The contingency measures induced by the pandemic gave us a unique opportunity for pioneering an e-ESM, an online higher-education Magnetism event. We believe that on-line and on-site education both have their rightful place in the education environment. While nothing may ever replace enthusiasm fostered by face-to-face meeting, online environments offer opportunities than are often not implemented on-site meetings.
The 2020 e-ESM focused on Fundamentals of Magnetism, part of the Series of the European School on Magnetism. It took place from Monday 28th Sep to Friday 2nd Oct 2020. The School was chaired by Olivier Fruchart and co-chaired by Leon Abelmann and Bertrand Dupé, in association with the magnetism communities of the Greater Region in Kaiserslautern (Germany) and Nancy (France).
Like previous on-site editions of ESM, the 2020 School aimed at providing a thorough understanding of magnetism based on a broad series of fundamental lectures, while offering the latest insights into up-to-date aspects of magnetism. This first online ESM had a duration shorter than an on-site ESM (five working days instead of ten), and hosts 70 young scientists instead of 100.
Time was shared between academic lectures, question sessions, poster presentations, and project work in small teams. The attendees benefited from prominent scientists active in today's research, organized in a dual team of lecturers, and mentors available to the attendees while conducting the collaborative activities.
e-ESM is addressed at young scientists, mainly PhD students and post-docs, both experimentalists and theoreticians. The school is an opportunity for young scientists from various fields to work cooperatively, share their expertise and build a network.
e-ESM 2020 will be held remotely, with dates 28th Sep - 2 Oct 2020. The topic is "Fundamentals of Magnetism". Activities consist in lectures (15h), question sessions (4h), project work in small teams, and poster presentations. Registration is now closed, ending in the selection of 70 participants from all around Europe and beyond.