International events: Des Moines

The 3rd IIR International Conference on Magnetic Refrigeration at Room Temperature (THERMAG III) was held in Des Moines, Iowa, USA on May 11-15, 2009. The conference had three major themes: magnetocaloric materials (40% of papers), theory and modelling (30% of papers), and magnetic cooling machines. There were 124 attendees, 42 from the USA and 82 from other countries. For full details on the event and the meeting of the Working Party on Magnetic Refrigeration held during the conference, consult, The next event in the series will be held at the Baotou Rare Earth Institute in Mongolia, China, in 2011.