IEEE CSC Newsletter, Issue 5, 2016


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What is the Council on Superconductivity?

The IEEE Council on Superconductivity (CSC) promotes programs and activities that cover the science and technology of superconductors and their applications. Superconducting applications span the range from small scale analog and digital circuits and systems, to large scale applications of MRI, electrical power generation, storage, and transmission. Applications include the development and enhancement of the associated materials.

The IEEE CSC publishes the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (TAS) with six issues per year. Other activities of the IEEE CSC include conference and workshop sponsorships and organization (including ISEC and MT, when held in the U.S.), graduate student fellowships, preparation and distribution of digital archives, student travel support for conferences, development of standards in collaboration with other international organizations, IEEE Awards, Best Paper Awards, Entrepreneurial Awards, and the highly successful Superconductivity News Forum in collaboration with ESAS.

The purpose of the Council is to advance and coordinate work in the field of Superconductivity carried out throughout the IEEE and as such is exclusively scientific, literary and educational in character. In furtherance of the foregoing, the Council may publish appropriate periodicals, sponsor IEEE Superconductivity related conferences and conference sessions, sponsor IEEE Press publications, and engage in any other activity within its field of interest.

The field of interest of the Council and its activities and programs shall be to cover the science and technology of superconductors and their applications, including materials and their applications for electronics, magnetics, and power systems, where the superconductor properties are central to the application.

More information on the IEEE Council on Superconductivity can be found here.

Member Societies

IEEE Council on Superconductivity is composed of ten Member Societies that have been admitted by the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB), Secretary. The following Societies are Member Societies of the Council. Click on their logos below to visit their websites:

Distinguished Lecturers

The Council's Distinguished Lecturers are available to provide a seminar or lecture at your institution. To request a lecture, click here.

Looking back: 2015, A productive year reported by CSC all-star Distinguished Lecturer, Jeff Tallon.

More information regarding the Distinguished Lecturers can be found here.

The current Distinguished Lecturers are:

Dr. Jeff Tallon

Prof. Horst Rogalla

Prof. Lucio Rossi




(left to right): Stephen  A. Gourlay (2005-2006), Catherine P. Foley (2007-2008), David C. Larbalestier (2009-2011), and Lucio Rossi (2011 to date). 

Distinguished Lecturers not present when photograph was taken: Jeff Talon (2014 to 2016), Horst Rogalla (2013 to date), Alexis P. Malozemoff (2004-2005), Donald U. Gubser (2003-2004), and Theodore van Duzer (2001 2002)


Student Support

 IEEE CSC has dedicated a limited fund to provide financial assistance to students and recent graduates who are presenting at conferences related to applied superconductivity, such as the Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC), the International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC), the Magnet Technology Conference (MT), and other Conferences that develop an agreement with CSC. Applicants are expected to be or to become, IEEE student members, as well as members of one of the CSC-affiliated IEEE Societies.

Assistance is available to cover conference registration fees, and in some exceptional cases, additional support in the form of a partial travel stipend may be provided. Students must meet the eligibility requirements and submit the required forms in a timely manner to be considered. Support will be limited to attendees who can demonstrate that they would not be able to attend without such support. Priority is given to students and young scientists from institutions and countries with limited means.

For further details regarding application procedures and requirements please consult the “Financial Support” link on the website of each respective conference. Also, more information can be found on the CSC website by clicking here.


From the 2015-2016 President


Antonio lectern

Dear Colleagues,

The end of the year is approaching, bringing my 2-year term as President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity to its end. In my mind, I go back to 2014, when the IEEE CSC administrative committee confirmed my election as President for the 2015-2016 term, and to how scared I was because of the responsibility of such a position. Indeed, the Council was extremely well led by the guidance of previous Presidents, and the goal of maintaining at least the same level of quality seemed incredibly challenging and possible only with the full support of the CSC members. THEY GUARANTEED IT AND I DEFINITELY RECEIVED IT!!

As I wrote in the newsletter of 2015 “My primary goal as President of the Council will be to sustain and grow our community, in size as well as in the quality of our research and engineering output.”

This has been achieved by supporting the increase in the numbers of conferences, workshops, and student schools in the field of superconductivity. The involvement of young students attending these events, as well as the offer of free one-year student IEEE memberships, brought a lot of “fresh blood” to our community.

The Italian CSC chapter has started is activity and a first meeting was held in Rome on the 21st of October. 

For the first time, the EUCAS conference published peer-reviewed archival papers from its contributors in the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity  (TAS) and they will proceed in the same way for the next conference in 2017.

The idea of having a link on the CSC website to the full videos of the Applied Superconductivity Conference plenary presentations was an incredible success and we are going to publish, shortly, videos of the plenary sessions of the 2016 ASC conference held in Denver.

Now it is time to pass the baton to the next President, Bruce Strauss. I am certain that his undeniable competence and proven potential will bring him and the Council great success. I wish to thank all of the people who supported me in these fabulous years, with particular mention to Elie, John, Moises, and Bruce.

IEEE CSC Fellows Class of 2017

Elevation to the grade of Fellow is a rigorous process with a yearly deadline for submitting completed nominations, usually within the first three months of the year.  Each year’s new “Class of Fellows” is announced at the end of the year. The number of Fellows created each year is less than one-tenth of one percent of the IEEE membership.

The Council proudly recognizes the Fellows Class of 2017 representing the Superconductivity Community!

Quanxi Jia 

Los Alamos National Laboratory 
Los Alamos, NM, USA 

for contributions to coated superconductors and metal-oxide thin films for electronic applications

Dan Oates

Daniel Oates

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Lexington, MA, USA

for contributions to high-temperature superconductors and applications to RF receiver technology

Call for IEEE Fellow Nominations - Class of 2018

Deadline 1 March 2017

Nominations for the IEEE Fellows Class of 2018 are now being accepted. Nominate a colleague, coworker, or friend whose career and body of work you consider eligible for elevation to the IEEE Fellow grade.  IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.

More information can be found here.


IEEE CSC AdCom Meeting at ASC 2016

The IEEE Council on Superconductivity Administrative Committee (AdCom) meeting took place on the 3rd of September 2016 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

The annual CSC AdCom meeting ran from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and covered a wide range of CSC Activities including Awards, Publications, Conferences, International Activities, Student Outreach, and others.

Revisions of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Constitution and Bylaws were approved. The new versions can be viewed at The revisions were prompted by updated IEEE requirements and to reflect the current functioning of the Council, including term limits and other practices intended to increase diversity and community participation. The CSC committee “Women In Superconductivity” proposed a name and mission change to the “Diversity Committee for Superconductivity” and this change was unanimously approved by the AdCom.

A vote for the 2017 President-Elect for CSC was conducted and the winning candidate was John X. Przybysz, Sr. The incoming 2017 CSC President, Bruce Strauss, thanked the departing President Antonio della Corte for exemplary service which expanded the Council internationally.

The meeting was concluded with a dinner event at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

IEEE Council on Superconductivity Administrative Committee (ADCOM); Photo taken during 2016 Applied Superconductivity Conference (September 2016).

Back row: (L to R): Samuel P. Benz, Mauricio Lopes, Fedor Gömöry, Matthew C. Jewell, Alan W. Kleinsasser, Britton Plourde, Cesar Luongo, Michael Osofsky, Scott Holmes, Nate Newman, Oleg Mukhanov, Ronald Goldfarb, Deep Gupta, René Flükiger
3rd row: Lucio Rossi, Michael Parizh, Michael A. Green, Susan D. Butler, John Spargo, Daniel E. Oates, Horst Rogalla, Luigi Muzzi,
Erik DiBenedictis, Al McInturff

Behind seated: Takanobu Kiss, Peter J. Lee, Herbert Freyhardt, Luisa Chiesa, Bill Schwenterly, Robert L. Fagaly, Al Zeller, Cathy Foley,
Lance Cooley, and Naoyuki Amemiya
Seated (left to right): Martin Nisenoff,  Antonio della Corte, Bruce P. Strauss, Elie K. Track, Kathleen Amm, Sasha Ishmael, John X. Przybysz Sr., Justin Schwartz, Bill Hassenzahl


Awards Presented at ASC 2016

IEEE Council on Superconductivity Presents Awards, Prizes, and Fellowships during the 2016 Applied Superconductivity Conference

The IEEE Council on Superconductivity presents awards, prizes, and fellowships each year to members of the applied superconductivity community in order to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of applied superconductivity by senior researchers, engineers, and managers, and to encourage outstanding graduate students to continue their careers in superconductivity. The presentations are made at international conferences on applied superconductivity associated with the IEEE Council on Superconductivity. In 2016, these awards and recognitions were made during the 2016 Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC 2016) that was held in Denver, CO (USA) from the 4th through the 9th of September.

IEEE Awards In the Field of Applied Superconductivity

The IEEE Council on Superconductivity presents awards to senior members of the community for their continuing and significant contributions to the field of applied superconductivity over an extended period of time. The IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to The Field of Applied Superconductivity recognizes significant contributions to the advancement and maturing of both small-scale and large-scale applications of superconductivity. In 2016, this Award for contributions to small-scale applications, was presented to Michael Simmonds (Quantum Design (USA)), while the Awards for large-scale applications were presented to Shlomo Caspi (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA)), and Evgeny Klimenko (SC “SSC RF TRINITI”(Russian Federation) (to be presented to Prof. Klimenko in early 2017).

The IEEE Dr. James Wong Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductor Materials Technology was presented to Edward W. Collings (The Ohio State University (USA)), and to Helmut Krauth (Bruker EAS (Germany)).

The third award presented by the Council on Superconductivity was The IEEE Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community, which recognizes individuals who over a career have played a role in organizing and managing large industrial or government programs in applied superconductivity applications. This year, the Swerdlow Award was presented to Richard E. Harris (NIST, Boulder Laboratories (USA)).

The three awards described above, each carry with them a suitably engraved plaque, a suitably inscribed niobium medallion, and an honorarium of US $5,000.

The fourth award presented by the Council on Superconductivity in 2016 was The IEEE Carl H. Rosner Entrepreneurship Award, which recognizes young entrepreneurs active in exploiting superconductivity while they are still growing their businesses to encourage others to follow in their path. The recipient of this award in 2016 is Danko van der Laan (Advanced Conductor Technologies, LLC (USA)). The Rosner Award consists of an engraved plaque, a niobium medallion, and an honorarium of US $ 2,500.

Pictured below are the recipients of these several IEEE Awards presented during the 2016 Applied Superconductivity Conference. The photos were taken during both the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Awards ceremony and the CSC awards luncheon (arranged by Suzanne Strauss).

For additional information about these Award and previous recipients, please go to the following URL:

Fig. 1.  Shlomo Caspi, 2016 Recipient of the IEEE Award in the Field of Applied Superconductivity Large Scale is shown with past awardees.
In the front row, from left to right, are Paul C. W. Chu, Lucio Rossi, Shlomo Caspi, and Yukikazu Iwasa.
In the back row, from left to right, are Richard Thome, Michael Green. Joseph Minervini, Justin Schwartz, and Herman Ten Kate.

Fig. 2.  Michael Simmonds 2016 Recipient of the IEEE Award in the Field of Applied Superconductivity Small Scale is shown with past awardees. In the front row, from left to right, are Catherine P. Foley, Martin Nisenoff, Michael Simmonds, and Arnold Silver.
In the back row, from left to right, are Vasili K. Semenov, Clark Hamilton, John Clarke, Kent Irwin, and Oleg Mukhanov.

Fig. 3.  Richard E. Harris, 2016 Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community with past Swerdlow awardees. From left to right, are Horst Rogalla, Richard E. Harris, Harold Weinstock, and Bruce Strauss.

Fig. 4. Helmut Krauth, (center) 2016 Recipient of The IEEE Dr. James Wong Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductor Materials Technology with (L) John X. Przybysz, Sr., Tech and Service Awards Chair, and (R) Antonio della Corte, CSC President.

 Fig. 5. Edward Collings, (center) 2016 Recipient of The IEEE Dr. James Wong Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductor Materials Technology with (L) John X. Przybysz, Sr., Tech and Service Awards Chair, and (R) Antonio della Corte, CSC President.

IEEE Council on Superconductivity Van Duzer Prize

The IEEE Council on Superconductivity sponsors the Van Duzer Prize, which is awarded to the best-contributed paper published in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity during each volume year. The objective of this prize is to encourage authors to prepare well-written and comprehensive contributions that may have exceptional archival values. The authors of the selected papers receive an inscribed certificate and an honorarium of US$ 1,000, which, if there are multiple authors, is divided among the authors.

The Van Duzer Prize paper for 2014 was entitled:

Computation of Losses in HTS Under the Action of Varying Magnetic Fields and Currents

which was published in IEEE Trans on Appl. Superconductivity, vol. 24, no. 1, February 2014, Paper 8200433, and was co-authored by Francesco Grilli, Enric Pardo, Antti Stenvall, Doan N. Nguyen, Weijia Yuan, and Fedor Gömöry.

The Van Duzer Prize paper for 2015 was entitled:

"One-Volt Josephson Arbitrary Waveform Synthesizer

which was published in the IEEE Trans. Appl. Superconductivity,  vol. 25, no. 1, February 2015,  Paper 1300108, and co-authored by Samuel P. Benz, Steven B. Waltman, Anna E. Fox, Paul D. Dresselhaus, Alain Rüfenacht,  Jason M. Underwood, Logan A. Howe, Robert E. Schwall, and Charles J. Burroughs, Jr.

For more information about the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Van Duzer Prize, please go to the following URL:

Fig. 6.  Photograph of the authors of The Van Duzer Prize paper for 2014
Shown from left to right, are Alan Kleinsasser (CSC Vice-President, Publications), Doan N. Nguyen, Fedor Gömöry, and Deep Gupta
(Chair, ASC Best Student Paper Contest). Authors not present when the photograph was taken include Francesco Grilli, Enric Pardo, Antti Stenvall, and Weijia Yuan.

Fig. 7  Photograph of the authors of The Van Duzer Prize paper for 2015 
Shown in back row from left to right, are Alan Kleinsasser (CSC Vice-President, Publications), Jason Underwood, Robert E. Schwall,
Paul D. Dresselhaus, Steven B. Waltman, and Sam Benz
Front row from left to right, Charles J. Burroughs, Jr., Alain Rüfenacht, Logan Howe, Anna Fox, and Deep Gupta (Chair, ASC Best Student Paper Contest). 

IEEE Graduate Study Fellowships in Applied Superconductivity

The IEEE Council on Superconductivity Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity is awarded annually to full-time graduate students pursuing a PhD (or equivalent) degree in the area of applied superconductivity at an accredited college or university, with the intent of encouraging students to enter and contribute to the field of applied superconductivity. The recipients of the IEEE Graduate Study Fellowships receive an inscribed certificate, and an honorarium of US $5,000.

The 2016 recipients of the IEEE Graduate Study Fellowships in superconductivity are Nikolay Bykovsky (EPFL - Swiss Plasma Center), Xiaohang Zhang (University of Colorado Boulder (USA)), Meysam Heydari Gharahcheshmeh (University of Houston (USA)), Jeroen van Nugteren (University of Twente (The Netherlands)), Bethany Niedzielski (Michigan State University (USA)), and Max Sieger (Leibniz Institute for Solid State & Materials Research (IFW) Dresden (Germany)).

For additional information about the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Graduate Study Fellowships, please go to the following URL:

Fig. 8. Photograph of 2016 recipients of IEEE Council on Superconductivity Graduate Study Fellowships in Applied Superconductivity.
Shown from left to right are Meysam Heydari Gharahcheshmeh, Bethany Niedzielski, Max Sieger, Jeroen van Nugteren, and Xiaohang Zhang, In front of group is Kathleen Amm, General Chair, ASC 2016 (Nikolay Bykovsky not available)


Additional Photographs Taken at ASC 2016

President Antonio della Corte receiving encouraging words from VP Awards & Recognitions, Marty Nisenoff.

President Antonio della Corte addressing awardees during Monday's awards ceremony.

Photo of 2016 IEEE CSC Carl. H. Rosner Entrepreneurship Award recipient, Danko van der Laan, taken during the ASC 2016 opening awards ceremony.
(Left to right): John X. Przybysz, Sr. (Tech. & Service Awards Chair), Robert  L. Fagaly (Chair, Rosner Award Committee), Danko van der Laan (Rosner Award 2016), and Antonio della Corte (President, IEEE CSC).

Michael Parizh (ASC 2016 Program Chair), Martina Krauth, Helmut Krauth (2016 IEEE CSC Dr. James Wong Awardee), and Herbert Freyhardt (Superconductivity News Forum Co-Editor).

CSC Educational Grants Chair, Nate Newman acknowledging Graduate Study Fellowship awardees during the CSC Awards Luncheon.

Incoming CSC President, Bruce Strauss with wife, Suzanne Strauss. Photo taken at the CSC Awards Luncheon (which was beautifully arranged by Suzanne.)

CSC Treasurer, Elie Track with Sam Benz (CSC AdCom). Photo taken at the John Clarke Retirement Dinner.

View additional photographs in albums of CSC events here.

For information on obtaining photos, please contact the CSC administrator, Jennifir McGillis at [email protected]


IEEE Senior Member Status

Congratulations to the following members of our community who have just achieved IEEE Senior Member status. Senior Member status is awarded to members who have demonstrated significant performance in technology and leadership over a period of at least five years.

Emanuela Barzi, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois, USA

Herbert Freyhardt, University of Göttingen, Germany (retired), and University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Jianyi Jiang, Applied Superconductivity Center, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Hem Kanithi, Luvata, Waterbury, Connecticut, USA

Tengming Shen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA

If you are well into your career in applied superconductivity, you are probably a candidate for Senior Membership in the IEEE. For IEEE members, elevation to Senior Member grade conveys a much-deserved recognition of your status in the field. Such elevation can be accomplished through a simple application process described here:

The Council is always pleased to aid in the process of completing Senior Member applications for qualified applicants. Please contact the CSC Administrator, Jennifir McGillis, ([email protected]) and the Council will assist you in the processing of your application. You must provide us with a copy of your CV as well as your IEEE member number. Applications for elevation to Senior Member can be processed at any time during the year. You will need to provide three references who must be IEEE senior members or IEEE Fellows. If you are not familiar with colleagues who can be references, the Council will be glad to supply references depending on the technical content of your CV. The Council also provides lists of Senior Members affiliated with applied superconductivity on the CSC website:

Status as Senior Member is a pre-requisite to the very prestigious elevation to the grade of IEEE Fellow.


Profile Articles of Superconductivity People

Superconductivity People

The IEEE Council on Superconductivity is pleased to continue one of its newest initiatives. The Council has begun conducting interviews with distinguished members of the Superconductivity community and will release these interviews in the form of Profile Articles. Here we bring you the Profile Article on Justin Schwartz. You can download the PDF of this Article here, or view it on the website here.

We are excited to release the articles on interesting and influential people in our field. If you would like to nominate someone for an interview, please contact the CSC Administrator, Jennifir McGillis at [email protected].


IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship

The Council on Superconductivity is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 IEEE Council on Superconductivity Graduate Study Fellowship:

  • Nikolay Bykovsky, EPFL Swiss Plasma Center
  • Meysam Heydari Gharahcheshmeh, University of Houston
  • Bethany Niedzielski, Michigan State University
  • Max Sieger, Leibniz Institute for Solid State & Materials Research (IFW) Dresden
  • Jeroen van Nugteren, University of Twente
  • Xiaohang Zhang, University of Colorado / NIST

gsf 2016 at ASC

2016 Recipients of IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity 
Front row (L to R) Meysam Heydari Gharahcheshmeh, Bethany Niedzielski, and  Xiaohang Zhang (not available- Nikolay Bykovsky)
Back row (L to R) Jennifir McGillis (CSC Administrator), Jeroen van Nugteren, Max Sieger, (former awardee), and Nate Newman (CSC Educational Grants Chair). 

We are very pleased to see that this Fellowship, in a short time since its inception, has become a very competitive and important award. Congratulations to all the 2016 winners!

Applications for the 2017 IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship. They will open on November 1, 2016, and will close on January 15, 2017. Visit to view the application, further information, and the list of past fellowship recipients.

Prize Items: Each IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity will consist of: an honorarium of US $5,000, a suitably inscribed certificate, and a complimentary membership (or renewal) in IEEE and one of CSC's sponsoring Societies.

Description: The fellowship is awarded annually to a full-time graduate student pursuing a PhD (or equivalent) degree in the area of applied superconductivity, at an accredited college or university of recognized standing worldwide. The intention of the award is to encourage students to enter and contribute to the field of applied superconductivity.

Frequency: Annually, provided suitably qualified candidates are identified.

Funds: IEEE Council on Superconductivity will provide the funding for these awards:

Each Award will have an associated honorarium of US $5,000.Funds for this award will be provided by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity. The maximum number of awards in a given year will be determined by the number of highly qualified candidates and the total Fellowship budget provided by the Council on Superconductivity for that year. The IEEE Council on Superconductivity’s budget will remain net positive with the inclusion of funding for these fellowships.

Administration: This award will be administered by the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.

Eligibility: To be eligible, the recipient must be pursuing full-time graduate work at an accredited college/university and pursuing or planning to pursue research activities in applied superconductivity.  The applicant must have majored in engineering, materials, chemistry, physics or a related area and have received a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent from an accredited college of recognized standing worldwide. Applicants are required to submit certified transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and three letters of recommendation from college/university professors familiar with the applicant's work.  Award recipients will be selected based on the quality of their prior work, the impact of their current research or the impact of their potential research in superconductivity, and their financial need. We expect to distribute the Awards equally across the electronics, materials and large-scale areas of superconductivity.  In addition, the awards will be distributed across a diverse range of universities or colleges in terms of applications and geographical location.  The CSC Graduate Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity can be awarded to an individual no more than two times. The Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Council governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations.

Award Committee: The Graduate Fellowship Award Committee will consist of a Chair, appointed by the President of the Council on Superconductivity, and 7 members selected by the Chair, with the approval of the CSC President. The President of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity will be an ex-officio non-voting member. The President may appoint additional non-voting ex-officio members. The voting members should have diverse backgrounds and be distributed both geographically and among the 3 categories: electronics, materials, and large-scale superconductivity.

Schedule: Applications must be received no later than January 15, 2017. The committee will review the proposals and make a decision. The successful applicants will be informed of the award at least 8 weeks prior to the event at which the award is to be presented so that they can attend and be recognized. It is not required that awardees attend the award event to receive the award.

More information on the IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship and information on how to apply for the 2017 Fellowships, can be found here:


Upcoming Conferences

To see a full list of upcoming conferences, please go to the CSC Events Calendar on the CSC website.

Electronic Materials and Applications 2017 (EMA 2017) will be held January 18-20, 2017 in Orlando, FL, USA.

Electronic Materials and Applications 2017 is an international conference focused on electroceramic materials and their applications in electronic, electromechanical, magnetic, dielectric and optical components, devices and systems. The January 18–20 event features 16 comprehensive symposia and plenary talks from expert speakers.

Conference Website:

The 16th International Superconductive Electronics Conference, ISEC 2017, to be held June 12 – 16, 2017 in Sorrento, Italy

The 16th edition of the International Superconductive Electronics Conference (ISEC 2017) will be held in Sorrento (Napoli), a unique historical town and a very attractive resort situated in one of the most beautiful Mediterranean coastlines.

Along with the traditional topics, ISEC2017 will host sessions on more innovative, cutting-edge ones, including hybrids with unconventional pairing as well as quantum topological properties toward novel electronic solutions, interface states in topological superconductors, and insulators interfaced to superconductors.

Conference Website:

The  21st joint Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials ConferenceCEC/ICMC 2017, to be held July 9 – 13, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The Cryogenic Engineering Conference and the International Cryogenic Materials Conference (CEC-ICMC) are the premier international conferences for discussion and presentation of research pertaining to the production and application of low temperatures.

The Cryogenic Engineering Conference (CEC) focuses on the science and engineering required for cryogenic applications. Examples of topics in past conferences include liquefied gases for fuels, space applications of cryogenic liquids, cooling and performance of superconducting magnet systems in medical, transportation, power, and basic research applications, as well as the systems, machinery, control technology and thermodynamics required to produce low temperatures.

The International Cryogenic Materials Conference (ICMC) focuses on the development, characterization, fabrication and optimization of the materials used in cryogenic applications. This is typically broken into two broad categories: structural materials and superconducting materials. ICMC contributions cover both high and low temperature superconducting materials, from basic materials research through behavior of composite cables and wires in applications. Cryogenic structural materials cover a broad range, including non-metallic composites, polymeric resins and insulation materials, ferrous alloys, nickel-base alloys, aluminum alloys, and specialized materials for advanced cryocooler applications.

The technical program of the conferences will, as usual, feature the latest research and state-of-the-art developments in all cryogenics areas, including superconductivity, cryocoolers, cryogenic materials, and applications. Madison provides an exciting and relaxing backdrop for discussing the latest cryogenics results, sharing experience, and planning future collaborations and projects.

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The 28th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics will be held August 9-16, 2017 at the Swedish Exhibition Centre/Gothia Towers, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Low Temperature Physics Conference is an international event held every three years, under the auspices of the IUPAP through its Commission C5 on Low Temperature Physics. The aim of these conferences is to exchange information and views among the members of the international scientific community in the general field of Low Temperature Physics. It is a tradition that LT offers updates on the various topics, provided by the highest representatives of the field, as well as oral and poster contributions in the different areas. As usual, the conference covers five subtopics:

  • Quantum fluids and solids
  • Superconductivity
  • Cryogenic techniques and applications
  • Magnetism and quantum phase transitions
  • Quantum transport and quantum information in condensed matter

Gothenburg is situated in the center of Scandinavia, on the Swedish West Coast, and is easily accessed by air. The city’s two universities – Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg – both have a long tradition in low temperature physics research, particularly superconductivity and quantum transport.

Conference Website:

The 25th International Conference on Magnet Technology in 2017 from August 27 to September 1 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

It is the first time that an MT conference is hosted in the Netherlands and for this event, we have chosen the capital city of Amsterdam and its RAI Congress Center, both a natural and perfect choice for this event. The conference organization is a joint effort of the Applied Superconductivity and Cryogenics Laboratory at the University of Twente and the High Field Magnet Laboratory at the Radboud University Nijmegen.

The city of Amsterdam unites a vivid ambiance and a very rich cultural scene with world-famous museums, theaters and concert halls, a large variety of restaurants and pubs, and of course a lovely and historic city center with its unique setting of canals, bridges, and Dutch alleys. Its compactness also means that traveling is easy with all means, but we recommend you to enjoy the city and its people more intensively by using the dense network of public transport (bus, tram or metro), by rental bike or simply by foot.

We highly appreciate the long-lasting collaboration with IEEE. Your papers, when accepted after peer review, will be published in the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity.

We are confident that MT25 will meet your expectations by offering an inspiring platform for scientists, engineers, and vendors in the field of magnet technology to meet, discuss and share the latest results. We look forward to warmly welcome you in Amsterdam in August 2017.

Conference Website:

The 13th Biennial European Conference On Applied Superconductivity, EUCAS 2017, will be held 17-21 September 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Geneva (CICG), Switzerland.

EUCAS is a worldwide forum for scientists and engineers and provides an ideal platform to share knowledge and the most recent advances in all areas of applied superconductivity: from large-scale applications to miniature electronics devices, with a traditional focus on advanced materials and conductors. The broad scope is at the same time a challenge and an opportunity to foster novel, inter-disciplinary approaches and promote cross-fertilization among the various fields of applied superconductivity.

The Scientific Program Committee has taken up this challenge and is devising a diverse and exciting program. In line with the tradition of conferences on applied superconductivity, and following the successful experience of EUCAS 2015 in Lyon, all papers presented at the conference are eligible for submission to a peer-reviewed special issue of IEEE Transaction on Applied Superconductivity.

Conference Website:


Superconductivity News Forum

Superconductivity News Forum Issue No. 38:

This Special Issue No. 38 is devoted to preprints of manuscripts submitted for possible publication in IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond., and also, posters, and slide presentations given at the Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) 2016 held in Denver, CO, USA, from September 4 to 9, 2016.

We include pre-prints or the respective slide presentations of selected invited ASC manuscripts submitted to TAS after peer-review.

The extended abstracts and full articles of the 9 winners of the Best Student Paper Prizes at the ASC 2016, the Winner of the Alexander Shikov Memorial Prize, and the Victor Keilin Memorial Prize (in Large Scale and Materials) are included in this issue. The two winners of the Victor Keilin Memorial Prize in Materials were also the winners of the Best Student Paper Prize (first place) in the section Materials.

Superconductivity News Forum First and Second Previews of Issue No. 39:
SNF Contest for Best ASC 2016 Contributed Preprints

The SNF Preview No. 1 and Preview No. 2 contain select submissions from the SNF Contest for Best ASC 2016 Contributed Preprints in Electronics (E), Large Scale (L) and Materials & Conductors (M).  The deadline for entering the Contest was September 30, 2016, and the total number of submissions by that date was 43 preprints, of which two were later withdrawn, and two others were ASC 2016 Student Paper Winners already pre-published in No. 38. The Preview No. 1 of Issue No. 39 contains only the Contest results in and M, while the Preview No.2 contains L Contest results. The final SNF Issue No. 39 is scheduled to appear by the end of January and will contain additional material not included in either Preview.

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