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Organised by Dr Will Branford, Professor Steven Bramwell, Professor Tom Kibble FRS CBE and Dr Tom Fennell

Recent advances show that magnetic monopoles emerge in spin ice. This opens up new fields of study such as “magnetricity”, testing magnetic topological (including cosmological) system theories and the realisation of equivalent topological defects in “artificial spin ice” nanostructures, with prospective application in evolvable neural network hardware. Related topics on Berry phase physics and domain wall motion will be discussed.

Biographies of the organisers and speakers are available below. Audio recordings are freely available and the programme can be downloaded here. Papers have been been published in an issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.