The list of topics for ESM 2019 is complete and lecturers are assigned. Abstracts of presentations will be updated gradually. A detailed timetable is to be added soon.


Introduction to the School (1h)

  • Opening
  • Motivation for the School: Michal Urbánek, Brno, Czech Republic ― Chair

I. Basic concepts (4h30)

  • Fields, Moments, Units: Olivier Fruchart, Grenoble, France
  • Magnetism of atoms, Hund's rules, spin-orbit in atoms: Virginie Simonet, Grenoble, France

II. Magnetism in matter (7h30)

  • Magnetic interactions: exchange RKKY. Localized and itinerant magnetism: Julie B. Staunton, Warwick, UK
  • Ordering, mean field: Tomáš Jungwirth, Nottingham, UK & Praha, Czech Republic
  • Interaction with the lattice: Julie B. Staunton, Warwick, UK
  • Transport, from basics to spin-orbitronics: Tomáš Jungwirth, Nottingham, UK & Praha, Czech Republic

III. Magnetization processes (4h30)

  • Magnetization processes, from statics to precession: Alexandra Mougin, Orsay, France
  • All-optical switching of magnetization: Theo Rasing, Nijmegen, Netherlands

IV. Techniques (21h)

  • Spin-sensitive scanning probe microscopy: Alexandra Mougin, Orsay, France
  • Electron spectroscopy and microscopies: Axel Lubk, Dresden, Germany
  • Holography, tomography (Electron, X-rays): Axel Lubk, Dresden, Germany / Jan Lüning, Paris, France
  • Magneto-optics: Rudolf Schaefer, Dresden, Germany
  • Time-resolved pump-probe techniques: Theo Rasing, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • X-ray techniques: synchrotron, FEL, HHG: Jan Lüning, Paris, France
  • General and torque magnetometry: Vittorio Basso, Torino, Italy
  • Magnetic resonance: Laurent Ranno, Grenoble, France
  • Neutron scattering: Virginie Simonet, Grenoble, France
  • Indirect techniques: calorimetry, dilatometry, transport: Vittorio Basso, Torino, Italy
  • Measuring spin currents: Laurent Ranno, Grenoble, France
  • Magnetic sensors: Cristina Gomez-Polo, Pamplona, Spain

V. Industrial 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.

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.