02Nov. 2018

Assoc. Prof. Kiminori Maeda presented 6 hours of lectures at the summer school for young scientists: Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Phenomena in Chemical and Biological Physics 

Associate Professor Kiminori Maeda 


Assoc. Prof. Kiminori Maeda (the author, here after Kiminori) gave in total 6 hours of lectures at the V School for young scientists: Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Phenomena in Chemical and Biological Physics held in St. Petersburg, Russia from the 15thto 20thof September.  This event is a kind of summer school for young scientists in the field of magnetic resonance and related phenomena. Students are mainly from Russia, however, many students came from Germany and Eastern European countries. It was the second time Kiminori attended the school, but this time, Kiminori was accompanied by two master course students, Taisuke Matsuo and Akihiro Sakashita. The summer school began in 2012 and was held in Novosibirsk and is held annually in various locations throughout Russia. This year,the 5th, was held in suburb of St. Petersburg. The conference venue, Raivola Hotel, is located on the outskirts of Roshchinovillage in the Leningrad area, and is surrounded by beautiful nature.


Previously, the school was a typical session style conference. However, this year, the organizer decided to change the style of the conference by making long lectures of selected topics. Therefore, the speakers are limited to eight experts in specific fields (NMR and EPR).


Kiminori gave lectures (1.5 hours each) on,


1) Electron and Nuclear spin dynamics

2) Magnetoreception and RYDMR (Reaction Yield Detected Magnetic Resonance)

3) Chemically Induced Dynamic Electron Polarization

4) Current Topics of Spin Chemistry


Teaching students at the international summer school was quite difficult because they have a wide range of interests and have numerous backgrounds, even though they are working with EPR or NMR techniques.  Therefore, Kiminori struggled to select a way of teaching the basic concepts of spin dynamics. However, he felt honoured and excited by the fact that we could help these wide-ranging students to develop a collective understanding and establish new friendships.


The lectures were very condensed and extremely difficult for the students to keep their concentration. However, after the long lectures we refreshed with beer and an international karaoke party.


The travel fee for Kiminori was supported by the Lab to Lab program and the travel for the students was supported by the organizer and sponsors of the school. We express our deep appreciation to both organisations for their kind support.


Top: Prof. Maeda presented a souvenir from Japan (Japanese fans sensu) to Leonid Kulik (the organizer of the school).
Middle: He opened the souvenir.
Bottom: Kiminori sent wind to him by sensu.


Akihiro Sakashita (Saitama University) and a Russian participant