The “NMR Summer School” of Jaca was born at the initiative of Manuel Rico as part of the activities of the Spectroscopy Committee (launched in 1965) of the Optical Spanish Society (SEDOPTICA). During the 70s of last century, Prof. Eusebio Bernabeu of the University of Zaragoza began organizing a summer school on quantum optics in the University Residence of Jaca annually, with the support of SEDOPTICA and the University of Zaragoza itself.
Rico envisaged that Jaca’s Residence could be the right place for extending the concept of “summer school” to NMR. Rico and Eusebio adopted a planning of the summer schools in which every third year it would be managed by the Spectroscopy Committee. This Committee agreed that schools would alternate on NMR and another topic, mainly vibrational spectroscopy.
The first NMR School begun in 1980 and continued in 1986 and 1993 (in 1992 the Residence of Jaca was undergoing renovation). From here, the activities in the Residence of Jaca were no longer shared with Eusebio and the frequency of the NMR schools was altered. The next editions took place in 1997 and 2001. In the latter, the creation of GERMN was decided which went on to organize the following schools on a biennial basis: 2005, 2006 (the edition corresponding to 2007 was brought forward by one year due to the large number of requests for assistance to school 2005), 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Now, the “NMR Summer School” of Jaca is consolidated as one of the core actions of GERMN in odd-numbered years, whereas in even-numbered years the GERMN meeting is the focus of major attention.