Invited Speakers



Reflections on Not Fitting In

Athene Donald, University of Cambridge, UK

Dame Athene Donald has spent most of her research career at the University of Cambridge (where she also got her degrees), researching in soft matter/biological physics with a particular focus on microscopies of different sorts. She has also served as the University's Gender Equality Champion and sat on many national and international committees including the ERC Scientific Council. Athene is also currently the Master of Churchill College.




Magnetospheric Physics

Francisca Nneka Okeke, Africa Climate Change Adaptation Initiative UNN (ACCAI-UNN)/ University of Nigeria, Nigeria

Francisca Nneka Okeke FAS is is a Professor of Physics. Her areas of research interest include; Solid earth Geophysics, atmospheric Physics and climate variability. She is a Laureate of L’Oreal- UNESCO 2013, for WIS for the Physical Sciences. Her dedicated and painstaking research over the past years has resulted in her significant and outstanding contributions in her area that immensely helped in simplifying the understanding of rather complex phenomena. She has written a number of Physics text books and articles that have enhanced the teaching and learning of Physics at both secondary and tertiary levels in Nigeria. She has written many articles that have encouraged girls/women in reading Physics in Nigeria/Africa at large.


Blowing hot and cold in quantum technologies

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, University of Queensland, Australia

Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop is Professor of Physics in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. She was educated at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. She is a Director of Quantum Science Laboratory and was for 9 years Head of School of Mathematics and Physics. At the University of Queensland Halina leads a large research group in experimental atom optics, laser micromanipulation and nanooptics. She has been awarded Australian Institute of Physics: International Woman in Physics, Lecture Tour Medal, and University of Queensland Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision. Halina is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Science, a Fellow SPIE, and a Fellow of OSA. Rubinsztein-Dunlop’s group has published over 225 papers that have received over 7000 citations in the world’s leading scientific journals. Halina is also actively involved in popularisation of science.



Gender Balance in Science: an astronomer's view

Maria Teresa V. T. Lago, University of Porto, Portugal

Teresa Lago is a retired full professor of Astronomy of the University of Porto (UP), Portugal. A PhD in Astronomy from the University of Sussex (1979) her research focused on Stellar Astrophysics, in particular observations and models of stellar atmospheres, magnetically driven winds and early stages of stellar evolution.
At UP she has created the first Astronomy Degree in the country (1984), an European Masters Degree in Astronomy (1994) and the Astronomy Doctoral Programme (2003). She received the 1985 “Henri Chrétien Award” of the American Astronomical Society. In 1988 she founded the UP Astrophysics Research Center (1988) of which she was Director during 18 years.
She was President of "Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture” (1999-2002). A founding member of the European Research Council (since 2005) has served in the Scientific Council until 2013, and as Chair of the ERC Working Group on Gender Balance between 2007 and 2013. She is a member of Academia Europeia (since 1992) and was a founding member of European Astronomical Society (1990) and of EuroScience (1997).
She has served as chair/member of several international scientific advisory boards. She was elected General Secretary of the International Astronomical Union for the triennium 2015-2018.


Searching for – and finding! gravitational waves

Gabriela González, Louisiana State University, USA

Gabriela González is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University in the US, and a former spokesperson of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Her group’s research is on the discovery of gravitational waves with LIGO detectors and other ground-based detectors in the world.


Quantum Effects in Nanostructures

Xucun Ma, Tsinghua University, China

Xu-Cun Ma is a professor of Physics in Tsinghua University. Her main research interests are on growth and atomic-level control of thin films, novel physical/chemical properties and quantum size effects in nanostructures and thin films by using molecular beam epitaxy combined scanning tunneling microscopy and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. Xucun Ma has had a considerable impact on the atomic-scale study of growth/fabrication and quantum effects of low-dimensional nano-structured materials. Because of this, she has made a significant contribution to the first experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall effect. Meanwhile, she and her collaborators have discovered the interface enhanced high temperature superconductivity in FeSe/SrTiO3 heterostructure with a Tc shown higher than 77 K, which has been considered to be the most exciting discovery in the last five years in the community of high temperature superconductors.


Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:
    31 May 2017
  • Early registration deadline:
    31 May 2017
  • Proceedings deadline:
    30 June 2017
  • Registration deadline:
    7 July 2017
  • Paper reviews deadline:
    14 August 2017