Invited speakers



Dr Paul Ben Ishai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Paul Ben Ishai currently holds the position of Director of the Hebrew University’s Center for Electromagnetic Research and Characterization, situated in the Applied Physic Department. He obtained his PhD. from the Hebrew University in 2009. For the last 12 years he has been involved with the Laboratory of Prof. Feldman, concentrating on dielectric research. His research topics include soft condensed matter physics, glassy dynamics, biophysics, sub terahertz spectroscopy and dielectric spectroscopy. In 2004 he was part of the founding team investigating the interaction of the human sweat duct with sub terahertz electromagnetic radiation, research that he still leads till today.  


Professor Chris Bowen, University of Bath, UK

Christopher Rhys Bowen has a BSc degree in Materials Science from the University of Bath (1986-1990) and a DPhil in Ceramics from the University of Oxford (1990-1993). Post-doctoral work has been undertaken at Tecnische Universität Harburg-Hamburg and University of Leeds (1994-1996). He was Senior Scientist at the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency from 1996-1998. He joined the University of Bath as a Lecturer in 1998 and is now Professor of Materials and ERC Advanced Investigator, ERC Grant Agreement no. 320963 on Novel Energy Materials, Engineering Science and Integrated Systems (NEMESIS). Research areas include energy harvesting, piezoelectric materials, dielectrics and functional ceramics.


Professor Nicola Bowler, IOWA State University, USA

Nicola Bowler received a B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Nottingham, UK, in 1990 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Surrey, UK, in 1994, for theoretical work in the field of eddy-current nondestructive evaluation (NDE). She moved to the Center for NDE, Iowa State University, in 1999 and in 2006 was appointed Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University. She was promoted to the rank of full Professor in 2012. Her research interests include electromagnetic NDE of dielectrics and polymer-matrix composites, including low-cost sensor design, and the characterization of polymers and nanocomposites by broadband dielectric spectroscopy and other methods. She served as a senior associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation for two years, as a technical editor of the Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, published by Springer, for two years, and as an Associate Editor of Measurement Science and Technology, published by the Institute of Physics, UK, for six years. Nicola was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2013.


Dr Mark Oxborrow, Imperial College London, UK

As a boy, Mark was fascinated by solenoids, chromatograms, meteorites and aerofoils. He read physics at the University of Oxford and then earnt a PhD in theoretical physics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA. As his thesis topic, he modelled the atomic structure of metallic alloys known as quasicrystals.

After postdoctoral appointments at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen then (back) at Oxford, he worked for fourteen years at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington --mainly in areas supporting atomic frequency standards. Along the way, he learnt how to fix and make improvements to many different experimental gadgets including ultrasound spectrometers, cryogenic scanning-tunnelling electron microscopes, and high-finesse optical cavities for generating gamma rays (via Compton back-scattering) from high-energy particles.

Now at Imperial, Mark is engaged in the development of extremely low-noise microwave amplifiers based on organic paramagnetic materials for applications in space communication and medical diagnostics.



Professor Nick Ridler, National Physical Laboratory, UK

Nick Ridler is the Science Leader for Electromagnetics and a Principal Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). He is also Non-Executive Director of LA Techniques Ltd. He has more than 30 years’ experience working in industrial, academic and government scientific research establishments. His main area of interest is high-frequency precision electromagnetic measurement (1 kHz to 1 THz). He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds (Institute of Microwaves and Photonics), the University of Surrey (Advanced Technology Institute) and the University of Liverpool (Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is Past Chair of the IEEE MTT-11 “Microwave Measurements” Technical Committee, and, Past President of the Board of Directors of ARFTG (the Automatic RF Techniques Group).

Key dates

  • Poster abstract submission deadline (extended):
    31 March 2017
  • Early registration deadline:
    10 March 2017
  • Registration deadline:
    11 April 2017