15.04.2015 – Combining Spanish lifestyle and the promotion of research – Jairo Sinova hosts meeting to intensify collaboration between SPICE and the MITP

In a matter of minutes, the desktop of the physicist was turned into a chef's countertop.

Today the SPICE organizational team and Matthias Neubert, Director of the Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Heidi Stein, Head of Administration and Tobias Hurth, MITP Scientific Coordinator, met to discuss possibilities of intensifying the collaboration between the two research Centers and exploring potential synergies. All this while taking a nine course culinary tour through Sinova's home country, Spain. Besides research and teaching, making work a fun and entertaining experience is one of Sinova's great passions.









18.02.2015 – Visit of Ora Entin-Wohlman and Amnon Aharony

We are very happy to have Professors Ora Entin-Wohlman and Amnon Aharony from Tel Aviv University/Ben Gurion University as our guests. Prof. Entin-Wohlman gave a talk on “Thermoelecticity in nano-junctions” and Prof. Aharony shared his knowledge about "how to write and read quantum information on mobile qubits."


12.02.2015 – Thierry Valet meets with our group and German Carnival traditions during his visit at INSPIRE and SPICE Center

We had the pleasure to welcome Thierry Valet on February 11 and 12. If it was that he was not completely unaware of German Carnival traditions, we do not know. In any case, he was lucky not to wear a tie when he took off for a meeting with Jairo Sinova and Matthias Kläui. Mr Valet is known for the Valet-Fert Theory and Model on giant magnetoresistance in CPP geometry and the application of his research in spin engineering.

Facilities on Campus


Free wireless internet access is provided all over the campus via Eduroam or Winulum. With a guest account you can also use wired internet via network outlets in the offices. For more information please see:

Phone calls

International country code Germany: +49

Mainz area code: 06131 (without "0" when calling from outside Germany)

The Spice guest office is equipped with telephones. For calls inside the University you only need the 5-digits extension. Phone numbers of the University staff can be found on the University's information platform Univis. For phone calls outside the campus please dial "0" to obtain an exterior line.

University Cash Card ("Studicard")

You will need the Studicard to pay for lunch in the university Mensa. The card is available at the Studierendenwerk office next to the stationary shop on the upper floor of the Mensa.

It can also be used for payments in the Cafeterias on campus. You can charge the card at any of the payment stations located throughout the campus.
Cash payment is possible only at the Mens@ria Cafeteria on the upper floor on the Mensa.

Banks and Cash Points

Sparkasse Mainz and Mainzer Volksbank have ATMs on campus.

You can find a list of various banks in Mainz online:


Central Library
Jakob-Welder-Weg 6
55128 Mainz
+49 6131 39-22633
Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 12 midnight
Sat - Sun: 10 a.m. - 12 midnight
The library will be closed on all public holidays
Departmental Library for Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry (PMC)
Duesbergweg 10-14
55128 Mainz
+49 6131 39-20454
Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sat - Sun: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Close to the physics building:

Main Canteen: Mensa and Mens@ria
Staudingerweg 15
Mensaria: Mon - Thu: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Mensa: Mon: - Fri: 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Sat: 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Please note: In order to pay in the MENSA, you need the university cash card "Studicard" which is available at the Studierendenwerk office next to the stationary shop on the upper floor of the Mensa.
Imbiss Diwan
Oriental food and Pizza
Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 23a
Mon - Fri: 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
DeDe's Campus-Döner
Staudingerweg 21
Mon - Fri: 7.30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Small and cosy canteen of the Max Planck Institute for Polymere Research
Ackermannweg 10
Mon - Thu: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Further options on Campus

Cafeteria at Philosophicum
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
Mon - Thu: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Canteen at Georg-Forster-Gebäude
Jakob-Welder-Weg 12
Mon-Thu: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cafeteria at ReWi
Jakob-Welder-Weg 9
Mon - Thu: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

K3-canteen (FH-Campus)
Lucy-Hillebrand-Straße 2
Mon - Fri: 11.30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 3
Mon - Sat: 9 a.m. - open end

Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 5
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
food only from: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Werners Bakery
Kolonaden, Entrance Forum
Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

khg cafeteria, bistro & World Shop
Catholic Community of St. Albertus
Saarstraße 20
Mon - Fri: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Prepare your Visit


Depending on where you come from, you might need a visa to enter Germany. Kindly be informed that guests and workshop participants are responsible for their VISA themselves. You can obtain a visa from the German embassy or the Consulate General in your own country. Be sure to apply for it in time as the application process can take up to three months. Visas for family members travelling with you should be applied for at the same time.

The addresses of the relevant German Consulates with details on visa regulations and requirements for your country can be found on the website of the Foreign Affairs Office at the web page of the Federal Foreign Office.

If it is agreed on that you will get an employment contract with Mainz University, Denise, our personnel manager, can provide you with a document stating that fact. This might help you to obtain a visa.

Who does not need a visa?

Citizens from countries which have opted in to the Schengen Agreement as well as nationals from Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Korea and the USA do not need a visa.

If you are in any doubt, please consult the list of countries and their visa requirements on the website of the Foreign Affairs Office.

Please note that, regardless of the visa regulations for your country, you might need to get a residence permit, depending on how long you intend to stay. 

If you need any official letters, confirmations etc. in order to apply for your visa, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Spice will organize accomodation in Mainz on your request. Housing will be conveniently located in Mainz so that participants can easily commute via public transportation.

If you are travelling with family or have any special needs, please inform our office team in advance.

Klick here for information on our guest apartment.


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 DateSPICE Workshops 2019
blacksquare17 - 20 Sept. 2019Skyrmionics Workshop for Young Researchers
blacksquare30 Sept.- 2 Oct. 2019Young Research Leader Group Workshop: Topomagnetism Is Coming - Relativity and Correlations in Topological Magnets
blacksquare7 - 10 Oct. 2019Antiferromagnetic Spintronics: from topology to neuromorphic computing
blacksquare15 - 18 Oct. 2019Molecular Electro-Opto-Spintronics
blacksquare12 - 15 Nov. 2019Novel Electronic and Magnetic Phases in Correlated Spin-Orbit Coupled Oxides
 DateSPICE Workshops 2018
blacksquare23 - 26 Oct. 2018Ultrafast Spintronics: From Fundamentals to Technology
blacksquare8 - 12 Oct. 2018Spintronics meets Neuromorphics
blacksquare3 - 7 Sep. 2018Joint European Magnetic Symposia 2018
blacksquare10 -13 July 2018Young Research Leaders Group Workshop:
Collective phenomena in driven quantum systems
blacksquare15 - 18 May 2018Spin Cavitronics
blacksquare8 - 11 May 2018Quantum Thermodynamics and Transport
 DateSPICE Workshops 2017
blacksquare25 - 27 Oct. 2017Antiferromagnetic Spintronics
blacksquare25 - 28 Sep. 2017Exotic New States in Superconducting Devices:
The Age of the Interface
blacksquare31 Jul. - 4 Aug. 2017Young Research Leaders Group Workshop:
Insulator spintronics – strong-coupling,
coherence and entanglement
blacksquare25 - 28 Jul. 2017Topology Matters
blacksquare11 Jul. 2017Network-Meeting SPP2137 Skyrmionics
blacksquare6 - 9 Jun. 2017Spin Dynamics in the Dirac Systems
blacksquare30 May - 2 Jun. 2017Non-equilibrium Quantum Matter
blacksquare17 - 19 May 2017Bridges to Germany: Junior Faculty Professional
Development Workshop
blacksquare5 - 18 Feb. 2017Entanglement in Strongly Correlated Systems
 DateSPICE Workshops 2016
blacksquare08 - 14 Oct. 2016International School & Conference on
Nanoscience and Quantum Transport
(Kiev, Ukraine)
blacksquare26 - 30 Sep. 2016Antiferromagnetic Spintronics
blacksquare21 - 23 Sep. 2016Quantum Spintronics: Spin Transport
Through Quantum Magnetic Materials
blacksquare8 - 19 Aug. 2016PhD SpinCaT Workshop – New
Perspectives for Spin-Caloritronics
blacksquare13 - 17 Jun. 2016Young Research Leaders Group Workshop:
New Paradigms in Dirac-Weyl
blacksquare17 - 20 May 2016Quantum Acoustics – Surface Acoustic
Waves meets Solid State Qubits
 DateSPICE Workshops 2015
blacksquare23 - 24 Oct. 2015Spin Orbit Coupling and Spin Mechanics
blacksquare14 - 15 Sep. 2015Spin Transport and Spin Pumping in Organics
blacksquare17 - 20 Aug. 2015Magnetic Adatoms as Building Blocks
for Quantum Magnetism
blacksquare3 - 14 Aug. 2015Young Research Leaders Group Workshop:
Frontiers with strongly correlated and
topological mesoscopic systems
blacksquare29 Jun. - 2 Jul. 2015Bad Metal Behavior in Mott Systems
blacksquare22 - 26 May 2015Computational Quantum Magnetism
 DateSPICE Workshops 2014
redsquare17 - 20 Nov. 2014Modern Methods in Materials Science
blacksquare24 - 25 Mar. 2014Lanna Meeting - Mainz
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First steps at the institute

Register with the institute

Germans love forms. So the first thing to do when you are new at the institute is to fill in a personal form to register with the institute. Hand it in to Juliane, our group secretary (room 01-323 or 01-325). She will sign it and forward it to the institute administration. Note that without having registered with the institute, you will not get a key.

Once you leave the institute, you have to de-register by filling in another form at the group office.

How to get a key

    1. Fill in a key form (available at the group office), have it signed by Juliane, the group secretary
    2. hand it in at the budget management office (Etatverwaltung), room 01-621. In return for a € 50 deposit, you will receive the budget manager's signature, which entitles you to get the key.
    3. Contact Mr. Gries (room 01-132, mobile phone: 0175-7250983) to arrange for a time for him to hand you the key.

Please make sure you give back your key personally before you leave. Our colleagues from the budget management will not give back the deposit to anybody else unless you provide a formal written authorization.

Note that you are personally liable in case you lose the key.

How to get a university-email account

As a guest at the university, you can get a university email account. To get one, please contact Andreas Nussbaumer:

Staudingerweg 7
room 05-317
phone: +49 (0)6131 39 - 27411

If you have an employment contract, your e-mail account will be created automatically.

How to get a card for the canteen

On the first floor of the canteen (Mensa), there's a little stand where you can buy a card for the canteen. You can also ask one of our student assistants to get one for you for 2,50 €.

Business trips

During your visit here, business trips have to be notified to the university administration regardless if you are employed at JGU or if you work here as a guest scientist. In order to do so, use the travel application form „Dienstreiseantrag.“

Fill in the form and sign it, then hand it in to the group office (room 01-323 or 01-325).

How to get back travel expenses

In order to get reimbursed for your travel expenses, fill in the request form (Antrag auf Reisekostenvergütung). Hand it in to the group secretariat along with all payment documents (receipts, tickets etc.) The financial department only accepts original payment documents, no photocopies. Unfortunately, the forms of the financial department are only available in German. You can get help with filling them in at the group office (room 01-323 or 01-325).

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How to reach Spin Phenomena Interdisciplinary Center (SPICE)

SPICE is located on the campus of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, accessible by a 30-minute train or car ride from Frankfurt International Airport (FRA).

By plane: There are two airports at Frankfurt, where you possibly arrive.

Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is an international airport that is about 30 km to Mainz. From the airport you can take the frequent local train service (S-Bahn) S8 (at Platform 3) with final destination Wiesbaden (takes approx. 30 minutes) or the Intercity/Eurocity train (20 minutes). Please get off the train at Mainz Hauptbahnhof (Hbf).

Frankfurt-Hahn airport (HHN) in the Hunsrück region is around 90 kilometers away, where you can find Ryanair, SunExpress, and Wizz air flights. There is a bus shuttle (70 minutes) to Mainz.

By train: Please get off the train at Mainz Hauptbahnhof (Hbf). Timetables are available at the travel information service run by the RMV regional transport authority and Deutsche Bahn.

By bus (about 20min.):  After arriving at Mainz Hbf, please exit the station from the back entrance and head towards the bus stop "Hauptbahnhof West". From there you can take the tram lines no. 51 / 53 / 59, or the bus lines no. 54 / 55 / 56 / 650 / 75. For further information visit the website of the MVG.

If you arrive by S-Bahn holding an RMV ticket it is also valid for the local bus within Mainz. Otherwise you can get a ticket for 1,70€ at the driver.

Do not exit at the stop "Universität" but continue until the next stop, "Friedrich-von-Pfeiffer-Weg". The University is on the left-hand side from the direction of traffic. Pass the street and continue to the right, past the high-rise building on the left after about 150 m and then turn left onto "Staudingerweg". After approx. 50 m you will pass "Campus Döner" and the university canteen (Mensa) on your right-hand side. The Institute of Physics (Staudingerweg 7) is right after it.


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