Welcome to COMS 2018 – Commercialisation of Emerging Technologies

The 23rd edition of COMS will be held in the picturesque Swiss city of Montreux, on the shore of beautiful Lake Geneva, from September 24-26, 2018.

Update: August 13, 2018

• Technical Program available  >>  See here.
• Registration is open for COMS 2018. Full details are here.

Conference Structure and Highlights

The conference will start with a welcome reception on Monday, September 24, 2018 in the evening.

Technical sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The programme combines keynotes as well as plenary and parallel oral sessions, featuring invited presentations by a number of internationally recognised experts.

The organization of a poster session is also a possibility.

Panel discussions with high-quality guests and moderators will be also included in the program.

In addition, there will be a technical exhibition where exhibitors can display commercial tools, materials and software of direct interest to the COMS community.


Conference Scope – Technical Topics

Smart Factories are part of a new trend towards flexible and customer centric production. The ultimate goal is to make personalized products at the costs and with the reliability of high volume production.

COMS 2018 will cover the following main topics :


The format of the sessions will include invited high level international speakers and panel discussions with high quality moderators. International benchmarking, with best practices in Switzerland – Germany – USA – Japan.

“Discussions at COMS and with the MANCEF community were instrumental in defining the business model for MiniFAB, providing encouragement to get started in our early days, and building our international networks. We owe much to these meetings.”  – Dr. Erol Harvey, Co-Founder and Director, MiniFAB

Conference Background

The COMS conference is the annual flagship event of MANCEF. It moves to different countries each year and is tuned to the commercialisation ecosystem of the host city/country. Switzerland, being a worldwide hub of micro and nanotechnology expertise, provides a perfect location for the  2018 edition. COMS focuses primarily on entrepreneurship and marketable solutions, not just science and technology.

It is a practical meeting to assist participants in bringing their products to market, finding new customers and meeting appropriate development partners. COMS conferences provide the latest information on technology transfer, manufacturing processes, facilities, infrastructure, investment, applications and markets, as well as covering regulatory issues, social implications, education and workforce development.

Combining beautiful landscapes, high technology and lifestyle, the canton of Vaud offers idyllic surroundings for COMS 2018. As a participant you will derive unique benefits from the conference.