IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society
3-day Summer School on Dielectric Interfaces

Andrea Cavallini
Tel: 051 209 3569

Local organization:
University Residential Centre of Bertinoro (FC), Italy
Monica Michelacci
Tel: 0543 446500


To promote scientific debate between junior researchers in the field of electrical insulation and dielectrics, IEEE DEIS organizes a series of Summer Schools starting in June 2015.

In the quiet mediaeval village of Bertinoro, not far from Bologna, a group of junior researchers / PhD students will take part in a 3-day brainstorm on three related hot topics in dielectrics research. After a plenary introduction and a presentation of the three topics, three groups will be formed. To optimize the discussions, each group will be led by a senior mediator of some reputation in the field of dielectrics. At the end of each day, the groups will report in a plenary session. On the last day, the outcome of the work of the three groups will be merged, preliminary conclusions are drawn and a framework for a journal paper will be prepared. The idea is that the students will write a joint journal paper reflecting the outcome of their brain storms.


For the June 2015 Summer School, the topics are all related to Dielectric Interfaces:

Interfacial phenomena at nano scale – taking the explanation of structure-property relations one step further

Increasing the heat transport in solid dielectrics by a factor 10

How to obtain objective measures of the size of interfacial zones and the quality of dispersion and distribution in nanocomposites


The 2015 Summer School mediators are:

Prof. John Fothergill, London City University, UK (distinguished lecturer IEEE DEIS)

Prof. Alun Vaughan, University of Southampton, UK

Dr. Peter Morshuis, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands (distinguished lecturer IEEE DEIS)


The Summer School is sponsored by IEEE DEIS. Lodging (at the Centro Universitario di Bertinoro), food and beverages, are partly (about 50%) covered by the DEIS Education Committee budget. Air fares are not covered.

Pre-registration fee is € 0,00. No money will be asked to complete the pre-registration.

The pre-registration is necessary to define how to allocate the DEIS budget and ensure the minimum registration fees. Pre-registration should be done prior May 16, 2015. After May 16 registration fees might change

Students: € 220-250
Others: € 250

Registration will start from May 17 and will close June 7. The amounts indicated above are a guess based on the maximum number of participants (30). After May 16 the registration fee will be established exactly.

PRE-REGISTRATION: do the “book on line” below