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UGIM 2018 Call for Papers

Abstract submission closed on April 15th, 2018.

Please see the link below for a list of abstracts that were accepted for oral presentations at UGIM 2018

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Symposium on Operations and Management of Nanotechnology Research Facilities

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2018.   Upload/download functionality will be added in early February, 2018.

Please submit a 1-page extended abstract which will be published in the symposium program book. All topics involving management of nanotechnology research facilities and academic laboratories will be considered. Papers are requested with a focus that addresses the topic area of one of the panels below. As this symposium is dedicated to matters of interest to nanotechnology laboratory management, we are not soliciting research papers.

Topics of special Interest for 2018

2018 topics of interest are selected from popular topics during UGIM 2016, online discussion forums and hot topics in the lab management community.

Embracing Nanobio and other emerging technologies

Nanofabrication, biology and medicine continue to converge in labs worldwide. This presents a new challenge for many labs and others have a great deal of experience with these challenges. These challenges come in the form of bio-safety concerns, vetting bio projects, new tool selection for handling biological and/or flexible electronics materials in fabrication, imaging and analysis. Please share your experience, policies, success stories, challenges and even disaster stories etc. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Tool and process needs
  • Bio safety training
  • BSL 1 and beyond
  • Vetting projects
  • Waste handling

E-Beam Lithography

Supporting electron beam lithography (EBL) is expensive and resource heavy undertaking. The tools are expensive, the cost of ownership is high and materials are expensive. Process development, monitoring and diagnosis can be challenging. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Lithography materials management
  • Process control techniques
  • Training users
  • Cost recovery

Imaging and analytical tool operations

Electron microscopes and other analytical tools present a challenge to multi user facilities. While they can be a necessity to your lab, user training and utilization for cost recovery can be difficult. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • User training
  • Cost recovery metrics
  • Facility policies
  • Sample prep needs

Marketing strategies

Whether your lab is academic, government or industrial, a healthy user base is a key element of success in most labs.

Many labs strive for cost recovery and others to demonstrate value to their host organizations. We are interested in marketing techniques, success stories or lessons learned. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Expanding the user base
  • College, departmental relations
  • Advertising
  • Social media

Process Control Techniques

How do you manage user expectations from a wide range of process and analytical tools? What works for you? Share your experience, policies and success stories. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Standard processes
  • Statistical process control (SPC)
  • User guides
  • Training videos or other ideas

General topics are always relevant and useful

Operations Management

  • Laboratory models
  • Metrics and benchmarking
  • Staffing, training, conduct, discipline
  • Computers and administration
  • Computerized access control
  • Space and utilities management
  • Measuring success

Equipment Management

  • Installations
  • Service models
  • Managing service contracts
  • Decommissioning


  • Emergency response
  • 24/7 operation
  • Chemical waste management
  • Training programs

Instructions for submitting abstracts

The abstract should be submitted through the conference website link (coming in Feb, 2018) and should include the following elements:

  • The focused topic from the list above
  • Preference of oral or poster presentation
  • Name of your home Institution
  • Author(s)
  • Presenters name
  • A page or less description of your presentation content and message
  • A 50 to 100-word summary to be used for early release
  • A 2nd page can be used if needed.


UGIM is authorized to circulate your abstract to conference committee members for review and selection purposes.