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Workshop on Magnetoelectric Interaction Phenomena in Crystals (MEIPIC6)

The International Center for Materials Research (ICMR) at UC Santa Barbara announces a workshop on Magnetoelectric Interaction Phenomena in Crystals (MEIPIC-6), which will take place at UC Santa Barbara from January 25-28, 2009.


The scope of the conference is to provide a forum for discussions of new ideas and results on the magnetoelectric interactions of ordered matter. Aside from the microscopic origin and the fundamental aspects of magnetoelectric behavior “gigantic” magnetoelectric effects and potential device applications of the magnetoelectric effect will be discussed.

With the workshop we attempt to encourage the interdisciplinary exchange among experimentalists and theorists from various World Hemispheres and to stimulate novel approaches to the field.


This workshop follows MEIPIC Conferences in Seattle (1973), Ascona (1993), Novgorod (1996), Novgorod (2001), and Sudak (2003).

Topics for the workshop will include:

  • Linear and higher order magnetoelectric effects
  • Novel mechanisms for magnetoelectric coupling
  • Multiferroics
  • Magnetoelectric phase control
  • Toroidal moments
  • Multilayer effects
  • Interface effects
  • Dynamical magnetoelectric effects (incl. electromagnons)
  • Novel materials
  • Non-oxide compounds
  • Composites
  • Potential systems for technical application


The workshop will begin with a reception on Sunday, January 25th and will end late afternoon on Wednesday, January 28th. You can view the schedule here.


The proceedings of former MEIPIC meetings have become established as well-cited reference works on the state of the field at different stages of its evolution. In an effort to continue this tradition, ISI-citeable proceedings of MEIPIC 6 will be published in the European Physical Journal B as a special volume.

Although there are no strict page limitations it is anticipated that invited papers should cover 6-8 journal pages while contributed papers should cover 4-6 journal pages.

Instructions on how to prepare the manuscript, style files, and more useful information can be found here. Submission deadline is the first day of the MEIPIC workshop (26 January 2009).

Please do not submit manuscripts electronically at this stage. Bring two printed copies to the MEIPIC registration desk. Upon acceptance, electronic submission of the finalized manuscripts will be requested at a later stage.

Confirmed Invited Participants:

  • L. Bohaty, U. Koln
  • S.-W. Cheong, Rutgers
  • K. Dorr, Dresden
  • I. Dzyaloshinskii, UC Irvine
  • C. Ederer, Trinity College, Dublin
  • C. Fennie, Cornell
  • T. Kimura, Osaka
  • W. Kleemann, U. Duisburg
  • D. B. Litvin, Penn. State
  • A. Loidl, U. Augsburg
  • M. Mostovoy, U. Groningen
  • A. A. Mukhin, GPI-RAS, Moscow
  • T. Palstra, U. Groningen
  • R. Ramesh, UC Berkeley
  • H. Schmid, U. Geneva
  • G. Srinivasan, Oakland U.
  • A. Zvezdin, GPI-RAS, Moscow

Organizers of the Workshop:

M. Fiebig, University of Bonn, Germany
N. Nagaosa, University of Tokyo, Japan
R. V. Pisarev, Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia
N. A. Spaldin, UC Santa Barbara, USA

Administrative Information:



Welcome Reception and Registration:

A welcome reception (buffet dinner) and registration will be held on Sunday, January 25 from 5:30 - 7:30 at Corwin Pavilion located at the UCSB University Center. We welcome all invited lectuers and participants to attend. Transportation from the Bestern Western will be provided beginning at 5:15.

Workshop Banquet:

We will hold a workshop banquet on Monday, January 26 from 5:30 - 8:30 at the UCSB Faculty Club. The banquet is open to all invited lecturers and workshop participants. Transportation will be provided from the Faculty Club to the Best Western and the Santa Catalina Residence Hall after the banquet.

Poster Session:

Poster boards are 6 feet wide by 4 feet high.


It is recommended that you fly into the Los Angeles (LAX) or Santa Barbara (SBA) airports. If you fly into Los Angeles and are unable to get a convenient flight from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, it is recommended that you secure transportation on the Santa Barbara Airbus, www.sbairbus.com. Be sure to get off the bus at the Goleta stop which is located at 5755 Thornwood Dr (this is the last stop). The Best Western has a shuttle that will provide transportation from 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM from either the Goleta Airbus stop or the Santa Barbara Airport. Once you arrive at the Goleta Airbus stop or at the Santa Barbara Aiport, please use the courtesy phone to contact the Best Western to arrange for your pick up (967-3200).

Registration Fee:

There is a $200 registration fee. UCSB participants are required to pay registration only if they are planning to attend program meals. Registration will cover receptions, coffee breaks, lunches, dinners and conference materials. Registration payments can be made at the following link. Please only register if the organizers have told you that your application has been accepted.


If we have offered you support for your local housing expenses, we will cover the cost of four nights. It is recommended that you arrive on Sunday, January 25th and check out on Thursday, January 29th. You are welcome to arrive early or depart late, however you will be responsible for the additional lodging expense. A block of rooms has been set aside for the use of our workshop participants at The Best Western South Coast Inn in Goleta, California (about 2-1/2 miles from the UCSB Campus--transportation to/from UCSB/BWSCI will be provided. Contact them directly at 800/350-3614 or 805/967-3200) to make your own reservation. Mention the "ICMR Workshop" group when making your reservation. Lodging must be reserved by December 30, 2008. After that date rooms MAY BE available to you on a space available basis at their regular rate. The Santa Barbara area has a large tourist population and it is imperative that you make your reservations early. For further information regarding Best Western South Coast Inn see directions below.

Please Note: If you are travelling from overseas and need to make a hotel reservation at the Best Western South Coast Inn, please e-mail Shelagh Erwin: sales@santa-barbara-hotel.com. Mention the group name when making your reservation.

Directions to Best Western South Coast Inn, 5620 Calle Real in Goleta (SCI)

To reach the Best Western South Coast Inn (BWSCI), if you are travelling by air into S.B. Airport and arriving prior to 10:30 pm, simply use the courtesy phone in the terminal and call for BWSCI to pick you up. If you are travelling by S.B. Airbus and arriving prior to 10:30 pm, call BWSCI and they will send the shuttle to pick you up. If you are arriving later than 10:30 pm, call a taxi to deliver you to the BWSCI. (DO NOT USE A TAXI WAITING OUTSIDE THE AIRLINE TERMINAL. THEY CHARGE TOO MUCH. CALL A TAXI. Blue Dolphin Cab at 805-962-6886; Santa Barbara Yellow Cab at 805-965-5111). If you are driving from LAX, travel north on Freeway #405. Take the U.S. 101 exit north to Santa Barbara (a total trip of about 2 hours). Take the Patterson offramp and turn right onto Patterson Avenue and at the first stoplight turn left onto Calle Real. The BWSCI is on the right about 1 mile. If you are driving from San Francisco, use the U.S. 101 south to the Patterson Avenue offramp, turn left onto Patterson Avenue and at the stoplight turn left onto Calle Real. The BWSCI is on the right about 1 mile.

South Coast Inn can be reached at (800) 350-3614, from within the continental United States, or at (805) 967-3200. Their fax is (805) 683-4466. They offer high speed Internet access in all rooms, although it does require an Ethernet cord (available at the front desk for guest convenience). Wireless access is available in the lobby and pool area. They also offer a free continental breakfast each morning to guests.


For further details, please contact the ICMR Program Coordinator, Jennifer Ybarra, at ybarra@icmr.ucsb.edu


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