Twenty years since it last came to England, this year’s International Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials Conference will be held in Oxford next month.

The ICEC-ICMC conference is the premier international cryogenic conference, taking place every two years and alternating between Asia and Europe. The last time it came to England was in 1998 when it was held in Bournemouth.

Since 2006, ICEC and ICMC have held a joint event, with the last conference taking place in 2016 in Delhi.

“Though it has never been held in Oxford, this is a natural home for the conference,” explained the organising committee. “Being at the centre of gravity of the strong British cryogenic community, which has evolved out of work by renowned cryogenic scientists - such as Mendelssohn - whose work is commemorated in the prize in his name, awarded at the conference.

“The British Cryogenics Council and the University of Oxford look forward to welcoming you to ICEC27-ICMC 2018.”

Sponsors of the event include Air Liquide, Linde, Cryomech, Ametek Sunpower and Wessington Cryogenics.

The conference will be held at the University of Oxford Examination Schools from Monday 3rd September to Friday 7th September.

The five-day programme will see Professor Fons de Waele, winner of the Mendelssohn Prize, deliver the Mendelssohn talk; Dr Ing Tiemo Winkler speak on the EcoSwing superconducting wind turbine and Oxford Alumnus Glyn Kirby from CERN discuss next generation magnet materials.

It will also include a talk on cryobiology by Professor Barry Fuller from University College London.

ICMC awards

At each conference, ICMC recognises a lifetime’s achievement in advancing the knowledge of cryogenic materials through the quality and innovative nature of the recipient’s work. The Lifetime Achievement Award also recognises the impact the recipient has had on their field of work and their worldwide reputation.

ICMC is pleased to announce that from an outstanding list of nominated persons, the recipient of this year’s award is Professor Archie Campbell. Campbell is being recognised for his outstanding contributions over the last half century to the vortex physics, AC loss, magnetisation, and materials science of both high and low Tc type II superconductors.

It also recognises a person under the age of 40 at the date of the conference for his or her excellence in advancing the knowledge of cryogenic materials over recent years.

The Cryogenic Materials Award for Excellence is based on the innovative nature and impact the awardee has had on their field of work, together with the International reputation the awardee has gained in recent times.

From a strong field of possible contenders for this award, the ICMC Awards Committee found two exceptional candidates, both well deserving of this award. Therefore, exceptionally, ICMC will this year be making two awards in this category and is delighted to announce that the two awardees are Dr. Anna Kario and Assoc. Prof. Akiyasu Yamamoto.

Kario is being recognised for her pioneering development of advanced REBCO Roebel cables and Yamamoto is being recognised for his research on MgB2 and Fe-based superconductors, in particular BaFe2As2.

ICEC awards

ICEC sponsors the Mendelssohn Award, presented to an outstanding person on the occasion of each ICEC Conference, selected by their work in cryogenic engineering. The award was established in memory of Kurt Mendelssohn (1906-1982), founder of ICEC Committee. The recipient of this year’s Mendelssohn Award is Professor Fons de Waele of Eindhoven University.

During his extensive career, Fons has made an outstanding contribution in cryogenics, in research, teaching, training, mentoring, advising, writing, organising events at home and abroad.

ICEC also awards a young researcher under 35 for outstanding work in cryogenic engineering. The Klipping Award is named after Gustav and Ingrid Klipping to commemorate their enormous contributions to the field of cryogenics and more specifically to recognise their active role in involving young researchers. This year’s winner is Dr Jingyuan Xu, from the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing.