Lucy and Jen attended the biannual conference on highly frustrated magnetism (HFM) this week in Paris! This conference brings together our community for a week, and showcases the latest developments in the frustrated magnetism field. Lucy kicked off the conference with a fantastic presentation on our groups work on the Barlowite family, led by Kate and Aly. Jen gave her first in-person poster presentation at an international conference, and had some great discussions with some of the groups who did the original analysis and theory work on her materials.
There was also lots of opportunity for socialising and exploring Paris, something we’ve missed from all these online conferences! Jen, Lucy and Andrew (Jen’s ILL supervisor) took trips to the Pantheon to visit Marie Curie’s grave, and the beautiful Musee d’Orsay to see some impressionist painters and a Gaudi exhibition. We also had many excellent meals out, including world-famous falafal in the Marais district.
Thanks to the organisers, and the University of Birmingham for funding Jen’s trip!