The program of the school is in its final form. The name of lecturers assigned to each topic is being added on a regular basis.


Introduction to the School (1h)

  • Opening
  • Motivation for the School: Marek Pzrybylski, Kraków, Poland ― Chair

I. Basic concepts (4h30)

  • Fields, Moments, Units, Magnetostatics: Richard Evans, York, UK
  • Magnetism of atoms and ions

II. Magnetism in matter (9h)

  • Electronic and magnetic properties of matter: Stefan Blügel, Jülich, Germany
  • Magnetic interactions: exchange RKKY. Localized and itinerant magnetism: Stefan Blügel, Jülich, Germany
  • Ordering, mean field: Alexandra Kalashnikova, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Light-matter interaction: Peter Oppeneer, Uppsala, Sweden

III. Magnetization processes (4.5h)

  • Quasistatic magnetizaiton processes: Joo-Von Kim, Orsay, France
  • Magnetization dynamics: Joo-Von Kim, Orsay, France

IV. Techniques (3h)

  • Micromagnetic simulations: Richard Evans, York, UK
  • Magnetometry: Paolo Vavassori, San Sebastian, Spain

V. Magnetism by light (15h)

  • Synchrotron radiation: Marcin Sikora, Kraków, Poland
  • Magneto-optics and magneto-plasmonics: Paolo Vavassori, San Sebastian, Spain
  • X-ray magnetic dichroism: Eberhard Goering, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Light-induced (de)magnetization processes and all-optical switching: Alexandra Kalashnikova, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Atomistic / LLG-B modeling: Richard Evans, York, UK
  • Photo-magnetic transitions: Amandine Bellec, Paris, France
  • THz radiation techniques: pump and probe: Tobias Kampfrath, Berlin, Germany

IX. Career perspectives (3h)

Two contributions are scheduled from outside the world of lab research. These are intended to promote thinking about economical, ethical or societal issues, and provide an opportunity to discuss and debate about career opportunities for PhD scientifists beyond their defense.

  • How a physicist can survive (and progress) in an alien engineering world: what is left behind, what is gained…: David García Gómez, Airbus Defense & Space
  • The art of getting hired as a Data-Scientist after a Ph.D: Piotr Łaczkowski, lead data scientist at BackMarket.

Other activities

Practicals (4-6h)

Practical are organized to practice the use of numerical, analytical or experimental techniques, related to topics covered by the lectures. Computers will be provided on-site and readily setup for the practicals.
Each practical is typically 2h. Attendees will be asked on-site for their wishes to attend such or such practicals, however it is not possible to attend all of them. On the average, three to four practicals may be attended by each participant. The list of practicals will be updated on a regular basis.


A library consisting of a large set of books dedicated to various aspects of Magnetism is on display during the entire School. Its purpose is first to get students aware of the existing books, get acquainted with their use, and also serve as a support for activities during the School. See the list of books on display at ESM2017.

Question-Answer sessions (5-10h)

The purpose of a research School is to provide young scientists with the basics in a working field. With this respect interactivity between students and lecturers should be promoted. Like in the previous editions, a key aspect of this interactivity is the possibility to raise questions at the end as well as during the course of the lectures. Besides, several sessions of questions take place, during which the lecturers or voluntary students present in more detail issues raised by the students during the lectures or anonymously through a question-box. See the list of questions raised in 2017.


We encourage participants to bring posters to present their work. Students are asked to present their poster in a one-slide-two-minutes presentation as an exercice to summarize their work.