Training and other events: December 2019 to March 2020

Please find below a table of all upcoming XM² training and other events from December 2019 until March 2020 as far as planning currently allows and subject to change.

PGRs, please highlight any XM²-training related absence times to your supervisors. In regards to annual leave or other absence time planning: All confirmed events have been sent to the PGRs via a calendar invitation, but please ensure to check the CDT in Metamaterials Outlook calendar and to liaise with your supervisors and the CDT in Metamaterials office ( for approval BEFORE you make any bookings, as there might be a few more events coming up that are yet to be confirmed.

Supervisors, please be mindful of the XM² events when setting expectations on research deliverables with the PGRs.

05.12.19 Wave Theory course 1st years 13:30-14:30 XFI Seminar Room C
09.12.19 CDT Group Meetings All PGRs 16:30-17:30 Forum Seminar Room 9 (Group 1), IAIS Seminar Room 2 (Group 2), Peter Chalk 1.2 (Group 3), Peter Chalk 2.1 (Group 4)
13.12.19 CDT Colloquium: Dr. Bodo Wilts, University of Fribourg, title TBC All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Newman Red
13.12.19 Winter Graduation Celebration All PGRs 16:00-17:30 Physics SCR
08.01.20 LTHE Stage 1 Training 1st years 09:30-16:00 TBC
13.01.20 CDT Group Meetings All PGRs 16:30-17:30 Peter Chalk 1.2 (Group 1), Peter Chalk 1.3 (Group 2), Peter Chalk 1.4 (Group 3), Peter Chalk 2.6 (Group 4)
17.01.20 Beyond a PhD: Prof. John Bessant, University of Exeter All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Newman Red
21.01.20 Fabrication and Characterisation of Functional Materials (lecture) 1st years 10:00-12:30 Harrison 170
23.01.20 Fabrication and Characterisation of Functional Materials (workshop) 1st years 10:00-12:30 Harrison Imaging Suite, Room 021
23.01.20 Fabrication and Characterisation of Functional Materials (workshop) 1st years 14:00-17:00 Harrison Imaging Suite, Room 021
10.02.20 CDT Group Meetings All PGRs 16:30-17:30 Peter Chalk 2.4 (Group 1), Peter Chalk 2.5 (Group 2),Peter Chalk 2.6 (Group 3), Forum Seminar Room 1 (Group 4)
11.02.20 Sensing and Security- Introduction to Antennas and RF devices 1st years and 2nd years 09:00-17:00 LSI Seminar Room B
18.02.20 Industry Trip: Sensing and Security visit to Quinetiq 1st years and 2nd years 08.30-16:30 Qinetiq site (Farnborough)
21.02.20 CDT Colloquium, Dr. Nicolas Jaouen, Soleil Synchrotron (title TBC) All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Newman Red
27.02.20 Write About Science 1st years 09:00-17:00 LSI Seminar Room A
28.02.20 Beyond a PhD: Dr. Elena Ginina, Centre for Virtual Reality and Visualisation (VRVis), Vienna All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Newman Red
06.03.20 CDT Colloquium: Prof. Ortwin Hess, Imperial College London, (Title TBC) All PGRs 12:30-13:30 Newman Red
09.03.20 CDT Group Meetings All PGRs 16:30-17:30 Peter Chalk 2.1 (Group 1), Peter Chalk 1.4 (Group 2), Peter Chalk 2.4 (Group 3), Peter Chalk 2.5 (Group 4)
09.03.20 Leadership Training (Day 1) 2nd years 09:30-16:30 LSI Seminar Room B
10.03.20 Leadership Training (Day 2) 2nd years 09:30-16:30 LSI Seminar Room B
12.03.20 Careers Event (optional) 1st years 10:00-12:00 ld Library Rooms 4 and 5

Oliver Latcham presents his work at Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM: 2019) Conference

Oliver presents his poster, ‘Hybrid Magneto-Acoustic Metamaterials’

Second year PGR Oliver Latcham discusses presenting at MMM 2019 and attending the SAM 2019: Symposium on Acoustic Metamaterials:

From Oct. 9th-11th I attended a symposia “SAM 2019: Symposium on Acoustic Metamaterials” in Naples, Italy and Nov. 4th-8th a conference “Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM: 2019)” in Las Vegas, Nevada, presenting my work on Hybrid Magneto-Acoustic Metamaterials in oral (SAM) and poster (MMM) formats. The work I presented focused on coupling between Magnon and Phonons in a 1D array of periodically arranged magnetostrictive and non-magnetic media.

Both the symposia and conference were invaluable experiences, allowing me primarily to discuss my own work, and the work of others in the same or similar fields. They were also brilliantly organised, and had packed schedules with plenty of social events. It was a great experience visiting these brilliant venues and talking again to friends and colleagues I had met at other events as well as meeting new ones.


Emily Glover wins Best Contributed Paper at Rank Prize Symposium

Congratulations to third year PGR Emily Glover, who won Best Contributed Paper at Rank Prize Symposium on Parallels Between Acoustics and EM Radiation in Structured Materials at the end of October.

Emily says of the experience:

The symposium was an invite only event in the Lake District, to improve the links between the acoustic and EM radiation research communities, and show the parallels between these areas of research. I had the privilege of going, with David Tatnell and Beth Staples from the CDT. On the first day, we had a social activity of climbing up Alcock Tarn (fortunately it was sunny and dry!), which showed off the Lake District in all its autumnal beauty. There were fascinating talks every day, and the opportunity to talk and mingle with senior professors in both acoustics and EM radiation which can be difficult at larger, more traditional conferences.

Emily is presented the award by Prof. Miles Padgett
Lake District

New Publication: ‘The Fundamental Mechanism Behind Colossal Permitivity in Oxides’

Congratulations to fourth year PGRs Francis Davies and Ned Taylor, third year PGR Shane Davies and second year PGR Conor Price, who have co-authored a paper with Dr. Steven Hepplestone. The paper, titled ‘The Fundamental Mechanism Behind Colossal Permittivity in Oxides‘, determines the mechanism responsible for colossal permittivity exhibited by various oxides to be that of a thin metallic region forming between two insulating oxides. The authors also present a method for engineering metamaterials with this unusual property.

This is an excellent example of cross-cohort collaboration within the CDT.

An abstract of the paper is below:


Colossal permittivity materials exhibit extreme polarization in an applied electric field, providing applications in electronics and energy transmission. Understanding the atomic‐scale mechanism behind colossal permittivity remains a challenging task and is key to optimizing materials with this property. The fundamental mechanism of colossal permittivity is reported and, using CaCu3Ti4O12 as an example, it is attributed to the formation of an unusual metallic interface between the grain and grain boundary materials (CaCu3Ti4O12 and CuxO (x = 1, 2), respectively), not created by oxygen vacancies as is normally the case in oxide materials. This metallic layer around the grain forms confined shells of charge that pool on one side when under an applied field, which results in colossal permittivity. A route towards enhancing colossal permittivity is explained by means of manipulating the interface properties, as well as altering sample geometries. A methodology to artificially engineer colossal permittivity metamaterials is also shown.

Prof. Roy Sambles opens the new Institute of Physics building

On 4th October, Prof. Roy Sambles opened the new Institute of Physics(IOP) building in Kings Cross. Although it was first part-occupied in October 2018, it was on Friday October 4th 2019 that the four most recent past presidents, in chronological order – Professor Sir Peter Knight, Dame Frances Saunders, Professor Roy Sambles and Dame Julia Higgins, who had seen the project through from a building site to it being fully occupied, together cut the ribbon to mark the official opening.

The new building is the first time the Institute Of Physics (IOP), founded as the Physical Society in 1874, has owned its own building (estimated value £30m). The IOP(of the UK and Ireland) has about 50,000 members and its new building boasts the following:

  • It is innovative in construction with solar panels on the roof and ground source heating designed to have a minimal impact on the environment.
  • It showcases a wide range of physics through interactive displays and with an exhibition which illustrates some of the biggest ideas in Physics.
  • This new building helps professional physicists develop their careers, gain recognition for their work and connect to networks that influence the physics landscape.

There is a large auditorium and a number of smaller meeting rooms available for members to book for events as well as a quiet members area. Physics start up businesses are also able to hire space in the building.