Welcome to the website of the 9th Conference on Fast Field Cycling NMR Relaxometry.



The Conference

On behalf of the organising committee I am delighted to welcome you to Aberdeen, for the 9th iteration of the Fast Field-Cycling NMR Relaxometry meeting!

The First symposium on Field Cycling NMR Relaxometry was held in Berlin in 1998; subsequently the conference was held in Torino every two years, between 2001 and 2013. This 9th conference in the series represents a change in location from Southern to Northern Europe, but the ethos of the conference remains constant: to discuss and promote the technology, methods, theory and diverse applications of field-cycling magnetic resonance and allied endeavours.

As in the past, this conference is a forum for people with active interests in nuclear and electron spin relaxation, fast magnetic field switching experiments, low-field magnetic resonance, nuclear quadrupole resonance and magnetic resonance imaging. The discussion will focus on experimental techniques, data interpretation and theory, as well as applications studies performed by field-cycling and other low-frequency, time-domain and low-resolution NMR techniques. Topics include experimental issues, background theory, modelling and applications in a variety of materials including but not restricted to solids, porous and heterogeneous systems, polymers, biological tissues and pharmaceuticals.

This year’s conference is being held at the University of Aberdeen, in North-East Scotland. Founded in 1495, Aberdeen is the 3rd oldest university in Scotland and the 5th oldest in the United Kingdom. In 1497 it was first university in the English-speaking world to create a chair of medicine. The world’s first whole-body clinical diagnostic MRI scan was performed at the University of Aberdeen in 1980, using equipment developed in the Department of Biomedical Physics; the group there is now working on Fast Field-Cycling MRI and is the host of this year’s conference. The meeting will be held in the state-of-the-art King’s Conference Centre, at the heart of the ancient University campus.

In addition to the oral and poster sessions, two main social events have been planned, both with a distinctly Scottish flavour. On Tuesday evening there will be a Civic Reception, kindly provided by Aberdeen City Council. It will take place in the splendid surroundings of the Aberdeen Town House, the original seat of the Council in the city centre. The reception will be followed by the Conference Dinner in the same venue. On Wednesday afternoon there will be a trip by bus into the Aberdeenshire countryside, culminating in a guided tour of the Glen Garioch (pronounced “Glen Geary”) Scotch whisky distillery, with – naturally – an opportunity to sample the finished product.

I hope that all attendees of the 9th Conference on Fast Field-Cycling NMR Relaxometry enjoy the scientific sessions and social events, and that much fruitful cross-relaxation will occur among the many disciplines represented at the meeting.

David Lurie
Chair of Local Organising Committee


Scientific Committee

Silvio Aime
Esteban Anoardo
Gianni Ferrante
Jean-Pierre Korb
Danuta Kruk
David Lurie
Siegfried Stapf

Local Organisers

David Lurie
Lionel Broche
Linda Critchley


Financial support for the conference from the following is gratefully acknowledged
(organisations & companies are listed in alphabetical order):

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Hall Scientific Ltd.


Stelar s.r.l.

The University of Aberdeen