The purpose of a paper submitted to MME is twofold. First, it serves to inform the program committee what new results you propose to present. Therefore, it is important within the first few sentences to state what your primary result is. It is also important to identify how the new work differs from previous work from your own group and from other groups. For example: “In this paper we present for the first time a systematic investigation for the dielectric charging in silicon nitride films for RF MEMS capacitive switches based on Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy.” Secondly, the accepted papers will be collected and distributed among the MME participants on USB sticks, and later published online by IOP Journal of Physics: Conference Series - so layout and clear figures are important.

After an introduction of the basic ideas and how the work relates to other work, detailed descriptions of methods, device structures, and examples of specific results, whether experimental or theoretical, should be presented. Figures and tables can support these results. After presentation of results, it is useful to compare specific results with related work, and also to comment on the broader impact of the results.

 

Paper Preparation

MME papers will now be published by the IOP Journal of Physics: Conference Series - a highly visible and widely indexed online publication. IOP Conference Series uses author-supplied PDFs for all online and print publication. Authors must prepare their papers using Microsoft Word or LaTeX, strictly according to the journal guidelines and templates, and then convert these files to PDF. Please note that JPCS publication includes the possibility of publishing supplementary multimedia material that could enhance the quality and reach of your paper - for more details, see these guidelines.

It is important to ensure that when you submit your paper, it is in its final form ready for publication, and has been thoroughly proofread. Neither the IOP nor the MME Programme Committee will copy edit or reformat papers and will not send out author proofs prior to publication. Post-publication changes are not permitted, so please ensure that your paper has been checked for errors.

Contributions should generally be between four and six pages in length. Prepare your manuscript following the examples in the LaTeX or Word templates provided under in our Downloads repository, or online at the JPCS website. Do not, for whatever reason, modify the layout. Write your paper in English. The first author listed should be the presenting author.

Convert your paper  to PDF format, and submit it to the MME 2016 Program Committee using the Easychair system; our submission deadline is extended to 10th June!

 

Publication Options

To ensure maximum visibility and credit for your work, Micromechanics Europe 2016 offers the following tiered publication procedure:

  • All papers will be collected and distributed to event delegates on USB sticks upon registration;
  • Papers will be collated and published by IOPScience Journal of Physics:Conference Series, usually four to six weeks after the conference. Should you for any reason not wish your work to appear in this journal, you may opt out of procedure at the paper submission stage;
  • In keeping with a long-established tradition, the Program Committee will review all papers and conference presentations, and lead authors of the very best of these will be invited to submit a revised and updated version to the top-ranked Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, to be published in mid 2017. (JMM) is a leading journal in its field, covering all aspects of microelectromechanical systems, devices and structures as well as micromechanics, microengineering and microfabrication. The journal publishes key research from around the world and is essential reading for all MEMS researchers.

One of the big advantages of the MME conference is that we consistently have a big group of young researchers at the start of their research careers. In contrast to massive, crowded conferences like MEMS and Transducers, it is relatively easy to present research plans and initial results. Because of MME, you do not have to wait for two years into your PhD to finally be able to present the research project you love at an international conference.

To support this aspect of MME, we pay attention to skills vital to your research career. In addition to a presentation, we organise a paper review session. Before the start of the conference, we will create groups of 3-4 participants. Within these groups, we distribute the manuscripts you've written for MME. In an informal discussion you can learn how your colleagues interpret your paper. Would they accept it if they were referees? Could the writing be improved? In preparation on both writing your paper and reviewing others, you will find usefull information in publications by Ad Lagendijk's  “Survival Guide for Scientists”. WhitesidesSenturia, and Olson, and slides by Ohlckers and Peurs. Instructive and amuzing are articles by Royce W. Murray and Horacio Plotkin on exactly what not to do.

Of course, criticism will only be swallowed if served in chocolate. So the rule is that you find three positive items in the paper, and only one time to improve. “Three tops and one tip”. During the session, members of the steering committee will migrate from group to group, listen in and perhaps participate in the discussion if you invite them.

Participation is of course voluntary, but we can certainly recommend it. You can join by clicking the selection box "Paper Review" when you submit your abstract. We like to keep this event manageable, so we restrict the number of participants to about 40. Selection will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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At MME conferences, each contributing author will present the results both in a short oral presentation and in a classical poster session. The short oral presentation ('Flash' presentation) both informs the audience of the topic of your poster and motivates delegates to visit you during the subsequent poster session.

Due to the large number of posters to be presented, authors will be strictly limited to three minutes presentation time. After this time the presentation will be stopped. The purpose of the flash presentations is to allow for a brief overview of all the posters and not to present all the results. This is only an opportunity to advertise for your paper. Therefore you should only show the title and list of authors, and one or two provoking images which raise curiosity. In-depth discussions will be held at the posters during the poster session. The last thing you want is that nobody visits your poster because you already told everything in the flash presentation!

For the short oral presentation you should mail a PowerPoint presentation consisting of three slides at most to the Local Organisersto allow inclusion in one of the oral presentation sessions. Files should be sent to Dr Martin Hill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday 22nd August in order to allow time for review. A template is given under the Downloads tab. We will have a look at all presentations and provide feedback on contents and layout. If you do not have PowerPoint, you may also submit your slides in pdf format. We cannot allow you to use your own notebook during the presentation, as this would take too much time for a three minute presentation.

Posters size should be A0 format (portrait orientation; width 841 mm x height 1189 mm). Other formats will not fit on our display boards!

Make your poster easy to identify, with title, author(s), and the author affiliation(s) in the heading. Use clear and precise language. Avoid lengthy formulations and superfluous wording. Keep the text to a minimum and make a good use of illustrative figures. Use high resolution pictures and figures and contrasting colours. See the entertaining site of C.B. Purrington for additional advise.

Each poster will be presented during one of the 4 posters sessions, but the posters should be displayed from welcome to closing session. Only posters which are displayed until the end of the conference will be eligible for the poster prize.