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.