Conference: COMS 2001
City Location: University of Oxford
Country: United Kingdom
Host Location: University of Oxford
Dates: 2-6 September
The conference was organised and sponsored by Ron Lawes, Director of The Microstructure Facility at the UK’s CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The presentations focused on technology transfer to industry and funding opportunities from public and private sources and on the commercialisation of microsystems technologies.
200 delegates were addressed by leaders from business, industry and academia. They attended a gala dinner at Blenheim Place where the guest speaker was Lord Sainsbury, Under Secretary of State for Science and Innovation. He made the first announcement of the UK Government funding support for MNT in the UK in collaboration with industry. This was a pivotal occasion for the UK MNT community since it provided start up funding to enable research, industry and business to collaborate in the future development and exploitation of small technologies.