Ewing Event – State of the Magnetic Arts



Nov 29th 2023 - Nov 29th 2023

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Updated 23.08.23

Registration opening soon


Day venue

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

Evening venue

Zen Metro

73 Cornwall St,

B3 2DF

We have a special rate and are holding 50 standard bedrooms at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre .


Standard Rooms Rate £159.00 for single occupancy & £169.00 for double occupancy per night.

The above rate is inclusive of Full English Breakfast and VAT at 20%


These rooms and rates will be available until 30th October 23.
If you would like to book, please visit www.IHG.com select ‘Holiday Inn Birmingham City‘ and enter the dates 28-30 or 29-30 Nov 23 as required. Add the number of rooms / guests and click on the drop down ‘rate preference’ before entering code M52 in the Group rate option. Select the room and continue with the booking.
Alternatively you can call the hotel to make the reservation and advise code M52. 

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 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.


Please note, by providing contact details during registration, you authorise us to

  • use these contact details to let you know details of this event, and
  • add your contact details to our contact database to let you know about future events that may be of interest.

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.

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.

Dan Bunting of Advance Propulsion Centre UK

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.

Stuart Clark of

Recycling of Rare Earth Magnets
by Lydia Pickering of University of Birmingham

The presentation will provide an overview of the activities performed by the Magnetic Materials Group at the University of Birmingham on recycling rare earth permanent magnets based on NdFeB

Magnet Production UK
by Paul Atherley of Pensana

Dave Kennedy of Hypromag