8th International Bologna Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Porous Media
Bologna MRPM8

Organized under the auspices of Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna , Ampere Event

September 10 - 14,  2006 - Bologna, Italy

Engineering Faculty, Viale del Risorgimento 2, Bologna (
Google map)

- Useful information:
1-     for reaching the Conference venue from Hotels located in the center of the town;
     for oral presentations;
     for Posters presentations;
     about the Conference Dinner
   are now available here in pdf format

- The Final Scientific Programme is now available here and in pdf format here.

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SPONSORSHIPS and DONATIONS (The Organizing Committee thanks:)    
Universita` di Bologna (I) Dipartimento di Fisica (U. Bologna, I) Dipartimento DICMA (U. Bologna, I)  
Facolta` di Ingeneria (U. Bologna, I) Facolta` di Scienze (U. Bologna, I) UniboCultura (U. Bologna, I)  
Elsevier Inc. (New York, NY) Schlumberger-Doll Research (Ridgefield, CT)  Spectra Stable Isotopes (USA)  
Zurich Insurance Co. - E. Z. Assicurazioni (Bo, I)    
Other Sponsors are kindly invited to add their sponsorship.    




The 8-th International Bologna Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Porous Media (Bologna MRPM8) will be held at the University of Bologna, Italy, 10 – 14 September 2006.



Paola Fantazzini, Chair (Department of Physics, University of Bologna); Robert J. S. Brown (U. Bologna); Villiam Bortolotti (U. Bologna); Giovanni Brighenti (U. Bologna); Fiorenzo Filippetti (U. Bologna); Carla Garavaglia (U. Bologna); Mirko Gombia (U. Bologna); Giuseppe Maddinelli (ENITECNOLOGIE, Milano), Paolo Schembri (U. Bologna), Simona Nardini (U. Bologna).



Paola Fantazzini (I, Chair), Ioan Ardelean (RO), Jerzy Blicharski (PL), Bernhard Blümich (D), Peter       Blümler (D), Robert J.S. Brown (USA), Paul Callaghan (NZ), Keh-Jim Dunn (USA), Eiichi Fukushima (USA), Lynn Gladden (GB), John Gore (USA), Laurie Hall (GB), Martin Hürlimann (USA), Jörg Kärger (D), Rainer Kimmich (D), Igor Koptyug (RU), Jean-Pierre Korb (F), Peter McDonald (GB), Bruno Maraviglia (I), Nikolaus Nestle (D), Ken Packer (GB),  Pabitra Sen (USA), Siegfried Stapf (D), John Strange (GB), Hans Thomann (USA), Rustem Valiullin (RU),  Sergey Vasenkov (D), Marija Vilfan (SI).



      This conference series was founded at the University of Bologna, where the first meeting was held in 1990. MRPM2 was held in 1993 at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK , MRPM3  in 1995 at the Université Catolique of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, MRPM4 in 1997 in Trondheim, Norway. The conference returned to Bologna in 2000. MRPM6 was organized in 2002 at the University of Ulm, Germany, and MRPM7 in Palaiseau, France. The Proceedings of all the previous MRPM Conferences, have been published as Special Issues of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. They have been important for the formation and the growth of the MRPM community and give an up-to-date and complete documentation of the evolution of this discipline.
      Since the vitality and interest of these Conferences and the consideration that the community which the conference series serves had grown considerably over the years in such a way that it now extends to cover all continents of the globe, after MRPM7 the community has joined the Groupment Ampere as the MRPM Division, and the Conferences, which now are explicitly called the “Bologna MRPM Conferences,” are Ampere Events. A Steering Committee composed of P. McDonald, P. Fantazzini, R. Kimmich, J-P. Korb and P. Sen has been charged with the responsibility to give to the MRPM community a formal structure to preserve the continuity and quality of future meetings.



      The conference is devoted to the progress in Magnetic Resonance in Porous Media and in our understanding of Porous Media themselves, and to stimulate the contact among people from various parts of Academia and Industry. Researchers in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, and in Industrial Applications will benefit from exchange of ideas, experiences, and new approaches.

      Topics will include innovative techniques to study structure, behavior of fluids, and their interactions in every kind of natural and artificial materials, including rocks, cements, biological tissues, foodstuffs, wood, particle packs, sediments, pharmaceuticals, zeolites, and bioconstructs. New data acquisition and processing techniques are also expected to be strong features.



The program will run from 14.00 on Sunday 10 September to 14.00 on Thursday 14 September.

The Final Scientific Programme is now available here and in pdf format here.


      The Giulio Cesare Borgia Prize  for Young Researchers will be awarded. The Prize (three thousand EURO) has been established with the following motivation: In memory of the contribution made by Giulio Cesare Borgia to the development of Magnetic Resonance in Porous Media and for the particular attention he always paid to the enthusiasm, passion, and courage of young people who undertook the difficult and adventurous path of scientific investigation in this fascinating area of research. The award will be presented to the emerging scientist who, based on a presentation to the community at the conference, shows greatest promise for future scientific leadership. The award will normally be given to those under the age of 35. The committee will be chaired by Paola Fantazzini, and awarded during the closing ceremony.



      The following distinguished scientists have so far accepted invitations to be "Invited Speakers":

Ioan Ardelean Physics Department, Technical U. from Cluj-Napoca (RO)
   Time dependence of the effective diffusion coefficient of fluids in partially filled mesoscopic pores from hundred microseconds to hundred
Bernhard Blümich  Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry, RWTH Aachen U. (D)
   Nondestructive testing by NMR: from polymer pipes to mummies.
Peter Blümler ICG-III: Phytosphere, Rsesearch Centre Jülich (D)
   New magnets for mobile NMR and EPR.
Paul T. Callaghan MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Victoria U. of Wellington (NZ)
   Multi-dimensional approaches to Pulsed Gradient Spin Echo and Relaxation NMR in Porous Media.
Cinzia Casieri Dipartimento di Fisica, U. L’Aquila (I)
   Nuclear Magnetic Resonance for Cultural Heritage.
Denise Freed Schlumberger-Doll Research, Ridgefield (USA)
   Self-assembly of Asphaltenes: Enthalpy, entropy of depletion and dynamics at the Crossover.
Eiichi Fukushima ABQMR (USA)
   Random walk around porous media magnetic resonance – A personal view.
Josef Granwehr School of Physics and Astronomy, U of Nottingham, (UK)
   Time-of-flight remote detection MRI as a tool to study porous materials.
Jukka Jokisaari Department of Physical Sciences, U. of Oulu (FI)
   Xenon porometry. A novel method for the derivation of pore size distribution.
Jean-Pierre Korb Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (F)
   Microstructure and texture of cementitious porous materials.
John Mamin IBM Research Division - Almaden Research center (USA)
   Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy – the quest for a molecular structure microscope.
Carlos Mattea Sektion Kernresonanzspektroskopie, U. of Ulm (D)
   Hydrodynamic dispersion at interfaces in porous media investigated by field-cycling NMR relaxometry.
Peter McDonald Department of Physics, U. of Surrey (UK)
   2D Correlation relaxation studies of cement pastes.
Alex Pines U. of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA)
   Novel Polarization and Detection of NMR and MRI for Porous Materials.
Yi-Qiao Song Schlumberger-Doll Research, Ridgefield (USA)
   Recent progress in magnetic resonance techniques for porous media research.


      As for the previous Conferences, the Proceedings of the Bologna MRPM8 Conference will be published in a special issue of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Three kinds of contributions will be published: Invited (I) papers and Contributed (C) papers (those accepted for twenty minute oral presentations), and Abstracts (A) of all other accepted contributions. I and C papers, and A will be published in the Proceedings subject to the strict specifications and length limitations which have now become truly necessary. Among other requirements is that the I and C papers must not exceed four journal pages and that A must not exceed one journal column. Over-length contributions CANNOT be published. Instructions for the I and C papers will be given later. Abstracts of all the contributions accepted for the Conference will be published in the BOOK of ABSTRACTS in the same format in which abstracts A will be published in the Proceedings, so ALL THE ABSTRACTS must be submitted in accordance with the attached instructions (see SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS). Starting this year the Proceedings will have a cost. Elsevier has granted us a very large sponsorship, which nevertheless does not completely cover the publication costs. We hope to cover these costs from the normal income to the Conference, but, if not, we will have to ask small contributions from the authors. We will keep you posted on the situation as we get to know the sponsor contributions and the number of registered participants.



      There will be three main categories of presentations: Invited Lectures (25 + 5 minute oral presentations), Contributed Oral presentations (15 + 5 minute including discussion), and Posters. A few Posters will be selected for additional ten-minute oral presentations. Scientists wishing to present papers should send their abstracts by e-mail (mail to: abstract@mrpm.org). All the submitted Abstracts (including Abstracts of Invited Lectures) must be written in English and typed STRICTLY in accordance with the specifications on the ENCLOSED EXAMPLE. Any Abstract that does not satisfy the requirements cannot be accepted.
      The number of Contributed Oral presentations has to be limited, and participants are encouraged to present communications as Posters. Posters will be selected according to the same high standards used for the talks. Plenty of time will be devoted to poster sessions. Please indicate whether you wish to give a Contributed Oral presentation, or a Poster. Your whishes will be taken into account wherever possible.
      The Abstracts of the accepted Posters will be published, as they are, in the special issue of Magnetic Resonance Imaging devoted to the Proceedings of the Conference. Manuscripts of Invited Lectures and Contributed Oral Presentations will be reviewed for publication in the same issue, and the peer review process will take into account the high standards of this Journal. The letter of acceptance of a contribution for presentation will include the category of presentation and, in the case of Contributed Oral presentation, details concerning the format, including length, of the final manuscript. It is important to note that, in order to limit the publication time, the manuscripts of Invited and Contributed Papers will be collected at the conference ONLY.
      An abstract accepted for the Conference will be included in the Book of Abstracts only if the presenting Author is registered and fee paid by 20 August, 2006.






Kind of presentation

Invited Lecture

Contributed Oral


Selected Poster

Time allotted

25 + 5 minutes

15 + 5 minutes

Poster session

Poster session +
10 minutes

Length allowed in Magn Reson Imaging

4 Journal pages

4 Journal pages

One Journal column 

One Journal column

Acceptance for the presentation


By 25 May 2006

By 25 May 2006

By 25 May 2006

Acceptance for publication

in Magn Reson Imaging

After peer review of the manuscript delivered at the Conference

After peer review of the manuscript delivered at the Conference

Abstract as submitted and accepted

Abstract as submitted and accepted



A welcome party will be offered during registration on Sunday 10 September. An accompanying person programme is being arranged.



The welcome cocktail and the conference will be held at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Bologna. The street (Viale Risorgimento 2) can be found on Google Map or here.



Conference accommodations will be in a variety of hotels situated in the Bologna historic center. You can use the booking facilities offered by the CONFERENCE ORGANISING SECRETARIAT.



Registration fees for participants include scientific sessions, welcome cocktail, coffee breaks and lunches, but NOT the conference banquet and accommodation. In order to have the reduced fee for students, a student must certify his/her status by sending to Paola Fantazzini fantazzini@mrpm.org a support letter from either his/her supervisor or group leader. A limited number of student scholarships may be also available.


Registration fee for accompanying person includes welcome cocktail, coffee breaks and lunches, but NOT scientific sessions, the conference banquet and accommodation


The registration fee is:

Early registration fee by 31 May:
Ampere members 420 EURO
Not Ampere members 420 EURO + 30 EURO (membership of Ampere until Dec. 2007)
Students Ampere members 260 EURO
Students Not Ampere members 260 EURO + 15 EURO (membership of Ampere until Dec. 2007)
Accompanying person 100 EURO

After 31 May:
Ampere members 470 EURO
Not Ampere members 470 EURO + 30 EURO (membership of Ampere until Dec. 2007)
Students Ampere members 300 EURO
Students Not Ampere members 300 EURO + 15 EURO (membership of Ampere until Dec. 2007)
Accompanying person 120 EURO


ON LINE REGISTRATION, including Payment.


Payment can be made in one of three ways.
By bank remittance.
By credit card by means of ONLINE PAYMENT.
At the Conference venue by credit card, or cash.


For cancellation before 31 July, a cancellation fee of 50 EURO will be retained. For cancellation after that date no refund can be made. Substitutions will be allowed, after notification to the CONFERENCE ORGANISING SECRETARIAT.



Participants are advised to make their own travel arrangements to Bologna. The CONFERENCE ORGANISING SECRETARIAT is available. Daily flights to Bologna are available from several Italian and European airports. Bologna is the most important railway junction in Italy, therefore it is well connected to Italian and European cities. Many toll roads and freeways link Bologna to Italian and European cities.




Tel: +39 051 480826,  Fax +39 051 480582 (digit 0 in the city code)
e-mail: clara.congrex@virgilio.it



Paola Fantazzini, Department of Physics, U. of Bologna

Villiam Bortolotti, Department DICMA, U. of Bologna

Tel: +39 051 2095119, +39 051 2090458, Fax +39 051 2090457 (digit 0 in the city code)



Although the deadline has passed for submission of Abstracts for contributed papers, Abstracts for Posters can still be submitted. Abstracts of all the contributions accepted for the Conference will be published in the BOOK of ABSTRACTS and in the PROCEEDINGS. An Abstract accepted for the Conference will be included in the Scientific Program and in the Book of Abstracts and appear in the Proceedings only if the presenting author is registered and fee paid by 20 August, 2006.