Conference: COMS 2006
City Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Country: United States of America
Host Location: Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club
Dates: 27-31 August
Theme: “Utilising the International Micro-Nano Market Place”

Conference Highlights

The conference was held at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, St Petersburg, Florida, USA. The conference awards dinner took place on the Yacht Starship a the Vinoy seawall.

The Conference partners were MANCEF, The University of South Florida and SUSS MicroTech. It was by Dr Carol Steele of the University of South Florida ( MANCEF VP for the USA).

The welcome addresses were given by Kees Eijkel (MANCEF President), Jeb Bush (State Governor), Rick Baker. (Mayor of City of St. Petersburg) and Bill Young (US Congressman).

The conference was supported by 29 sponsors, 69 exhibitors (organisations and companies) and 124 speakers in 21 sessions.
The PDFs of all speaker’s presentations can be seen in the file Speaker’s Talks. The following 13 countries were represented by speakers, exhibitors and delegates from the USA, Germany, UK, Sweden, Japan, Canada, Greece, Australia, Mexico, The Netherlands, France, Taiwan and Singapore

A proceeding of the conference was professional video funded by MANCEF was made at COMS by a UK film company which included interviews with speakers and MANCEF Board Members.

Conference Session Titles

Global Overview of Small Technologies
Models for Creating New Business
Attracting Funding for Startups
Government Labs and Regional Economic Development
Public Strategies to Foster innovation
Learned Lesson Case Studies – Examples from Industry


Food/ Agriculture
Biomedical Devices
Packaging and Standards
Industry Associations
Tools of the Trade: Equipment and Infrastructure
HARMST/ LIGA and Novel Processes

Aerospace and Homeland Security\regional Economic Development and Clusters
Real World Technology Transfer
Infrastructure and Public/ Open Innovation
Real World Examples
MNT as an Enabling Technology for Product Development
Consumer Goods/ Electronics
Technical Challenges to Commercialisation MNT
Roadmapping and Emerging Applications

Education: what are the successful programmes
Footnote: On the day before the conference a hurricane warning was issued that unfortunately prevented a number of delegates from attending the start of the conference due to flight delays, some actually cancelled. The hurricane passed away from St. Petersburg so the conference was able to continue as planned. The excellent technical programme and networking sessions were enjoyed by all delegates.

COMS 2006 Gallery

COMS 2006 Welcome Letters