The International Society of Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR)

is the only international scientific organization that represents the whole range of the important research field of magnetic resonance (MR), in particular nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These and other MR-methods are used as main research tools in a very wide range of fields including physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials research and medicine.

The aims of ISMAR are: to advance and disseminate knowledge of magnetic resonance and its applications in physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine among scientists and research institutions throughout the world; to foster interactions among scientists in different fields of magnetic resonance; to encourage interdisciplinary explorations; to organize schools, local and international symposia on magnetic resonance. (quote from the founding Chairman, Professor Daniel Fiat, in an article in Volume One of the Encyclopedia of Magnetic Resonance).

ISMAR conferences with typically more than 500 participants were held every three years beginning in 1971 in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Israel, Taiwan, the Netherlands and the US. Eminent scientists of our field including Anatole Abragam, Robert Blinc, Felix Bloch, Erwin Hahn, Charles P. Slichter, John S. Waugh, to name a few, were active in getting ISMAR started.

Today, ISMAR has a large number of active members from many countries throughout the world and has just increased the frequency of its meetings from triennial to biennial. Moreover, ISMAR offers sponsorship of conferences, workshops, and schools in all fields of magnetic resonance with emphasis on assisting rapidly growing MR communities and fostering young scientists.

ISMAR also administers Prizes and Honors for outstanding contributions to Magnetic Resonance, such as the ISMAR Fellowship and the prestigious ISMAR Prize for senior scientists and the newly created Anatole Abragam Prize for outstanding young people who are within 5 years of completing their Ph.D. thesis.

Many scientists of our field are engaged in running ISMAR. We cordially invite you to become a Member and become active in keeping ISMAR alive and responsive to the ever young field of Magnetic Resonance.

What's New

3 days 6 hours ago

Dear Members of ISMAR

On behalf of the new elected Officers of ISMAR I would like to thank you for your trust in us, as evident from your votes.

At this opportunity I would like to thank Hans Spiess, the outgoing President and now the new Past President, for his tremendous contributions to ISMAR, bringing it to its fine current status. ISMAR in general and the Executive Committee (EC)  in particular will continue to enjoy his vision and experience for the next four years as he will continue to serve on the EC as Past President. I also thank the outgoing  Past  President, Ad Bax, for  stepping in and taking again the position of the Past  President in the EC after the untimely passing away of Paul Callaghan and for the full commitment and enthusiasm with which he served on the EC. Thanks also to the Secretary General, Roxanne Deslauriers, and to the Treasurer, David Ailion, for their willingness to continue to serve ISMAR. Finally I would like to welcome Rob Tycko , the new Vice President. This assures ISMAR’s future.

A few Council members have retired after serving ISMAR for many years, and new members were elected to the council. Here is list of the current members of the council (year originally elected is indicated):

Bernhard Bl├╝mich (2007, Germany)

Christina Redfield (2010, UK)

Sonia Cabral de Menezes (2007, Brazil)

F. Ann Walker (2010, USA)

Juli Feigon (2007, USA)

Stephen Wimperis (2010, UK)

Philip Grandinetti (2007, USA)

Yongae Kim (2010, Korea)

Clare Grey (2007, USA)

Michele Auger (2013, Canada)

Tai-huang Huang (2007, Taiwan)

Elena Bagryanskara (2013, Russia)

Philip Kuchel (2007, Australia)

Lynn Gladden (2013, UK)

Miquel Pons (2007, Spain)

Ramakrishna Hosur (2013, India)

Takehiko Terao (2007, Japan)

Wayne Hubbell (2013, USA)

Jean-Paul Amoureux (2010, France)

Gunnar Jeschke (2013, Switzerland)

Lucia Banci (2010, Italy)

Wolfgang Lubitz (2013, Germany)

Melinda Duer (2010, UK)

Beat Meier (2013, Switzerland)

Arno Kentgens (2010, Netherlands)

Yunyu Shi (2013, China)

Anne Lesage (2010, France)

Dominique Massiot (2010, France)


We have an excellent, diverse Council that represents the breadth of magnetic resonance and its international character. We are looking forward to working with the Council and thank the Nomination Committee headed by Frances Separovic for putting together such a great list. Many thanks to Philip Grandinetti, ISMAR webmaster, for all his efforts in setting up the elections and keeping the webpage going.

Please note that the following changes to the ISMAR constitution were approved

  1. The President, Vice-President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, and Past-President will each have a 4-year term.
  2.  Members of Council will have a 4-year term, with the possibility of one renewal, for a total of 8 years tenure on the Council.
  3.  All ISMAR committees will have 4-year terms, including the Executive Committee, Nomination Committee, and Development Committee.
  4. Audits will be held every 2 years.
  5.  The ISMAR Council will meet every 2 years.
  6.  A General Assembly of ISMAR will take place every 2 years.
  7.  The ISMAR and Anatole Abragam Prizes will be awarded every 2 years.


The next ISMAR meeting will be in:

 Shanghai, China August 16-21.8.2015 (

Preparations are now in full gear. We expect a great stimulating meeting and hope to see you in China where MR is experiencing a great growth. The 2017 ISMAR meeting will be in Quebec City, Canada. The decision on the venue of the 2019 will be decided during the ISMAR meeting in Shanghai and we are open for proposals.  We encourage you to start thinking about organizing future ISMAR meeting (in 2019 or latter).

ISMAR is in good shape and I will do my best, together with the EC, to promote and develop ISMAR further. We will continue to support schools and workshops; a list of sponsored events is given on the ISMAR website ( The idea is to take advantage of the ISMAR label for local MR events, to support travel of an ISMAR Fellow or Council member to a few national MR meetings on special occasions, such as formation of new MR groups or anniversaries of such groups.  If you are interested, please contact the President or the Secretary General, provide a short proposal, supported by a letter from an ISMAR Officer, Council Member, or Fellow.

In the next year we will continue to develop and modernize our website and will keep our active contacts with national MR societies, regional MR organizations and international organizations in specialized MR areas.

ISMAR exists for us, the members of the MR community. Often I hear from my colleagues at Weizmann, “you, in magnetic resonance are lucky to have such a great and united scientific community”.  Let’s keep this precious asset. Please be involved and help us keep ISMAR vibrant. Feel free to contact me or any other EC member with any ideas you have that will improve ISMAR and its activities.


With best regards,


Daniella Goldfarb


5 days 4 hours ago

It is with profound sadness that ISMAR reports the passing of Gary E. Maciel on Friday, April 4, 2014. Dr. Maciel was greatly respected and contributed widely to the field of magnetic resonance over his 45 year-long career. Gary, who retired a few years ago from the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, suffered an unexpected heart attack upon arriving on campus on bicycle.

5 weeks 20 hours ago

Iain Campbell passed away in early March 2014. Iain was known for his many outstanding contributions to biomolecular NMR over a long and successful career. Iain was nominated and elected a Fellow of ISMAR. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues in Oxford and the MR community worldwide.

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