The 9th annual International Electrostatic Discharge Workshop (IEW) is being held May 4-7, 2015, at the Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA. The Call for Papers promises glimpses of “friendly but shy” bears and other wildlife at the conference site, located at 6,350 feet up in a mountain valley. Frankly, I prefer my bears to be decidedly shy, if that means they’ll be close enough for pictures, but far enough away that I can outrun them to the nearest shelter!
But you shouldn’t be shy when it comes to putting this conference in your travel plans. If your work encompasses the design or testing of ESD protection for ICs, SoCs, or SiPs, these four days will be filled with the opportunity to learn about and share best practices, talk to others engaged in the same work, and explore a wide range of topics addressing the ESD/EOS challenges facing designers today.
Even better, speak up! Many people will often pass up the opportunity to submit an abstract for consideration because they think “My work isn’t new or groundbreaking,” or “I’m not an expert in this field.” Truth is, no one knows everything about a topic, and what you consider a routine process may be be an eye-opener to other people. And submission to IEW couldn’t be easier – it’s not a paper, but a PowerPoint presentation. I bet you’ve got one of those already in your files.
But don’t delay—the submission date is November 21st. If you want the full details, including a description of suggested topic areas, check out the full IEW Call for Papers.
Maybe that’s still too much pressure for you. If so, the IEW has a nifty “Open Poster” session, which is exactly what it sounds like – no deadlines, no reviews. Just show up with your poster and you’re in!
Whether you take a chance and submit a proposal, bring a poster to the free-for-all session, or just want to be among like-minded folks for a few days, the IEW is a great opportunity to share, discuss, and learn about ESD/EOS issues and solutions, particular for those in the fabless community.
And if you get a picture of one of those bears, I want to see it!