Prof. Dr. Bernhard Holzapfel


Bernhard Holzapfel has more than 20 years experience in superconducting materials covering mainly topics regarding superconducting films and heterostructures, pinning analysis of natural and artificial defects, Coated Conductors and PIT tapes. He studied physics and materials science at the university of Erlangen and received his doctor in physics there in 1995. From 1993 to 2013 he was with the Leibniz Institute of Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden), Germany, since 2000 as head of the superconducting materials group.

Since 2013 he is a full professor for „Superconducting Materials“ at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Co-director of the Institute for Technical Physics. During the last years Bernhard and his group were involved in a number of national and European projects concentrating on the development of improved superconducting materials. The focus of his work is to connect basic and applied aspects of superconducting materials development. Bernhard is one of the founders of the IFW Spin-off company evico, which manufactures Coated Conductor subtrates and systems related to superconductivity based levitation .

From 2005-2009 he coordinated the Marie-Curie Research and Training Network NESPA (Nanoengineered Superconductors for Power Applications). Since 2003 he has been member of the ESAS board and was co-chairman and organizer of the 2009 EUCAS conference in Dresden. He is author/coauthor of more than 200 peer reviewed papers and hold several patents.

Prof. Dr. Paul Seidel


Paul Seidel is professor of Applied Physics and head of the Low Temperature Physics Department at Institute of Solid State Physics of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He works in the field of superconductivity since 1975. His research interests are Josephson effects and tunnelling in superconducting devices, thin film SQUIDs and their applications, surface and transport properties in epitaxial layer systems, cryogenics, and material science at low temperatures. Prof. Seidel got an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and acts as a guest professor at the University Bonn, Germany as well as at the University Osaka, Japan. He has authored more than 270 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Prof. Seidel is member of the German Physical Society, the Materials Research Society and the ESAS since their foundation and worked in advisory boards of international conferences and workshops, like ASC, ISEC and EUCAS. He was the editor of the book “Applied Superconductivity – Handbook on devices and applications”.

Prof. David Cardwell FREng


David Cardwell is Professor of Superconducting Engineering and Head of the University of Cambridge Engineering Department. Under Prof. Cardwell’s leadership the Bulk Superconductor research group at Cambridge works on the processing and applications of bulk high temperature superconductors, which can be used to generate very high magnetic fields. He has authored over 330 technical papers and patents. Professor Cardwell has been a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College since 1993. He is actively involved in the recruitment of overseas undergraduates for the sciences, and particularly from the Far East.