COMETS (Commercialisation of Emerging Technologies)

Historical Background
At COMS2007 in Melbourne, the MANCEF Board decided to extend its annual COMS conference activities to include at least one, smaller, sector focussed conference.

The first MANCEF COMET, co-sponsored with ASME, was held in Hong Kong June 3-5, 2008, titled the ‘International Conference on Integration and Commercialization of Micro and Nanosystems.’

MANCEF held a one-day COMET on 30 January 2013 in Tokyo’s Big Sight during the Nano Tech 2013 expo. The event focused on commercialization of nanotechnology and MEMS and how different countries achieve lab-to-market success.

After a discussion at COMS2008 in Mexico with Philip Fischer, Director of Swiss Foundation for Research in Microtechnology (FSRM) and MANCEF Board members, it was decided to launch a COMET in January 2009 at the alpine village, Villars-sur-Ollon in Switzerland, on ‘Equipment for Manufacturing Microproducts’. It was organised and managed by the Swiss organisation, Micronarc, a dedicated micro-nanotech cluster and communication platform created by the governments of the seven cantons that constitute Western Switzerland. Micronarc’s primarily role is the development and promotion of the regional scientific, industrial and economic base in the sectors of microtechnologies.

The success of the first COMET conference encouraged Micronarc to keep the format and continue with a series of conferences that became known as the Microproducts Annual Meeting (MAM). In 2015 the name was rebranded as The Micronarc Alpine Meeting. The series continues to grow in strength and January 2016 will see the 7th edition. The continued success of MAM two-day conferences is mainly due to the professionalism of its organisation and the high quality of the invited speakers, all specialists in their fields. In recent years its scope has been broadened to cover equipment, innovative processes and technologies for manufacturing microproducts. The idyllic location of Villars in Switzerland gives spectacular views of the Vaud Alps extending from Lake Geneva to Mont-Blanc. In addition to excellent skiing, other winter sports were available to conference delegates. As in previous years, this year’s high standard of invited speakers from industry and academia and selected topics will match the venue’s facilities.

Further information on the planned MAM2016 conference can be found on the website www.mam2016.ch. On this site are the programmes for the past six editions. Feedback reports on past mAm conferences can be seen below.