Eurodim 2014, the 12th Europhysical Conference on Defects in Insulating Materials, was held at the University of Kent from 13-19 July 2014. I have attended the Eurodim/ICDIM series of conferences fairly continuously for the past 30 years; previously I organised Eurodim 1998 at Keele, and helped organise the programme for ICDIM 2008 in Aracaju, Brazil. I had a small part in helping organise Eurodim 2014, although the local team deserve most of the credit (Maria Alfredsson, Alan Chadwick, Emma McCabe and their very capable band of postgraduate students) !
Over the years the conference series has evolved in its coverage from mainly colour centres to the inclusion of ion transport in solids and wide band semiconductors. The attendance has had its ups and downs, but is typically around 100-200 delegates, depending on timing and location. It features plenary and contributed lectures and poster sessions, and depending on the organisers it can have parallel sessions as well.
This year’s conference included plenary lectures from:
- Richard Catlow (University College London, UK)
- Mauro Fasoli (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
- Brian Sales (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
- Philippe Smet (University of Ghent, Belgium)
- Francois Treussart (ENS Cachan, France)
- Marie-Genevieve Blanchin (University of Lyon, France)
There was also a special session in honour of Patrick Jacobs, who died in 2013 and who made such important contributions to our field (see my post about him here). This session included contributions from Alastair Cormack, Phuti Ngoepe, Miguel Moreno, David Smith and myself. Alex Shluger was unable to attend due to illness, but his paper was presented by his co-author Dr S Ling.
There was the usual spread of interesting talks and posters at the conference, and I returned full of ideas for future work. I hope to post about some of these later in the summer, before the semester and the ‘mad times’ return!
The conference had some excellent social highlights, including the welcome reception which coincided with the World Cup Final (Germany versus Argentina, which Germany won, much to the delight of our German delegates), and the conference excursion to Whitstable, which included beer tasting courtesy of Shepherd Neame. And I shouldn’t forget the conference dinner in Darwin College.
Finally, I’m in the process of putting together a gallery of photos from the conference, and they will appear shortly on my web site, http://www.robajackson.com