List of topics for ESM 2021. Lecturers to cover these topics have been contacted. Their names will be disclosed on a regular basis, upon receiving their acceptance for participation.


Introduction to the School (1h)

  • Opening
  • Motivation for the School: Daniel Andreica, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Fundamental properties (15h)

  • Units, fields, moments, forces
  • Magnetism on the atom
  • Exchange interactions and magnetic structures.
  • Crystal electric field and magnetic anisotropy: Sophie de Brion, Grenoble, France.
  • Transport and spintronics: Yoshichika Otani, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Magnetization processes and micromagnetism

Magnetic materials (7,5h)

  • Soft magnetic materials: Nicoleta Luou, Iasi, Romania.
  • Hard magnetic materials: Oliver Gutfleisch, Darmstadt, Germany.
  • Multifunctional magnetic materials: Denys Makarov, Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany.
  • Magnetic Fluids: Ladislau Vekas, Timisoara, Romania.
  • Magnetic heterostructures and nanoscopic materials: Denys Makarov, Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany.

Applications (12h)

  • Magnetism for energy: Oliver Gutfleisch, Darmstadt, Germany.
  • Computing: memories, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies
  • Magnetism and quantum computing
  • Automation: Sensors and communication: Nicoleta Luou, Iasi, Romania.
  • Magnetism for biology and medicine: Annelies Coene, Ghent, Belgium.

Career perspectives

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.

  • Career perspective: Julia Lyubina, Head of Global New Business Development | Silanes at Evonik.

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.

Students projects

Students work in teams of 4/5, each coached by a mentor. Each team tackles a problem, ranging from fundamentals to an industry or societal challenge, to be addressed by Magnetism. Towards the end of the school, each team shortly presents its output to the entire audience of attendees.


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 2018.


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.