Vassil Skumryev is ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He received a PhD from the University of Sofia (Bulgaria) in 1983, where he was habilitated in 1991. Prior to joining ICREA in 2003, he had long term appointments, including Visiting Scientist / Professor Positions at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland); University of Delaware (USA); Max-Plank Institute für Metalforschung (Stuttgart, Germany); The Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). He has worked in a broad range of magnetic materials and phenomena publishing over 130 scientific papers (incl. Nature, Physical Review Letters, Physics Reports, Physical Review, Advanced Materials, Applied Physics Letters...).