About the Alpine Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Solids
The Alpine Conference is a high-level international forum for the discussion of recent methodological developments and applications in the field of magnetic resonance in solids. The conference is organized biennially in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, and has come to be known simply as “Chamonix” in the MR community.
The Alpine Conference has a core focus on solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Contributions ranging from methods developments, theory, and applications are welcome. Over the years, the conference has also occasionally invited and attracted contributions from electron paramagnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging in solids. Since its 2019 edition, the conference welcomes, beyond its core focus on solid-state NMR, contributions from EPR and MRI in solids. The boundaries within magnetic resonance in solids have become more blurred, with combined developments such as hyperpolarisation and spectroscopic imaging, and the multi-technique analysis of organic, inorganic and biological solids. The Alpine Conference embraces this evolution to foster scientific exchanges.
The format of the Alpine Conference is designed to encourage discussions throughout a lively scientific week, with a number of registration limited to just over 200, a single session at a time, and generous time allocated for discussions (10-15 minutes of discussions after the main and round table talks). Participants are strongly encouraged to submit and report previously unpublished work. Results and ideas that challenge existing paradigms are particularly welcome. For that reason, the material submitted and presented at the conference will not be published online or distributed in electronic form.
The Alpine Conference was founded in 1999 and organized by a group of NMR enthusiasts over nearly 20 years: Lyndon Emsley, Stefano Caldarelli, Anne Lesage, Michel Bardet, Sabine Hediger and Nicolas Giraud.
The 2017 edition of the Alpine Conference saw the introduction of “round tables”, as an alternative to the traditional poster session. In this original scheme, each person participates in a series of small-group, 15-minute discussions based on a 3-5 minutes pitch-talk summary of a contributed work. An overwhelming majority of participants suggested that round tables are much better compared to traditional poster presentations .
The participation of young scientists at every career stage is strongly encouraged. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, many student stipends is available (17 student stipends were awarded in 2019). A young investigator award will also be given during the conference.
The biennial Chamonix meeting is also the best place to learn about the latest technological developments from vendors, with direct discussions with the companies in the field. The participation of scientist with an industrial background is also welcome.
The conference will take place in Chamonix, France. Chamonix is an outstanding place at the heart of the French Alps, where French tradition meets modern design, be it for facilities, for outdoor activities and of course for gastronomy. The beautiful scenery of the Alps offer a fantastic background and, for the hike-oriented participant, an opportunity to explore.
The organising committee:
Jean-Nicolas Dumez (Université de Nantes),
Daniel Lee (CEA Grenoble),
Michal Leskes (Weizmann Institute),
Józef Lewandowski (University of Warwick),
Charlotte Martineau-Corcos (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin),
Paul Schanda (Institut de Biologie Structurale Grenoble