8-11 December 2013
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
More than 200 international participants gathered at RMIT University (top right) in Melbourne for SPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications 2013.
The conference provided an interdisciplinary forum for collaboration and learning among top researchers in all fields related to nano- and microscale materials and technologies, with emphasis on biomaterials and biological microdevices, micro and nanofluidics, photonics, fabrication, metrology, solar cell technologies, plasmonics, MEMS/NEMS, and nanomaterials.
Three keynote and eighteen invited speakers presented their quality research activities as exemplars of their disciplines, and more than 200 delegates from 24 countries around the world attended to deliver talks, noted conference chair James Friend of RMIT University. Program chair was Hoe Tan of Australian National University.
"A key aim of the meeting was to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussions and the germination of new research activities, in recognition of the necessity in modern research to escape one's speciality in favor of the novel opportunities present outside it," Friend said. A large majority of the presentations were structured with this in mind, as were the break sessions, meals, events, and even the venue itself.
Conference organizing committee members began the week with a working dinner Sunday evening at The Old Melbourne Gaol (bottom right), which closed as a prison in 1929 and now operates as museum.
Early arrivals were also treated to a welcome reception during registration hours Sunday evening.
Among those enjoying the view from the rooftop at Storey Hall were (from left below) Detlef Lohse, Universiteit Twente; conference chair James Friend, RMIT University; Michel Versluis, Universiteit Twente; and Gerhard Lindner, Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften und Künste.
Opening-session speakers included (from left) RMIT Vice Chancellor and Vice-President Science, Engineering and Health Peter Coloe; conference chair James Friend, director of the MicroNano Research Facility at RMIT; Monday plenary speaker Daniel Dapkus, W.M. Keck Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Southern California; and SPIE President-Elect Philip Stahl. Dapkus spoke on on "Semiconductor nanostructures in energy devices."
Below, audience members gathered for the opening session.
Attendees visited representatives of industry suppliers at an exhibition during conference breaks throughout the week.
Plenary talks began the technical sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tanya Monro (left) of the University of Adelaide, spoke Tuesday on "Nanophotonics for biology." Wednesday's speaker was Detlef Lohse (right), Universiteit Twente, on "Hydrodynamic challenges in inkjet printing."
Audiences found much of interest in the conferences rooms, with sessions on Fabrication, Nanomaterials, Bio, Solar, Photonics, Plasmonics, Microfluidics, Materials, MEMS, and Metrolology/Characterisation.
Tuesday's well-attended poster session provided opportunities to talk one-on-one with authors.
A conference dinner on Tuesday included a poolside reception as well as after-dinner entertainment.