris-Sud and Scientific Director at Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS-Thales (Orsay).

Among others, he has been awarded with International Prize of New Materials by the American Physical Society in 1994, the Magnetism Award by International Union for Pure and Applied Physics in 1994, the Nobel Prize in 2007, the Japan Prize and Wolf Prize in this same year.

His research is on experimental (and partly theoretical) condensed matter physics (metals, magnetism, magnetic nanostructures, spin electronics), with many contributions to the development of spin electronics. Since his 2007 Nobel Prize, he is exploring the emerging directions of the exploitation of topological properties in spintronics. His most recent works are on the topologically protected magnetic solitons called skyrmions and on the conversion between charge and spin currents by topological insulators He has more than 400 publications with 4 cited more than 1000 times.

Source: Communication – Centre national de la recherche scientifique, and Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales

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Ivan K. Schuller

Distinguished Professor Dr. Ivan K. Schuller is Director of Center for Advanced Nanoscience, and Director of Energy Frontier Research Center on Quantum-Materials for Energy Efficient Neuromorphic-Computing (Q-MEEN-C), and he is Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He is credited with starting the initial excitement on the field of metallic superlattices. His continuing interests are focused on thin films, nanostructures, novel quantum materials, magnetism, superconductivity and recently neuromorphic computing.

Dr. Schuller received his Licenciado (1970) from the University of Chile, MS (1972) and PhD (1976) from Northwestern University. From 1978-1987, he was a Senior Physicist and Group Leader at Argonne National Laboratory. Since 1987, he has been a Distinguished Professor of Physics, Director of the Center for Advanced Nanoscience, Energy Frontier Center(EFRC) on
Quantum-Materials for Energy Efficient Neuromorphic-Computing (Q-MEEN-C) at the University of California, San Diego; in addition to this position, he is also and Director-AFOSR-MURI at UCSD. He held visiting professorships at the Catholic University -Santiago, Chile; Universidad del Valle, Colombia; the Catholic University-Leuven, Belgium, the Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule, Aachen, Germany; The University of Tel-Aviv, Israel and the University of Paris, Orsay, France.

Schuller is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the APS David Adler Lectureship (2003), Alexander von Humboldt Award (2000), APS Wheatley Award (1999), DOE Outstanding Scientific Accomplishments (1987), MRS Medal (2003), a Doctor Honoris Causa from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2005), DOE Lawrence Award (2005), IUMRS Somiya (2008) and the 2015 Lise Meitner Lectureship Award. He is a member of the Chilean, Spanish, Belgian and Colombian Academies of Science. Dr. Schuller is the President of the Board of Trustees and Scientific Advisory Committee of the IMDEA Nanoscience Institute.

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Hideo Ohno

The 22 nd President of Tohoku University.
He received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the
University of Tokyo in 1977, 1979 and 1982. He spent
one year as a visiting-graduate student at Cornell
University, Ithaca, USA from 1979. He joined Hokkaido
University in 1982 and moved to Tohoku University as a
professor 1994. Since 1995, he was a professor of
Research Institute of Electrical Communication (RIEC)
at Tohoku University. He has received many awards and
fellows, IUPAP Magnetism Prize, Japan Academy Prize,
IEEE David Sarnoff Award, Leo Esaki Prize, Fellow of
IOP, JSAP, APS, and IEEE et al. He was appointed to
the 22 nd President of Tohoku University in 2018. He
published more than 550 papers and total citation is
45927 (as of Jan. 2019)

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Tomas Jungwirth

Head of the Department of Spintronics and Nanoelectronics at the Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR) and Professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy University of Nottingham, UK

Tomas Jungwirth received his Ph.D. degree in condensed matter physics from the Charles University in Prague in 1997. In 2004 Tomas Jungwirth was appointed a Professor-Chair at the University of Nottingham, UK and in 2007  a Head of the Department of Spintronics and Nanoelectronics of the Institute of Physics ASCR in Prague.

Tomas Jungwirth has co-authored about 200 publications including 50 papers in Reviews of Modern Physics, Physical Review Letters, Nature Publishing Group, or Science. In 2011 he was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant in the field of spintronics. He was a member of the ERC Advanced Grant Evaluation Panel from 2009 to 2014. Besides the ERC Scientific Council, he is a member of the Research and Development Council of the Government of the Czech Republic, member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic, and member of the Academy of Europe.

Source: European Research council

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Olivier Fruchart

Senior scientist and deputy director at SPINTEC Laboratory.

His research topic is magnetism and spintronics of low-dimensional structures, with a special focus on fundamental magnetization processes associated with domain walls. He has expertise at the frontier of several areas: experimental and theoretical micromagnetism; surface and interface magnetism, material science; epitaxial growth and chemical synthesis, magnetic microscopies. His main current focus is fundamental issues related to the prospects for a 3D race-track memory using magnetic nanowires, a topic on which he coordinated a European project ( He graduated as PhD in 1998 in Grenoble, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the MPI-Halle before entering Laboratoire Louis Néel, later Institut Néel until 2015. He created and is now the general chair of the European School on Magnetism, the largest Higher-educational event on magnetism worldwide ( He was co-founder of the European Magnetism Association ( He authored 90 manuscripts and two book chapters.

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Stefania Pizzini

Stefania Pizzini is senior scientist at the InstitutNéel in Grenoble (France).

She obtained the Physics Degree at the University of Milano (Italy) and the PhD degree from the Strathclyde University in Glasgow (UK). She then moved to Orsay University in the Paris region for a PostDoc, where she studied the magnetism of thin films using x-ray circular magnetic dichroism using the synchrotron radiation facility. In 1993 she obtained a research position at the CNRS, first at the Laboratoire Louis Néeland later atInstitutNéel, where she led the Micro and Nano Magnetism team.
Her research concerns the study of magnetization dynamics in thin magnetic films and multilayers, using magnetic imaging techniques both in the labs and at synchrotron radiation sources. In the last years she concentrated her work on domain wall dynamics in systems with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction.
She authored more than 150 publications and four book chapters.

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Shinji Yuasa

Director of Spintronics Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Shinji Yuasa received a PhD in Physics from Keio University in 1996. After receiving his doctorate, he served as a staff scientist at the Electrotechnical Laboratory (Tsukuba, Japan). Since 2000, he has been a staff scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Since 2010, he has been a Director of the Spintronics Research Center at AIST and a Professor at University of Tsukuba.

Since 2000, he has been studying thin film magnetism and spintronics, more specifically the tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) effect and spin-transfer torque in magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) and their applications to various practical devices such as read heads of hard disk drives and magnetoresistive random-access-memory (MRAM). His most important scientific achievements are the development of MgO-based MTJs and their device applications (Nature Mater. 3, 868 (2004); Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 092502 (2005), etc.). For these achievements related with the MgO-based MTJs, he has been awarded or co-awarded 20 prizes, including the Asahi Award in 2007.

He served as a Program Co-Chair for the 2013 Joint MMM/Intermag Conference in Chicago and as a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Magnetics Society in 2012. He is now serving as a General Chair for 2019 MMM conference in Las Vegas, an Advisory Committee member of IEEE Magnetics Society, and an Editor of Applied Physics Express.

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Stefan Blügel

FZ Jülich

Jairo Sinova

JGU Mainz

Myriam Pannetier-Lecoeur

Myriam Pannetier-Lecoeur is senior scientist and
deputy head at Service de l’Etat Condensé at
CEA Saclay. After a PhD received in 1999 from
University of Caen and a post-doctoral
fellowship at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
on high-Tc superconductors, she joined the
nanomagnetism group at SPEC-CEA Saclay in
2001. Her research focuses on spin electronics,
noise measurements and magnetic sensors. In
particular she is involved in field sensors
development for biomedical applications, such as
Magneto-Encephalography, Magneto-
cardiography or more recently on magnetic
probes for neuronal activity recordings. She has
authored more than 60 articles, 3 book chapters
and filed 20 patents. She has been awarded in
2008 with Aymé Poirson Prize from Fench
Academy of Science and in 2014 with James
Zimmerman Prize – IFMBE.

Source: CEA, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives

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Kai Liu

Prof. Kai Liu is Professor of Physics and an incoming McDevitt Chair at Georgetown University.

He received a Ph.D. in Physics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1998.  Then he carried out postdoctoral research at the University of California – San Diego. He joined the University of California – Davis faculty in 2001, before moving to the Georgetown University in 2018.  His research interest is in experimental studies of magnetism and spin transport in nanostructured materials. He has over 140 refereed journal publications, with over 6,600 ISI citations. Prof. Liu was recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and a UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellowship. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), American Physical Society and IEEE.  He served as the Program Co-Chair for the 2007 MMM and 2011 Intermag, and the General Chair for the 2016 MMM. He is serving as Secretary for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Commission on Magnetism (2018-2020). He is also an Associate Editor for APL Materials

Source: Georgetown University

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Luis Hueso

Luis E. Hueso is currently an Ikerbasque Research Professor, Leader of the Nanodevices group and Scientific Director of the “Maria de Maeztu” Unit of Excellence CIC nanoGUNE.

He obtained a PhD degree in Physics at the University of Santiago de Compostela with J. Rivas, and was awarded postdoctoral fellowships at both the University of Cambridge (MSCA Fellow with N.D. Mathur) and the Italian National Research Council (with V.A. Dediu). Before his arrival to nanoGUNE in 2009, he was a Lecturer at the University of Leeds (UK). His research focuses on electronic transport in nanoscale devices, and particularly spintronic and organic electronic applications. He has published extensively in all these topics, and an update list of his publications can be found here:

He has positions as an Associate Editor at Journal of Materials Chemistry C, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and as a Member of the Editorial Board of Applied Physics Letters, published by the American Institute of Physics.

Source: Nanogune

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Alexandra Kalashnikova

Senior researcher, deputy-head of the Ferroics Physics
Laboratory, Ioffe Institute
Main research interests: ultrafast magnetization dynamics,
magneto-optics, laser-induced phase transitions
Alexandra Kalashnikova received the PhD degree in 2009
from the Radboud University Nijmegen, then was a post-doc
at the Radboud University Nijmegen, a short-term post-doc at
the University of Tokyo, visiting researcher at the University
of Nottingham. Since 2010 she holds a permanent position at
the Ioffe Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since 2018 she is
also a part-time lecturer at the ITMO University in St.
Petersburg, Russia.
In 2014 Alexandra received the Presidents’ of Russia award
for young scientists.
Alexandra is the co-author of 41 research papers in peer-
reviewed journals, with the total citation exceeding 1000.

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Pietro Gambardella

Prof. Dr. Pietro Gambardella is Full Professor at the Department of Materials, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Prof. Gambardella graduated summa cum laude from the University of Genova, Italy, and obtained his PhD degree from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, with a thesis on the growth, electronic, and magnetic properties of metallic nanowires. He was a postdoc at the Max Planck Institut for Solid State Physics in Stuttgart, Germany and a research assistant at EPFL until 2005. In 2006, he was appointed ICREA Research Professor at the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology in Barcelona, Spain, before joining the ETH Zurich in 2013. His research interests are in the areas of magnetism, spintronics, and solid state interfaces.

Source: ETH Zurich

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Norman Birge

He is Professor of Experimental Condensed Matter Physics at Michigan State University.  He works in quantum transport and mesoscopic physics, with a current emphasis on the interplay between superconductivity and ferromagnetism.

He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 1979 from Harvard University and the PhD in 1986 from the University of Chicago.  He was then a post-doc at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1986 to 1988, when he joined the faculty at Michigan State University.

Prof. Birge has 89 refereed publications and book chapters with over 4,200 citations, and has given over 90 invited talks at conferences and summer schools.  He is an APS Outstanding Referee and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

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Agnès Barthélémy, CNRS-Thales

Full-Professor at Université Paris-Sud, Orsay -France Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, Palaiseau-France
After a PHD thesis in 1991 on magnetic metallic multilayers and cluster-based nanostructures, and early researches on
Giant magnetoresistance and Tunnel magnetoresistance, she reoriented her research in 1998 and developed at
UnitéMixte de Physique CNRS/Thales a new thematic of research concerning “multifunctional oxides”. This
encompasses researches on tunneling in magnetic and ferroelectric tunnel junctions, high mobility two-
dimensional electron gases at oxide interfaces, multiferroic materials and heterostructures.
Her results have been reported in192 papersamong them: 2 Science, 3 Nature, 9 Nature Materials, 5 Nature Physics, 1 Nature Nanotechnology, 8 Nature Communications, 19 Phys. Rev. Lett., …, 7 book chapters and 4 patents.
They have beenawarded by theLouis Ancel prize of the French Physical Society in 2008, the Silver medal of CNRS in
2010, the Nikola Tesla prize of the PetrovićNjegoš foundation in 2015 and the Lazare Carnot prize of the French Academy of Sciences in 2017.

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Axel Hoffman

Dr. Axel Hoffmann is currently the Senior Group Leader of the Magnetic Thin Film Group within the Materials Science Division at the Argonne National Laboratory. 

His research interests encompass a wide variety of magnetism related subjects, including basic properties of magnetic heterostructures, spin-transport in novel geometries, and biomedical applications of magnetism. In particular he is focused now on pure spin currents investigated by magnetotransport and magnetization dynamic measurements. 

He has more than 200 publications (more than 8000 citations) four book chapters, and three magnetism-related U.S. patents.  In addition, he is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Physics.  He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, American Vacuum Society, and IEEE.  Furthermore, he was in 2011 a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Magnetics Society; received in 2015 the Outstanding Researcher Award by the Prairie Section of the American Vacuum Society, in 2016 was awarded a President’s International Fellowship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and in 2017 received the Distinguished Performance Award from the University of Chicago.


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Sergio Valenzuela

Prof. Sergio Valenzuela is group leader at ICN2 group of Physics and Engineering of Nanodevices.

He obtained his PhD in physics in 2001 at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina) and held research positions at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since July 2008 Prof. Valenzuela has been an ICREA research professor and leader of the ICN2 Physics and Engineering of Nanoelectronic Devices Group.

His research is focused on the unique properties of materials with nanoscale dimensions, motivated by both their intrinsic scientific interest and their potential for advanced electronic applications. His work encompasses spintronics, quantum computation with superconducting circuits and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). Together with his collaborators, he has pioneered the use of non-local devices to study the spin Hall effect of thermopiles to isolate the magnon drag in ferromagnetic materials, and implemented novel qubit control and spectroscopy methods.

Prof. Valenzuela was awarded the 2001 Giambiagi prize and the 2009 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Magnetism for his contributions to the field of spintronics, as well as an ERC Starting Grant in 2012. He has authored over 50 articles (Nature, Science, Reviews of Modern Physics, Nature Materials, Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters, among others), three patents, and five books or book chapters.

Source: ICN2

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Claire Donnelly

Postdoctoral fellow at University of Cambridge.

During her PhD at the Paul Scherrer Institut and ETH Zurich, which she defended in summer 2017, Claire Donnelly focused on the fabrication and characterization 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, as well as the Swiss Physics Society Award for Computation Physics, and the Werner Meyer-Ilse Memorial Award for exceptional contributions to the advancement of x-ray microscopy.

Following a one year postdoc at the ETH Zurich, she is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge, where she will be continuing to work on three-dimensional magnetic nanostructures.


Source: Paul Scherrer Institut

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Stefano Bonetti

Stefano Bonetti is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics of Stockholm University and at the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

Stefano Bonetti is investigating ultrafast phenomena in condensed matter with the goal of understanding magnetism and other emergent properties in quantum materials.

He obtained his Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.) in 2011 in Materials Physics, KTH, at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University from 2012 to 2014. In 2015 he was awarded the Postdoctoral Award for Best Presentation of Research by the American Vacuum Society – Magnetic Interfaces and Nanostructure Division. In 2016 he was awarded the ERC Starting Grant “Understanding the speed limits of magnetism” and in 2017 he was selected by the Royal Academy of Science as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow in Natural Sciences.

He has published more than 50 scientific articles, many of them in the Physical Review and Nature journals, which have been cited more than 2000 times.

Amalio Fernandez-Pacheco

EPSRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Glasgow, where he is investigating new ways to fabricate nanomagnets, aiming to create a new generation of spintronic devices.

He obtained his PhD in Physics at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. In 2010 he became a postdoc at the group of Prof. Cowburn at Imperial College, moving subsequently to the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, where he became a Marie Curie Fellow. In 2014, he was awarded with two fellowships in Cambridge to start his own group, dedicated to the investigation of three-dimensional magnetic nanostructures. He recently moved to Glasgow to continue these investigations.

He has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including four in Nature family journals, and is recognised worldwide as an expert in 3D nano-printing of magnetic materials using focused electron beam induced deposition, having reported the first result where high-purity magnetic materials were grown using this method. He is also an expert in magneto-optics, having detected the magnetic switching of a single 3D nanostructure via Kerr effect for the first time. As a postdoctoral fellow in Cambridge, he formed part of the team that developed a new concept for vertical motion of magnetic data using kinks in synthetic antiferromagnets. He has recently published influential invited reviews on 3D nanomagnetism and on FEBID growth of magnetic materials. Recently, his group has demonstrated the first experimental result where domain walls are controllably injected into 3D nanowires, a work that includes the development of a new magneto-optical method to detect 3D magnetic nanostructures; this work deserved the 2017 Cavendish Laboratory Abdus Salam Prize.

Source: University of Cambridge

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Marina Díaz Michelena

Marina Díaz Michelena is a Scientist Researcher.

Position: Head of the Space Magnetism Laboratory at the Spanish National Institute of Aerospace Tecnology (INTA)

Lines of research and activity:

1)   The conception, design and development of magnetic sensors for space applications

2)   Planetary magnetic mineralogy

3)  DC and low frequency magnetic testing and multiphysics modelling for the industry (U212, S80 submarines) and in particular for the space sector (Lisa Pathfinder, Nanosat-01 and 1B, Sentinel, Small Geo, Optos and SeoSat, Solar Orbiter, Juice).

Marina Díaz Michelena obtained her PhD in 2004.

She has devoted her main part of her carreer at INTA. She has a scientific-technological profile which brings together the objective to contribute in the understanding of some of the important questions on the origin and evolution of the rocky planetary bodies of our Solar System and the capabilities of conceiving and developing the associated and often novel instrumentation.

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Paolo Perna

Paolo Perna is Assistant Research Prof. (tenure track).

He obtained the BCs + MCs in Theoretical Physics on 2003 at the University Federico II in Naples (Italy) and then moved to the experimental research. On 2008, he obtained two PhD titles in Physics: Condensed Matter and Devices from the University of Caen Basse-Normandie (France) and in Mechanical Engineering (Material Science) from the University of Cassino (Italy). During his PhD, he has been granted with an individual exchange fellowship from the European Science Foundation (2006). After a postdoctoral research contract at the CNR-SPIN in Naples (Italy), on 2009 he joined the Nanomagnetism’s group at IMDEA Nanoscience within the Marie Curie AMAROUT fellowship program and on 2011 he obtained a Juan de la Cierva fellowship. Actually, PP is researcher at IMDEA Nanoscience leading the SpinOrbitronics group. He is responsible of the Laboratorio de Nanomagnetismo IMDEA Nanociencia (Código REDLAB 282 Madri+D).

His research activities cover both fabrication and characterization of magnetic and non-magnetic systems focusing on their fundamental properties and potential technological applications. In particular, his research is mostly dedicated to the understanding and realization of novel spinorbitronic and oxide spintronics devices by employing materials with tailored interface functionalities.

Source: IMDEA nanociencia

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Teruo Ono – Kyoto University

Di Wu – Nanjing University

Jin Xiaofeng – Fudan University

Lech Tomasz Baczewski (Keynote Lecture) – Polish Academy of sciences