The purpose of an abstract 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.” Second, the accepted abstracts will be collected and distributed among the MME participants on USB sticks, 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.
Prepare your four page abstract following the examples in the LaTeX or Word templates provided under the Downloads tab. Do not, for whatever reason, modify the layout. Write your abstract in English. The first author listed should be the presenting author. Convert your abstract to PDF format, and enter it in the easychair system before the deadline.
Paper Review Session
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. This year we will have a presentation on how to give a presentation, by the author of the “Survival Guide for Scientists” himself, professor Ad Lagendijk.
In addition, and based on a successful experiment in 2014 in Istanbul, we will scale up our a paper review session. Before the start of the conference, we will create groups of 3-4 participants. Within these groups, we distribute the four page abstracts 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 abstract be improved? In preparation on both writing your abstract and reviewing others, you will find usefull information in publications by Whitesides, Senturia, 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 abstract, 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.
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) has the goal to inform the audience on the topic of your poster and to motivate to visit you during the subsequent poster session.
Due to the large number of posters to be presented, authors will be strictly limited to 2 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.
Posters size should be A0 format (width 841 mm x height 1189 mm).
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.