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The Condensed Matter Division (CMD) of the European Physical Society, aims to serve its scientific, industrial and educational communities by helping them to obtain the latest information on progress in their specialties and related fields, to gain visibility for their research, to help them interact with their peers and to develop professionally.

The Condensed Matter Division includes several sections focused on specific areas of condensed matter physics:

  • Liquids
  • Low Temperature Physics
  • Magnetism - close collaboration with EMA
  • Semiconductors and Insulators
  • Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysics
  • Structural And Dynamical Properties Of Solids
  • Surfaces And Interfaces

A major activity of CMD and its sections is the organization of quality peer-reviewed conferences and scientific meetings, including the biennial EPS CMD conference, as well as several other major European conferences. The next CMD conference, CM27, will be held in

Berlin, Germany, from March 11th through 16th, 2018

as the 2018 Joint Conference of the Condensed Matter Divisions of the EPS and of the DPG

2018 Europhysics Prize : Call for Nominations

To highlight scientific excellence, CMD awards the prestigious EPS Europhysics Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Condensed Matter Physics. This prize (formerly the Hewlett Packard and then Agilent Technologies Europhysics Award) has been presented since 1975, and has become one of the most prestigious awards for condensed matter physics in Europe. Many Europhysics Prize winners have subsequently been awarded the Nobel Prize in recognition of their achievements, including in 2007 the Nobel Prize winners both in Physics (Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg) and in Chemistry (Gerhard Ertl).

The selection committee is pleased to request nominations for the 2018 EPS Condensed Matter Division Europhysics Prize. The award winners will receive a cash award, as well as an invitation to attend and present their work at the Joint Meeting of the Condensed Matter Divisions of the EPS and the DPG (CMD 27) that will take place in Berlin, Germany from March 11th through 16th, 2018.

The EPS Europhysics Prize is awarded in recognition of recent work by one or more individuals in the area of physics of condensed matter, specifically work leading to advances in the fields of electronic, electrical and materials engineering which, in the opinion of the Society's selection committee, represents scientific excellence. Recent work is defined to mean completed within 5 years prior to the award. The award may be given for either pure or applied research at the discretion of the Society.

Only complete nominations will be considered. For a nomination to be complete, it must include:

    a complete CV

    a publication list (5 pages maximum)

    an indication of the three most relevant papers to the nomination

    a description of the work justifying the nomination (2 pages maximum)

    a suggested short citation

Nominations may be made online by using the nomination form that can be found here.

The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 30 November 2017.

Nominations may also be made by email by sending all materials in a .zip file to  or by regular mail to the address below:

Europhysics Prize 2018


6, rue des Frères Lumière

68200 Mulhouse, France

Please keep your nomination confidential. Proposals will be acknowledged but not followed by any further correspondence.

On behalf of the selection committee and its chairman, thank you in advance for helping us.

CMD and the European Magnetism Association join forces

CMD and the European Magnetism Association (EMA) have decided to unite forces as regards structuring and speaking out for the European community of physics activities pertaining to magnetism. While remaining legally separate one from another, it has been agreed that EMA will fulfill the duties of a Magnetism section of CMD:
• EMA delegates a member of its General Council to the board of the Condensed Matter Division
EMA contributes to providing relevant input to CMD, e.g. for organizing the biennial EPS-CMD conference, for prizes or lobbying actions; all CMD events and actions pertaining to magnetism will be organized jointly with EMA;
• the CMD board will be informed of the meetings of the EMA General Council, and be invited to send a delegate, if relevant for the matters discussed;
• EPS - CMD members will benefit from reduced rates for EMA events, such as the European School of Magnetism;
Moreover, you will find links to all EMA / magnetism-related news in the CMD Newsletter.


The 2017 Conference of the CMD Surface Science Section : ECOSS 33

The EPS-CMD 33rd European Conference on Surface Science (ECOSS-33) was held in Szeged (Hungary) form August 27th to September 1st, 2017. Each year, ECOSS gathers the Surface Science Division of the International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA) and the Surface Physics Section of CMD to meet and discuss the latest advances in surface physics/chemistry and the progress of the surface science approach of the related innovation fields of heterogeneous catalysis, nanoelectronics, bio-nanoscience and light–matter nanotechnology.

Ultra-Low Temperatures 2017

The international conference on Ultralow Temperature Physics was held from August 17th through August 21st at the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics of Heidelberg University in Germany and was organized by the CMD Low Temperatures section. 180 participants from 21 countries enjoyed an exciting program spanning a wide range of topics including quantum fluids and solids, quantum matter under extreme conditions, quantum phase transitions and quantum criticality, quantum transport and quantum turbulence, non-equilibrium quantum systems, nuclear magnetism, nano-electronics and nano-mechanical systems, new cooling technologies, sensors, amplifiers and detectors at the quantum limit.

25 invited speakers provided great overviews on the latest research regarding these topics and in more than 130 contributed talks and posters new results were discuss in-depths. Industrial partners showed their latest developments and devices in a three-day exhibition accompanying the conference. The EPS poster prize was awarded to Harriet van der Vliet from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, for her excellent poster with title: “Thermal boundary resistance between liquid helium and solids at ultra-low temperatures”.

Upcoming Events
Workshop / Magnetism : Antiferromagnetic Spintronics
25 October 2017
Yañez Workshop
26 October 2017
International conference in Quantum Simulations ICQSIM2017.
13 November 2017
9th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Electromagnetics (NUMELEC 2017)
15 November 2017
Symposium / Soft Matter and Biophysics : "Physical Chemistry of the Cell 2017"
15 November 2017
Conference / Surface physics : 10th Symposium on Vacuum based Science and Technology
28 November 2017
Colloids and Complex fluids for Energies Systems understanding: from preparation to process design
04 December 2017
Conference / Magnetism: 2nd IEEE Conference on Advances in Magnetics
04 February 2018
XXXIII International Conference on Equations of State for Matter
01 March 2018
CMD27 : 2018 Joint Conference of the Condensed Matter Divisions of the EPS and the DPG
11 March 2018
Conference / Magnetism: 11th International Symposium on Electric and Magnetic Fields, EMF 2018
10 April 2018
Spin Cavitronics
15 May 2018
CIMTEC 2018 - 14th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies
04 June 2018
7th International Symposium on Structure-Property Relationship in Solid State Materials
08 June 2018
WMM 2018 : the 8th International Conference on Magnetism and Metallurgy
12 June 2018
E-MRS Spring meeting : Symposium K "Defect-induced effects in nanomaterials"
18 June 2018
Conference / Magnetism: Sol-SkyMag 2018
18 June 2018
14th European Summer School on "Scattering Methods Applied to Soft Condensed Matter"
19 June 2018
NanoTech France 2018
27 June 2018
Joint 18th International Conference on High Pressure Semiconductor Physics & 2nd International ....
23 July 2018
Conference / Semiconductors : the 34th International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors
29 July 2018
Conference / Magnetism: JEMS 2018
26 August 2018
Conference: 56th EHPRG Meeting on High Pressure Science and Technology
01 September 2018
Thermag VIII International Conference on Caloric Cooling
16 September 2018
School / Magnetism: 2018 European School on Magnetism
17 September 2018
School / Magnetism : The 7th International school on Synchrotron Radiation and Magnetism
07 October 2018
Magnonics 2019 - Fundamental and applied aspects of magnon and spin-wave dynamics and nanomagnetism
28 July 2019
Conference / Magnetism: JEMS 2019
25 August 2019
Conference: 57th EHPRG Meeting on High Pressure Science and Technology
02 September 2019
School / Magnetism : European School on Magnetism 2019
30 September 2019
Conference / Magnetism: Intermag 2021
26 April 2021

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