ICFSMA Conference 2019

International Conference on Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys

June 2-7, 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Farewell Prague, welcome TEXAS!
Next conference: May 15 - 20, 2022, College Station, Texas, USA

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Dear Colleagues,

Time is running fast and ICFSMA, the only world-wide conference about magnetic shape memory, is again here! With now firmly established triennial period it is the sixth conference in row. I am very pleased and honored that I can invite you to Prague, the city of hundreds of spires. I believe that not only spires outside but also inside will inspire us to pursue and provide excellent future of the field.

This, of course, depends only on you and your exciting and stimulating contributions. Although we will have only selected number of invited talks, the main platform consisting from contributed talks and posters, I believe that any contribution, no matter in what format, will be met with interest and friendly atmosphere as it is good practice of this conference. We have great tradition to follow which obliges us to try our best.

I hope you will find Prague inspiring not only at conference venue and in discussion with colleagues but also by being in enchanting city itself.

Looking forward to meeting you at the ICFSMA’19!

Oleg Heczko
Chairman of the conference

Latest news

Next conference: May 15 - 20, 2022, College Station, Texas, USA

The sixth International Conference of Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys ICFSMA is over. More than hundred participants heard more than 65 oral presentations including 11 invited lectures covering all aspects of the research in the field of magnetic shape memory phenomena and also magnetocaloric effects related to martensitic transformation. The presentations were expanded by poster session with more than thirty posters running from Wednesday to Friday providing lively discussion forum for all participants.

We gathered in Prague from all over the world, the biggest group coming from China followed by Czech, German and US participants. The overall statistic is here.

The conference clearly showed that MSM field is alive and kicking and demonstrates the bright future of the field.

I personally hope that all of you have enjoyed not only conference but also Prague itself with its magic and baroque beauty.

The international conference committee decided to keep the same conference scope in the future and discuss the places of following conferences. Next conference will take place in College Station, USA from May 15th to 20th, 2022, under stewardship of Ibrahim Karaman from TAMU.

Farewell Prague, Welcome TEXAS!

Oleg Heczko,
chairman of Prague conference

We kindly ask all poster presenters to bring and attach their posters on Wednesday before 9.00 and to keep them on display till Friday. Mounting material will be available. Dedicated poster session is planned for Wednesday late afternoon after lectures.
All attendants are also welcomed to visit and discuss the posters during breaks.
For the presentation will be available a computer with Microsoft Windows, PowerPoint 2016.
Preferred format of presentation is 4:3, however, the wide screen format will be accommodated.
If you want to use your own computer, there will be available an additional slot, but please note that the connection is VGA only. If you use a different connection or Apple computer, please consider it and bring your own compatible reduction (there will be some available but perhaps not all of them). 
The corresponding presentations are expected to be loaded on the presenting computer before the section starts, i.e. in the beginning of the day or in the breaks. The technical assistance will be available 20 min before session starts.
Final Programme, download here.
The information on Welcome Party and Conference Dinner has been published, read more here and in Programme Schedule.
The Preliminary Programme has been published, download here.
The deadline for abstract submission has been extended till February 10, 2019.

Conference scope

The aim of the conference is to generate an overview of world-wide research and
development in the field of magnetic shape memory (MSM) alloys and associated
phenomena. The conference will cover entire line of the theoretical and experimental
research from fundamentals to applications. Particular emphasis will be given to
original studies extended to the related fields and to the practical utility of the
phenomena. By presentation and discussion of the most recent results covering both
fundamental and applied aspects of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys (FSMAs), the
conference will provide on inspiring environment for developing new ideas and
applications, forging collaborations and meeting old and new friends.

Conference topics

  • basic phenomena and theory
  • correlation between magnetic and martensitic transformations
  • strain glass and related phenomena
  • magnetomechanic and caloric properties
  • modelling and simulation from atomic to macro scale
  • new materials and materials design
  • thin films and microsystems
  • foams/constructs and composites
  • processing and applications

Previous conferences ICFSMA

Invited speakers


Yanling Ge, Aalto University, Finland
Instability of modulation in thin foils of magnetic shape memory alloy: from NM’ to NM 

Vladimir Sokolovskiy, Chelyabinsk State University, Russia
Decomposition of Heusler alloys

Markus Chmielus, University of Pittsburgh, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, USA
Additive manufacturing: Opportunities and challenges for functional magnetic materials

Tilmann Hickel, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany
Ab initio design strategies for NiMn-based ferromagnetic shape memory alloys

Lucie Bodnarova, Institute of Thermomechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Soft shearing modes in NiMnGa martensites – the effects of modulation and doping

Ross Colman, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Floating zone growth of low twinning stress MIR crystals with low chemical segregation

Daoyong Cong, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China
Towards achieving prominent magnetocaloric and elastocaloric properties in magnetic shape-memory alloys

José Maria Porro, Basque Centre for Materials, Applications & Nanostructures, Bilbao, Spain
Neutron diffraction and the interplay between structure and magnetism in high temperature FSMAs

Anett Diestel, IFW Dresden, Germany
Tailoring hysteresis in magnetocaloric Ni-Mn-Ga-Co films

Rie Umetsu, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
X-ray magnetic circular dichroism under pulsed magnetic field  for Ni-Co-Mn-In ferromagnetic shape memory alloy

Sebastian Breisch, ABB AG Corporate Research, Ladenburg, Germany
Combining thermal and magnetic tripping of MSM in next-generation miniature circuit breakers


Final Programme (download here)

Programme - Schedule

DAY 1, Sunday

June 2, 2019

17:00 - 20:00 | Registration & Welcome Drink

DAY 2, Monday

June 3, 2019

08:00 - 09:00 | Registration
09:00 - 09:20 | Opening Session
09:15 - 10:00 | Lectures Session
10:00 - 10:30 | Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:40 | Lectures Session
12:40 - 13:50 | Lunch
13:50 - 16:00 | Lectures Session

18:30 - 21:30 | Welcome Party (read more, show on the map)

DAY 3, Tuesday

June 4, 2019

09:00 - 10:10 | Lectures Session
10:10 - 10:40 | Coffee Break
10:40 - 12:40 | Lectures Session
12:40 - 13:50 | Lunch
13:50 - 16:00 | Lectures Session

DAY 4, Wednesday

June 5, 2019

09:00 - 10:30 | Lectures Session
10:30 - 11:00 | Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:50 | Lectures Session
12:50 - 14:00 | Lunch
14:00 - 15:50 | Lectures Session
15:50 - 16:20 | Coffee Break
16:20 - 17:40 | Lectures Session

18:30 - 21:00 | Meeting of Int. Conference
                            Committee for ICFSMA

09:00 - 18:30 | Poster Session

DAY 5, Thursday

June 6, 2019

09:00 - 10:30 | Lectures Session
10:30 - 11:00 | Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:40 | Lectures Session
12:40 - 13:50 | Lunch
13:50 - 16:00 | Lectures Session

09:00 - 16:30 | Poster Session

19:00 - 22:00 | Conference Dinner (read more, show on the map)

DAY 6, Friday

June 7, 2019

09:00 - 10:10 | Lectures Session
10:10 - 10:40 | Coffee Break
10:40 - 12:40 | Lectures Session
12:40 - 13:50 | Lunch
13:50 - 15:40 | Lectures Session
15:40 - 16:00 | Closing Ceremony

09:00 - 16:00 | Poster Session



The conference will take place in the Conference and Social Center „House of Professed“ of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague.

The „House of Professed“ is located in the Malostranské Square 2/25, Lesser Town, Prague 1, right next to the church of St. Nicholas in the heart of Prague. This early Baroque style building is a former Jesuit college – residence of professors, highest ranking representatives of the Order. Now it is a university building lively with the students of physics and mathematics.

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Accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

Participants are kindly asked to find accommodation by themselves using known internet providers.

There are a lot of small hotels of various price levels catering for all needs in the walking distance from conference venue. 
Moreover, Prague has efficient city transport and thus even accommodation farther away is no problem.
Prague is one of the most safe cities in the world,
there is no no-go zone.

We recommend to book early
as June is the high tourist season in Prague.

Call for papers

Conference language – English

Presentation (incl. discussion)

invited lecture – 30 minutes

contributed talks – 20 minutes

There will be a single session running through the conference, with selected number of invited lectures and most of the program will consists of contributed talks.

The presenters are encouraged to prepare a poster to facilitate further discussion.


Size of posters – 841 x 1189 mm (A0), portrait orientation

Poster Session: The posters will be exhibited continuously from Wednesday morning to Friday afternoon in the foyer of conference area.

Instructions to authors

In the tradition of the Conference, the extended abstract on 1.5 page is requested. The abstracts will be used for program preparation and type of presentation. The book of abstracts will be available in the beginning of conference for all participants.

The Book of Extended Abstract will be provided with ISBN and thus it will be indexed.

In the contribution please indicate the preference as oral/poster or just poster. This will serve as guideline for selection committee.

Extended abstract template (download here)

Preferred size of PPT presentation is 4:3, the wide screen format will be accommodated.

Publication policy

All abstracts of lectures and posters received before January 30, 2019 will appear in printed Book of Extended Abstracts with ISBN.

Owing to generosity of the publisher and editors of the journal Shape Memory and Superelasticity we are happy to announce that selected presentations will be published as special issue of the journal. We expect in-depth report based on the conference presentation.

Student Award

All poster student contributions will be automatically included in contest for Student Award.

The best student presentation will be awarded by valuable price. Students not wishing to participate are kindly asked to inform the Organising committee by registration upon arrival.



The conference fee includes access to scientific sessions, conference materials, coffee breaks, lunches and
participation in all social events.

Early registration
(before March 31, 2019)
Late registration
(after March 31, 2019)
Full registration fee (5 days) 19 000 23 000
Students fee 14 000 17 000
Accompanying person* 8 000 11 000

∗ The conference fee includes participation at all social events

Fees include 21% VAT

Approximate exchange rate 100 CZK ≅ 4Euros ≅ 5 $
There will be a possibility to register on the spot with late-time poster, however, the place in social events
cannot be guaranteed.

Cancellations and refunds

The registration fee will be refunded (with a deduction of 10 % to cover the handling costs) when
participation in the conference is withdrawn in a written form and received before April 30, 2019.
No refund are granted after this date.

Visa invitation letter request

If you would like to receive a letter of invitation for visa purposes, please contact us at info@icfsma.cz.

Important dates and deadlines

First Announcement

October 1, 2018

Second announcement and call for papers

December 15, 2018

On-line registration opened

January 1, 2019

Abstracts submission deadline

January 30, 2019
extended till February 10, 2019

Confirmation of contribution acceptance

March 1, 2019

Preliminary programme

March 20, 2019

Early bird registration deadline

March 31, 2019

Registration due

April 30, 2019

Final programme

May 10, 2019


June 2 – 7, 2019


International Conference Committee

Conference chair:
Oleg Heczko, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic


Franca Albertini, Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism (C.N.R.– I.M.E.M.), Italy

Volodymyr A. ChernenkoBasque Center for Materials, Applications & Nanostructures, Spain

Peter EntelUniversität Duisburg, Essen, Germany

Sebastian FählerLeibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, DresdenGermany

Heidi P. FeigenbaumNorthern Arizona UniversityUSA

Takashi FukudaOsaka UniversityJapan

Simo-Pekka HannulaAalto UniversityFinland

Laurent HirsingerUniversité de Franche, ComtéFrance

Richard D. JamesUniversity of MinnesotaUSA

C.B. JiangBeihang UniversityChina

Ryosuke KainumaTohoku UniversityJapan

Ibrahim KaramanTexas A&M University, Materials Science & EngineeringUSA

Markus LaufenbergETO GRUPPEGermany

Jian LiuCNITECH Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology, ChASChina

P. K. MukhopadhyayS. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, KolkataIndia

Petr MüllnerBoise State UniversityUSA

Antoni PlanesUniversitat de BarcelonaSpain

Xiaobing RenSAMURAI NIMS Researchers Directory ServiceChina and Japan

Oleksii SozinovLappeenranta University of Technology, School of Engineering ScienceFinland

Kari UllakkoLappeenranta University of Technology, School of Engineering ScienceFinland

Local Organizing Committee

Oleg Heczko, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Hanuš Seiner, Institute of Thermomechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Ladislav Straka
, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Jaromír Kopeček, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague,Czech Republic

Petr Sedlák, Institute of Thermomechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Lucie Bodnárová
, Institute of Thermomechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Martin Veis
, Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Prague, Czech Republic

Jaroslav Hamrle, Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Prague, Czech Republic

Martin Zelený
, Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Prague, Czech Republic

Petra Boháčková, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Darina Bouzková, CONCREA, s.r.o., Kladno, Czech Republic

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postal address:

Petra Boháčková
Secretary of the Department of Magnetic Measurements and Materials
Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Na  Slovance 2, 182 21  Prague 8, Czech Republic

phone: (+420) 266 053 613