The MSM conferences started as a scientific conference on magnetism and superconductivity and their materials applications in 1999 with the objective of strengthening scientific relations among the scientists in the region and with the advanced world scientific community.
The First Regional Conference on Magnetic and Superconducting Materials (MSM99) was organized and mooted by Prof. Mohammad AKHAVAN at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran during September 27-30. 1999. The conference hosted 400 scientists from 50 countries, and its Proceedings were published by the World Scientific in 2000. This was the first of series of MSM conferences planned to be held biannually in the regional countries. The purpose of these meetings is to bring together regional and international groups of researchers and technologists to discuss new results and current problems in the area of superconductivity and magnetism. The objective of these conferences is to increase collaboration within the region and with the international community among the scientists. It is only through the sharing of experiences with scientists around the world that one could fully benefit from natural and human resources. Using the vast technological and human resources in the region is the greatest opportunity and challenge for development and progress.
Ever since the first conference, which was dubbed as “a First World conference in a Third World country”, several different subsequent MSM conferences have been organized. The 2nd MSM conf. (MSM01) was organized by Prof. Sami MAHMOOD at Yarmouk University in Jordan during September 9-13, 2001, and the proceedings were published in Physica B 321 (2004). At this meeting it was decided, due to the vast international participation in the conference, to change the name of the series from regional to international. The 3rd MSM (MSM03) was organized by Prof. Abdelwaheb CHEIKHROUHOU in Tunisia (Monastir City) during September 1-4, 2003, and the proceedings were published in Physica Status Solidi C-1 (2004). The 4th MSM (MSM05) was organized by Prof. Ahmad TAOUFIK in Morocco (Agadir City) during September 5-8, 2005, and the proceedings were published in Physica Status Solidi C-3 (2006). The 5th MSM (MSM07) was organized by Dr. S.S. SAXENA through the University of Cambridge and Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences in Khiva, Uzbekistan during September 25-30, 2007, The 6th MSM (MSM09) was organized by Prof. S. DASGUPTA at the SN Bose Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata during November 11-14, 2009 and finally, Malaysia was the host to the 7th International Conference on Magnetic and Superconducting Materials (MSM11), which was organized by Prof. Abdul Halim SHAARI during October 10-13, 2011. Overall, MSM has been a very successful series of conferences with many eminent international scientists attending each conference.
One of the byproducts of the MSM series has been the thought of a need for a workshop in the field of superconductivity and magnetism for training young scientists and graduate students. Professor Akhavan suggested a biannual international workshop on magnetic and superconducting materials (WMSM) at the MSM05 conference in Morocco, which was approved overwhelmingly. The First International Workshop on Magnetic and Superconducting Materials (WMSM08) was organized by Profs. T.K. LEE and M.D. LAN and Prof. M. AKHAVAN with the support of Prof. C.W. CHU at the National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan during July 7-10, 2008.