4M2013 Conference

San Sebastian, Spain


Barceló Costa Vasca,Avenida Pio Baroja, 15 | 20008 San Sebastián, Spain

IK4-TEKNIKER, Eibar, Spain


The main conference programme takes place from 8th - 10th October 2013


Sabino Azcarate, IK4-TEKNIKER, Spain (Chair) and Stefan Dimov, University of Birmingham, UK (Co-Chair)

Invited Speakers 4M2013

The following speakers have already agreed to address the 4M2013 Conference:

Professor Richard Leach, National Physical Laboratory, UK
"Metrology challenges for highly parallel micro-manufacture"

Professor Yasunori Saotome, Tohoku University, JAPAN
"Fabrication of Nano/Micro devices of metallic glasses"

Professor Christian Hopmann, Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung, GERMANY "Innovative manufacturing processes for plastics parts with micro features"

Professor Jian Cao, Northwestern University, USA
"Microrolling-Based Surface Texturing"

Prof. Dr. José L Ocaña, Centro Láser UPM, SPAIN Laser Shock Micro-Forming as an Emerging Technique for Microsystems Shaping and Adjustment

Submission Guidelines


Submission of Full Paper31st May 2013
Peer Review Decisions8th July 2013
Submission of Final Paper27th July 2013

Step by Step Guide

  1. Go to the conference submission website
  2. To submit a paper follow the Submit paper link
    • fill in the form, ensuring all required information is present and correct
    • make sure you remember your password. Each paper is given a paper id and password, which allows all authors to update the submission information or re-upload the paper
    • the submitted paper must be in PDF format
    • Make sure you follow the template of the sample paper which can be downloaded by clicking on the icon below.
    • the total number of pages should not exceed four(4)
    • submit the paper by 31st May, 2013 deadline
  3. If required, update the submission information, like author details, by following the Edit Submission link
  4. If required, for example after review, you can re-upload the paper, using the Re-Upload Paper link
  5. If your paper is accepted with revisions, re-upload the revised paper as above, as a .PDF file, by 21st July, 2013
  6. Submit the final version of the paper and send us the copyright forms by 21st July, 2013

Note: All authors will be asked to review papers and will be automatically entered into the reviewer pool for the conference. We will send further reviewer guidelines.

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History of the 4M Conference Series

This series of conferences on multi-material micro-manufacture is organised by the 4M Association. 4M2013 was the tenth in the series.

4M2006 attendees

Past 4M conferences

Links to the Proceedings from the above conferences can be found here.

Scope of 4M Conference

Microsystems-based products are a key value-adding element for many sectors of industry - and the predicted nanotechnology future will also be largely delivered by microtechnologies. While the late 20th century saw a silicon-based microelectronics revolution, the 21st century looks forward to the adoption of micro- and nano-manufacturing technologies as the demand for function and length scale integrations increases continuously on the way to bridging the gap between the nano- and the macro-worlds.

The existing imbalance between the ease with which batch-fabricated microcomponents and microsystems can be produced in silicon compared to the difficulties and costs associated with their manufacture in other materials hinders the introduction of new microsystems-based products into the market. Although there may be commercial advantages to leveraging the present suite of IC-based processes and materials, they will not be able to meet the demands of emerging products for 3D and high aspect ratio structures, enhanced-force microactuation, improved environmental resistance, high precision, and unification and standardisation. To broaden the range of microsystems-based products and to simultaneously multiply their capabilities requires the integration of new materials and precision engineering technologies for their processing with IC-based, batch-fabrication processes. Whilst these are the major challenges in developing new products they also offer promising research and development areas for innovation and opportunities for value creation.

Therefore the main goal of the 4M Conference series is to provide a forum for experts from industry and academia to share the results of their research in an open, friendly and rewarding environment and in so doing to advance the creation of micro-manufacturing capabilities that can take advantage of the opportunities described above, such as:

Sponsoring 4M2013

Stand out from the rest in front of more than 100 micro-manufacturing experts from around the world. As a sponsor, you can promote your company’s mission even more effectively to the assembled individuals and organisations attending 4M2013 while learning about the latest advances in micro-manufacturing research.

What our Sponsors say:

Victoire de Margerie "Rondol are pleased to be sponsoring this year's conference. Its focus on micro-manufacturing fits well with our business and we recognise it as a valuable means of staying alert to the latest developments in various aspects of cross-sectoral research. We look forward to meeting the 4M Members and delegates in Austria."

Victoire de Margerie, Rondol Technology Ltd.

Angelo Quadroni at 4M2010 "SARIX is proud to have participated in 4M conferences for the last 7 years. The network of enthusiastic specialists in multi-material micro-manufacturing that come together in the 4M Association has been the seed of many initiatives in the field, and its events have been a source of stimuli for our activity and innovation too. We look forward to participating in this network for many more years to come."

Angelo Quadroni, CEO, SARIX SA.

Platinum Sponsorship Package


Gold Package


Silver Package


Bronze Package


If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please contact Natalie Withenshaw.

Organising Committee

**Conference Chairman**
Sabino Azcárate IK4-TEKNIKER, **Spain**

**Conference Co-Chairs**
Stefan Dimov Birmingham University, UK

**Committee Members**

Nadja Adamovich TUWien, Austria
Massimiliano Annoni Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Susan Anson KIT, Germany
Maurice van der Beek Philips, Netherlands
Samuel Bigot Cardiff University, UK
Pieter Bolt TNO, Netherlands
Jian Cao Northwestern University, USA
Elis Carlström Swerea-IVF, Sweden
Dan Dascalu IMT-Bucharest, Romania
Stéphane Dessors PEP, France
Kornel Ehmann Northwestern University, USA
Ulf Engel University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Jose Ignacio Esmoris IK4-TEKNIKER, Spain
Luc Federzoni CEA, France
Eleonora Ferraris KULeuven, Belgium
Bertrand Fillon CEA, France
David Gardner C-Tech Innovation, UK
Christian Griffiths Manchester University, UK
Hans Nørgaard Hansen DTU, Denmark
Hast Jukka VTT, Finland
Chantal Khan-Malek CNRS, France
Heinz Kück HSG-IMAT, Germany
Richard Leach NPL, UK
Antony H.C.Lee MIRDC, Taiwan
Helmut Loibl FOTEC, Austria 4M2020
Giancarlo Maccarini Università Degli Studi Di Bergamo, Italy
Victoire de Margerie RONDOL Ltd, UK
Christopher Matthews Cardiff University, UK
Lars Mattsson KTH, Sweden
Rhett Mayor Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Xavier Mendibil IK4-TEKNIKER, Spain
Maël Moguedet PEP, France
Iban Quintana IK4-TEKNIKER, Spain
Holger Reinecke HSG-IMIT & IMTEK, Germany
Martin Richter FhG EMFT, Germany
Steffen Scholz KIT, Germany
Andreas Schoth University of Freiburg, Germany
Volker Schulze KIT, Germany
Alexander Stuck CSEM, Switzerland
Guido Tosello DTU, Denmark
Luis Gerardo Uriarte IK4-TEKNIKER, Spain
Thomas Velten Fraunhofer IBMT, Germany
Natalie Withenshaw C-Tech Innovation, UK

Review Guidelines

Deadlines (provisional)

End of review21st June 2013

Step by Step Guide

We have a two phase review process.

  1. You will receive a username and password via email
  2. You will receive an email notification about the papers you have to review
  3. Sign in as a reviewer on the submission website
  4. When ready, fill in the review forms
    • You don't need to complete the reviews in one go, you can always come back, just submit the unfinished form
    • To finish a review tick the complete box on the box and submit the form
  5. Complete the reviews by 21st June 2013
  6. During the review make sure that the authors have made the changes you've recommended to your satisfaction, if not make a recommendation, change your comments, etc...

Things to pay attention to

When carrying out this task you should consider the:

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4M2013 Detailed Programme

The Detailed Programme* is available to download via the link below. * The programme may be changed by the organisers without prior notification.

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Hotels & Accommodation

The Conference Venue also has accommodation:

Barceló Costa Vasca (60 rooms are blocked until the 15th September)
Avenida Pio Baroja, 15 | 20008 San Sebastián

Tel: +34 94 331 79 50 / Tamara Rojas

Double for single use room 83.60 €
Double room 96.80 €

Board: Bed and Breakfast

Prices per room per night

Tax 10,0% (Tax included)

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To book rooms at these rates the 4M2013 attendees have to guarantee the booking with their credit cards by completing the attached form (at the bottom of this webpage) and provide some check-in information in the attached spread sheet. These two documents have to be sent to:

Tamara Rojas, Departamento de Convenciones, Barceló Costa Vasca, Avenida Pío Baroja, 15 | 20008 San Sebastián | Gipuzkoa Tel. +34 943 317 950 | Fax. +34 943 212 428 e-mail: costavasca.grupos@barcelo.com

Accommodation in San Sebastian can be booked also on: www.booking.com . Please note that if rooms at Barceló Costa Vasca hotel are booked through this website different rates per room will apply.

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Image Gallery

Please click here for a selection of photographs taken at the 4M 2013 Conference.

License Agreement


Submission of full paper31st May 2013
Submission of License Agreement27th July 2013

License agreement

To publish your paper in the proceedings, the University of Birmingham requests a formal written License agreement from the copyright owners for each article published. To avoid any delay in the publication of your article, please read the terms of the agreement, sign and return the completed form to us at the address below by the specified deadline.

The agreement establishes that the Licensor owns the copyright in the Article and grants the University of Birmingham a non-exclusive, royalty-free license in the Article to use the article for the Permitted Purpose, together with the right to sub-license as detailed below.

The Permitted Purpose shall mean the University of Birmingham's right to publish the Article on any website controlled by the University of Birmingham, and for paper or electronic copies to be downloaded by third parties upon a free basis. The University of Birmingham shall also have the right to sub-license the Articles to third parties so that the Article may be placed upon websites controlled by such third parties and for paper or electronic copies to be downloaded by other third parties upon a free basis.

The licensor warrants that:


Please download the 4M2013 License Agreement by clicking on the icon below. When you have completed it please scan, post or email it, by the specified deadline, to the Secretariat at the address below. If posting, please also email a confirmation.

Ms Natalie Withenshaw C-Tech Innovation Ltd Capenhurst Technology Park Capenhurst Chester CH1 6EH UK

email: Natalie Withenshaw
Telephone: +44(151)347 2953

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Presentations from the 4M 2013 Conference!

Day 1 Opening & Welcoming Speeches, and Invited Talks - Hotel Barcelo Costa Vasca

Dr Erastos Filos, Horizon 2020 & 4M2020, DG Research & Innovation, EC

Professor Jian Cao, Northwestern University, US

Professor Richard Leach, National Physical Laboratory, UK

Day 2 Opening & Welcoming Speeches, and Invited Talks - IK4-Tekniker, Eibar

Dr. Alejandro Bengoa, General Manager of IK4-Tekniker, Spain

Professor Yasunori Saotome, Tohoku University, Japan

Prof. Dr. Ing. Jose Luis Ocana Moreno, Centro Laser UPM, Spain

Venue Location and Directions

How to get to the 4M2013 Conference Venue from Bilbao Airport

1. Bilbao Airport to San Sebastian Bus Station

Buses leave the airport, Monday to Friday except holidays, once an hour from 7:45 to 23:45; on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, there is another service at 6:45.

Direct Bus (1hr20min)

2. San Sebastian Bus Station to Hotel Barceló Costa Vasca

Bus (two options)

a. Line: 27 - Altza-Intxaurrondo-Antiguo Address: Intxaurrondo - Amara - Antiguo Start stop: Pio XII (Código: 347) Final stop: Pio Baroja 15 (Código: 344) Approximate total time: 6 minutes

b. Line: 24 - Altza-Gros-Antiguo Address: Gros - Amara - Antiguo Start stop: Pio XII (Código: 347) Final stop: P.Baroja 10 (Código: 340) Approximate total time: 19 minutes

Registration & fees

The Online shop for registering for the 4M2013 Conference is now open!

Click here to visit the 4M2013 Registration Site

Important Dates

4M2013 Conference8th-10th October 2013

In order for a paper to be included in the conference programme and appear in the proceedings at least one author must register for the conference. The Authors Final Registration deadline is fixed in relation to the production cycle of the proceedings and cannot be changed.

Conference Fees - Early Bird rates, until 15th September

Early Bird 4M Association Members Registration £270
Early Bird Standard Registration £480
Early Bird Student Registration £270

Conference Fees - Standard rates, after 15th September

4M Association Members Registration £300
Standard Registration £520
Student Registration £300

The conference fees (in GBP) include printed proceedings, lunches, refreshments, and conference dinner.

Click here to get to 4M2013 Registration Site