Liesegang bands in the Franconia Formation, Taylors Falls, MN

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13th IRM Conference on Rock Magnetism

We are very happy to announce that we will be holding the 13th IRM Conference on Rock Magnetism in Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 5-8, 2023. Details of the meeting are now online!
General Information & Registration

The meeting will be held on the University of Minnesota campus alongside the Mississippi River with four oral sessions, two keynote speakers, a poster session, and two workshops. The oral sessions are by invitation only, but we welcome poster presentations on any topics that explore the magnetic properties of natural materials and their recording of ambient magnetic fields or environmental conditions.

The conference is open to all and there are no fees, but registration is required. The number of in-person attendees is limited to ~50. Financial support from NSF will allow us cover the cost of lodging and food for most in-person attendees. Limited travel support will be directed towards students and early career researchers. There will be a virtual option to allow additional participants to view keynote and oral session presentations. 


Please refer to the Conference Webpage for the most updated Registration, Schedule and Speaker information.

Keynote Speakers
Tim Lyons (University of California, Riverside): Iron Cycling throughout Earth History
Emily Cooperdock (Brown University): Timing and dating of magnetite growth using (U-Th)/He methods
Oral Session Information
There will be four oral sessions this year:
  • Iron Cycling in Natural and Anthropogenic Environments
    • Conveners: Andrew Roberts (ANU) and Robert Hatfield (Univ. Florida)
  • Fundamentals in Rock Magnetism
    • Conveners: Suzanne McEnroe (NTNU) and Julie Bowles (UW Milwaukee)
  • Grand Challenges in Paleogeography and Tectonics
    • Conveners: Peter Lippert (Univ. Utah) and Dario Bilardello (IRM)
  • Frontiers in Magnetic Microscopy and Micromagnetic Modeling
    • Conveners: Roger Fu (Harvard Univ.) and Rashida Doctor (IRM)

Pre-Conference FORC Workshop, June 5, 2003

The workshop will cover the basics of FORCs through to advanced data acquisition protocols and analysis techniques and is generously sponsored by Lake Shore Cryotronics.

Community Workshop, Thursday, June 8, 2023

The goal of this workshop is to develop practical strategies for increasing diversity within the paleo- and rock magnetic communities. Our goal is to produce a white paper that will be shared with NSF, AGU, and potentially with other professional societies.  
Poster Session

There will be an in-person only poster session on all aspects of rock magnetism and paleomagnetism. Pending acceptance, all abstracts should be sent directly to

All questions about the meeting can be addressed to Maxwell Brown at We are looking forward to seeing many of you online.






Magnetosome Time Line

Diversity Statement

The Institute for Rock Magnetism is committed to the values of Equity and Diversity. Our goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment that is free from bias and discrimination and that actively supports inclusion and accessibility for all participants. Staff at the IRM will strive to accommodate and facilitate any accessibility issue that may be encountered.