Ewing Event ’23: Interesting Magnetics



Nov 29th 2023 - Nov 29th 2023

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Updated 1.12.23

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Welcome to the UkMagSoc’ s Ewing Event for 2023.

The Ewing is more than just a technical conference or seminar, it’s an opportunity for the whole magnetics community to come together, listen, learn and discuss what’s happening in their particular magnetic field in addition to catching up with old friends during the heavy focus on social interaction.

As the magnetics world keeps getting larger and larger the UkMagSoc tries to provide a platform for technical discussion and social interaction across a wide range of topics and the Ewing is our end of year event that crosses a number of disciplines.

Last year the focus was on the application of Magnetics in Fusion and this year it’s a nominal focus is on interesting things with Magnets, including Magnet Production, High Field Lab Work and  recycling. Everything you ever wanted to know about magnets and more!

We really do hope you will come along to what will be a very informative and interesting day, filled with the chances to learn and touch base with new and old colleagues as well as evening dinner and drinks in Birmingham city centre.


Day venue

The Exchange (The Assembly room)
3 Centenary Square
B1 2DR


Tour location

School of Metallurgy and Materials

University of Birmingham

Elms Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham

B15 2SE


Evening venue

Zen Metro

73 Cornwall St,

B3 2DF



If you would like to book, please visit Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre and enter the dates 28-30 or 29-30 Nov 23 as required. Alternatively you can call the hotel on +44-121-6346200 to make the reservation.

Travelling by rail

The nearest train station to The Exchange is Birmingham New Street, a short 10-minute walk away. Snow Hill and Five Ways stations are 0.7 miles away, whilst Moor Street is 0.9 miles from the venue. All are within a 20-minute walk of The Exchange.

Visiting from campus?

Hop on the train at University station, stop off at Birmingham New Street, and walk to The Exchange within 20 minutes (service permitting).

Travelling by metro

West Midlands Metro takes you directly to Centenary Square from New Street Station/Grand Central. From here, there are only two quick stops until you arrive at The Exchange (stop Library).

Travelling by bus

Centenary Square is served by several bus routes, and the nearest bus stop is Baskerville House. Plan your journey easily online.

Travelling by car

Centenary Square cannot be accessed directly by car. Therefore, we recommend putting the postcode of your chosen car park into your satnav, rather than The Exchange’s postcode.

The Exchange lies within Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone. You can find out if you need to pay for your vehicle via the GOV.UK website, as well as pay the daily fee (if eligible) after or before your journey.


There is no on-site parking at the venue, however, you’ll find plenty of pay-and-display parking nearby. The nearest multi-storey car parks are Paradise Circus, Town Hall, and Navigation Street, just a 5-minute walk away (0.3 miles). Street parking is also available at Bridge Street, just 5 minutes away.

The nearest car park to The Exchange with designated Blue Badge parking bays is Cambridge Street. From here, the venue is just 192 yards away. A good alternative is Paradise Circus multi-storey car park (243 yards away).

Travelling by air

Take a train from Birmingham International to Birmingham New Street, before walking to The Exchange. The trip in total should take you under 30 minutes.


The event will run from 09:00-23:00 (UK time) and will include talks, a tour of School of Metallurgy and Materials at hte University of Birmingham and a dinner.


Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any dietary requirements we need to be aware of.


The dress code for the event is business attire / smart casual.


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Please let us know at enquiries@ukmagsoc.org at any time if you do not wish to be contacted in this way. Also, we can remove you from our contact schedule at any point in the future.


We will also be taking photos at the event. If you do not wish to have your photo taken during the event, please contact events@ukmagsoc.org


Generating and using high magnetic fields
by Amalia Patanè of University of Nottingham

This lecture reviews recent advances in the generation and use of high magnetic fields at the European Magnetic Field Laboratory (EMFL). The EMFL unites, coordinates and reinforces all existing European large-scale high magnetic field research infrastructures in a single body. It includes the Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (LNCMI) with sites in Grenoble and Toulouse, the High Field Magnet Laboratory (HFML - Nijmegen) and the Hochfeld-Magnetlabor (HLD - Dresden) providing access to the highest continuous and pulsed magnetic fields in Europe. The HFML-Nijmegen and the LNCMI-Grenoble are committed to generate the highest continuous magnetic fields, currently up to 38 T. The HLD-Dresden and the LNCMI-Toulouse focus on non-destructive pulsed fields, currently up to 100 T, and semi-destructive fields up to 200 T. Besides the continuous improvement of the magnetic field strength, the realization and accessibility of top-class experimental infrastructure is of critical importance for science and technology. Existing experimental setups are continuously improved and experimental techniques, so far not often used in high fields, are developed, such as scanning-probe microscopy, high pressure and micro-calorimetry measurements.

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The ZEPTO project: tuneable permanent magnets
by Ben Shepherd of STFC Daresbury Laboratory

Particle accelerators use huge amounts of energy to accelerate and guide beams of charged particles. Much of that energy goes into resistive magnets. Permanent magnet based devices offer an alternative, but at the cost of reduced adjustability. STFC’s Zero-Power Tuneable Optics (ZEPTO) project aims to give the best of both worlds – a focusing quadrupole magnet with a large adjustment range but using no energy in normal operation.

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APC: Opportunities in the Electrified Supply Chain
by Matt Shillito of Advanced Propulsion Centre UK

The UK has the building blocks of a thriving supply chain to support a net zero automotive sector, making it the perfect place for investments across these new value chains to meet domestic, European and in some cases global demand.

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IMPACT: Working with industries on renewable energy and electrification
by Zi-Qiang Zhu of University of Sheffield

This presentation will focus on Sheffield’s industrial co-operation on renewable energy and electrification to illustrate the development of new research concepts, novel enabling technologies, and their impact on successful commercial applications, with particular reference to permanent magnet machines and systems. His own worked examples will be used for building the bridges among the government and industrial funding, fundamental and applied research, as well as R&D and commercial exploitation.

Magnets, Fusion and Beyond
by Stuart Clark of

Having recently been working with The Fusion Cluster in Culham, the crucial role of magnets in the commercial realisation of that technology has been brought home to me. In this talk, I would like to explain my journey into the world of fusion magnetics, my perceptions of the breakthrough in high temperature superconducting magnets and why we have a unique opportunity to lift the public perception of magnetics across the board.

The Use of Hydrogen In the NdFeB Magnets Industry
by Dr Oliver Brooks of Magnets Group, University of Birmingham

Hydrogen has played a pivotal role in the manufacturing of rare earth magnets since their inception. This presentation provides an overview of the historical significance of hydrogen in the production of sintered rare earth magnets. Additionally, it explores alternative production routes, examines its application in recycling processes, and delves into its utilisation in a potential cutting-edge production technique currently being researched at the University of Birmingham. The presentation aims to offer an understanding of the evolving role of hydrogen in various facets of rare earth magnet production, showcasing its enduring importance and potential innovations in the field.

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Developing a supply chain for Rare Earth Magnets
by William Izod of Pensana Plc

The energy transition is driven by advanced materials and in particular the high-performance magnets essential to the Automotive industry for Electric drive units (EDU) and the Offshore wind nacelles. The supply chains supporting these materials are complex and commonly involve supply chains monopolised by China. Pensana is looking to establish an independent sustainable supply chain for these materials with processing in the UK delivering the magnet metal critical for the net-zero future. Utilising green energy at both the mine site and processing facilities it will deliver the lowest embedded carbon rare earth products in the industry.

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Rare Earth Metallurgy and Evolution of Demand
by Dave Kennedy of Hypromag

A description of the methods of manufacturing rare earth metals and alloys and the changing demands of commercial exploitation since 1980. Extending into consideration of the separation methods for rare earth elements and the problems of imbalance in demand compared with natural occurrence. With few exceptions the rare earths occur naturally as a mixture of many elements, up to 16 rare earth metals, each with very similar chemical properties. Over the last 40 years the demands in application have changed and today the commercial driver for the entire industry are the elements in demand for permanent magnets. This is the “Balance Problem” for the fundamental resources of rare earths in mining and processing. Recycling of rare earth permanent magnets has been non-existent. Historically any rare earth content was lost to slags in the remelting of alloys to recover other metals. The new methods of recovering alloys for re-use are overcoming the fundamental challenges of oxidation potential and the impact of contamination on recycled magnets.

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Gaurang Vakil of University of Nottingham


TimeSession TitleSession Host
10:00Gaurang Vakil, University of Nottingham
10:30Developing a supply chain for Rare Earth MagnetsWilliam Izod, Pensana
11:30The Use of Hydrogen In the NdFeB Magnets IndustryDr Oliver Brooks, University of Birmingham
12:00IMPACT: Working with industries on renewable energy and electrificationZi-Qiang Zhu, University of Sheffield
12:30APC: Opportunities in the Electrified Supply ChainMatt Shillito, Advanced Propulsion Centre UK
14:00Generating and using high magnetic fieldsAmalia Patanè, University of Nottingham
14:30The ZEPTO project: tuneable permanent magnetsBen Sheppard, STFC Daresbury Laboratory
15:00Magnets, Fusion and BeyondStuart Clark
16:15Rare Earth Metallurgy and Evolution of DemandDavid Kennedy, Hypromag
17:00Bus to School of Metallurgy and Materials
18:30Bus return
23:00Dinner ends


Type Standard Fee Group Discount
(3+ delegates)
Member in Person £250.00 N/A
Non-Member in Person £300.00 N/A
Student in Person (seminar only) £150.00 N/A
Student in Person (seminar and dinner) £250.00 N/A
Retired in Person £225.00 N/A
Exhibitor (Space for 1 x pop up banner only in the catering area) £200.00 N/A
Headline Sponsorship (Space for 2 x pop up banners anywhere in the seminar, a special mention and logo on delegate handbook) £1,000.00 N/A
Sponsorship (Space for 1 x pop up banner and a mention) £500.00 N/A
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