PhD Symposia and PhD Focus Sessions

Organize your own session at the DPG Spring Meetings 2025!

The application for PhD Focus Sessions at the DPG Spring Meeting in Regensburg 2025 (Section Condensed Matter) is open till 28.06.24 . Please send your application to .

Every time you attended a conference, you were looking for an introduction to a certain topic but never found it? You always wanted to organize your own session on a topic intriguing you for a long time? You wanted to share your insights in this topic with your colleagues?

If so, we are happy to be able to give you the opportunity to organise your own symposium (or focus session at SKM) at the DPG Spring Meetings in 2025!

Since 2012, PhD students have been organizing their own symposium within the Division of Magnetism and the Section AMOP with great success. The mixture of invited talks by both experienced and young researchers was particularly well appreciated. In particular, tutorial talks introducing people into "hot" research fields were enthusiastically received by the audience.

If you now think you would like to organize such a symposium, but don't know how: don't worry, the experts of the working group "Young DPG" are happy to offer you their experience. Along the way, you will become familiar with the organizational issues of a scientific meeting with thousands of participants.

This is your chance to implement a Focus Session you always wanted to attend! In addition, it is a chance to get in personal contact with leading scientists in the field at an early stage of your career.

How to get started?

Just pick 1-5 colleagues - ideally from different institutes - to form the organization committee, and write a proposal. The symposium should be devoted to a timely topic related to the field of your division. The organization committee determines and invites the speakers, compiles the program, organizes the symposium day and chooses the chairpersons for their session. The symposium may include up to four invited talks.


Please structure your application letter as follows:

  1. Title of the symposium, abstract
  2. Contact information, institutional affiliation, and academic status* of all organizers
  3. List of divisions that should co-host the symposium/focus session
  4. Motivation, discussion of scientific relevance of the proposed topic
  5. Draft of the program (usually 2-2.5h)
  6. Possible invited speakers. Please note that the Division Magnetism (MA) asks for at least 30% female speakers.

*e.g. Master's student, PhD student, etc.

Items 1-3 should be on a separate page. The proposal including figures and references should be no more than three pages in total. Please submit your application via email as a single PDF document.

Past PhD Symposia and PhD Focus Sessions

Section KM


Altermagnets: Foundations and Experimental Evidence (Divisions MA)


Non-equilibrium dynamics in theory and experiment (Divisions MA)


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Spin Phenomena at the Space and Time Limit (Divisions MA)

2018 Ultrafast Spin-Lattice interactions (Division MA)
2017 Quantum Magnets: Frustration and Topology in Experiment and Theory (Division MA)
2016 -
2015 Quantum phase transitions: Emergent phenomena beyond elementary excitations (Division MA)
2014 Magnon plasmonics (Division MA)
2013 Topological defects in magnetic materials: From devices to cosmos (Division MA)
2012 Spintronics on the way to modern storage technology (Division MA)

Section AMOP

2021 Trends in atom interferometry
2019 Optimal Control Theory in the Leading Domains of Quantum Technology
2018 Floquet Physics: How time-periodic systems can make a difference!
2017 Driven-Dissipative Quantum Systems
2016 Synthesized Gauge Fields and Experimental Realizations
2015 Controlled diatomic molecules in the ultracold regime
2014 Velocity Map Imaging: Focusing on intra- and interatomic dynamics

Section MuK

2019 Extreme matter meets extreme gravity