Organising Committee

Dr Anton P.J. Stampfl - Congress Chair

Anton Stampfl is an experimental solid state physicist working in the field of neutron, electron, and photon-based instrumentation and measurement over the last forty plus years and all over the world from Australia, Europe, the USA, and Asia.  He is a humanist and internationalist who believes that the empowerment of the Global Majority will lead to the next revolution of humanity and civilization. He advocates scientific and technological cooperation and dissemination through all channels, in particular with the intent of truly benefiting the majority on this Earth. Concepts of use and exchange value, of spatial and temporal locality, and the democracy of agency are central ideas to achieve true equity for the Global Majority and the world as a whole. Anton is honoured to be the Chair of IVC-23. It is the first time in the Congresses’ sixty-plus year history  that the meeting has been hosted in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. 

Prof. Kirrily Rule - Program Chair

Prof. Kirrily Rule is a Principal Instrument Scientist at ANSTO, co-responsible for operating the two triple axis spectrometers, Taipan and Sika at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering. Kirrily is also an honorary Professor at the University of Wollongong where she is currently supervising 3 PhD students.  Since 2019 Kirrily has also been involved in the ARC centre of excellence, FLEET (Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies) as a Partner Investigator and is currently sitting on the executive committee of FLEET as Communications Team Leader.

Kirrily’s scientific research focuses on understanding dynamics in materials using many of the instruments within the inelastic neutron scattering suite at ANSTO. She has a diverse physics background with research in areas such as condensed matter physics, surface physics and thin films, solid-state physics, and medical physics. This has led to high impact publications in the field of low dimensional quantum magnetism and more recently, in the field of functional materials which includes thermoelectric materials, solar-cells, and magnetic topological insulators.

Prof Jennifer MacLeod

Jennifer MacLeod is a Professor of Physics and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. She is a surface scientist, with a focus on the synthesis and study of low-dimensional materials, in particular through the use of high-resolution microscopy and spectroscopy. Jennifer is interested in pedagogy and improving diversity and inclusion across the sciences. She is co-chair of the IUVSTA Communications Committee.

Dr Karyn Jarvis - Social Chair

Karyn is a senior research engineer at Swinburne University of Technology, managing their Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF-Vic) Biointerface Engineering Hub. She has nearly 15 years’ experience working with vacuum equipment, both for thin film deposition and surface characterisation, previously working at the University of South Australia and ANSTO. She has considerable experience in maintaining vacuum and surface analysis instruments and the process development of thin films deposition under vacuum. Karyn has been on the organising committee of several other vacuum conferences, such as VASSCAA and the Biomaterial Interfaces division of AVS.

Dr. Golrokh Akhgar - Marketing Chair

Dr. Golrokh Akhgar is a research scientist at CSIRO, where she specializes in thin film growth and characterization. Her research focuses on the interplay between magnetism, superconductivity, and electronic structure in quantum materials, including 2D materials, topological insulators, and high temperature superconducting materials. Prior to joining CSIRO in 2023, Dr. Akhgar worked as a research fellow at Monash University. She received her Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from La Trobe University in 2019, and her bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Surrey (UK) in 2011.”