Update Courtesy of DWC Associate Investigator, Prof. Mike Reid.
Jon Wells and I hosted the 20th International Conference on Dynamical Processes in Excited States of Solids (DPC19) at the Chateau on the Park, Christchurch, in the week of August 26-30. Jon and I handled local organisation and Jevon Longdell (Otago) was the Programme Chair. Dodd-Walls was a major sponsor.
This journey to this event began three years ago, at the previous DPC conference in Paris, where Jon Wells, Roger Reeves, Jevon Longdell, and I put together the bid that was accepted by the International Committee. We locked in the venue about 15 months ago, and waited to see what numbers we would have. Clearly, it’s hard to get a lot of people to fly all the way from Europe, so our meeting was much smaller than Paris, but several participants commented favourably on the standard of work presented, and the friendly feel of the meeting.
Of 93 scientific participants 73 were from overseas (26 from China). There were 34 students (23 from overseas). I was particularly pleased that we had a large number of overseas students. 11 of the Chinese participants arrived on the direct flight from Guangzhou on the Sunday evening. That connection certainly makes travel to Christchurch from China very efficient, and they just fitted into the 11-seat shuttle that I ordered for them!
Many of the presentations were on Quantum Information and Nanoparticle applications, which was highly relevant to the Canterbury and Otago students. This was an excellent opportunity for them to discuss their work with prominent people in those fields. Jamin Martin from Canterbury, and Peter Barnett, from Otago won two of the six poster prizes. The winners had a good geographical spread: New Zealand, China, Poland, and Australia.
DPC was previously run in Christchurch in 2003, Chaired by Roger Reeves. The participants, and the subject areas, have changed dramatically since then. Particularly notable is the large increase in Chinese participants (and less Japanese, European and American). The next conference is in 2022 in Wrocław, Poland.
The conference venue was very congenial and efficient. Our overseas participants appreciated the excursion that took in Rutherford’s Den (Old University site), some of the city sights, a winery, and a quick stop at the current UC campus.
We were ably assisted by our UC and Otago students and postdocs, and were pleased to have UC Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Ian Wright opening the conference, and Head of School of Physical and Chemical Sciences Rudi Marquez at the Banquet. We are grateful to all our helpers, and to the UC staff who helped with web pages, purchasing, and printing. Also, of course, our sponsors: Dodd-Walls, UC, Bruker, and Elsevier.
More pictures and information on the web site: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/conferences/dpc19/